Middleburgh hosts Irene storytelling session
By Brian Fitzgerald
January 13, 2014
No one who was living in the Schoharie Valley in the last days of August 2011 will ever forget what they saw, heard and felt during Tropical Storm Irene and in the days and months afterward.
Residents here want to make sure people across the country and future generations in these battered towns know exactly what it was like to see the historic storm firsthand.
On Monday at Middleburgh Reformed Church, the Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery (SALT) will host a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day service that will feature the stories of people who lived through Irene and those who came here to help in the aftermath.
The church is across the street from the Schoharie Creek, which spilled over its banks during Irene, unleashing torrents of water across the valley.
The Aug. 28, 2011, storm displaced thousands from their homes, some of whom have yet to return.
Monday’s service is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A morning workshop on the art of storytelling will kick off the event, followed by a luncheon with guest speaker Congressman Chris Gibson. After that, residents, volunteers and community leaders will swap stories in a group discussion about their experiences in the Schoharie Valley during Irene.
The dramatic, powerful stories will be recorded with the help of the New York Folklore Society, which will both preserve the recordings and broadcast them on its website.
SALT says it is planning on hosting two more storytelling sessions this spring.
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Reflecting on Irene
What: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Reflection on Service: Stories of Hurricane Irene.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
Where: Middleburgh Reformed Church, 178 River St., Middleburgh
Info:https://www.saltdevelopment.org/events/mlk or 702-5017