Copake Grange Events

Copake Grange Events

The Mamaliga Klezmer Band.

Klezmer music comes to Copake

COPAKE—Copake Grange #935 presents the Mamaliga Klezmer Band in
concert in the Grange Hall theater, 628 Empire Road, June 1, 7 to 8:30

“Boisterous and driving, lilting and elegiac, Mamaliga melds the
klezmer melodies of old country Yiddishland with new era
sensibilities, crafting intricate arrangements of original and
traditional tunes to make you dance, laugh and cry—perhaps all at
once,” according to a press release about the band.

The Grange Program Committee hopes the event will entertain and foster
appreciation of various musical traditions.

Mamaliga is a critically acclaimed Klezmer band based in Boston, MA,
and Brooklyn, NY. After the 2021 release of their debut full-length
album, “Dos Gildn Bletl,” Mamaliga has performed at Yiddish New York,
KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, The Boston Festival of New Jewish
Music, and KlezCummington and was awarded best original Klezmer
composition at the 2021 Bubbe Awards in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mamaliga
debuted their full-length original score of the recently restored
silent film Broken Barriers (1919) at the 2022 Toronto Jewish Film
Festival. The band is comprised of Rebecca Mac and Rachel Leader on
fiddles, Raffi Boden on cello, and Mattias Kaufmann on accordion.

The program contains a 15 minute intermission. Tickets are $15 or pay
what one can afford and may be purchased at the door. A reception
follows the concert.

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Rebecca Mac is a Boston-based violinist, currently pursuing a
performance degree at Berklee College of Music. Mac has been
interested in Klezmer music since the Klezmer Conservatory band stole
the show at her bat-mitzvah.

Since then, she has studied with leaders of the Klezmer music scene,
including Mimi Rabson, Dave Harris, and Hankus Netsky. She has
performed alongside members of Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, KCB, and
Tsibele. Mac has also spent several summers in Eastern-Europe studying
with Hungarian, Romanian and Transylvanian folk masters, including
Marcel Ramba, Adam Romer, and Istvanka Varga.

Rachel Leader began her journey with klezmer music at age 13 when she
played her first klezmer tune Yoshke Yoshke at her own Bat Mitzvah. In
the years that followed.. Rachel participated as a Klezmer New Leaders
Fellow through the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and was mentored by
violinist Zoë Aqua. Rachel is the founding member of Northampton-based
klezmer band Burikes and performs regularly for community events and
simcha celebrations.

Raffi Boden is a NY based cellist, composer and educator known for his
groovy bass lines and his versatility. With Mamaliga, he has performed
internationally and been a guest artist at Yiddish New York, Yiddish
Summer Weimar and KlezKanada. Raffi was recently in the Juilliard
production of “Indecent”, for which he worked with composer and music
director Lisa Gutkin to compose a cello part for the band.

Mattias Kaufmann studies Contemporary Improvisation at New England
Conservatory in Boston, MA. Mattias has worked with Guy Klucevsek,
Carla Kihlstedt, Hankus Netsky and Ted Reichman. Mattias has spent
several summers studying folk music in Hungary, Romania, and Serbia
with musicians such as Serbian chromatic accordionist Nenad Ivanović,
Hungarian accordionist Bobár Zoltán, and Transylvanian musicians
Marcel Ramba and Istvanka Varga.

You’ll find unusual stuff and baked goods at this Grange event.

Discover treasures you didn’t know you needed

COPAKE—Browse for treasures such as, kitchenware, household goods,
art, linens, accessories, small furniture and gifts at a Flea Market
and Bake Sale put on by Copake Grange #935, 628 Empire Road, May 6
from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tasty baked goods will be for sale, as well.

All ages are welcome at the Program Committee-sponsored event held to
raise money for Grange programs.

Grange members are accepting donations for the flea market on the
following days and times: Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
Saturday, April 29, 2 to 4 p.m.

Those who cannot make any of those times, can arrange for an
appointment by calling Roberta Roll at 518-329-0384.

The following items will be accepted: household goods such as
kitchenware and dining ware; small appliances in good working order;
table linens, quilts, blankets. No sheets unless unused and in
original packaging; accessories such as scarves, handbags, jewelry;
artwork such as framed paintings and photographs; lamps and
lampshades; small furniture items.

The following items will not be accepted: CDs, LPs, DVDs, VHS,
cassette tapes, books, clothing, sofas or heavy furniture or
children’s toys.

Those with questions about an item should email Ms. Roll with a
photograph at

All items must be clean and in good condition.

A limited number of vendor tables will be available. Contact for more information.

The Grange appreciates all donations. Proceeds from all sales of
donated items will go toward keeping the Grange doors open and
bringing the community together through programs and community
service. Visit


Sing a song, tell a story, do a jig

COPAKE—Performers of all genres are invited to take to the historic
Grange Hall stage, share their best music, stories, readings, poetry,
dance, songs and comedy at Copake Grange #935’s monthly Open Mic
Night, 628 Empire Road, May 5, 7 to 9 p.m.

All are welcome to come, relax and be entertained by the best talent
in the area live and in-person.

The Grange is the place to be and the perfect venue for both beginning
and veteran performers, surprises and fun are in store. Bring the
family, neighbors and house guests.

Admission is free, donations are welcome. Mics and piano are provided.

Be delighted by the power of poetry

COPAKE—Celebrate National Poetry Month with an Open Poetry Reading at
the Copake Grange #935, 628 Empire Road, April 29, 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is co sponsored with the Roe Jan Library.

Those who intend to take the stage that evening should bring their own
poem to read or one by their favorite poet. Those who just want to
listen may be delighted and inspired by the magic and power of poetry.
The event is free and open to all ages and is intended to celebrate
and foster a love of poetry.

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Author: Harlem Valley News