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Millbrook Independent: At Stissing Center The Lucky Five Become Six

September 11th, 2021|

At Stissing Center The Lucky Five Become Six by Kevin T McEneaney If you spent Friday evening at The Stissing Center in Pine Plains, then you must have felt lucky because the performance of The Lucky 5 was hot, even intoxicating, as they blended, sang, and melded their instruments through the paces of Old Timey, Funk Bossa [...]

Announcing: Reopening The Doors

August 23rd, 2021|

Date: For Immediate Release Phone: 518-771-3340 Contact: Email: The Stissing Center Announces the REOPENING THE DOORS Concert Series Pine Plains, NY: The Stissing Center is thrilled to announce their 2021 Fall Concert Series, Reopening The Doors, and to welcome back in-person audiences. The series boasts an impressive and diverse list of performers, curated to appeal to a variety of [...]

NDN: Hochman at The Stissing Center

August 18th, 2021|

Victory goes to the heart in Hochman’s enchanted evening at Stissing Center in Pine Plains The second of the four concerts of the Stissing Center’s 2021 Chamber Music Series played to an all but sellout crowd on Friday evening Aug. 13. Pianist Benjamin Hochman enchanted the early-evening concert-goers with just over an hour’s demonstration of keyboard mastery [...]

RELEASE: Second Season
LIVE! from The Stissing Center

June 21st, 2021|

Date: For Immediate Release Phone: 518-771-3340 Contact: Brian Keeler Email: The Stissing Center Announces Second Season of LIVE! from The Stissing Center! Pine Plains, NY: The Stissing Center is thrilled to announce the second season of LIVE! from The Stissing Center!, their chamber music series. The initial performance will be on Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 pm, and will mark the first [...]

RELEASE: Debussy and Ravel at The Stissing Center

August 7th, 2020|

Date: For Immediate Release Phone: 518-771-3340 Contact: Brian Keeler Email: Debussy and Ravel at The Stissing Center Pine Plains, NY:  The Stissing Center is proud to announce another fresh approach to the marriage of chamber music and video with a live-streamed evening of Debussy and Ravel presented by violinist Mari Lee, cellist Mihai Marica and pianist Shuhui Zhou. This is [...]

RELEASE: Benjamin Hochman Comes to The Stissing Center

July 20th, 2020|

Pine Plains, NY:  "The Stissing Center is proud to announce that world-renowned pianist and conductor, Benjamin Hochman will perform at The Stissing Center as part of their summertime, live-streaming chamber music series, Live! From The Stissing Center. This unique event joins Mr. Hochman's piano artistry with the creative visual eye of photographer/environmental activist, J Henry Fair, to [...]

LIVE! From The Stissing Center!

June 26th, 2020|

Pine Plains, NY:  “The Stissing Center is pleased to announce their summertime, live-streaming chamber music series, Live! From The Stissing Center. The series will kick off this Saturday, June 27 at 4:30 pm and will be streamed on The Stissing Center’s website, and on The Stissing Center’s Facebook page, The concert will be recorded and available post-performance. Saturday’s performance [...]

The Stissing Center
Postpones Spring Series
in Support of
National Effort to Confront Coronavirus

March 11th, 2020|

Pine Plains, NY:  The Board of Directors and staff of The Stissing Center (TSC) have announced the postponement of their planned Spring Series of events due to the recent spread of the Coronavirus. TSC cited its concern for the health and safety of the audiences, performers, volunteers, staff, and the entire community as the driving force behind [...]

Millerton News: Students with Wynton Marsalis

October 3rd, 2019|

The Millerton News has a great article on Wynton Marsalis' master class for the Stissing Mountain High School Jazz Band. PINE PLAINS — Students involved with the Stissing Mountain High School Jazz Band were offered the chance of a lifetime last month when The Stissing Center organized a master class for the students with internationally acclaimed jazz [...]

The Construction Concert Series

May 29th, 2019|

The Construction Concert Series The Stissing Center is announcing its fall CONSTRUCTION CONCERT SERIES. The series will include a free open house dance party, a free screening of the silent film, Phantom of the Opera, with a live performance of the original score, a concert from the Bard Conservatory, a performance by Molsky's Mountain Drifters and an evening of [...]

Release: Wynton Marsalis Comes to Pine Plains

May 28th, 2019|

Date: For Immediate Release Phone: 518-771-3340 Contact: Brian Keeler Email: ________________________________________________________________ Wynton Marsalis Comes to Pine Plains to Launch The Stissing Center Pine Plains, NY:  World renowned musician Wynton Marsalis will be heading to Pine Plains on Saturday, September 7th to headline the inaugural Benefit Concert for The Stissing Center, formerly the Pine Plains Memorial Hall. A performance [...]

Rural Intelligence: 10 Things To Love About Pine Plains

September 28th, 2017|

Rural Intelligence: 10 Things To Love About Pine Plains 9. Pine Plains Memorial Hall In many ways, this historic theater is the heart of Pine Plains. The Memorial Hall sits in the center of town, and for generations entertained its citizens, first with plays and later with films. Then for decades it sat dormant and crumbling. But it has [...]

Millerton News: Memorial Hall Celebration Makes A Lasting Impression

May 25th, 2017|

Millerton News: Memorial Hall Celebration Makes A Lasting Impression by Whitney Joseph PINE PLAINS — It was a groundbreaking like no other. There were the expected balloons and buttons, stickers and signs. But there were also crafts, vendors, food, games, a flea market, walking tours and lots and lots of dogs. There was even a dunking booth, atop which [...]

Rural Intelligence: Pine Plains Memorial Hall Groundbreaking Community Day

May 20th, 2017|

Rural Intelligence: Pine Plains Memorial Hall Groundbreaking Community Day Jamie Larson reports from Pine Plains. The Pine Plains Memorial Hall was once a huge part of the town’s history. On Saturday, May 20, a day full of activities brought the community out to celebrate the groundbreaking of the long awaited restoration of the vacant town icon. The original Memorial [...]

Robin Hood Radio Interview

May 5th, 2017|

Robin Hood Radio Interview Listen to this wonderful interview with President, Jack Banning and Executive Director, Brian Keeler about the PPMH project. They discuss the upcoming Community Day activities and the progress of the renovation.

Millerton News: Site Plan Approved, $10K Matching Grant Offered

February 16th, 2017|

by Kaitlin Lyle PINE PLAINS — Toward the end of January, Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) announced two significant developments in efforts to renovate the historic building. The first announcement detailed a matching grant of $10,000 offered by a local resident. Preferring to remain anonymous, the resident has been de- scribed by PPMH Executive Director Brian Keeler as a [...]

Millerton News: Memorial Hall Renovation Details

October 13th, 2016|

by Lizett Pajuelo PINE PLAINS — The restoration and revitalization of Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) remains very much alive. PPMH President Jack Banning and Executive Director Brian Keeler held an informational event on Sunday, Oct. 2, to share some of the project’s latest news with the community. Keeler opened the event. “Even though you may not see a [...]

Pine Plains Town Hall Meeting: Memorial Hall

September 10th, 2015|

Photo Credit: Jock Pottle What: An update on what's happening with and future plans for Memorial Hall Who: Supervisor Brian Coons, PPMH Executive Director Brian Keeler, PPMH President Jack Banning, Architect Doug Larson and YOU! When: Thursday, September 24th from 6:00-7:00 pm Where: Stissing House in Pine Plains, second floor Everyone is invited to attend this informative [...]

PoJo: Pine Plains Memorial Hall Can Once Again Be Community Space

August 15th, 2015|

Good things are happening in Pine Plains, and at the middle of all the goodness is the renovation and repurposing of the Pine Plains Memorial Hall. The hall itself was constructed in 1915 and given to the Town of Pine Plains in memory of John McIntyre, his wife, Elizabeth Hauver, and their children by their philanthropic granddaughter, Mary Ellen [...]


August 3rd, 2015|

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2015 Contact:, 917-647-2279 The Pine Plains Memorial Hall building and grounds have been donated to the Pine Plains Memorial Hall, Inc. (PPMH) non-profit organization. The building was previously owned by an organization formed by three Pine Plains residents who want to renovate the building so that it can be used as it was [...]


July 15th, 2015|

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2015 Contact:, 917-647-2279 The Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) project has taken significant initial steps toward achieving its goal of bringing the 1915 performing arts and community center back to life. Pines Plains Memorial Hall, Inc. has been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status allowing the organization to accept tax-deductible contributions to help achieve its [...]

Hammertown – Taking “Community-Minded” to a Whole New Level

July 2nd, 2015|

  If you’ve noticed any of the recent developments along the main street of Pine Plains, chances are Jack and Irene Banning have had something to do with it.  By Pine Plains’ standards, Jack and Irene aren’t considered “locals” — they’ve only lived in Pine Plains since 2008.  But, if you were to judge their local status by their [...]

The Millerton News: Pro-Mujer provides mobile medical care

May 14th, 2015|

PINE PLAINS— Comprehensive medical care is not something everyone has access to these days. Specialty OBGYN care can be especially elusive to some, including low-income and immigrant populations. That’s why Dr. Emily Hartzog, MD, and nutritionist Solange Muller have joined forces to establish the Harlem Valley Pro-Mujer, a mobile health clinic providing free care to underserved women in the [...]

The Millerton News Editorial: Pine Plains, headed in the right direction one step at a time

May 1st, 2015|

It may sound strange, but last week’s opening of a new laundromat in the town of Pine Plains is the start of something very special. The laundromat, at the rear of the lovely but dilapidated Pine Plains Memorial Hall building, signifies a community coming together to do more than just clean clothes. The laundromat has become a symbol of [...]

Millerton News – Grand opening of Pine Plains Laundromat

April 30th, 2015|

by Whitney Joseph PINE PLAINS — The opening of a laundromat might not sound like a big deal to some, but to residents in Pine Plains it was very big news indeed. “I’m so excited about this,” said resident and business association organizer Darrah Cloud, who was among the dozens of people at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April [...]


April 22nd, 2015|

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2105 Contact:, 917-647-2279 The Pine Plains Laundromat located in the rear of the Pine Plains Memorial Hall on Church Street opened for business this afternoon following a celebration attended by local residents, town elected officials and members of the newly formed Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) non-profit organization. The all-new Laundromat replaces the [...]

Millbrook Independent: Plans for Pine Plains Memorial Hall Take Shape

April 20th, 2015|

by Stephen Kaye Pine Plains Memorial Hall, owned by Jack Banning and a group of local investors, is moving ahead with a renovation plan that should please the citizens of Pine Plains and the entire northeast corner of Dutchess and nearby Columbia counties. Banning, owner of the Pines Plains Platter and an adjacent restored house now an architect’s office, [...]


April 1st, 2015|

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2015 Contact:, 917-647-2279   The Board of Directors of Pine Plains Memorial Hall announced today the appointment of Brian Keeler as Executive Director, reporting directly to the Board. Mr. Keeler will oversee the renovation of Memorial Hall and develop the non-profit organization of the same name that will supply fundraising efforts as well [...]


July 10th, 2014|

To people “from” Pine Plains — whatever that means — the empty Memorial Hall held a treasury of warm memories. But for anyone else, particularly potential entrepreneurs, the decaying building in the center of town was a mark of a community that could not get it together. Until 3 businessmen with stakes in developing and preserving the community bought [...]

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