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December 21, 2014
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Life is but a dream...


Later that evening, as the Pavillion filled, the sounds of the ‘60s filled the night air. Among those hitting the stage along with headliners The Duprees were Linda Jansen and the Angels (“My Boyfriend’s Back”), The Marcels (“Blue Moon”) and The Tymes (“So Much in Love”). Hit after hit washed over the audience and standing ovations ensued.

The same day, in Lake Huntington, there was a major party going on, as the Town of Cochecton celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Corps. Raffles, vendors, pet adoptions and a fabulous parade, which included scads of fire engines from miles around (some dating back to antiquity), lined the streets with classic cars, flags and families, all of whom turned out in droves to thank those who serve. I strolled the grounds, visited with friends and neighbors, taking time to tour the new engines and acknowledge those who give so generously of their time. I couldn’t help but notice the waves of appreciation from the bystanders as the volunteers marched and drove through the streets, waving to the crowd and tossing goodies for the kids. These events (IMHO) help shape our communities and make it possible for guys like me to get out there and personally thank those who make it all possible. Visit The River Reporter’s Facebook page for an album of photos.

Since Dharma (the wonder dog) was slated to judge the “cutest dog contest” being held in Bethel, I drove her to the festival grounds (www.catskilldistilling.com) and snapped a few pics of the vendors, live entertainment and all ‘round good time being had by hundreds, who all “came out” to revive the Day to be Gay celebration, originally spearheaded by our own “Trash Queen” Kathy Reiser (www.thetrashqueen.blogspot.com), without whom the popular event would never have existed. The Catskills’ chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) director, Jim Lomax, has taken up the baton- and with help from the folks at www.thegaysofsullivan county.com, Lomax hosted the event, raising dollars for a few causes, raising awareness for a few more, but apparently not raising eyebrows anywhere, since both organizations (along with a few others) are welcomed with open arms (and pocketbooks) wherever they show up.