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In My Humble Opinion

Running on empty

Sitting at my desk to write about the past week is a welcome respite, since (for something different) I have been racing around like a headless chicken. On Wednesday last, I took advantage of the opportunity to take a seat at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplay house.org) and bask in their fun production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical.” For my full-scale review, visit the “Arts & Leisure” link on our website (www.riverreport eronline.com )  Read more

All the world’s a stage

With a bit of rest after last week’s whirlwind tour of the region, I was able to begin anew and zipped around the four corners, in search of entertainment. Having taken a lengthy hiatus from Rich Kiamco’s traveling Comedy Club (www.thelaughtour.com), I was newly excited to make my way to the Nutshell in Lake Huntington (www.nutshellarts.com ), which has become a monthly home for Manhattan’s up-and-coming comics, who often test new material on the (sometimes) unsuspecting audience that the tour attracts.  Read more

Busy busy busy!

One would think that I’d know better by now. Once Memorial Day hits, and the summer visitors begin their annual migration to the Upper Delaware valley, the always active world of arts and entertainment here in the Catskills amps up big time... and I hit the ground running. This past week, I found myself busily trying to do it all, with limited success. Thankfully, my community support is firmly in place, and a few kind souls assisted me in my efforts to cover the endless array of events spanning two states and four counties, over the river and through the woods.  Read more

When life hands you lemons...

I’ve never been very good at making lemonade, and truth be told-don’t care for its bitter aftertaste. There are times, though, when we have to weigh our options and just squeeze the darned fruit and hope for the best. I’m grateful that my truck is not a lemon, but getting around still proved to be a challenge this past week and thankfully, I got out a few times before being temporarily grounded.  Read more

Play on words

“Words can hurt,” my mother used to say, “choose them wisely.” It’s true, of course, and I have tried to abide by her advice through the years, with limited success. These days, I bite my tongue fairly often, but it’s not a bad way to live. Since words can also be empowering, I do my best to put my vocabulary to good use and err on the side of caution.  Read more

June is bustin’ out all over!

Memorial Day weekend conjures up many images: backyard barbeques, flag-waving parades, garden parties and the requisite boat launches, as the lakes, rivers and ponds begin to swell with visitors swarming to the Upper Delaware valley. Many of us look forward to an extended, three-day siesta as the hammocks go up, and s’mores begin to waft through the night air.  Read more

No jacket required

I’ve never considered myself shallow, much less a clothes horse, but this past weekend, all illusions were shattered. Once again, the events schedule overflowed throughout the region, and with Memorial Day upon us, Dharma (the wonder dog) and I are busier than ever. Now that my “living stuffed animal” has eclipsed any delusion that I might have had regarding personal popularity, I’ve thrown up my hands and given in, as Dharma’s invites flood my mailbox and requests for her appearance at local celebrations ramp up.  Read more

The play’s the thing!

What a weekend. With the onset of what promises to be a busy and fun-filled season, the plethora of events seems to be even more action-packed than usual, and making choices is (already) more difficult than ever before. That said, I made my selections, sorry (as usual) that I can’t be everywhere, yet confident that there are enough events here in the Upper Delaware valley to suit even the most discerning. As always, the Where and When section of The River Reporter is informative, and I continue to recommend this resource.  Read more

‘Where do I go?’

Good question. While actively in the throes of an existential crisis, I continue to wade through life, searching for an answer that might never reveal itself. Less than thrilled with the results of an Internet search, I pressed on and discovered a disquieting website (www.existentialcrises.com) that simply presented a black page with the words “you are alone.” Lovely. Undaunted, I persevered and wallowed briefly in the not-so-uplifting lyrics penned by James Rado and Gerome Ragni for the “great American tribal love rock musical”—“Hair.”  Read more

Take me to your leader

Like many of us, I have interest in a myriad of subjects. Gardening, nature, astronomy and ancient history top my list, but there is a subset of fascinating topics that creep into my thoughts on a consistent basis. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and the Bermuda Triangle are but a few of the themes that attract me. Truth be told, I have given a fair amount of attention to one area of interest over the others: UFOs.  Read more

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