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May 04, 2015
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In My Humble Opinion

The times, they are a changin’

It’s impossible to visit, much less live in this neck of the woods, without acknowledging the region’s history. The resorts—and talent that appeared in and around them—are legendary. Books have been written and movies have been made. During simpler times, comic Red Skelton starred in the 1938 romp “Having Wonderful Time,” set in a Catskills hotel. Roman Polanski’s creepy “Knife in the Water” takes place here in the mountains, focusing on a hitchhiker and a couple’s weekend outing in 1962.  Read more

Back to the future

As I roamed the Upper Delaware valley over the last week, I kept hearing about the plethora of events occurring simultaneously ‘round every bend. Concerts, art exhibits, plays and poetry readings were (and are) popping up all around us. Clearly, we can’t make them all. But I have chosen to highlight a few that I have been to, as well as gaze into the crystal ball and preview what lies ahead, hoping that many of our faithful River Reporter readers will meet up with me (and Dharma, of course) along the way.  Read more

Are the stars out tonight?

Gazing skyward over the last week, the heavens alternated between cloudy and bright. In between showers, the sun blazed and people frolicked. Not wanting to be left out in the rain, I packed an umbrella and headed off in search of adventure while keeping one eye on the weather. With the “dog days of summer” right on schedule this past Saturday, the relentless heat ushered in the return of an-all American local favorite: the Jeffersonville Jamboree.  Read more

Dancing in the street

I hit the ground running this week, with the lyrics to the classic Marvin Gaye anthem playing in my head: “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.” They certainly fit at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.fbplayhouse.org) and the theatre’s third offering of the season, “West Side Story.” The show is (IMHO) brilliantly written, and I was truly impressed by the production. For my complete analysis of the company’s homage to dancing in the street (and on rooftops), visit the Arts & Leisure section at www.riverreporteronline.com.  Read more

Festivals and battles and tours—oh my!

This past week turned out to be educational, informative and entertaining as I careened through the Upper Delaware valley discovering something old and something new (thankfully, borrowed and blue were nowhere to be seen).  Read more

Life is but a dream

What a week! The entire Upper Delaware valley is thrumming with activity and for every event that I attended, it seems there were two or three that I missed! My first stop last Wednesday was the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplayhouse.org) and its smashing production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” There’s a full-scale review at www.riverreporteronline.com in Arts & Leisure, but here’s a preview: it’s an incredibly entertaining show.  Read more

Green Acres is the place for me

It’s been said that moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, and having done so twice in the last four months (don’t ask!), I can attest to that. Finding myself unexpectedly looking (again) for a new place to settle, I was determined that this would (hopefully) be the last... and thankfully, the gods were smiling down on me as I raced against time, searching high and low for a place to rest my weary head.  Read more

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