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August 26, 2016
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In My Humble Opinion

The Jazz Age

I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to fit into a common theme, but rather “go with the flow” and hope that inspiration strikes somewhere along the line. The world of arts and leisure here in the Upper Delaware River region is always ripe with diversity, and yet more often than not, I find that patterns emerge in the least likely of places.  Read more

In the good old summertime

Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax nostalgic as I careen from one end of the Catskills to the other, criss-crossing the Upper Delaware River region in a never-ending attempt to soak up as much as I can before leaves of red and gold begin their annual descent. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s just concentrate on summer for a bit. Ahhhh.  Read more

You oughta be in pictures…

…and if you were out and about this past weekend, you probably are. It’s not unusual for me to snap a lot of photos as I traverse the Upper Delaware River region in search of arts and leisure, and most often, I’m behind the lens taking pictures of you all. But lately, a few of me (I mean the Wonder Dog) have been popping up as well.  Read more

Freaks and geeks

The Catskills is crawling with ‘em, so I fit in pretty well these days. Oddballs, loners and folks who march to the beat of their own drum (as my mother was fond of saying) are holding their heads up high, as well they should. Showcasing unique music, art and entertainment has long been a tradition in the Upper Delaware River region, and now that warmer weather is upon us, it’s easier to chauffeur the Wonder Dog around town to check it all out.  Read more

There was a young man from Nantucket…

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me assure you that I know absolutely nothing about poetry, other than the fact that the above is the opening line of a limerick—which doesn’t even count. That said, poetry abounds in the Upper Delaware River region, and in my constant attempt to grasp that which I don’t comprehend, I keep seeking it out. Several years ago, I popped in to the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake, NY to check out a show conceived and written by Laura E.J.  Read more

Magical Mystery Tour

I’ve been on the planet for a while, and my first taste of a magical mystery tour was in 1967, courtesy of four young men known as The Beatles. Up until then, John, Paul, George and Ringo could do no wrong, but the film they created for British television was poorly received and the fab four took a hit for the first time since taking the world by storm. As we all know, the band recovered nicely and so too, shall we—in the wake of Sullivan County’s new-age version, the three-day-long party known as Mysteryland.  Read more

On the road again

Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and the like begins earlier and earlier as folks anxious to open their windows share a desire to get a jump on the good times and make hay while the sun shines. Graduations abound as the proms get underway, and with slight trepidation, I open my email and scour the seemingly endless list of events to attend. Don’t get me wrong—I’m celebrating as well, but I loathe having to pick and choose.  Read more

A star is born

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events ( scheduled throughout the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Dog tired

I know that I’m feeling it, but for something completely different, I’m unsure where the phrase originated, so I looked it up. “An adjectival phrase meaning to be physically exhausted [duh], it derives from an old tale of Alfred the Great who used to send his sons out hunting with his extensive kennel of hunting dogs and blah, blah, blah…” (  Read more

A family affair

I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception. Anticipating a mob to show up for musician and celebrated designer Andy Hilfiger’s highly touted fashion show, “Bellbottoms and Butterfly Wings” (, I pulled into the lot with the Wonder Dog and noticed a blonde parked next to me in a convertible with the top down, applying lipstick and singing at the top of her lungs.  Read more