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Crystal Tweed, left, as Ruth, seeks advice from family matriarch Lena, played by DeLois “Cookie” House in SCDW’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun.”

May 12, 2011

The question that hangs in the air is whether there is such a thing as “too much fun?” Judging by the past week, I hesitate to say “yes” but that said, I’m grateful that I must slow down for a brief shining moment and share my exploits, while sitting still.

Over the weekend, I became momentarily overwhelmed (what else is new) when forced to make decisions on “where and when.” So many choices of great events to attend can create (personal, psychotic) inner chaos but ultimately, I don’t believe that “less is more” concerning the arts and entertainment world of the Upper Delaware Valley. Therefore, I took off at lightening speed...

My conundrum began with the “First Fridays” concept. There are several from which to choose, but only one first Friday each month. This time out, I went with the Upper Delaware Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (UDGLBT—hold the mayo) event at the Water Wheel (www.waterwheelcafe.com) in Milford, PA. The organization, (www.udglbtcenter.blogspot.com) is busy, busy, busy, and this is the first opportunity that I’ve had in over a year to pay them a visit.

First Fridays coordinator Patty Tomaszewski works tirelessly to create these highly successful events, and had invited singer/songwriter aj shanti (www.myspace.com/ajshanti) to entertain. I’m a huge fan, so it was easy to select UDGLBT as my destination this time around. Many in the audience had not experienced shanti before and they were (clearly) impressed with her style, incredible vocals and her unique connection with each audience she encounters as she travels the world, sharing her talents. Between the crowd, the (swell) venue and the show—(almost) too much fun.

I have (finally) discovered the reasoning behind so many organizations’ creating festivals of one sort or another—each and every one that I attend turns out to be fun, fun, fun. I headed out to Sullivan County College (www.sullivan.suny.edu) for its annual Kite Festival, with the thought of snapping a photo and being on my way, but there was so much going on, that I stayed for hours. A perfect opportunity for families to spend time together, the festival included kite demonstrations, booths, vendors, food, music, an art show and (yep) loads of fun.