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September 18, 2014
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The sold-out crowd at Bethel Woods enjoyed the gorgeous night and three hours of Elton John’s mega hits.


With more than 75 incredible songs in his catalog, John must be one of the richest composers in the world—but as most people know, he is also one of the most giving to his audience: his many charitable causes and his largesse is as legendary as his repertoire. While the large-scale shows in the pavilion may have drawn to a close for the season, there are still wonderful programs waiting in the wings at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery through the next few months, and I look forward to the Brawner Brothers Band (10/14), Minas: Brazilian Adventure (10/23) and Brother Jocephus & the Love Revival Revolution orchestra (11/13), among others.

In addition, the Harvest Festival kicked off on the Bethel Woods grounds this past week, and I always enjoy the weeks-long celebration of all things autumn. As we prepare to put away the swimsuits and pack up the hammocks, I am reminded of what a great season still lies ahead. Pumpkins are already emerging throughout the region and “Jeff Fest” (www.jeffersonvillemainstreet.com) is just around the corner, replete with duck races and a Main Street party (8/17) that will chase away the end-of-summer blues while heralding the fall foliage that (considering the rainfall) should be more than spectacular this year.

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (scdw.net) is presenting “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Wrong Window” this month and next, and there will be concerts, productions and scores of art shows to attend as summer gives way to fall. Each year at this time, I hear the strains of Michel Legrand’s haunting melody, “The Summer Knows,” play endlessly in my head as I break out the first sweater and begin to rake: “The summer smiles, the summer knows. And unashamed, she sheds her clothes. And if you’ve learned your lesson well, there’s little more for her to tell. One last caress, it’s time to dress for fall” dot-dot-dot...