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I love the Catskills!


February 9, 2012

With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, I continue to recuperate at home and ponder. Is it possible, I wonder, to send a Valentine to a place? How would I address it? “Dear Upper Delaware Valley” sounds strange, but is all-encompassing. “To whom it may concern” is a little too formal. If I could, I’d hire a sky writer to spread my message high above in the clouds, for all to see.

Delivery methods aside, I feel the need to express myself, and acknowledge how much I adore this region and the loving friends, neighbors and communities who have come out in droves to tell me how they all feel. Long after the pain subsides, I will always remember the incredible support and encouragement I have received along the way, for the wave of love is, well... unforgettable.

That song, written by Irving Gordon, reverberates in my head during the day, as I open the cards, read the emails and see the scores of posts on Facebook, wishing me a speedy recovery. Where else but the Catskills would this happen? Of course I have heard from friends everywhere (unforgettable, both near or far) but it is here, at home, that resonates the most.

Even though I am still unable to venture out into the world, it does continue to turn. I wish I could get to the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s (www.scdw.net) “Evening with Irving Berlin—and More” on February 10, but alas! I won’t make it, but you can. Call 845/436-5336 for details.

“Love is everything,” a themed exhibit presented by Wurtsboro Arts Alliance (www.waagallery.org) is opening on the 11th, and sounds like a great way to get in the mood for Cupid’s special day. Undoubtedly, I’ll be watching reruns of “Murder she wrote” and bemoaning my fate.

Across the county, “Be Mine” (this year, “Be Mine Always”) is back at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA, www.artsalliance site.org) in Narrowsburg and is always a fantastic (IMHO) ode to love, translated via poetry and art. The exhibit continues through the 18th of this month, but I still can’t walk that much. The DVAA has presented this group show for a few years now, and it’s consistently worth seeing.