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Busy busy busy!


June 21, 2012

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.

With so much on my plate, I hesitate to give short shrift to anyone, so this season I’ll be trying something new. Now that The River Reporter (TRR) has an active online presence (www.riverreporteronline.com), I will be posting reviews of concerts and shows to our web site and have the opportunity to produce larger photo albums of the events to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theriverreporter) as well. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit our internet sources, this would be an ideal time to check out these great pages for daily updates.

Okay then, back to busy. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche must have seen me coming when he declared that “a man who is very busy seldom changes his opinions.” As my dance card filled up during the past week, I struggled with making choices (as usual) and looked to Theodore Roosevelt for guidance. “When you are asked if you can do a job” he wrote, “Tell ‘em ‘certainly I can!’ then get busy and find out how to do it.” Breathing deeply, I ran to the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplayhouse.org) to catch opening night of “Guys and Dolls.” Frank Loessers’ musical fable is legendary and with memorable songs like “I’ll Know,” “Bushel and a Peck,” and the show-stopping “Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat,” I’m grateful to have the online space to give the production my full attention.