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Dancing in the street

Nutshell exhibitor Cindy Shechter is “excited by color.”


August 2, 2012

I hit the ground running this week, with the lyrics to the classic Marvin Gaye anthem playing in my head: “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.” They certainly fit at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.fbplayhouse.org) and the theatre’s third offering of the season, “West Side Story.” The show is (IMHO) brilliantly written, and I was truly impressed by the production. For my complete analysis of the company’s homage to dancing in the street (and on rooftops), visit the Arts & Leisure section at www.riverreporteronline.com.

Inclement weather (an understatement if ever there was one) did not deter, and as soon as there was a break in the clouds, I grabbed an umbrella and headed for Callicoon, joining the burgeoning crowd braving the storm to meander Main Street and sample summertime treats, while admiring the art filled booths that our street festivals attract. The shops and restaurants were humming and local vendors displayed their wares: antiques, tie-dyed garments, organic goodies and hand-crafted items for every taste and budget.

Kids splashed in puddles as neighbors visited, sharing stories of the storm (and tornado threat) that tore through the Upper Delaware valley, in some cases leaving a wake of destruction and power outages in its path. Without the tireless efforts of our local heroes, the streets would not have been so easy to dance in, and the men and women who work so hard deserve recognition. Clean-up crews are still working ‘round the clock to make the streets safe for dancing. Since Mother Nature packed a wallop this time—and my hat’s off to all who serve.

After a (far too brief) siesta, I eyed the clouds and made my way to picturesque Lake Huntington and Juan Rigal’s Nutshell Arts Center (www.nutshellarts.com) overlooking the bay. The community events schedule at the center is packed, and affable host Rigal is always offering up something special. Between the café, concerts, shows and exhibits, the place is continuously bustling. How I’ve missed out on some of the gallery openings remains a mystery, but the “Summer of 2012” art exposition remained on my radar, and I was wowed by the vast array of artists represented.