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July 29, 2014
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Just a weekend in the country


Duttweiler is no stranger to the stage, having begun his career acting in the ‘70s, and has appeared with other female luminaries Lana Turner, Arlene Dahl and Kim Hunter. Swit, then, was probably forewarned, but possibly not forearmed, and although her performance was fun, the show belonged (IMHO) to Norman. In all fairness, Duttweiler is extremely popular here in the county, and his many loyal fans turned out in droves (not an empty seat in the place) to catch his performance. Undoubtedly, Swit is humming Sondheim’s tune and recalling the words, which suggest “controlling ourselves while strolling the lawns” as she prepares to enchant this week while starring in Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” which plays through September 2. Stay tuned.

I made my way to Hortonville, NY on Saturday, for the annual Fireman’s Field Days and parade. Still can’t resist a parade here in the Upper Delaware Valley, and Hortonville’s did not disappoint. Families, neighbors and dogs (yes, she was with me) lined the streets, hooting and hollering as the fire trucks, classic cars, ambulance corps and (yay!) dairy queens waved at the crowd. Entertainment, games and great food waited for us all at the end of the parade route and the turnout for the festive event was huge. Dharma (the wonder dog) and I spent a few hours kissing babies and shaking hands, while thanking all of the volunteers who help keep our country homes safe all year ‘round.

I took a breather for a few hours of “personal time” to attend my first same-sex wedding at Beaverbrook Cottage in Narrowsburg, NY, which was beautiful, emotional and laden with happiness and tears (you girls rock!). State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther sat with me and shared how “thrilled she was to have played even a small part in the process of making sure that equal rights are recognized in New York.” Naturally, I cried, before extending my sincerest congratulations to the happy couple, and considered my next move.

On Sunday, I checked in with Sondheim one last time, whose lyrics reminded that “with the crickets and the pheasants and the orchards and the hay, we’ll be laying our plans while we’re playing croquet.” Apropos, with the Harvest Festival waiting in the wings, and I swung by Bethel Woods for my final farewell, positive that country sensation Jason Aldean knows what a little night music really is. Prior to Aldean taking the place by storm, newcomer Rachel Farley did a quick set and warmed up the sold-out-to-capacity crowd nicely. I really liked her, and suspect her 15 minutes on stage will be growing exponentially.