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December 09, 2016
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The family that plays together...

"We come every year" declared the Steele family at the DeBruce family Labor Day Parade

On Saturday, we both zipped over to Callicoon Creek Park and once again observed the family unit gathering for the final concert in the 2012 series dubbed “Under the Moon in Callicoon.” describes the music festival as “spotlighting the energy and creativity of the Delaware River Valley and our own Catskills. Our performers will be homegrown, fresh and ready to do some pluckin’!” As families gathered on blankets on the grass, the picnic tables were filling up as well, with fresh flowers and candles enhancing the ambiance. Children played before the bands took the stage, and Dharma joined the growing family of dogs, who instantly formed a pack and cavorted down by the riverside.

Local faves “Hoy Polloy” and “Richard and the Secular Sextet” were on the bill and actually performed by the light of the silvery moon. The music was swell, the kids had a ball and the feeling of community unity was abundant and uplifting as neighbors, families and friends came together. Feeling the love, I snapped some pics (“like” The River Reporter on Facebook to see them all!) and my good humor carried over into the next day, excited to check out another great event: the DeBruce Family Labor Day Parade.

Although Debruce, NY shares a mailing address with Livingston Manor, parade enthusiast Carol Montana is careful to point out that “DeBruce is five miles outside of the Manor and very proud of who they are. They may share a zip code, but they cherish their individuality.” Having never been, I had no idea what to expect, but the town was abuzz by the time I arrived, and I learned a lot about the DeBruce family and what community means to the tiny hamlet that celebrates in a very big way. The man behind the magic is Steve Dill, and wherever I wandered, I met members of the Dill clan who pointed me in the direction of Steve—but I never cornered him, as he was mobbed by friends and family throughout the day.