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December 10, 2016
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Power to the people?

Folk singer Joe Crookston wows the crowd at the Cooperage in Honesdale, PA

Firmly ensconced at Honey Hill Pottery again, I rearranged the studio and greeted customers who were out in the cold looking for a bargain. Simply chatting with neighbors lifted my flagging spirits, so I decided to catch the new exhibit “Nature’s Palette” at Domesticities ( in Youngsville, NY. It hadn’t occurred to me that the storm might have delayed the opening. When Dharma and I showed up, proprietor Anne Hart was indeed in residence and artist Susan Pascale’s lovely paintings adorned the walls. Hart assured us that the rescheduled reception would occur this coming weekend (assuming that the impending nor’easter stays away) and I would encourage anyone to check out the art and fabulous vintage collectibles that make me want to redecorate constantly.

Visiting with Anne (as always) was fun, and observing Dharma snag balls of yarn off the shelves seemed to entertain us both, so (thinking cap on) I purchased a pair of cool hurricane lamps, bought a Russian fur hat across the street and smiled. Glancing at my notes, I made a quick call to Jill Padua ( who confirmed that singer/songwriter Joe Crookston ( was still slated to appear at The Cooperage ( in Honesdale, PA and I made plans to bask in the glow that is Joe. I’ve basked before, so knew that we were about to experience a folk singer in the truest form. Crookston, who can play the guitar like nobody’s business, writes from the soul, wrapping his rich, beautiful voice around folk tales with gorgeous melodies.

Tunes like “Good Luck John,” “The Nazarene” and “Caitlin at the Window” are new, adding to his repertoire of familiar tracks that are often covered by other artists and are now being included on soundtracks for film. Long ago, I happily joined the ranks of Crookston enthusiasts and enjoyed another opportunity to stomp my feet, sit back and experience Joe Crookston live in concert. I’m still on a high from being at the ultra-cool Cooperage, spending time with Padua, fellow folk singer Mike Jung and the Crookston fans who turned out to experience the power of the musical tour that he leads.