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December 02, 2016
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There’s got to be a morning after...

Cake artist Kim Simons, left, and Elizabeth Klimchok, proprietor of Green Living Peace (GLP), enjoy a quiet moment at the shop’s grand opening in Jeffersonville, NY.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

On that note, I decided to keep to my schedule and ran over to Jeffersonville, NY for the grand opening of GLP (www.greenlivingpeace.com) and have a piece of cake, before it’s too late. Throwing caution to the wind, proprietor Elizabeth Klimchok was all smiles during the party and the cake (www.cakesbykimsimons.com) was (IMHO) incredible. Following the official ribbon cutting, I chatted briefly with Klimchok, who shared that her new “shopping destination” was “all about community.” She showed me around, pointing out hand-crafted gifts created by local artists, and expressed her desire for others to reach out. “I’d love to present even more locally made items, so please, stop by or give me a call; this is just the beginning.” Hmm. “We’ll see,” I intoned, while making a mental note to return for some last minute gifts—if there is a morning after.

Not wanting to frighten the little ones, I put impending doom on hold, slipped into my elf suit and joined in the celebration going on last Saturday at Santa’s Village (www.facebook.com/pages/Santas-Village-at-Hilltop-Homes/483882431645583) in Monticello, NY. In between on-air quips on Thunder 102 (www.thunder102.com), I made the rounds with Dharma, the wonder dog (aka, Santa’s magic puppy) while basking in the magic of the season and sharing the joy with (literally) thousands of kids. The event, now in its fifth year, was a rousing success, collecting donations benefiting Sullivan County Toys for Tots and CASA (www.sullivancountycasa.org), a non-profit that screens, trains and supervises court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children.

Thankfully, I was able to put all thoughts of planetary extinction on hold for a few hours and revel in the incredible musical light show that Dave Dunlap and his many elves have created for the children.