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December 03, 2016
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Soul food

Heron's Eye Communications co-founder Sandy Long attended the Sullivan County Food Raiser at the Catskill Distillery in Bethel, NY, one of several venues where events were held simultaneously across the county.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

While keeping a constant vigil on my intake, calories are never the issue, and therefore dessert is always on the menu. To serve my sweet tooth, I’ll be heading out to the United Methodist Church of Monticello (www.monticelloumchurch.org) on Saturday, February 9 for “Shorts and Sweets for Sweethearts,” which will provide dinner (that I may not be able to sample), entertainment and “delectable homemade desserts” (which I definitely can). That’s all I need to know, but for those of you with questions, call 845/262-2376 for reservations and information.

Speaking of reservations, I’m experiencing some on a personal level while preparing to (quite literally) help serve the community on a slightly different level. The fifth annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner is approaching at lightening speed, and I’m a little nervous. On Friday, March 8, the Villa Roma Resort (www.villaroma.com) will be hosting the four-course dinner and a night of entertainment benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sullivan County (www.bgcorange.org). Multiple teams of servers will be on hand and I’ve been asked to represent The River Reporter this year, along with teammates Paul Ciliberto, Michelle Semerano (www.thunder102.com) and Town of Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini, as we serve the diners along with Sullivan County Partnership’s Allan Scott and Michelle Klugman-Resnick.

This year’s theme, “Music from Your Youth,” is our inspiration, and 20 teams of local celebrities will be on hand, costumed and at your service, while competing for the largest collection of tips, which will be determined by how much we entertain (hence my reservations). It’s not my cohorts that concern, but my own ability to pull off what is currently still a secret. Naturally, the Wonder Dog will be at my side and undoubtedly an advantage, since her very appearance is entertaining and (if advance sales are any indication), it’s clear that many of her fans are looking forward to hobnobbing with Her Highness. I’m praying that attendees will be laughing with (rather than at) me, but either way, it’s for a wonderful cause. Fully prepared to be a good sport, my competitive streak is in full force, and since the event is always sold out, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their county.