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Planning ahead; Lazy, hazy and crazy!

Dharma the Wonder Dog loves paddling around the beautiful lakes that dot the landscape here in the Catskills
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox


May 22, 2013

Ahhh. The good old summertime is almost here and (IMHO) none too soon. Personally, I love all of the seasons we in the Upper Delaware Valley have to celebrate, and each has its own merits, but with Memorial Day upon us, all thoughts lead to summer.

As for lazy, the region offers so many opportunities to bask. Lakes, ponds, rivers and streams beckon as the sun warms our favorite watering holes. The weather has been gorgeous and I made my first trip to Crystal Lake (www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/61459.html) last week with the wonder dog in tow. Pristine, with the surrounding forest in full bloom, the 38 acre lake is within walking distance and serves as a backdrop for great fishing, hiking and (wait for it) berry picking still to come. While Dharma checked out the fat tadpoles lazily sprouting legs, I snapped photos and made plans to check out some of the other glorious lakes that dot the landscape. If you have a favorite spot, send your pics to photos@riverreporter.com and we’ll share them on Facebook in the coming months.

With another birthday right around the corner, (May 25—feel free to send cash) I’m a little hazy on where I went last year, but I know that I’ll be returning to some of my favorite summer haunts. I spoke with producer Norman Duttweiler of the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.fbplayhouse.org) a few days ago and started making plans for the theatre’s upcoming season. Although I’m convinced that I served as Duttweiler’s inspiration for the 2013 roster of shows, he says it just ain’t so. All I know is that I had star turns in “South Pacific,” “Grease” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” back in the day, and now all of those shows are slated for the FBP; but Norman insists that it’s “merely coincidence.” Hmm. As if to appease me, Duttweiler asked Dharma to make a cameo appearance in Monty Python’s “Spamalot” during its run (July 16 to 28) and suggested I might as well be on stage, too. Mark your calendars, plan ahead, and leave the rotten fruit at home.