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September 19, 2014
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Let freedom ring

The Sullivan West marching band led the 129th Memorial Day Parade in the Town of Fremont. Historically, the parade is the oldest in Sullivan County and the second oldest overall in New York State


Looking around, I noticed a different theme emerging, in the (armless) form of Venus de Milo, one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. The Venus has always held a certain allure for me, and I was happy to discover that artist Barbara Zweig was in the house to explain her process. “Venus is, to me, an icon of culture, beauty and youth,” Zweig told me, noting that I was particularly drawn to the beaded interpretations of the goddess hanging on one wall. She explained that the reason the beads appear to “bleed” down onto the floor is an expression of her “reflection on the present state of our commodified culture.” I’m not entirely sure that I grasped the concept, but Zweig’s ghostly images are haunting and I often applaud that which I don’t understand, accepting the limitations my aging brain allows.

It was easy to cross the road and have a nice birthday dinner at the Dancing Cat before crossing the parking lot to hear personal fave Peter Florance and the New Kings (like them on Facebook) playing in the Distillery, where friends acknowledged my wrinkled visage with a raised glass of good cheer against my protestations about being officially “over the hill.” My dance partner was a dog (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog), but she is the best date I could ask for and I love having the freedom to take her with me wherever I go.

On Sunday, I went with a pal to Narrowsburg, NY to check out the Fort Delaware Museum, which offers visitors an “authentic depiction of the life of the Delaware Company pioneers who settled in the Upper Delaware Valley in 1754.” (www.upperdelawarescenicbyway.org)

My visit there was so interesting, that I feel the need to write freely about just that, and plan to devote a separate article on the Fort in next week’s issue of The River Reporter. I know you’re on the edge of your seat, so try to contain your excitement. It’s only a few days away.