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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


May 29, 2013

National holidays are a mixed bag for me. On one hand, parties, barbeques and parades spring up and a festive air hangs over the Upper Delaware Valley as folks frolic, thrilled to have a three-day weekend. On the other, I invariably have to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and more often than not my job involves attending parties, barbeques and parades. Thankfully, it’s not exactly brain surgery, so I have a lot to be grateful for. Fortunately, I have a lot of freedom to express my humble opinion on a variety of subjects and thus far, I have not run out of things to say. Memorial Day weekend ushers in my birthday and although I’m glad it’s over (no room for that many candles on the cake), it’s always a challenge to figure out how to celebrate and still get the work done.

Scrutinizing the seemingly endless schedule of events taking place last week, I was (for something completely different) forced to pick and choose, loosely based on personal choice. Desiring to mix business with pleasure, I selected a central location (www.straycatgallery.com) and set out in search of intellectual stimulation, mixing it up with an art show, prepared to observe freedom of expression in the making. Pretending that the opening reception for the gallery’s “Mist and Mystery” exhibit was planned as a birthday party for me wasn’t easy, but I managed. It was easier to wrap my head around the exhibit’s theme when viewing Kit Jones’ photography (www.kitjonesstudio.com), which (IMHO) expressed the artist’s “fascination with fog and mist stemming from his childhood in a coastal town of California where fog came in almost daily.” By the time I arrived, Jones was not on hand for further discussion, but I found his photographs alluring, and they will be on display at the gallery through June 5.