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April 19, 2014
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Who am I anyway?

Wouldn't be RiverFest without an appearance by the NACL, whose "Weather Project" team kept the rain clouds at bay.


Honestly, I practice humility as often as I can (www.kadampanewyork.org), and while I really enjoy hearing comments from you all, there are times when my ego (darn, I still have one) is slightly bruised. While strolling the grounds during the Tim McGraw concert (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) the other night, more than one country fan asked to have their picture taken. Happy to oblige, I was momentarily crestfallen when one young lady said “thank you, sir,” while another said “aren’t you Mr. Fox from The River Reporter?” Sir? Mister Fox? “Good Lord” I thought “When did I become Mister Fox? I thought he was my father!”

The show was fantastic, and up-and-comers Love and Theft and Brantley Gilbert were outstanding openers. I give McGraw a lot of credit, and he clearly is comfortable with his country superstar status, for lesser stars would hesitate to share the stage with these dynamos, who are (IMHO) destined for great careers. I had the opportunity to speak with Gilbert (www.brantleygilbert.com), whose on-stage persona is that of a tough guy, but I got the sense that he is a “mama’s boy” at heart, which made him all the more appealing. Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson (www.loveandtheft.com) were sweet, both on-stage and off, and I was taken by how giving all of the performers were to their fans, signing autographs, posing for photos and providing a night of country music that was epic in proportions. Yee haw.

On Sunday, the 23rd annual RiverFest took place in Narrowsburg, NY, and despite some gloomy weather, folks turned out in droves for the highly anticipated poster auction, phenomenal entertainment and local art vendors, showcasing what RiverFest has become known for. The River Reporter was on hand, of course, and I spent the day snapping pics of the community posing for an opportunity to be on our “Front Page.” To view, share and tag those photos, “like” us on Facebook and enjoy.