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A mixed bag

“Hickster Mixer” hosts Akira and Ellie Ohiso were all smiles at the Green Door’s party in Liberty, NY.

September 11, 2013

More often than not, I have such a wide variety of events to attend here in the Upper Delaware River Valley during any given week that it is sometimes perplexing as to how I will tie them all together with a neat bow when I sit down to write. Music, art, theatre and fundraisers, with a party thrown into the mix, do stimulate, but are frequently at opposite ends of the spectrum and challenge the thought process, as my fingers fly across the keyboard. The past few days were no exception and (figuratively) provided a mixed bag.

My first stop was in Liberty, NY for a festive event labeled a “Hickster Mixer” hosted by Akira and Ellie Ohiso ( whom I believe are on the cutting edge. Their ideas are fun, fresh and innovative, and the mixer invited members of the community to actively participate by bringing our own music (via iPods and the like) to be combined with the hundreds of vinyl albums provided by mix-master Jon Jon Thomas. He and his band of merry DJs kept the platters (and downloads) spinning throughout the evening, as folks were encouraged to purchase “Bethel Woods Center for the Arts County Cares for St. Jude Kids Boot Cards.” (Say that three times fast.) For more information on the St. Jude boot card locations and related events, visit The party was swell, the music too loud, and ultimately Dharma (the wonder dog) and I made a not-so-hasty retreat before moving on to the next experience.