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September 02, 2014
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Button up your overcoat

No crafts fair is complete without a bake sale. Matthew Weinstein, top row-left, Barbara Weinstein, Caroline Campbell, Emily Campbell and Lizzie Campbell sold tasty treats to Chanukah shoppers at Temple Sholom in Monticello over the weekend.


Chanukah comes early this year. In fact, the Jewish holiday has never occurred on this date (November 27) before, and according to the Internet, never will again. Adorably dubbed “Thanksgivukah” by several online sources, the lighting of the menorah will take place on the night before Thanksgiving—hence the temple’s craft fair. Dharma was anxious to check out the new dog toys and start her wish list, so we headed out and chatted with the vendors, admiring their handiwork and making notes for the near future. The pooch snatched a handmade chew toy from Fiona Feltman’s table and raced around the showroom, delighting the kids, and coercing me to make an early purchase (a cute camouflage tug) from the young lady’s display. To find out how you can commission Fiona to make one for your pup, call the temple at 845/794-8731. Getting into the holiday spirit, Feltman’s project helps benefit the Sullivan County SPCA.

Paying for our purchase, I wagged a finger at the dog and informed her that she’d have to wait for more. Wondering if it was too early to start drinking hot buttered rum, I turned to the song lyrics. “Keep away from bootleg hooch, when you’re on a spree,” was the advice before the inevitable rhyme, so I drove home, posted a pic of the frost and sat back, awaiting commentary. “Oy Vey” was the first response, from Facebook friend Denise Sarett Connolly, which seemed in keeping with the impending holiday, so I read on. “I love this!” enthused pal Miriam Rayevsky, while chum Lorraine Allen chimed in with, “The frost is lovely and I could sooo live without it.” Counting my shekels after Dharma’s impromptu gift, I was amused to read Lynne Wilcox’s observation that a “beautiful pattern was all over my car this morning… in fact it took a good ten minutes to remove it.” With the last strains of the song (thankfully) fading from my reverie, I hear snippets echoing in my (hopefully normal) brain. “Eat an apple every day,” it advises, “get to bed by three.” With the clocks turned back, that seems almost plausible, but I don’t want to rush it, so I’ll just button up my overcoat and hope for the best.