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December 05, 2016
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Head, shoulders, knees and toes

I’ll need to be on my toes in the coming weeks, as Dharma (the Wonder Dog) and I are slated to help out at holiday events throughout the Upper Delaware River Valley—and it’s already begun. In anticipation of the sixth annual Santa’s Village at Hilltop Homes extravaganza in Monticello, I drove the pooch to Liberty, NY so she could lend a paw decorating the M&M Auto Group showroom where elves (www.facebook.com/santasvillageathilltophomes) were busily decorating trees side by side with assorted community organizations. Among those on board the Hilltop Express are the folks at Thunder 102 (www.thunder102.com) with their mission to make sure that “No child in Thunder Country should be without a toy for the holidays.”

Prior to his appearance that same night in the Lava Lounge, (www.monticellocasinoandraceway) Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) national spokesperson Jimmy Wayne stopped by to chat on-air with Ciliberto and Friends before the show. U.S. Marine Crops Staff Sgt. Jason Humphrey and Sullivan County coordinator Fred Stump represented the local Toys for Tots drive, and the country concert that evening raised funds for CASA as attendees donated cash and more than 300 toys in lieu of admission. Local entertainers Jason Casterlin (www.jasoncasterlinband.com), and Ken and Barry Somerville (www.facebook.com/SomervilleBrothers) opened for headliner Wayne’s (www.cmt.com/artists/jimmy-wayne) third annual “Where You’re Going” event, and I snapped pics of the singers, as country fans danced the night away.

Leaving the venue, I scowled at the snowfall and precariously headed home, slipping a bit en route, as the first flakes of the season slicked the roads. Happy to be home, I flung open the freezer in search of ice and a brick of frozen ground beef flew out of the door, slamming my foot, resulting in two broken toes. With the circle now complete (and my mother’s voice ringing in my ears) my week of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” drew to a close, and I’m checking my calendar while planning to head out again, limping through a winter wonderland.