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December 03, 2016
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Can’t buy me love

The Beatles arrived on American shores at JFK Airport in New York City 50 years ago this month and changed the face of Rock and Roll.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

It was the Beatles who introduced me to romantic love, and tunes like “If I Fell,” “In My Life,” “And I Love Her” and “Michelle,” have certainly stood the test of time. With Valentine’s Day interest in full swing, I’m observing the online chatter regarding the many opportunities for lovebirds to celebrate here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, while refusing to lament being a bachelor. I’ve never really defined myself by my relationship status, and with Dharma (the Wonder Dog) ever at my side, don’t feel a need to join the “Lonely Hearts Club Band,” so I plan to catch a few events centered around all things Cupid.

Friday’s “Valentine’s Love-In” in Liberty (www.greendoormag,com) shows promise, while on Saturday, Carol Montana will once again present “Shorts & Sweets for Sweethearts” at the United Methodist Church in Monticello, and with song stylist Patti Greco Sunshine on the bill, it is likely to provide a wonderful, long and winding road to romance. For reservations, call 845/707-1417. I’ve had an ongoing love affair with Peter Florance and the New Kings for years, so it’s likely that I’ll pop by the Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel, NY (also on Saturday) to catch the band belting out some off-beat love songs before heading to Livingston Manor, where I will be participating in the first of a 12-part project with other local writers, all intent on creating their memoirs (www.catskillartsociety.org). The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with the Yarnslingers group (www.facebook.com/yarnslingers), will be hosting monthly readings, as the authors share their life stories, some of which will undoubtedly focus on love.

With scads of opportunities to celebrate with someone special, check out The River Reporter’s calendar of events. As for “This Boy,” I plan to relive the Beatles’ arrival in the states through the magic of video, recalling my youth and first love, while searching online for one of those fun-fur wigs. Seems like it was only “Yesterday.”