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The sun will come out tomorrow

"The Blues Brothers"


February 19, 2014

Well, I wouldn’t bet my bottom dollar on it just yet. The snowfall has been epic this winter and at times, it’s been difficult to get out. As usual, the assortment of events scheduled around the Upper Delaware valley has been inviting, but without an actual sleigh, hard to get to. Each week I fill in my calendar with plans, but hesitate to get attached, since very often cancellations cascade in a domino effect, leaving me stranded on the mountain, eyeing the growing pile of laundry with disdain. Shoveling alleviates the boredom, sprinkled with short walks with the wonder dog, while I snap photos of the increasing footage of white stuff accumulating with astonishing pace. Recently Little Orphan Annie has been on my mind for a few reasons, and as I play the soundtrack of her life in my head, I hear that plaintive cry, “When I think of a day that’s gray and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin and say…” Oh, what’s the use?

Actually, the red-headed tyke is haunting me. As the staff at The River Reporter rehearses for the 2014 Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner, I’ve been inundated with emails, phone calls and Facebook taunts regarding the various teams participating in the sixth annual fundraiser benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs (www.bgorange.org). This year’s theme is “Broadway,” and the website for the event explains that the dinner “is heading back to the Villa Roma Resort this March, hosted by the legendary Greg Goldstein, to raise funds for the Town of Walkill Boys and Girls Club sites here in Sullivan County.” The River Reporter, along with more than 20 other costumed teams, will be serving a four-course meal and entertaining the crowd with musical salutes to some of the greatest shows ever to hit the Great White Way, including “The Wiz,” “Hairspray,” “The Sound of Music,” “Hair,” “Wicked,” “Grease” and (yes, you guessed it) “Annie.”