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October 31, 2014
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Fire and ice

Blues legend Danny Fitzgerald danced the night away with New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther at the Catskill Distilling Company during his band’s appearance there.


Later that same day, I took part in the first of 12 installments of the Yarnslingers Memoirs project, which is a partnership between this local storytellers group (www.facebook.com/yarnslingers) and CAS (www.catskillartsociety.org) in Livingston Manor, NY. Nine writers converged to share their chapters with a sold-out crowd and take part in a lively discussion afterward, in a process that is leading the variety of authors in the general direction of crafting their individual memoirs-in-the-making. It would be unfair to compare the individual writing styles in this diverse and talented group. I felt a bit inadequate next to so many clever wordsmiths, but at the end of the day, it’s apples and oranges, I suppose. With 11 more installments in the offing (a book of 12 chapters at the end of the year), there are plenty of opportunities to check out this interesting project in the near future. Like Fred and Ethel, the pooch and I will be there, come hell or high water.