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December 09, 2016
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That was the week that was...

The vernal equinox full moon made a spectacular display over Bethel, NY.

The stunning gallery was packed as admirers bid on pieces in a silent auction, made donations to the DVAA and made purchases, munching on hors d’ouevres, while thanking artist-in-residence David Bush ( and sponsors of the event ( I’ve known Pinciotti for years, but this was the first time I’ve seen his neon art, and I was mightily impressed by his work and that of his fellow exhibitors.

TRR’s own Laurie Stuart had several pieces of her “felt artistry” on display, and although I have no clue where she finds the time, I’m glad that she does, and found this unusual, labor-of-love art form to be particularly fetching.

There were other noteworthy events over the course of the week: The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless (845/794-8091) banquet at Mr. Willey’s ( in Monticello, a trip to the Narrowsburg Inn (nar for their open mic/fundraiser on be half of the upcoming Roots and Rhythm Festival ( and a few personal stops along the way.

As usual, my dance card was full and I stopped for a breather, snapping a few pics of the impressive vernal equinox full moon, while making notes of coming attractions. The high school musical season is in full swing, and while I can’t make them all, I will do my best to catch a few. Monticello ( is presenting “Kiss Me Kate” on March 25 and 26, while across the county Eldred Central School ( will be performing “All Shook Up” on the same dates. Not to be outdone, Liberty Central High School is rehearsing perennial favorite “The Little Shop of Horrors” for April 1 and 2.

These are but a few of the shows that our local talent will be presenting as the weeks progress. Check our calendar section for more and make your reservations, as these productions are invariably (and deservedly) SRO.

I gasped in horror myself as I observed the snow coming down this morning, and while spring is clearly in the air, the weather report for the Upper Delaware Valley is iffy for the week. I won’t put away the snowshoes just yet, but will remain a “cockeyed optimist,” knowing full well that I’ll be out and about regardless of what falls from the sky.