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Narrowsburg celebrates the river with record crowd

TRR photo by Tom Kane
Auctioneer Pamela Moore Epstein conducts business during the annual arts poster benefit auction. (Click for larger image)


NARROWSBURG — At the corner of Main Street stood Dan Brinkerhoff from Damascus, PA with his stone inscriptions. A little further down, Hank Schneider from Narrowsburg posed with his delicate vases, Art Peck from Narrowsburg displayed his home-made 20-foot fishing boat, Kevin Ryerson from Barryville buzzed his sculpting chain-saw. The Carl Dietz Ensemble wove their blend of mellow jazz over the humid air. There were also jewelers, soap and candle makers, clothiers, painters, sculptors and, of course, food vendors.

All of this, and lots more, drew a record crowd to Main Street at Narrowsburg’s annual Riverfest celebration last Sunday, July 28.

Adding to the carnival air were actors working the crowd on stilts, in dramatic costume, from the North American Cultural Laboratories (NaCl) in Highland Lake.

“I wouldn’t miss this,” said Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kane, whose wife Nancy, a Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) board member, was hawking ice tea at the DVAA booth.

Every parking space in the hamlet and across the bridge into Pennsylvania was filled.

The big event of the festival was the annual, much-anticipated auction of art posters that were produced by local artists along the river valley and beyond, conducted as a DVAA gallery program benefit. Over 70 area artists submitted posters.

“We made $14,285 on the poster auction,” said DVAA executive director Elaine Giguere. Callicoon artist Georgia Chambers’ three dimensional poster with original etchings, depicting a lighthouse, sold for $1,400.

Seated high upon her chair, veteran auctioneer Pamela Moore Epstein ruled the transactions, directing the attention of spenders with her wit and wisdom. Every year, Epstein volunteers her time to the festival.

Despite an occasional sprinkle of rain, the crowds continued to spill into the street after the auction, in mid-afternoon, as the music and festivities continued.

“We ran out of hotdogs twice,” said The River Reporter advertising sales representative Eileen Hennessey, who worked the newspaper’s booth, situated next to the RiverFest debut of Jill’s Kitchen, featuring sesame noodles, tabouli and fresh gazpacho soup. Other delicious food treats included fried dough, coffee frappes from the Three Chocolatiers and lemonade and ice cream from the DVAA booth.

The annual festival is sponsored by DVAA and the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce.

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