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‘Don’t rain on my parade!’

Backed by a large orchestra, the Deep Purple Experience was enhanced to a new level.


June 16, 2011

Those memorable lyrics, written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne- for the Broadway classic “Funny Girl,” ran through my head during the past week as I made my way through the thunderstorms soaking the region – as always, in search of adventure.

I had to choose a parade, since I was overbooked (with two different cavalcades set for the same weekend) and decided on the Livingston Manor annual Trout Parade, which promised to be even bigger and more of a splash than ever before. Yes, there was precipitation in the forecast but no one can tell me to “just sit and putter,” so off I went, knowing full well what a “rain or shine” event means here in the Delaware River Valley.

Sure enough, it drizzled, misted and even sprinkled, but not enough to dampen the spirits of the fans who braved the clouds for this yearly event—which, as advertised, was even bigger and better than last year. Several bands (“I simply gotta march, my heart’s a drummer!”) joined the Mountain Tones, loads of floats and the ever-impressive giant puppets (www.catskillpuppettheater.com) as scores of families, clowns, antique cars and equestrians appeared out of the fog in time to make the day a rousing success. There were food booths (“I’ve gotta have my bite, sir”) saluting all things fishy and entertainment galore, including the harmonious “Johnny Darling Frolic,” which bears further study, since their name is derived from Catskill folklore.

Although “life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter,” there were still clouds on the horizon as I packed my things for a trip to Bethel Woods (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) to take part in the “Music & Astronomy Under the Stars” (MAUS) program, which tours different venues, this time around as prelude to an evening with iconic rock band “Deep Purple.” Astronomy buffs, including several members of a local group (www.rocklandastronomy.com) were out in full force with their telescopes and expertise on stargazing.