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All work and no play?

Sullivan County 2014 pageant winners Samantha Shaver-Ruff, left, Lorna Dewitt, Ariana Kaminski and Amanda Rampe were on hand at the 24th annual kite festival strolling the grounds and posing for pics with their fans.
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

May 7, 2014

No, that can’t be right. Some folks think my life is all play and no work, but that doesn’t quite fit either. I believe that my busy schedule of concerts, art shows, festivals and parades suits me, and as the dog and I careen through the four counties, 60 communities and two states that serve as the territory we cover for The River Reporter here in the Upper Delaware River region, I would prefer to think that although I may be a lot of things, dull isn’t one of them. Nor is my events calendar, which is quickly filling up. Now that spring has sprung, I’m going to have to make some tough choices in the next few months, selecting one from column A and one from column B, in an effort to report on the array of artistic endeavors that dot the landscape, all of which contribute to the rich tapestry that is life in the Catskills.

The past week has served as a great illustration of how colorful and varied that tapestry can be, with an art show, a kite festival and the world premiere of a new play to see. There were other choices of course, and I’m assuming that some of you attended some of them and I’d love to hear about it. Call me. Meanwhile, I’ll try to describe my adventures with the Wonder Dog, without sounding (ahem) dull. The campus lawn at Sullivan County Community College (www.sullivan.suny.edu) was slightly moist and somewhat squishy last Saturday from all of the rains of late, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit or deter families from flocking to the 24th annual kite festival, which as always, drew a huge crowd. The Loch Sheldrake Fire Department was on hand to cook up traditional festival fare, along with Hog Heaven’s barbeque, Italian ices, cotton candy and more, as hundreds of enthusiasts let their kites take flight in what turned out to be perfect weather conditions for flying. The festival is free, made possible by the generous sponsorship from SUNY Sullivan in conjunction with Jeff Bank, Thunder 102, WSUL/WVOS Radio and the Sullivan County Visitors Association. As usual, the pup was recognized throughout the day, and she posed for pics with the kids before getting her very own hot dog, while I rested my weary bones.