Running on empty
July 5, 2012 —
Sitting at my desk to write about the past week is a welcome respite, since (for something different) I have been racing around like a headless chicken. On Wednesday last, I took advantage of the opportunity to take a seat at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplay house.org) and bask in their fun production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical.” For my full-scale review, visit the “Arts & Leisure” link on our website (www.riverreport eronline.com )
The next morning, I checked the gas gauge and zipped over to the government center in Monticello to listen in as Sullivan County Chamber Chamber of Commerce V.P. Cathy Paty, joined by chamber president Terri Ward and founder Jessica Gardner, as they announced the new “think local, buy local, stay local” county-wide campaign (www.catskills.com) designed to encourage residents and visitors to spend and keep our dollars right here at home. Stressing the importance of shopping locally, Ward shared that money spent in the county “provides revenue for our fire departments, libraries, road maintenance and parks.”
“This campaign is designed to raise awareness” Paty said, “and if even a small percentage of the population changes their spending habits, we will consider it a great success.” Noting that it is easy to find most items needed right in our own backyards, rather than roaming afield, the chamber’s message couldn’t (IMHO) come at a better time.
That same night, in anticipation of the weekend’s sold-out Dave Matthews Band (DMB) appearance, I put a bit more gas in the tank and stopped by the Catskill Distilling Company (www.catskilldistilling.com) in Bethel, NY. Matthews has many interests, among them a “collaboration with acclaimed winemaker” Steve Reeder, in the form of Dreaming Tree Winery (www.dreamingtree wines.com), based in (surprise!) Sonoma, CA. Although Matthews had not yet arrived in Sullivan County, the winery’s “restaurant specialist” Chandler Webber was in the house, to offer up tastings and commentary on the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and North Coast “Crush.”