March 10, 2013: one year ago my mother went to heaven to be with my dad. I was truly blessed with great parents. They taught me how to enjoy life, help others and work for what you want, and to love unconditionally. Last Saturday my family was together for my brother’s 50th birthday, and we had a dedication to my mom. There was not a dry eye in the house, with everyone singing Danny Boy. Every Sunday my mother would cook dinner and sing her Irish songs; “Danny Boy” was her favorite. My little cousin Nicholas took the microphone and wanted all of us to listen to him speak with her. He hoped she was safe and having fun in heaven.
It was a very busy weekend. Friday night I was in The River Reporter’s cast of “Annie” for the Boys and Girls Club of Sullivan County celebrity fundraiser dinner at the Villa Roma. It was an amazing night seeing all the local people dressed up as characters from Broadway plays, and all groups had amazing costumes.
Some of the best were Sheriff Mike Schiff, his wife Christine (as Dolly Parton) and District Attorney Jim Farrell as the mayor from “The Best Little Whore House in Texas;” Paul Ciliberto from Thunder 102 as Mrs. Turnbull from “Hair Spray,” (BTW: he has nice legs and had big boobs); Norman Duttweiler of the Forestburgh Playhouse as the main hippie in “Hair;” four ladies from Sullivan ARC performed as “Dreamgirls,” and they were good. I wish I could remember everyone, but too much was going on. If you would like to see photographs, you can go to my Facebook page, Eileen Laffin Hennessy, and take a look. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this great event like Gary Maas, Jim Crowley, Liz Bringle, Rick and Lisa Lander and so many more. It was a great event and Alexis Eggleton did a fabulous job putting this all together. I believe the Boys and Girls Club raised around $61,000. Not a bad night’s work!
There is a lot going on this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, March 17, and there will be a parade on Saturday the 15th in Jeffersonville and on Sunday, March 16, Narrowsburg holds its second annual parade. The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday the 16th from 7 a.m. to 12 noon to raise money for new kitchen appliances in the Tusten town hall. Holy Cross Church holds a St. Patrick’s dinner right after the 4:30 p.m. mass.
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