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December 04, 2016
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Festivals and battles and tours—oh my!

Auctioneer Jerry Malek (rear left) entertains while DVAA board member Liza Phillips displays a poster, helping raise funds for the DVAA. According to executive director Elaine Giguere, the pthe auction this year yielded about $8,700, down nearly $1,000 from last year. But she said overall the event was a great success, and “the loss was more than made up for with sales of T-shirts and food and lots of other stuff.”

Vendors’ tents lined both sides of the street, and local artists, authors and crafts people displayed their wares as music filled the air. Excitement mounted (as it always does) in anticipation of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s ( annual RiverFest poster auction. Dozens of entries covered a wide range of artistic expression, and the bidding hands flew up throughout the auction, raising much-needed funds for the DVAA. For more photos of RiverFest, see page 20, and for further details, see Narrowsburg News on page 9.

This tradition grows in popularity every year, and it was swell to see the community out in full force, celebrating together in a convivial manner that causes me to rejoice once more, loving the spirit of the country life that has come to mean so much, to so many. The daily battles that sometimes arise, even here in the mountains, fade away as I reflect on how rich our lives are and how much remains to be learned. I know that many of our friends and neighbors join me in thanks, as I attempt to express my gratitude for the many that serve our community with these lessons, historical, musical and otherwise.