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Birds of a feather

Lovebirds and "Little Sparrow" vocalists Carol Smith and Aldo Troiani announced their engagement during a sold-out concert at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY before the birds of prey made their entrance.

February 26, 2014

After weeks of being cooped up with the winter blues, I rejoined the world last week and ventured forth, thanks to Mother Nature’s reprieve. Warmer temps and the recent snowmelt resulted in my feeling far less chicken about driving around the Upper Delaware River valley, so I spread my wings and flew to Callicoon, NY and a rare night out with like-minded folks. Repeated invites from WJFF station manager Adam Weinrich ( to participate in Trivia Night at Matthews on Main had languished because of the inclement weather, and with my “no-time-like-the-present” attitude, I seized the opportunity to grab gal-pal Ellany Gable, (, fully prepared to mop up the floor with my vast knowledge of trivial pursuits. We had a blast, but I have never been so wrong, so much, in such a short amount of time. While it was great to be out ( and schmooze with Chef Matt and hostess-with-the-mostess Dominique, my ego took a beating in the brains department as Team Awesome took the honors, while Team Fox was chagrined. My partner was on point, but I was sorely lacking and dragged her down sufficiently to have us come in dead last. Little wonder that the others insisted we return on Thursday for another round and I will, if for no other reason than redemption. While Dominique played kissy-face with Dharma the Wonder Dog, I grabbed my camera and snapped the proprietors with two of the four 2013 Readers Choice “The Best” awards that Matthew’s snagged recently. Good times.