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December 09, 2016
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Before the parade passes by

More than 300 tractors snaked their way through Callicoon, NY, celebrating the 18th annual Tractor Parade that draws onlookers from far and wide.
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Naturally, these events are just the tip of the iceberg. More music festivals are on the horizon (think Shandalee, Roots and Rhythm, Weekend of Chamber Music, et al), and I’ve yet to begin the summer theatre season. In fact, one of my favorites ( is about to raise the curtain on its season this week in Forestburgh, so I’ll be taking my seat for “My Fair Lady,” “Mame” and “La Cage Aux Folles” very soon. The playhouse is under new management, and while I’m sad to bid adieu to über-producer Norman Duttweiler, I look forward to seeing what theatrical tricks the new guy (Franklin Trapp) has up his sleeve. And, it is not the only game in town. The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop ( is about to open with “Dog Sees God,” which “re-imagines the iconic ‘Peanuts’ characters as teenagers” and is prepping “Guys and Dolls” along with an eclectic mix of shows, so (if I’m invited back) I’ll be sure to check out one or two as summer unfolds. The Ritz in Hawley, PA ( is rehearsing Michael Frayn’s smash comedy hit “Noises Off,” and I suspect a road trip is in the offing for me and the pooch as we careen through the Upper Delaware River region in search of entertainment. More parades are marching toward us, and with the Fabulous Fourth just around the corner, the flag waving has just begun. Understanding that there is “no rest for the wicked,” I’m guessing that I’ll see you there.