In My Humble Opinion


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Even in the portraits on the wall, something is afoot  in the Forestburgh Playhouse production of “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.”

No time like the present

Regardless of how frequently I remind myself to stop and smell the roses, more often than not they bloom while I am racing past them at lightning speed, on my way to a play, a concert, a gallery and a street fair.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

The NACL stilt corps led the Trout Parade last week, ushering in the summer season in the Catskills.

June is bustin' out all over

Ain’t that the truth. It seems like only a week ago that I still had the heat on, and now…? Air conditioners are humming. Apparently, Mother Nature finally got the memo, and while May was a bit on the chilly side, June has been positively sultry for the last few days.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Far too close for comfort, the robin seems to be well aware that I am on the inside nervously looking out.

Bye-bye birdie

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I am not wild about birds. Oh, they’re fine up in the trees or flitting about, soaring through the sky overhead, but when they get in my personal space? Different story. Honestly, I have never understood the allure of keeping birds inside and loathe the idea of caging them.


“It’s meant to be viewed in profile,” artist Allan Rubin informed, as he posed with his latest “Can-O-Masters” creation, “DANTE,” which is on display as part of the CAS members show in Livingston Manor.

I’m not getting any younger

That’s right—I completed another full revolution around the sun over the holiday weekend, but truth be told, it wasn’t exactly a picnic.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

When this blue beauty was asked about her first order of business as the newly crowned 2017 Miss Galaxy? “Why, to meet Dharma the Wonder Dog, of course!”

The truth is out there

For those of you who know me, it will likely come as no surprise to learn that I’m fascinated with the UFO phenomenon. Gifted with a telescope at the age of 10 and with encouragement from my grandfather, I turned my attention skyward and began scanning the heavens for signs of intelligent life on other planets.


NACL Theatre’s Keith McHenry,left, Forestburgh General Store proprietor Debbi Jagel and Earthgirl Pottery’s Jill Weiner all swapped brochures with other businesses during the annual Sullivan Catskills Literature Exchange held at the Forestburgh Playhouse last weekend. 

They can’t all be winners

The words above can be attributed to any number of things in my world. Photos I’ve taken, concerts I’ve attended, plays that I’ve seen… even columns that I have written, and with nearly 500 of those under my belt for The River Reporter alone, well—they can’t all be winners.


Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the 2017 Sullivan County Pageant winners!

Young at heart

Playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) once famously declared that “youth is wasted on the young,” and I’ve been known to quote his pithy comment on occasion, but nowadays… I wonder.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Dad Jay, Amelia and little brother Curtis Brooks demonstrate what talent is all about at the annual show held in Hortonville every spring.

When it rains…

Sometimes, both the metaphorical and literal definitions collide, and such was the case this past week as the skies opened and literally soaked the Upper Delaware River region, while simultaneously the downpour of events cascading across the counties commenced, as alluded to last week.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Daffodils and forsythia abound outside, heralding spring. Thankfully, my neighbor has a green thumb, and provides the photo-ops while I rake leaves.

Spring break

It’s been a while since I participated in an “official” spring break and took the requisite trip to Florida to hang out with friends, get rowdy and party till the sun came up. The very thought of doing that now exhausts me and is a reminder that I might be approaching the autumn of my years, which is a bit unnerving too.

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