In My Humble Opinion


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Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour delivered New Orleans to the Catskills last weekend at Bethel Woods.

Hippies and bagels and bears—oh my!

There are scads of reasons to love my job. Among them are the incredible opportunities I have to attend a wide variety of fantastic events being held at any given moment, scattered throughout the Upper Delaware River region.


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Bonnie Hoffman, left, and Patti Gessner were thrilled to meet my dog, regardless of how awful she smelled.

Dog day afternoon

Most of the year, I’m not all that fond of “adulting,” what with work, bills and obligations up the wazoo, but when summer rolls around, it’s easier to slip into the old mindset of a carefree childhood and make time for some good old-fashioned fun.


Photos by Kent D. Fairfield

Bryan Elsesser, left, Ken Parks and Nicholas Wuehrmann are amusingly and musically adept at performing the Delaware Valley Opera production of “Cox and Box,” now playing at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY. 

‘If music be the food of love, play on’

I’m pretty sure that William Shakespeare wrote those very words in his play “Twelfth Night,” but I’m too lazy to look it up and don’t want to bore you with the details. What I will share is that a passion for music (and opera in particular) was never more evident than at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY last Saturday night.


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Known only as “Wendell the Thief,” this colorfully attired gentleman exemplifies steampunk fashion.

One of these things is different from the other

Believe it or not, I’ve been working at The River Reporter for more than a decade, covering the world of arts and leisure here in the Catskills. One of the challenges in writing this column is finding a common thread among the variety of events that I attend during any given week.


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The (mostly) silver-haired Doobie Brothers sounded great, just as they did when friend Laurie Graffand I were in college.

I’m a little bit country…

And I suppose it’s fair to say that I’m also a little bit rock and roll—but truth be told, I’m all over the place when it comes to genres of music that move me.


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Gail Bennett exudes star power in the title role of “Kiss Me Kate,” now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse.

Down the rabbit hole

Remember Alice in Wonderland and the white rabbit? I do, and recently I’ve been heard muttering “I’m late, I’m late… for a very important date!” all around town. Even as a kid, being prompt was important, mostly because members of my family were habitually late for Thanksgiving dinners, cello recitals, school plays and the like.


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It took a few minutes for Peter Frampton to relax at Bethel Woods last weekend, but it took prescription drugs for me to do the same.

Just say ‘no’

It’s no secret that I’m a bit high strung, but I learned long ago that pharmaceuticals are not the answer for what ails me. I used to apologize for my idiosyncrasies, but the older I get—well, what would Popeye say? My friend Lynne was just here for a visit, and it was nice to have company for the last few days.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Monticello’s  YO1 Luxury Nature Cure destination boasts stunning interiors as well as gorgeous vistas. This “living wall” is fed by mist, and is featured in one of the many common areas throughout the expansive retreat

How do you spell relief?

First name Amanda, last name Reed. And boy oh boy, do I owe her one.


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Liane Zielinski, left, and Rebecca Simon were two of the larger-than-life “Steel Magnolias” on stage last week at the Forestburgh Playhouse, but alas... they’re already gone.

Mad dogs and Englishmen…

Today’s title above is a somewhat esoteric reference to an old Noel Coward song that I’m fairly sure is no longer considered PC—so I won’t include any of the lyrics here (“Use the Google!” as Mom would yell); suffice it to say that the song refers to blistering heat, which caused the mercury to rise in the Upper Delaware River region over the la


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

Roger Daltrey wowed the crowd at Bethel Woods with a tribute to “Tommy.”

Puppet shows, plays and parades

Even though I maintain that the “Three Ps” are my bread and butter, I’m not really complaining (go figure), but rather attempting to encapsulate what would otherwise be a very lengthy explanation of what I do for those who dare to inquire.

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