In My Humble Opinion


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I have to admit, this particular Slipper Room performance was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Be my guest!

Yep, it’s that time of year again, when days grow shorter, the nights grow colder, and summer takes up residence in the past. I’m doing my utmost to follow my shrink’s advice and just “Embrace it—the good, the bad and the ugly,” while dusting my incredibly dusty house and waiting for company to arrive.


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Actor Emrhys Cooper’s performance in “Trophy Boy” (which also showed at Cannes) was a highlight at the Catskill International Film Festival held in Callicoon, NY last weekend.

It’s a matter of life and death

And music… there will always be music. Every so often all three subjects collide, creating a “perfect storm” in the entertainment world. Such was the case over the last few days, as I spent some quality time in a library, celebrated a milestone with good friends at a tavern, and saw seven films all in a row at a movie theater.


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Declaring it a place to celebrate “peace, love and socialization,” Town of Bethel Supervisor Daniel Sturm presided over the opening ceremony at the new dog park in Smallwood, NY.

Home is where the heart is

I had the opportunity to go home last week, and by “home” I mean Binghamton, NY. It is, after all, where I was born and raised, and while I have many fond memories of my childhood, there are some dark clouds on that distant horizon as well.


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There was plenty of dancing in the “ocean,” as kids frolicked at the realistic “Pop-Up Sprinkler Beach” painted by teens from the Center for Workforce Development.

Life’s a beach

With end-of-summer events cascading throughout the Upper Delaware River region, I suffered from melancholia a bit, for once again, it all flew by too fast.


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Art Peck’s  passion for craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident in his creation displayed at Wooden Boatstock, held on Kauneonga Lake last week.

Is that all there is?

Rumor has it that Labor Day is just around the corner, but I’m having a hard time accepting that as anything other than “fake news.” Last I looked, there were fireworks lighting up the sky and the lazy, hazy days of summer stretched out in front of us, beckoning with promises of fireflies and barbeques, tubing on the river and sultry afternoons


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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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