In My Humble Opinion


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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


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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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Do I need a thousand words to describe what’s happening here? I think not, unless you are unfamiliar with the Sullivan Renaissance mascot. Oh, have I said too much? 

A picture is worth a thousand words

Or so they say. I suppose it depends on who is taking the picture and what the subject matter is, but with my arm in a sling (and a song in my heart), I ventured out into the world last week to see what I could see, the idea being that if I could capture photos illustrating where I was, then fewer words (you’re welcome) would be called for.


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Bethel, NY artist Michael Randels has been restoring the Woodstock Festival monument every spring since 2002. “Winters are tough on it,” he says. “The frost takes its toll, and visitors jump all over it when they come to visit, which is cool with me. I’m glad they enjoy having their pictures taken with it.”

June is bustin’ out all over!

It should come as no surprise (IMHO) that my birthday is a national holiday, and now that it has passed, I can get down to business. If for some reason your cards and gifts got lost in the mail, feel free to forward them on to me c/o The River Reporter.


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Artists Adrienne Butvinik, left, Ramona Jan and Joan Nicole were a colorful trio during a recent “pop-up” show at the Catskill Distilling Co. in Bethel, NY.

In the blink of an eye

I’m not sure if I’m clinically depressed, self obsessed, or simply mad as a hatter, but my mind never stops whirring, and it’s difficult getting to sleep these days. When attempting to explain how I feel to my shrink—or what friends I have left—I stutter and stammer, seeking the right words. “It’s an existential crisis,” I said to a confidant.


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Carlos Holden and Amber Schmidt are well cast in the SCDW production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” now playing at the Rivoli in South Fallsburg, NY.

A man for all seasons

I would never call myself fashionable. Sure, I look in the mirror before I leave the house—but I’m often at a loss as to what to wear and far more concerned with my mop of hair, grateful that it still sprouts from my head in unruly abundance.


Nine-year-old Megan was armed with a lightsaber and her droid, BB-8, at the E.B. Crawford Library Star Wars Jedi Training Workshop, held on May the Fourth. Get it?

Put on a happy face

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people through the media and local events.


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Representing all age groups, the Ruiz family, from Livingston Manor, showed up in full force to participate in the seventh annual “RISE: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event held at the government center in Monticello.

It's not all fun and games

I’m not gonna lie: as many of you suspect, I have a pretty cool job. Whether I’m attending a concert under the stars, taking my seat at a sold-out performance of “Annie,” or photographing kids flying their kites in the great outdoors, more often than not, I’m having fun with Dharma the Wonder Dog along for the ride.


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Thirteen year-old Carter Paterson, center, and his talented fellow members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City performed everything from Broadway to Mozart with incredible style at Bethel Woods last weekend.

Like sands through the hourglass…

I’m almost afraid to say it, but it would appear that spring has sprung. Turns out that all we needed was a few consecutive days of sunshine, coupled with temps above freezing, to melt the mountains of snow.


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Last week, Town of Bethel Supervisor Dan Sturm went over details of the new dog park under construction in Smallwood, NY as Caroline Akt and others listened in.

Small-town life

I’m a product of the “baby-boomer” generation. Defined as “those born between 1946 and 1964,” the “boom” generation consists of some 72 million of us (www.cnn.com) sprawled across the nation.

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