In My Humble Opinion

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The exuberant cast of “Me and My Girl” sing and dance their way into the hearts of audiences nightly at the “Miracle in the Forest,” aka The Forestburgh Playhouse.

In the good old summer stock time

For many, it’s Christmastime (yes, it’s one word) with “kids jingle belling” and “much mistletoeing” (uh huh) that springs to mind as the most wonderful time of the year, but, for me, it’s summertime and the good old-fashioned barn theatres that beckon during the warmer months.

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Farm Arts Collective stilt walkers waved bubble wands as crooner Janet Burgan entertained shoppers celebrating the grand opening of the new farmers’ market in Narrowsburg, NY last weekend. The market is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The sun’ll come out tomorrow

Yes, I looked it up—apparently “sun’ll” is a word. Actually, it’s a contraction of the words “sun” and “will.” As far as I can tell, it has only been used in connection with “Annie,” the Broadway musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” but I’m guessing you already knew that.

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The Buddy Holly Story is rocking the house nightly at the Forestburgh Playhouse.

The hills are alive

I don’t mean that literally, although with the record-breaking deluge we’ve experienced in the last few weeks, there’s that too. I’ve seen more bugs and slugs than ever before; the never-ending parade of creepy-crawlys slithering, buzzing, flying and biting their way through the Catskills has been epic.

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As if the comedic antics of gifted character actors Buddy Haardt, left, and Matthew Curiano weren’t enough, Tim Bolebiewski’s inspired mansion set design was worth the price of admission as “The Mystery of Irma Vep” played out on stage at the Forestburgh Playhouse last weekend.

Like sands through the hourglass…

Well, apparently, it’s the middle of June. Once again, I’ve hit the ground running and the days are flying by. Each summer, I vow to stop and smell the roses, but I’m already having a hard time keeping up with the roster of amazing events that occur throughout the Upper Delaware River region.

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Trout Parade founders and grand marshals Gerard Ilaria, foreground, and Steve Wilkinson described their festive attire as “The Village people meet Captain & Tennille” with fish.

Take a picture: it’ll last longer!

That’s right—I’ve been to another parade. And yes, I took hundreds of photos. For years, my friends in other parts of the country have marveled over the sheer number of festivals and parades held here in the Upper Delaware River region. While they often poke fun, I think they’re actually a little bit jealous, and who can blame them? 

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Instead of being late, I showed up early to the ARTSPACE Gallery in Kauneonga Lake where digital artist Susan Baus, pictured here, was putting the finishing touches on the BCA exhibit that she shares with painters David Barnett and Caroline Harrow.

Down the rabbit hole

I’m feeling a bit like the White Rabbit these days. You know—the one from Lewis Carroll’s book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

The Grand Army of the Republic held the first Memorial Day Parade in the Town of Fremont 135 years ago. The 143rd New York State Volunteer Infantry recreates that moment at the annual memorial service held in Veteran’s Park prior to the parade.

Before the parade passes by

Over the last few days, there were two kinds of parades in my world: literal and figurative.

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There’s an 18-year-old artist named Hailey underneath this entirely hand-crafted alien Queen creation. She took home first prize in the “beauty” pageant at the Pine Bush UFO Fair last weekend.

Take me to your leader

In my never-ending quest for out-of-this-world entertainment, I am always on the lookout for a good place to land, scouring the countryside in search of the unusual.

 Pushing her stroller aside, I posed with Dharma the Wonder Dog during our tour of The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark. I’ll be back.

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

Hopefully by the time this edition of the award-winning River Reporter hits the stands, the endless rain will have stopped—but as I sit at my desk to put the proverbial pen to paper? Well, let’s just say that it’s wet out there, and has been for what seems like forever. I thought about building an ark, but who has time?

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Borscht Belt former Staffers Reunion organizer Robin Cohen Kauffman was one of many who met her future husband Michael at the Concord Hotel during the golden age of the Catskills.

Déjà vu

What do you get when you mix one part Marty McFly, one part Mr. Peabody and a dash of The Twilight Zone, sprinkled with a light dusting of History 101?



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