In My Humble Opinion

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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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Wildly creative masks and puppets propelled the story of “How the Sea and the Mountain Became Friends” in Arm-Of-The-Sea’s “The Rejuvenary River Circus” presented last weekend at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY.

It’s for the kids…

Last week was all about the kids. My schedule originally called for spending time outdoors, but the mercurial nature of spring in the Catskills had different plans, and with the onset of a late April snow, I switched gears and headed for the Tusten Theater in Narrowsburg, NY.

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Following a week of training, a troupe of talented young artists performed for friends and family, having completed the first Spring Break Musical Theatre Intensive Workshop held at the Forestbugh Playhouse.

Broadway babies

The above title is a reference to the Stephen Sondheim song “Broadway Baby,” written for his acclaimed musical “FOLLIES.” Originally produced for the Broadway stage in 1971, the plot revolves around an old theatre about to be demolished and the now-aged showgirls and performers who reunite to confront their past, singing and dancing about regret

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The “Back to the Garden 1969 Woodstock Tribute Band” helped to create an unforgettable experience for party-goers during the Sullivan County Chamber’s “Peace, Love, & Prosperity” fundraiser last Saturday night.

Let the sunshine in

The title above alludes to a variety of things: one, the sun has indeed, been shining; two, the song is from the Age-of-Aquarius “tribal love-rock musical” HAIR; and three, I’ll likely be photographing hippies galore over the

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Museum director Wade Lawrence, left, hosted a panel discussion with Woodstock Festival photographer Amalie R. Rothschild, historian Andy Zax, and Sweetwater’s Alex Del Zoppo and Fred Herrera at Bethel Woods last weekend as part of the new exhibit’s opening day celebration.

Tempus fugit

It’s the fancy (and by “fancy,” I mean Latin) quasi-poetic way of saying “time flies,” and ain’t that the truth. When we’re young, we think we’re gonna’ live forever, but around middle-age, we start to wonder where the time went.

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See the plumes of steam rising from the sugar shack at the Diehl Homestead Farm? That’s why you don’t make maple syrup in your kitchen.

The bucket list

It’s that time of year again. As plumes of steam emanating from sugar shacks dot the landscape here in the mountains, I’m reminded that I once made maple syrup myself. About 10 years ago, a friend noticed that I had a few sugar maples on my property and suggested that I try my hand at it. “Sure,” I said.

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The Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipe Band was one of the highlights during last Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jeffersonville, NY.

Before the parade passes by

Just when I was about to give up all hope, spring has sprung. Although Mother Nature isn’t quite ready to commit, there’s no denying that winter will be beating a not-so-hasty retreat over the next few weeks, as the snows melt and that big yellow ball in the sky peeks out from time to time.



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