In My Humble Opinion


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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.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

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.


TRR photo by Jonathan Charles Fox

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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Artist Peter Max was one of the first to heavily merchandise his ‘60s-inspired works—and some of them, including these colorful hot pants and see-through umbrella are on exhibit at The Museum at Bethel Woods.

Writer’s block

They say that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and I hope it’s true, because it would appear that I’ve actually (gasp!) run out of words.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Five-year-old Luke was all smiles when showing off his bucket of eggs collected at the annual Easter eggstravaganza held in the Town of Bethel last weekend.

I won’t grow up

That song, sung by Mary Martin in the musical version of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” and the sentiment it expressed, has stayed with me since I first heard it at age five. “I won’t grow up, I don’t want to wear a tie. Or a serious expression, in the middle of July.


Art teacher Vince Sanborn explained how painter Lenny Dalby is able to utilize a rotating board in order to create works of art while painting with his foot during the opening reception for the SullivanARC exhibit “Expressions 2018.”

Speechless

Mark your calendars. It’s a “red-letter day” in the Fox household, for I am quite literally at a loss for words. There are reasons for my sudden lack of (audible) commentary, and I’ve spent the past few days doing more listening than talking, causing most of the Upper Delaware River region to heave a collective sigh of relief and take note.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Cathy Daboul, center, surrounded by fellow event committee members, welcomed guests to the Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce Winter Warm-Up at the Carriage House last Saturday evening.

Déjà vu (all over again)

Webster’s defines it as “a feeling of having already experienced the present situation.” In other words: it’s snowing. Again. The dictionary further states that it can be interpreted as “tedious familiarity” and www.dictionary.com calls it “disagreeable sameness.” Yeah. What they said.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

At first glance, it looked pretty bad, but most of the trunk fell to the side of the trunk.

Milk, bread and eggs

Yep—I’m making my list and checking it twice, because it looks like it’s gonna happen again. Just as New York and Pennsylvania begin to come back online, a second blizzard looms, threatening to complete a “onetwo punch” that none of us deserve. The past few days have been trying for many, but (as most of you know) I rarely complain.


Perched high above the crowd at Bar 360 inside the casino at Resorts World Catskills, the Somerville Brothers played with their band as an appreciative crowd hollered in approval last Friday night.

I've fallen and I can't get up

Remember those words? I sure do, and they’ve come back to haunt me. The expression is so ingrained in pop culture that it’s even a listing in Wikipedia: “a famous catchphrase of the late 1980s based upon a line from a U.S.-based television commercial.” Think Clara Peller’s “Where’s the beef?” but with a broken hip.


Photos by Sierra Gaglione

There really was standing room only for both of Jonathan Fox’s performances at the Delaware Valley Arts Association’s Salon Series in Narrowsburg, NY last weekend.

Standing room only

Those three words, and the accompanying abbreviation (SRO) are what every performer wants to see posted outside the theatre prior to a performance, even though they might jangle one’s nerves on opening night.

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