I recently came across a rare circa 1900 postcard of Narrowsburg’s Main Street. Given that more than a century has passed since the picture was taken, things really haven’t changed all that much. Today’s Main Street skyline is remarkably the same as it has been.
Did you catch a glimpse of the film crew in Narrowsburg last week? They were here with a New Jersey based break-dancer filming the trailer for next month’s Big Eddy Film Festival.
Welcome to August: high season in Narrowsburg. The shops and restaurants are busy with visitors. The Delaware River is full of rafters and kayakers. And the nightly accommodations around town are booked solid.
The Delaware River gets a lot of the glory when people share what they love about Narrowsburg. Yes, the river is spectacular, but my money’s on Main Street when it comes to Narrowsburg’s best asset.
Have you noticed all the balloons decorating Narrowsburg’s intersections this week? It is a festive indication of all the graduation parties being held in backyards around town. We enjoyed some devilled eggs, pasta salad, and s’mores at Will and Vanessa Reeves’ last week, celebrating their oldest daughter Ally’s graduation from high school.
Pollen is ruling our world right now. Our black Subaru Outback is coated with a dull yellow powder, no matter how often we wash it. We blow through a box of tissues (literally) every couple days. And my daughter’s asthma and wheezing have been flaring up to the point of having to do breathing treatments with a nebulizer.
These days, I’m spending every free moment haunting my gardens: pulling weeds, annihilating snails and tent worms, and of course admiring blooms. The flowers around my yard are almost like a map of my life and friendships from the past 10 years. When I moved in in 2008, people began to give me plants from their own gardens.
The trees are a big part of what makes life here special. They provide us with fresh air, seasonal color, privacy, shade, firewood, lumber, maple syrup and animal habitat, not to mention the opportunity to reflect on strength, growth and the passage of time.
We spent the second half of April in northern Wisconsin, where my cousin was getting married. When we arrived, there were two feet of snow on the ground, and the lakes were still completely frozen over. We braved the chill in our sleeveless dresses and sandals, and had a great time celebrating Tori and Jason.
Spring clean-up has begun at our house. We’ve been outside trimming the dry flower stems from our 2017 gardens, opening up our birdhouses to take out last year’s nests, and tidying up broken branches from the back yard. I love having a fire going to burn up the sticks and stems… and maybe roast a couple marshmallows while we’re at it.