The weekend is usually a time to let off some steam, but this weekend especially would prove to be essential in some steam letting off. The previous week was stressful (to say the least) for many, as well as a whole gamut of emotions: sadness, despair, fear--true validated fearing for their lives and the lives of others. Whatever "side" you stand on, you can't invalidate those emotions. Anyways, this isn't a political blog. Onward.

Do you ever feel like you need a change in your life, so you change your hair? Yeah, it's a thing. I didn't really need a change but I did need a trim. And so did my mom and friend Corinna. Our friend Jackie came to my mom's house to give us all haircuts. It's definitely a perk to know a hair dresser. Feeling so fresh and so clean we went out to dinner at Matthew's on Main in Callicoon, NY. I got the burger, and they have the best burgers ever. Wife of Matt, Dominique, made her usual rounds to all the tables and I complimented her beautiful silk Chinese jacket. "Thank you," she said. "I wanted to wear something colorful because we need happiness." Just another way community can bring us together.

Speaking of community, NACL Theatre held their "Social" fundraising party. The community came out in force. Perhaps looking for that slice of happiness. The event was held at The Western Hotel upstairs in the ballroom. The space was transformed with lots of lights, and DJ Nick Forte took the stage spinning tunes all night that actually got people up and dancing. Food was made by members of the community, professional chefs and otherwise, and my friends and I tended bar, serving "Liquid Courage" a cocktail with rum, apple cider and ginger liqueur. I'm on the board of NACL, which is a local non-profit theater that produces original creative and avant garde works, as well as invites artists from all over to perform at their theater. Co-Artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuck said in her speech, "So here we are at a point in time when we need to unite as a community and speak out loud and clear for the values and systems we believe in." The Social brought us like-minded people together and I could feel the connection and we collectively let off some steam by dancing the night away.

The next day, my friends and I convened for our weekly Sunday tradition: Callicoon farmer's market and brunch. We call it girl church. It's a time where can talk about those things us girls talk about, like politics and our careers. Oh, and gossip, too.


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