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I’m always chasing rainbows

At the suggestion of my editor, I took advantage of a little “down time” and celebrated Beverly Sterner’s birthday over the weekend.
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox


October 5, 2016

All too often, I’m confounded (which my dictionary defines as “bewildered, confused and perplexed”) when forced to choose from the vast array of events happening, often simultaneously, throughout the Upper Delaware River region. Those of us at the newspaper who are often on the road in search of a story, rack up a lot of miles during the year, reporting on more than 60 communities spanning both sides of the Delaware and there’s always a story to be told. Well… almost always. Some days are more action-packed than others, and while my schedule is filled for the upcoming three-day weekend, the past week has provided a little breathing room and my editor (thanks, Anne!) suggested a little R&R prior to next week’s Art Walk in Callicoon (see page 29) and the Honeybee Festival in Narrowsburg (see page 28) where The River Reporter will be hosting a photo booth to commemorate the day. Dharma the Wonder Dog already has her bee costume (thanks, Eileen!) and I hear that hundreds are planning to don wings and antennae in an attempt to put Narrowsburg on the map (www.guinnessworldrecords.com) yet again.

While I can often be heard moaning over my lack of a social life, it’s fair to argue that my job is really about living a “social” life. But truth be told, there’s a fine line (IMHO) between personal and professional and that line is sometimes crossed. Therefore, I chose to take some personal time and celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) with friends and accepted an invitation to a birthday party with camera in hand, which kept my moaning down to a dull roar. “I’m not sure I’ll have pictures,” I whined to editor Anne, “but something is bound to pop up.” I had a blast at the party (congratulations, Beverly!) and Dharma romped with other pups while I caught up with pals in between snapping some pics for the birthday girl. I did manage to stop in Jeffersonville to check out the inaugural Hot Air Balloon Festival, (see page 27), which provided some fantastic photo-ops, but remained in search of a “story” while traversing the countryside… and then it happened.