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This time, it’s personal

Travis Rivera and his Black & Brass roaster are quickly becoming the new hot spot for entertainment, camaraderie and coffee on Main Street in Honesdale, PA.
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

August 31, 2016

Here in the Upper Delaware River region, it’s easy to keep track of the seasons, whether it’s the crops being harvested, the front porches festooned with flags, or simply the sun setting on the horizon. Of course, holidays keep us on our toes as well, and Labor Day is on the horizon too. In other climates (California, for instance) it’s easy to lose track of the days, and weeks often tend to blend, making it difficult to keep track of time passing. Having lived on both coasts, I can compare and contrast. And I prefer living here, closer to nature, with one eye on the calendar, being constantly reminded to make hay while the sun shines.

While I manage to stay busy all through the year, there are times when my dance card is more than full. For the past few weeks my calendar has been riddled with multiple events, making it difficult to pick and choose, knowing that I can’t be everywhere—even though it often appears that I have doppelgangers scattered throughout the Catskills. The last week illustrated the issue 10-fold. I had more than one item on my list for each day of the week, along with a desire to slow down and savor the last days of summer. That said, some of my choices have been personal, since there will always be another concert, another opening and another show just around the corner. I made some tough choices and joined Dharma the Wonder Dog for a few once-in-a-lifetime moments—which oddly enough, did indeed include a concert (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) under the stars.