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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Columnists > Smallwood

Smallwood - November 8

Nov 7, 2019

By Jonathan Hyman - community correspondent

I got stuck at Sticky Fingers in mid October. Done in by the trifecta of good food, good music and good company, I had to change my plans for the day when my Saturday got side tracked in Kauneonga Lake.
I went to wish new proprietor, Smallwood's James Loney, good luck as he cut the ribbon with town officials, the Bethel Business Association, and admiring friends in celebration of his official grand re-opening of the ice cream parlor so ably started and run by Leah, Ivan, and Max for several years.
Re-named Sticky Fingers Ice Creams and Delectables, James knows how to do things right, including the breakfast and lunch food he will begin serving come Spring. Camera in one hand food and wine in the other, I chatted with a number of Smallwoodians and various other Bethelites.
The hit of the day were the perfectly crafted and seasoned egg salad mini-sandwiches, which reach down your throat and demand cold white wine.
Such a treat!
Fisher & Kean, a local performing duet entertained the sizable crowd with acoustic guitar and uklele, accompanied by the stylings of Ms. Fisher's singing talent. The duo (the other half is Paul Kean) appears frequently across the Catskill region in unexpected places and like a welcome “pop-up” art or fashion show, it's always great to see them… especially when they roll out their rendition of the Chuck Berry classic, Johnny Be Goode, which puts on full display a female vocalist who knows what she's doing. These two troubadours get better each time out.
I also spent some time talking with a young photojournalist from Arizona shooting the event as part of her weekend assignment at the yearly four-day photography seminar in Sullivan County called the Eddie Adams Workshop.
Started in 1988 and run out of North Branch (Town of Callicoon) at the well-known event venue, the Eddie Adams Barn, the Workshop transforms the barn and farm's surrounding out buildings into a first class campus and photography facility. Run by Alyssa Adams, a friend and member of the Sullivan County Bicycle Club, the Workshop honors the memory of her deceased husband, world-renowned photojournalist - known for among many things, his work on the Vietnam War - Eddie Adams, who wanted to encourage and enable young photographers.
The Workshop is the only tuition-free photojournalism seminar of its kind. Thousands of applicants at the start of their careers submit portfolios of their work and 100 are chosen on the merit of their pictures, to team up with volunteer professionals for a whirlwind of photo assignments, panel discussions, career counseling, interesting lectures by industry professionals, equipment presentations by chief sponsor Nikon and other industry giants, and so on. It's great!
The Dog Park and the Forest Reserve continue to be a great source of pride and fun for both dogs and humans. Look soon for the volunteer opportunity to help make trail markers and other signs for the Reserve.
Check with Town Clerk Rita Sheehan, about the availability of left over Deer Management (hunting). Permits in our region. 845-583-4350. Permits can only be purchased in person at town hall.
No public office should be uncontested in an election. So both voting and having candidates on the ballot mater. If you went out and voted, terrific. Encourage others to do so, especially your young children if you have any.
Congratulations to those who won their races and a hearty cheer of appreciation to those who took up the mantle and ran for public office and did not win. Throwing one's hat in the ring takes courage and persistence and exposes those who run to the best and worst of what our free speech democracy has to offer. It ain't easy.
Keep in touch.





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