Living in Cornwall

MICHAEL FALCO      Publish Date: 13 March 2020

An early-bird Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you, gentle readers. Yes, this coming Tuesday is the day especially for a wearing of the green! I have a nice green colored shirt all ready for the occasion. Festive tie, too! And you?

If you have to go to work/school this coming Tuesday you probably won’t be in Manhattan for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. That said – you may want to catch a parade much closer to home. This Sunday afternoon, March 15, you can enjoy what is arguably the biggest – and one of the oldest – Saint Patrick’s Day parades here in the beautiful Hudson Valley! 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. This parade is scheduled to begin at the Scotchtown Avenue side of the Orange County Government Center, in Goshen. Enjoy!

Natal Days galore – predominately Pisces, with a splash of Aries to close the month of March. Best wishes going forward to: RICHARD RANDAZZO;  BOB MILSOM; JOSHUA WOJEHOWSKI; BARBARA HERING LIEU; MEL LULVES; KEVIN DOWLING; RACHEL REEVES; DAN BURGOYNE;  SUE FINK;  OLIVIA PERRONE; LILLY SYNDER; BOB KING; SUE PASQUALE; JAN PALAIA;  BETTY LONGINOTT;  CAITLIN HENNEN and her brother CHRIS HENNEN, Jr.; RUTHANNE SCHEMPF; JOSEPH JERVAIS-GAYTON; PAUL GOULD; and BRENDAN COYNE.

Upcoming: March 16 through 29 provides two special weeks of fine dining on both sides of the glorious Hudson River. It’s “Hudson Valley Restaurant Week!” Times two! Here in Cornwall, included for Restaurant Week, is The Canterbury Brook Inn, on Main Street, with your hosts HANS and KIM BAUMANN offering fine Swiss continental cuisine. Zagat Rated. Reservations suggested. Call 845-534-9658.

This coming Thursday, March 19, at 3 p.m. stop in at the Cornwall Public Library. Savvy teen volunteers will be available to answer your questions about your laptop, tablet, notebook, smart phone, iPod and/or iPad. Bring your device with you and bring your questions! This is a drop-in program. For more information, please call Cornwall Public Library, 845-534-8282.

‘Tis the season! Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. On television in the moment we are bombarded with Coronavirus medical updates. Let’s pray that all of these ‘re-words’ carry us out of this medical situation. Sometimes all that a layperson has – is the power of prayer. That – and lengthy hand washing.

Simply WOW! Just in case you hadn’t heard, or looked up and noticed, this past Sunday night there was a super moon.  It is a moon that seems larger than usual. And how! A supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs around the same time as when the Moon is also at the point in its monthly orbit where it is closest to Earth. Years back, I was driving down a local main road and it looked like the road ended right at a giant moon.  It was an awesome sight.

Speaking of a sight – driving in Cornwall-on-Hudson this past Monday night, traveling down Hudson Street, the horizon was ablaze not only with a supermoon but with the startling sight of out of control fires on the mountain directly across the Hudson River. Later in the night I would learn of sparks from passenger railroad as a suspect for starting the fire. Alarmingly autos were destroyed – perhaps parked by commuters to Manhattan. But wait – the fire is believed to have jumped across the road and then to continue all the way to the top of the mountain! Monday night, in the dark, there were cars and people seemingly everywhere along Donahue Park in Cornwall-on-Hudson. All trying to get a good look across the river. In fact, the area closest to the Cornwall Yacht Club building was a prime viewing spot. I overheard younger people talking about walking up the closed Rt. 218 – to get an elevated view of the mountain fire. In my 20’s and 30’s I might otherwise have made that hike in the dark. As is, it was quite enough to watch from Donahue Park. And as if the element of fire knew that many people have to go to work and to school the next day, the roaring action subsided considerably by 10:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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