JUST PHYLLISOPHY – September 2017

By Phyllis Galowitz

We’re so lucky!

Last night I heard (and saw) the most wonderful concert at the Honest Brook Music Festival. Two major quartets: the Jupiter String Quartet and the Jasper String Quartet, all in one evening of magnificent music. Why two on the same program? It just happens that three of the performers from one group are married to two from the other group! What amazing family visits they must have and what enormously talented people they all are! Today they are playing again and I can’t wait. The Honest Brook Music Festival (if you enjoy classical music) is just another of the wonders that the Catskills attracts.

This phenomenal performance took place after a very special “Andes Community Day,” with so much going on that there was bound to be something of interest for everyone. I was helping at the library’s enormous book sale, so I didn’t get a chance to see most of what was happening around town. I saw the throngs of people going by, from the library porch. I saw the bumper to bumper cars searching for parking spots. I got to see lots of friends who bought armloads of books, contributing to the library so we can buy more. New people came who marveled at the charm of our library, comparing it to those in the big city, vowing to come back.

Another exciting find that I discovered in my travels was Greenane Farms Mexican Restaurant, hidden between the hills of Meridale, on County Route 10 off of Route 28. One would never find it if they hadn’t been aware of this hidden, unpretentious gem. The food is all grown on their own farm and is served “farmhouse style.” They’re only open during growing season and only from Thursday dinner to Sunday brunch. You must make a reservation if you intend to get a table. The night that I was there, every table was filled. Everything was delicious.

Well, I’m off to Honest Brook again today, for an afternoon performance and the “Two Old Tarts” Sunday special hamburger dinner afterward. What a performance.  We  heard and saw both quartets and then again, as on the previous evening, the two together, filling the stage with these astounding, young musicians, creating the most exhilarating music, in this barn between Delhi and Meridale, where not only the music fills me with excitement, but the beautiful surroundings of the barn, the gardens, the views of clouds, seen through the openings in the barn walls and the sounds of thunder (Saturday night), complementing the music with perfect timing, and the moths, attracted to the lights, dancing above!~