Letter to the Editor: Loss, yet discovery

To the editor:

Here in Delaware County many are trying to understand what happened to us during flood. Tangled attachments to the past are gone, there is much loss and we in the community try to console one another. We spend years building our home and filling it with family and friends. It only takes one day for everything to fall apart. But something wonderful happened on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in Margaretville.

Award-winning Halcottsville artist, Alix Travis, is exhibiting her paintings at the Long Year Gallery. The Gallery is located at the Commons Building on Main Street in Margaretville. Her series "Kitchen Paintings" is currently on view.

To continue the kitchen theme, on Saturday, September 17, 3-5 p.m. members of Writers in the Mountain read their writings which focused on food. Ann Epner contacted writers and extraordinary pieces were read by: Carol Little, Bethany Saltman, work by Matilda Friedman read by Rob Greenberg, Ellen Verni, Judy Bloom, Brenda Reeser, Jodie Primoff , Helane Levine-Keating, Rob Greenberg, Ann Epner, Lynn Domina and Barbara Apoian.

Because of a fire (what else could happen?) roads into town were temporarily closed and courteous firefighters directed people suggesting where to park and where to walk. Undaunted a small crowd walked through the debris into town, to the gallery , to attend the reading. To listen. To continue to live as a community by showing each other that we care. That we can flourish despite devastation.

Brenda Reeser
Writers in the Mountains