It’s inevitable that the weather will come up in conversation when you run into someone in town — particularly, I’ve found, when living in upstate New York during the winter. “Can you believe that storm?” or “How were the roads for you?” or “We got six inches of snow — you only got four?”
Recently in a chat about the weather, I was asked if I missed my Florida upbringing. I said it wasn’t until a trip down in March that I began to miss the Florida weather. Cooperstown had snow, slush and ice and Florida was 70 degrees and sunny.
“Upstate New York is about preparing,” he said. “You’re always preparing for something — snow, putting snow tires on or off, taking a dock out, putting it back in, raking, cleaning the gutters, the rain.”
It’s so true. And so now when you step outside and hear the drip, drip of spring, we are preparing for everything the snow has left behind — the mud, the rain — and the warmer weather. And, in general, people are leaving their houses again. There’s an excitement in the air, of what’s to come. Brewery Ommegang’s recent announcement of its Memorial Day weekend concert actually made me think of this. The news that Old Crow Medicine Show would be performing next month at the brewery has been all the buzz, and it had me looking at all the other concerts and events coming our way.
Appropriately, Catskill Symphony Orchestra is presenting Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” on April 27 at SUNY Oneonta. That same weekend, the Hartwick College Department of Music presents Rock Orchestra IV at Foothills Performing Arts Center. On April 26, string orchestra, wind ensemble, rock bands, vocalists and a 50-person choir will fill the center’s mainstage for orchestrations of Van Halen, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eric Clapton favorites.