Burroughs celebration enjoyed in Roxbury

Roxbury — An eclectic group of area residents presented a spirited reading Saturday to celebrate the 172nd birthday of John Burroughs in his hometown of Roxbury.
The event, co-sponsored by Woodchuck Lodge, Inc. and Writers in the Mountains, served to launch a campaign to establish a Friends group in support of Woodchuck Lodge, Burroughs’ beloved Roxbury retreat.
The party, complete with birthday cake made by Maryellen Schuman, drew a capacity crowd to Cassie’s Café where 14 readers conveyed the wit, wisdom and occasional irreverence of one of the most celebrated nature writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Frank Carbone of New Kingston, after poring through more than 20 volumes of Burroughs’ essays ranging from scientific observations to philosophical ruminations, selected the pieces with the readers in mind, and organized them in a way that showed the progression of thought and age through Burroughs’ life.
The result was a fresh look at Burroughs’ writings which have remarkable resonance a century or more after they were penned.
Readers ranged in age from 11 to 90 and included Dora Fowler, Julian Rauter, Tristan and Brian Mulder, Ben Murdock, Terry, Ben and Nelson Bradshaw, Peter Manning, Mike Finberg, David Hendricks, Sally Fairbairn, Bill Birns and Jeff Walker.
A musical rendition of Burroughs’ signature poem “Waiting” was performed by Mark Doerrier who also filmed the event.
For information about upcoming John Burroughs’ eventse-mail cybercat@catskill.net.