If there’s ever proof that Sullivan County is a world unto itself, the list going ’round the web that promises to sum up everything Upstate New Yorkers love is it. We love our cider donuts as much as the next sweet tooth, but we much prefer a Roscoe or Callicoon brewed beer to that Saranac stuff. And Bruegger’s bagels? Pshaw. Monticello IS the bagel capital of the world, don’tcha know?
So here it is, a look at what Sullivan County folks REALLY love:
1. The Roscoe Diner – So world famous it recently made a list of the top 50 diners in the United States. Do the math: that’s one per state, and we’ve got New York’s number one.
2. Reminiscing about Sullivan’s — If you’re over 30 and you don’t remember riding the escalator, you’re probably not a native.
3. Wegman’s — We don’t have one, which is why we will drive hours to get to one and return home with a trunk full of goodies and intentions to petition the management to bring one here … pronto.
4. Gavin DeGraw — A native son who opens on the regular for Billy Joel, has starred on Dancing With the Stars, and boasts a TV theme song (among other credits)? We don’t need to be anything other than fans.
5. Soft serve — Is it really summer without a twist cone?
6. Tractors — Callicoon’s tractor parade rules the roost, but the fact that others keep popping up — and tractors somehow end up joining other parades on the regular — is proof we’re proud of our farming roots.
7. Debating whether we’re in the Catskills or the Hudson Valley — Or we could forge our own way?
8. Debating casinos — Fifty years old and still going strong.
9. Going to Pennsylvania to shop — And considering it “shopping local.”
10. Bethel Woods — World class concerts in our backyard. ‘Nuff said!
11. Taking the back way into Bethel Woods — Natives are home in their PJs while the visitors are still stuck in the parking lot.
12. Shaking our heads at incorrect Woodstock references — Don’t get us started on that awful Subaru commercial. It’s Bethel, people!
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13. Sprinkling Yiddish phrases into our speech — You’ve been saying oy vey since you were but a bubeleh.
14. The fall — Our colors can kick your colors’ butt.
15. Alternating love and disdain for New York City — Go for the baseball, come home for the peace and quiet.
16. Hating on our county seat — Especially if you live there.
17. High school rivalries — I bleed purple and gold; how about you?
18. Making up nicknames for SCCC — Who else took classes at LSU (Loch Sheldrake University)?
19. Strange road names — I see your Puckyhuddle and raise you a Dingle Daisy.
20. The Democrat — If we do say so ourselves …
What would you add?
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