Recently Patricia Carlson, a long-time summer visitor to Sharon Springs and the Glimmerglass Opera, stopped into the Mercantile with a lovely verse. It pretty much captures the entire season (and gives Doug and Garth their well-deserved props)
The Supporting Cast
Garth and Doug have long been known
For rescuing the past.
But now they and their able staff
Are the support cast
They’ve saved the grand American
And the old Masonic Hall,
But now they’re TV notables
Well known to one and all.
In their new roles as aides-de-camp
They’ve been called Bunyanesque.
Slight overstatement? Yes, maybe–
Perhaps more Runyonesque
They’ve become both friends and mentors
To the Fabulous Beekman Boys
Encouraging and guiding them
As they learn of farming’s joys.
George and Heidi are there, too
Dispensing food and drink
Promoting the Harvest Festival
And that farm-to-people link.
Doug and Garth are called upon
For myriad kinds of things
They may be moving furniture
Or wrapping soaps with strings
Twelve bars must go into each box
And be nestled in just so,
Brent demands attention to
The alignment of every bow
There is also time for having fun
Ice skating fills that bill
Doug glides by in his full length fur
He’s decked out fit to kill
Garth and Doug do rescue ops
Just as the Army might
They’ll leap into almost any breach
As they did Thanksgiving night.
The Beekman Boys were hosting
They invited quite a crowd,
But the Beekman turkey, it turned out
Was too small to make them proud.
“Oh, shit, what are we going to do?
We have fixings but scant meat.”
Fear not–for Garth and Doug arrived
To supplement the feast.
Brent’s mom and Josh’s folks
Enjoyed a full blown Fall repast–
Thanks to the hard work of their sons
And of the supporting cast.
It’s not just hauling stuff around
That they are asked to do
Sometimes they play psychologist
To the principals and the crew.
Josh and Brent will get annoyed
And then shut each other out.
And Farmer John may too succumb
And go into a pout.
But that is when our own dear friends
Rise to give their very best
Pouring oil on troubled waters
And smoothing ruffled breast.
They will tackle almost anything
To each effort give the most
The only place they draw the line–
They will not milk the goats.
In every way they are the two
On whom we all depend.
Doug and Garth will always be
Those treasure-valued friends.
If that doesn’t make you want to visit Sharon Springs and book a room at The American Hotel, we just don’t know what would!