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    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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NYDay

The Tavern on the Green

Sadly for NY city, the Tavern on the green has closed it’s doors. No more will  spellbound visitors from europe experience the fairylit Cristal room or dance under the lanterns on summers’ nights. Like so many  other Newyorkers, I had great fun there over the years. Touristy though it was, it was a uniquely NY happening and Central Park will not be quite the same without it.

The end of a chapter

The auctioneers are in

Would anyone like a topiary gorilla for their patio?

The Park is in an appropriate mood

. . . . . and the ducks are not too happy

The Cristal room is under wraps

Memories

. . . . . . .

Life, however, continues apace in the rest of the city in spite of the fridgid weather we’ve been having:

Yellow cab Water taxi

Ellis Island under the snow looking towards the NJ side of the Hudson

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