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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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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


. . . . . . .

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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