• Upcoming trips

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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NYDay – Irish Heritage at the NY City Council

Ethel and I are thankful to be invited each year to a celebration of Irish Heritage organised by the NY City Council and Speaker Christine Quinn. This year, the Man of the Year Award was presented  in honor of Senator Ted Kennedy and was accepted by Caroline Kennedy.

Due, I imagine to the economic downturn, The Corned Beef and Cabbage was absent from the fare this year; Replaced by remorseful cheese and crackers!

Opening music and Irish songs were provided by Mick Moloney and his band

The Irish Pipers return each year to open the official proceedings

Speaker Cristine Quinn

The face of cultural exchange. This schoolmistress from Harlem has taught her young students Irish dancing to a standard where they can perform anywhere.

. . . . . one of her troupe awaits her cue

Caroline Kennedy - after a brief film clip of the late Senator's life

Very little of the honoring presentations was seen by the seated audience--a phalanx of papparazzi rudely stood up each time to obscure the view.


2 Responses

  1. Where’s the corned beef? Hurray for vegetarianism!

  2. Valerie. Beware those predatory carrots!!!

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