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    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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Cape Vincent Ferry

My friend David had worked out a route to Canada we had never taken before in our 30 years of travelling to Cochrane–we crossed the border by means of the Cape Vincent/Kingston Ferry. We stayed overnight in Cape Vincent, then early next morning we were first in line for the small ferry which took us to Wolfe Island. We motored across Wolfe Island (Lake Ontario) and joined the line for the main Ferry to Kingston. The line was horrendous and we first thought that we would have to wait half the day, but not to worry, the ferry could take 50 cars and trucks and we were the 48th!

Flotilla of Cape Vincent ducks

Cape Vincent lookout

Cape Vincent relic

The Ferry is coming--All back to your vehicles!

Room for one more bicycle!

Kingston, Ontario

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