• 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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Psst! There is a “speakeasy” on Fifth

Complete with  with bright young flappers and the imbibing of alcohol, the Museum of the City of New York, has turned its forecourt into a “speakeasy” for the last few Wednesday evenings. A stroke of genius. Alas the series ends next Wednesday. Couples, dressed for the part, danced to 1920’s music all night with complete abandon–with perfect coordination, they did their super-fancy footwork with such ease and joy of movement that all those who had never learned to dance or had lost their flexibility, died with envy.

These still pictures couldn’t do the dancing  justice. I did take a clip or two with my little Handicam and if I find a way to post it here , I will.

We joined up with a couple of interesting New Yorkers, Jan and Cathy, and they kindly drove us home  afterwards. 

Preparing for the start

Filling up

The band sets up

The Singer

The Saxophoniist

1920's Style

Dancer supreme

Serious concentration

Ethel was there

Partners for the dance

Envious, maybe, but, by no means, out of the game

Confident performer

A critical eye or two

The dance went on into the night

The only concession I could make to the proceedings was my old cap worn at a rakish angle


4 Responses

  1. How fun!! Lovely pics, Ben!

  2. Bonnie. You both would have loved it. The interacting crowd spontaneously enjoyed the feeling of kinship, and nostalgia for a time when life was very much simpler. Many friendships were struck that evening.

  3. Beautiful photos. You and Ethel fit right in!

  4. Valerie. Ethel and I did. in fact, do a little surreptitious shuffle in the late evening–In the dark and at the back so that no one could really see our footwork. Ethel’s wounded foot stood up to it very well.

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