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  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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New York Day

It promised to be a lovely day on Saturday so we decided to drive up to Bear Mountain via the Palisades Parkway and back across the Bear Mountain Bridge. As it turned out the sky was overcast for much of the time and the light was not so good for scenic  photography. Never-the-less, the drive, as always was spectacular–The Hudson valley never loses its artists’ delight.

           The car-park at Bear Mountain was full and the picknicing grounds were packed! We changed our plans and went on to West Point and had lunch in the Thayers Hotel in the Academy. Since 9/11, security arrangements restrict movement in the Grounds and the hotel is now privately run (Taxes are now added to the bill), but the ambience is just as wonderful–we had a table by the river.

Looking north towards Cold Spring.

Hotel garden from our table

Thayers' lobby

The same evening, there was a wonderful sunset and this is a shot of the sun striking a building in the middle distance, taken from my balcony

Sunset on the lower Hudson

While visiting Ethel’s nephew, Jonathan,  on the West Side (to see Emily and little Owen), I took  this picture of the Naval Memorial from his apartment window:

West Side Memorial

Patriotic symbol for Memorial Day

Motorcycle rally down battered Second Avenue


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