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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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Conservatory Gardens and a Cautionary Note

After last week’s big snow storm, I wandered and slithered around the Conservatory Gardens and the Ravine at the top end of Central Park. It was not a planned outing–my intention was to see an exhibit at the City of New York museum on 108th and Fifth Avenue but had forgotten that the museum is closed on Mondays! Never-the-less, I was glad of the opportunity to get some exercise and to break out of the cabin for a bit.

This much-photographed pair usually entertain the fish in the pond below them. They were the inspiration of my watercolor sketch “Pastoral Scene” which imagines them in a different context altogether! (See post ‘New Artwork’ which I will publish tomorrow).

These delicate fronds refused to be dominated by the snow

As soon as I neared the frozen Harlem Meer, I found myself being surrounded by Canada Geese looking for hand-outs. They were unlucky. I had no bread to feed them with as they were hoping.

Some squatted at my feet and were prepared to wait it out

And now, a cautionary note. In snowy New York DO NOT chain your bicycle to a post–When the snow retreats you may find you have been framed!


2 Responses

  1. Beautiful winter wonderland! Stay warm and safe.

    • Valerie. Many thanks for your concern. I have posted a sketch in which I have placed the two cold characters, in the first picture above, in an imaginary setting. Let me know your reaction.

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