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    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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NY Day – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

It was a beautiful spring morning for this year’s parade.  I chose a spot on the north-east corner of 79th thinking that I would have an ideal view of the participants as they slowed down to turn off at the end of the march. This turned out to be ill-founded–Parade marshals milled around in front of us and our legs were constantly battered by strollers wielded by young women with children trying to get into the front row at the expense of those who had waited for hours. One of the more uncouth mothers, actually bent down to force her way below the arms and shoulders of two people watching the event. She was repulsed.

     The Grand Master for this year’s parade was Mary Higgins Clark the best-selling novelist–a great choice, I thought, to represent the story-telling Irish. She is 84 and took the duty in her stride. Here she is dismounting from her carriage:

. . . . aided by a gallant coachman . . . . .

. . . . consulting with her ministers . . . . . .

 

. . . . greetings galore . . .

 

. . . . . farewell Happy Coachman! . . . .

 

Bearded Piper

 

Charge!

 

Drummer intent

 

Piper happy with his pickles

 

Happy confusion at the end of the march

 

A glimpse of Commissioner Kelly. Soon to be promoted?

 

Lady piper

 

Redcoats being redirected again

Veteran suvivor marches again

 

A policeman's hug

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2 Responses

  1. Photos are exceptional. Thank you for the view of St. Patty’s Day parade and Mary Higgins Clark.

    Miss you guys!

    Sandy

    • Thank you Sandy. I do enjoy New York city’s constant bustle. We are hoping that you will share it with us soon. Ben

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