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    July 9 to 12 To Rehobeth Beach with Susan and Craig. Possibly take in a visit to Chincoteague to sample the seafood.
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    June 13 Picnicked on The Great lawn in central Park to the music of The New York Philharmonic led by James Gaffigan. Great program with spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert included two pieces composed by students from its education program — remarkable works (Bernstein style) from composers  11 and 12 years old respectively! They took their bows from the stage!

    June 20 The forecast rain didn’t happen so, having lined up for senior tickets in the morning, we were able to see an uninterrupted ‘Othello” in Central Park last night. The set and costumes were magnificent and the actors did their best but the direction gave  a somewhat bland production. I personally thought that some players were miscast and this distracted from the illusion.

     

     

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NY Day – The Met and the Tunnelers

A surer sign of Spring than the weather we are having is the news that tennis permits are available for renewal at the Central Park office. On my return from collecting ours, I snapped a detail of the Paul Manship gate at the chidrens’ zoo and then decided to have a look at the Roman mosaic (discovered in Israel) being displayed at the Met Museum for the first time since its restoration.

Since, as its nature dictates, the mosaic lies flat on the floor,  my hand-held camera was of no use what-so-ever. It has to be seen at first hand. It is a remarkable piece of artwork and the result of the preservation process is wonderfully complete. Interestingly, during this process, footprints and hand prints of workers who made the mosaic were found imbedded in the plaster base. Workers who left this earth 1700 years ago but left us their heritage to wonder at!

The mosaic display is at the end of the Roman gallery. I couldn’t take meaningful photos of it but, the gallery was full of student artists taking advantage of the Roman models and they made interesting subjects:

Entertained and entertainers on the Met steps

 

Food for thinkers

Lucky students couldn't ask for a better studio!

Virtuoso piece of Roman carving the students were aspiring to.

Model model!

Close-up!

. . . . . . And here is the detail of the Childrens’ Zoo gate:

The frost gardens are in full bloom and I have it from the Head gardener that they have done their work–the underlying rock is frozen and stable and that the drilling of the east tunnel will commence shortly. We will know when the Elevator starts up again and the trucks begin to cart away the drilling debris:

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2 Responses

  1. Ben, Always fun to see your pictures and read the captions. Would love to see the mosaic restored. I’m so glad we know you.
    John and Ann

  2. Ben, what a lovely day. Your description of the mosaic led me to the Met’s website, which contains a video on the discovery and conservation of the piece. How wonderful to be able to see it up close! And, I know how much you and Ethel are looking forward to your tennis, after such a wild winter. Happy Spring to you both! Love, Bonnie

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