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    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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Kelsey London Crawford’s First Birthday!

Kelsey celebrated her first birthday at her parents’ house in Tarrytown. 35 of her admirers turned out to join the fun. Reinforcing her middle name, the invitations, designed by dad (Kiowa) and the birthday cake had a distinctly London flavour:

'All aboard!'

First slice

KLC

Great-granddad and Dad paying homage

Ethel pays her respects, too

Trying out one of her mountain of gifts

Into the pool with mum (Christie)

. . . . . . and Grandmum (Carol )

Grandmum Susan, Kelsey and Christie

partygoers

Granddad Roger and Julie with Kiowa, Christie and Kelsey

Coffee clutch

Granddad Craig, Susan and cousins Zoe and Jeremy join in

The Birthday Girl herself (Can't waste that bit of Cake!)

First B Cake

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3 Responses

  1. So Cute! Love the coffee clutch! Does Ethel have a bear on her t-shirt?

    • It certainly is a bear. Ben bought it for me in Canada many years ago. It prompts all sorts of comments I wore it on our safari trip and all the black children went wild. They had never seen a polar bear. Love, Ethel

  2. Ben and Ethel,

    What a lovely baby. Enjoyed the birthday party. Almost like being there. I imagined the cake was delicious.

    Sandy Troy

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