• Upcoming trips

    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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92nd Street Y’s annual street fair — Stuffiness dispelled

The emphasis this year seemed to be away from the theatre and more towards international awareness. We didn’t find a single theatre booth but we did look in at many of the 22  booths representing countries from around the world. Of course, the Y’s own craft, dance and art classes, together with its extraordinary music and literary offerings got the top billing.

The event was partially sponsered by Fairway Supermarkets who have recently opened up a new store on 86th street on the east side. The Fairway booth sported a spinning wheel like a miniature Wheel of Fortune. Ethel immediately stepped up and won a $20 gift card!  Amusingly,  as soon as Ethel received the card, the wheel was whipped away and replaced with the $20 slot pasted over!

The multi-ethnic street food booths were out in force as usual.

Pottery forming is tricky . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .and often escapes control!

Ice cream intermission

Dancers' dramatic finish

Exotic dancers. Front . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . and back

Fair beauties . . . . .

Even braces are glamerous!

Serious vegetable carving

Ethel bargaining at the roast corn stall

Bargain struck

Burning HOT!




2 Responses

  1. Great pictures. The dancers were beautiful.

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