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    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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Indian Summer’s Day in Central Park (or Venice?)

We were enjoying a string of  80 degree days up to last week. No sign of Fall yet. Here are some pictures of people taking  advantage of  the extra sunny days. Central Park must be one of the world’s most popular backdrops  for wedding photos, winter or summer. Fantasy is encouraged too. How about a leisurely hour on the canals of venice? It can be fitted in this afternoon if you wish.

Sunday in the park with fido. Among the milling crowds, who could ask for a more secluded spot?

Wedding photographer at work

Preparing the shot

"Say cheese"

Late season picnic

Anniversary tributes to the late Fred Lebow, founder of the NY City Marathon and President of the NY Road Runners Club


4 Responses

  1. Ben,

    A dreary day in Seattle, today. Your pics are a welcome ray of sunshine!

    Love to you and Ethel,

  2. Beautiful photos of a beautiful day! Bonnie, it wasn’t a deary day for me. I got to visit with you, Nancy and Erin!!!

    Love to you and Ethel too!

    • Valerie and Bonnie.I am happy to think that my pictures can still evoke pleasant thoughts and responses. My thanks to you both. Love, Ben and Ethel

  3. Hi Ben, our Son Paul and his wife Kealey are coming to New York next week for a wedding in Central Park. Holly is a little miffed that she is not coming as the wedding photographer. Should be pretty in the snow! Lots of love,Wendy x

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