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  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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“How to Electrocute Horses, for Dummies”

You have heard the adage “What you can’t see, can’t hurt you”?  Ignore it. It’s complete nonsense! We were spending a long weekend  with Susan and Craig down in York, PA.  Daughter, Susan, took me to see the immaculate stables where her horse, ‘Playdough’ is  now being cared for. Playdough and his stable mates had already been put out into  the paddock for the night because of the  hot weather, so Susan, armed with a bag of carrots,  and I, armed with my camera, strolled over to the fence surrounding it to greet her latest love. She warned me that the fence was electrified but since I rested my arms on the top strand to take pictures without any other contact, I felt safe. After the picture-taking, I thought I might ingratiate myself by offering Playdough a carrot myself.  As soon as his wet tongue touched the carrot, a great shudder shot through my arm and young Playdough sprang into the air, all four feet off the ground,  then galloped away!

Susan tried to entice him back with another carrot but he was too cautious to be bitten twice in one day. Not to be outdone, I raised my arms way above the fence and offered the largest horse in the group a carrot. Without my being aware,  however, my camera was touching a part the fence lower down and the same thing happened again!

Young Playdough

. . . . . . going . . . . .

. . . . .delicious!

After the carrot shock we were both conditioned. Playdough went back to munching safe grass and I only rested my camera on the wooden fence posts

Resident of Susan’s lily pond

Resident flower pot

Daughter Susan (wearing hat), granddaughter Amy, and great-grandddauhter Zoe. Probably discussing the up-coming wedding arrangements of Amy to her fiance, Jeremy on the 28th August.

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