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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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Alexandria Bay and 1000 Islands

Last week, we decided to escape the heat and drive up to Perth, Ontario, via Alexandria bay and the 1000 Islands–all new to Ethel. We thought that the best way to see the Islands was to take the tourist boat. It can be booked for a one- or two-hour tour of the Islands and it also drops passengers off at Boldt Castle which is built on one of them. It’s not really a castle, but a romantic mansion built by a wealthy Prussian immigrant for his prospective wife. A great many of the islands, large and small, have houses built upon them closely surrounded by the river– Pretty in the summer, but we wondered what the heavy winter months would bring?

While we were in the area, we visited the Frederick Remington museum at Ogdensburg, 35 miles east of Alexandria Bay

Here are some pictures of the Islands. I will post the Frederick Remington and Perth ones separately:

St. Lawrence sky

Boating and fishing are the norm

Spooky tower

No house?

Wide open

This one needs work on the roof!



Ethel in the inside cabin






Boldt Castle entrance




Boldt Castle


Diving platform


Sinking feeling?


Floating away?


Alex Bay from the river








2 Responses

  1. The thousand islands were one of our prime camping stops when the children were very young and I had a 14′ motorboat to cruise around in and also hold all the camping gear neede for a family of 5. Boldt Castle was on of our mandatory spots to tie up and explore. At that time, the late 50’s it was a magnificent wreck with a wonderful story. We also had a small island that was half Canadian and half USA according to the chart. We would tie up the boat and eat our sandwiches in Canada and our fruit in USA. Wonderful memories and treasured.

    • Happy days, John! I too have pleasant memeories of 1000 Islands. For 25 years my fishing friend, David, and I passed through Alexandria Bay on our way to the far north. It was a convenient stop-over going and coming. In the early days when we were travelling in David’s camper, we would sometimes stay in Keywadin state park. And for many years, I took my grandson, Kiowa, with me. I wish we had known you then–You would have had three more visitors to your international island!

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