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    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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New York Day- Owen and Charlotte – Fashion School

Saturday (15 th Dec.) was a full day for us. We went to brunch at the Berenboms, at the invitation of Emily and Jonathan,  mainly for Ethel to catch up with the impossibly fast  growing-up of  Owen (nearly three) and Charlotte, now over five months.

Owen met us at the door and almost immediately wanted us to hear his virtuosity on the violin. Here he is at the pizzicato passage:

As I mentioned in my memoirs, pizzicato was my favourite technigue also . . . .. .

As I mentioned in my memoirs, pizzicato was my favourite technique also . . . .. .

Charlotte can touch her toes easily. And enjoys the feat (?)

Charlotte can touch her toes easily. And enjoys the feat (?)

Doting mum, Emily

Doting mum, Emily

Congratulations. Owen sucessfully negotiated the toilet by himself for the second time.

Congratulations. Owen sucessfully negotiated the toilet by himself for the second time.

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Emily was delighted and delightful

In the evening we took the long bus ride to The High School of Fashion on West 24th Street where the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts are being held while the  Washington Irving building is being renovated. The long ride has its compensations because the concert hall is home to a number of very interesting fashion statements. Here are some of them:

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Ethel models in this satement

Ethel models in this satement

Don’t forget to click n the pictures for the greatest detail . See widget on the left for the concert details

 

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2 Responses

  1. Ben,

    The pictures and commentary are outstanding. We loved reading this!

    Emily and Jonathan

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