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    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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Reception in a York, PA, Museum

When I arrived at Susan and Craig’s house (Thursday, March 28th) in preparation for the Fair Hill trail ride, they invited me to join them at a reception to which they previously committed. The reception was given by the local branch of the “United Way” of which, Susan is a committee member. It was held in the York Industrial and Agricultural Museum.

York has been a manufacturing centre since colonial times and the diversity of its output is truly amazing–I had no idea that so many different products emanated from from a town which,  now-a-days, is far from the major manufacturing centres of the USA. Everything from massive agricultural machinery through cars, pianos to cigars and  artificial teeth has been made in York down the ages!

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This group graces the entrance to the museum

This group graces the entrance to the museum

Myself, great- granddaguter Zoe, Daughter Susan and great grandson Jeremy

Myself, great-granddaughter Zoe, Daughter Susan and great-grandson Jeremy

Elegant reception among the artifacts

Elegant reception among the artifacts

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Massive ice-making machine of the day--compare with the size of the ones in our refridgerators today.

Massive ice-making machine of the day–compare with the size of the ones in our refridgerators today.

Son-in-law Craig samples the fare

Son-in-law Craig samples the fare

The ice-machine

The ice-machine

Lower gallery

Lower gallery

Artworks for the road

Artworks for the road

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Do you remember these old petrol pumps?

Do you remember these old petrol pumps?

More leisurely transport

More leisurely transport

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This cow is suprised that milking was no longer a hands-on proceedure!

This cow is suprised that milking was no longer a hands-on proceedure!

Cigar, anyone?

Cigar, anyone?

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This was my forte (See memoir: "26 Soldiers of lead"

This was my forte (See memoir: “26 Soldiers of lead”

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. . . . . . . and here, I indulged myself, picked up a composing stick and set this line . . . . . .

This is how an old-time compositor read his work. No prize is offered for correct readings of the line!

This is how an old-time compositor read his work. No prize is offered for correct readings of the line!

This is Susan's link with the reception--Densply, the corpoartion she labours for is represented in the museum. It has supplied refills and enhancement for mouths out of York for many, many years!

This is Susan’s link with the reception–Densply, the Corporation she labours for is represented in the museum. It has supplied refills and enhancement for mouths out of York for many, many years!

Susan explaining her work to her grand-children

Susan explaining her work to her grand-children

Ultra-safe safe

Ultra-safe safe

Wall-paper printing machine

Wall-paper printing machine

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Finally. This is what people looked like when the wall-paper machine was new, (apologies for the glare).

Finally. This is what people looked like when the wall-paper machine was new, (apologies for the glare).

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