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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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Another sunny day in NY and Ethel

The Park was crowded. Especially around Belvedere Castle and Bethesda Fountain. Tourists and locals. were out in force enjoying the impromptu  entertainments and being extra-generous with their tips–I have never seen the line for the rowing boats so long! My first goal was to ramble through the Ramble, but, at this time of the year, the feeding boxes are removed and only a few sparrows and jays are to be seen. One yellow warbler flew by but, too fast to photograph.  I spent most of my time around the Boating Lake area watching people feeling happy in the glorious weather. Artists, acrobats, musicians even masseurs did a roaring trade!

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On my way out of the Waterford, I encountered these two fellow-owners who had suffered similar stress fractures and were wearing similar boots. Here they are in the garden discussing therapy strategies.

On my way out of the Waterford, I encountered these two fellow-owners who had suffered similar stress fractures and were wearing similar boots. Here they are in the garden discussing therapy strategies.

 

On 86th Street, this artist was putting the finishing touches to a work

On 86th Street, this artist was putting the finishing touches to a work

 

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The bubble man was at work as I entered the Park at 85th Street

 

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The biggie

The biggie

 

Opposite the Met Museum, Cleopatra's Needle burst through the canopy

Opposite the Met Museum, Cleopatra’s Needle burst through the canopy

 

View of Boating Lake

View of Boating Lake

 

 

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Painted turtle rock

Canadian goose rock

Canadian goose rock

 

Fossilized dinosaur rock

Fossilized dinosaur rock

 

Wedding on Bow Bridge (2nd?)

Wedding on Bow Bridge (2nd?)

 

 

NY skyline

NY skyline

 

Lost his way?

Lost his way?

 

 

 

Idling away the afternoon

Idling away the afternoon

 

 

The break-dancers' foils

The break-dancers’ foils

 

Impromptu audience

Impromptu audience

 

Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain

 

African drummers at the ready

African drummers at the ready

 

Open view of the terrace

Open view of the terrace

 

Ian Duerr and his band in the shade of a tree playing requests

Ian Duerr and his band in the shade of a tree playing requests

 

On my way home, I took a look at this print artist's work

On my way home, I took a look at this print artist’s work

Ethel

I took this picture of Ethel reading on the Terrace of her temporary abode:

Ethel on the terrace at the Mary Manning Walsh Home

Ethel on the terrace at the Mary Manning Walsh Home

Ethel's neighbor across the Street

Ethel’s neighbor across the Street

 

A bloom in the terrace garden -- There is also a nectarine tree growing!

A bloom in the terrace garden — There is also a nectarine tree growing!

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Great photos Ben. You have a good eye for capturing the moment. Hope Ethel continues to make progress. Do give her our love and best wishes. Love from Ian & Pam

  2. Loved your Photos as usual. ( Penny & I got engaged under Cleopatra’s Needle -in London town !!!) Glad Ethel is on the mend

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