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    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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New York Day

Interest in the construction of the Second Avenue Subway has waned–It has been going on far too long. Most of the action is now underground and people are totally weary of the never-ending road-closings,  mangled sidewalks, business closings, surface garbage and rats. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel!

Brazen rats scamper around the garbage-piles in full daylight–they enjoy the stink. They, like us, are waiting anxiously for the subway to be completed–we, so that we can reclaim our sidewalks and trees; they, so that they can get back to their natural habitat. Sadly, it now seems that this event will come too late for many of us– at it was for this character:

A Subway too far . . .

A Subway too far . . .

Fire in Queens

Fire in Queens

Lunch in the Museum of NY new cafe

Lunch in the Museum of NY new café

Fascinating Gallery talk . . . .

Fascinating Gallery talk . . . .

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Mila and Ethel admiring one of Janet Ruttenberg'g huge works on the Theme of Central Park

Mila and Ethel admiring one of Janet Ruttenberg’s huge works on the Theme of Central Park

Ethel enjoys the sun and fountain in the Conservancy Gardens

Ethel enjoys the sun and fountain in the Conservatory Gardens

Sunbathing in the gutter of Third Avenue--Surely not New York's best place for the job?

Sunbathing in the gutter of Third Avenue–Surely not New York’s best place for the job?

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3 Responses

  1. Ethel – you look lovely!

  2. I agree with Susan. Ethel, you look marvelous! Love to you both. Bonnie

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