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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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NY day – Trials of a modern Santa, Intrepid Museum, Tranqil Hudson Valley and bleak Central Park

I wonder if children of today recognize the tremendous task that Santa faces in our modern society–gone are the cute thatched cottages of yesteryear where climbing down the chimney was a fairly simple matter; now-a-days he has to carry heavy equipment in order to make his deliveries. Here he is in action at a building near me:

Click on the pictures for detail

40 stories up!

40 stories up!

Look out, below!

Look out, below!

I went with Craig to the Intrepid Museum particularly to see the newly established “Enterprise” exhibit two or three weeks ago. I found it disappointing. While the massive flying machine is an awesome piece of humans’ audacious  ingenuity, a great opportunity was lost by not allowing access to the inside so that people could get some feeling for what the astronauts endured and the views they saw from space.

Even the inside of the  Concorde is now closed to the public. Here are some pictures:

Pointed nose

Pointed nose

undercarriage of the British Airways' Concorde

undercarriage of the British Airways’ Concorde

Endeavour

Enterprise

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Nose wheel

Nose wheel

Distinctive nose

Distinctive nose

sputnik's cabin

sputnik’s cabin

Dining umbrellas in Cold Spring

Dining umbrellas in Cold Spring

The Hudson at West Point

The Hudson at West Point . . . .. . .

View form Thayer Hotel, West point

View form Thayer Hotel, West point

Bleak Central Park

Bleak Central Park

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Welcome in any weather . . . . . . .

Welcome in any weather . . . . . . .

Red tailed hawk looking fro prey

Red tailed hawk looking for prey

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