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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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Farewell Ethel

On Saturday , 4th January, we gave Ethel a rousing farewell toast — Cheerio Ethel!

 About 35 of her dearest friends gathered to say their last goodbyes and to celebrate the wonderful  sparkle which she had added to the lives of all who had come to know and love her.

Tributes from those who lived too far away to attend were read, Lloyd played some Bach and Alex sang some of Ethel’s favorite pop songs. We think that she would have been delighted with the whole affair!

All of this was done in front of  a selection of 10 x 8 photos showing her in all kinds of adventures and demonstrating her zest for life, no matter what.

My only regret is that I was too much involved with the proceedings to use my camera and that I did not have the foresight to prepare someone else for the job. The following pictures were taken with an I-phone and are a little fuzzy but will give you an idea of the occasion:

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Alex getting us into the spirit . . .

Alex getting us into the spirit . . .

Susan reading for Bonnie and Nancy

Susan reading for Bonnie and Nancy

I had filled the cup a little too often by the time people began to leave . . .

I had filled the cup a little too often by the time people began to leave . . .

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Lloyd plays Bach

Lloyd plays Bach

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Alex against the background of the photo record of her life with me.

Alex against the background of the photo record of Ethel’s life with me.

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3 Responses

  1. You did a wonderful job. I am sure it is just what Ethel would have wanted.

  2. It was a wonderful celebration of her life.

  3. Claire and John will always remember Ethyl from our time we cruised up the coast of Norway. Good times indeed.

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