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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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Snow in the North Woods

Christine had never been to the North Woods in Central Park. She is far from being alone. Few from the east side bother to walk north-west. Those who do find a quiet oasis in the city with gurgling brook and little waterfalls in the Spring and Summer, seemingly miles from the noise of city bustle. In the Winter, it turns into a fairy land:

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Looking north-west from 96th Street

Looking north-west from 96th Street

Looking down the bridle path at 96th Strre

Looking south at 97th Street

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Snow sheep toys

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Looking south-west across the reservoir

Looking south-west  from the path below the reservoir

Christine, dressed for the winter, in the North Woods

Christine, dressed for the winter, in the North Woods

A favourite painting spot in the Summer

A favourite painting spot in the Summer

Skiers find the terrain challenging as well as delightful

Skiers find the terrain challenging as well as delightful

Emerging from the North Woods, Harlem Meer is iced over and desolate!

Emerging from the North Woods, Harlem Meer is iced over and desolate!

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