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  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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Finger lakes and Watkins Glen

The weather was promising for the weekend so we decided to motor away from the City for a change of scenery. After a great deal of agonizing over driving distance, cost of accommodation in this high-price season and what to see, we settled on the Finger Lake area. And what better destination than that jewel of nature–Watkins Glen? Christine had never seen it before and that gave it an added attraction for me since I enjoy seeing her pleasure in new discoveries. We shared the driving.

The price of motel rooms shocked us. I called a very modest motel in Horseheads which I had used  previously only to find that the rates were twice what they would be in the off-season! Christine went in person to the AAA office at Lincoln Centre and booked a two-star establishment in Painted Post, a town only 20 miles from Watkins Glen. The two-star rating did not do the motel justice: it offered all the amenities anyone could wish and the so-called continental breakfast included bacon, eggs a and freshly cooked waffles! It was, however, unfortunately situated. It seemed to have been trapped in a spider-web of  cross-road construction. After dark, it was impossible to find and during the day the Walmart parking lot gave the best access!

As a concession to my years, we took the shuttle bus to the top of the trail and walked down (1,000 feet over two miles) rather than walking up and directly into the Emergency Room. Every aspect of the Glen is fascinating and visitors happily click away at every turn, myself included. Here is a selection from the many near-duplicates I took. Double-click on them for detail ;

The harbor at Watkins Glen

The harbor at Watkins Glen where we had our picnic brunch

 

Seeking information at the top of the trail

Seeking information at the top of the trail

 

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At this stage, it's quite a relief to have the end of the trail in sight!

At this stage, it’s quite a relief to have the end of the trail in sight!

 

 

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