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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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Kim in New York

Kim arrived on Sunday 24th August and returned on September 5th. She  brought Rebecca (my granddaughter) with her, Rebecca’s boyfriend, Josh, and her friend Sue. Since Sue  and Josh had not visited New York before, Kim spent most of the two weeks showing them the wonders of the City. AND SHOPPING!

I did drive them out to Cold Springs one day via Bear Mountain and Christine drove them to Atlantic City for an overnight stay.

One of the bonuses of the visit is that I got my pictures hung and dusted and my light bulbs changed for free!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Kim and Sue on Bear Mountain

Kim and Sue on Bear Mountain

 

Rebecca and Josh

Rebecca and Josh

 

Turkey Buzzards on the Palisades Parkway

Turkey Buzzards on the Palisades Parkway

 

Rebecca    . . . . . .

Rebecca . . . . . .

 

 . . . . .  and Josh

. . . . . and Josh

 

Sue taking the evening sun on my balcony

Sue taking the evening sun on my balcony

 

. . . . Kim ditto

. . . . Kim ditto

 

 . . . and yours truly.

. . . and yours truly.

 

This picture was taken by Christine on her phone camera

This picture was taken by Christine on her phone camera

 

Kim modeling one of the hats she had crocheted for Susan's horses

Kim modeling one of the hats she had crocheted for Susan’s horses

 

Craig pondering

Craig pondering

 

The two daughters have a rare chat

The two daughters have a rare chat

 

 

One of the show girls at the Tropicana Casino

One of the show girls at the Tropicana Casino

 

Sue focusing

Sue focusing

 

Dinner in the smoke-shop restaurant AC

Dinner in the smoke-shop restaurant AC

 

Christine

Christine

 

Josh is an avid photographer--he is studying graphic Arts at university

Josh is an avid photographer–he is studying graphic Arts at university

 

Praying Mantis drops in for dinner

Praying Mantis drops in for dinner

 

Miss America offers her crown . . .

Miss America offers her crown . . .

 

Caesar's  Casino is not one of bankrupt ones yet

Caesar’s Casino is not one of the bankrupt ones yet. . . . . . . . .

 

  . . . . .  The man himself

. . . . . The man himself

 

 . . . his palace

. . . his palace

 

Another of the showgirls

Another of the showgirls

 

 

Prospector in Bally's Casino

Prospector in Bally’s Casino

Bally's barman

Bally’s barman

 

Kim enjoyed it all!

Kim enjoyed it all!

THE END

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