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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

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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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Atlantic City in the Fall

Atlantic City in the fall is becoming a destination of choice. It doesn’t have much in the way of foliage but it does have incredible bargains in hotel rooms and in outlet stores! Besides, it has vast acres of smooth sand to walk upon unhindered by boisterous youngsters wielding buckets and spades–from which, if one is inclined, one can  leisurely watch the repainting of the casino facades as they are prepared for the onslaught of next year’s weather.

Inside the casinos, the scene is changing too; we see few gamblers at the tables. Most are sitting at the slot machines which are taking up more and more of the floor space. They too, (the slot machines) are changing their character; nearly all are now 1 cent machines except that it has become impossible to place a 1 cent bet because all machines require a minimum bet ranging from 40 to 250! But you do get more for your money–Bonus wins activate upper screens which allow you to fish or choose treasure chests and the like. The net effect, of course, is that you still lose your money.

Not that the Casinos are doing well  financially. Four of them have already closed  and their shuttered doors are making the Boardwalk look sad in places.  Click on the pictures for detail:

The fronts of the casinos are two blocks up from the Boardwalk and are not often seen . . . . .

The fronts of the casinos are two blocks up from the Boardwalk and are not often seen . . . . .

 

Which casino is this?

Which casino is this?

 

The Taj Mahal is economizing. Gone are the plaster elephants from the triumphal stairway and the domes are all white--no more colored metallic stripes!

The Taj Mahal is economizing. Gone are the plaster elephants from the triumphal stairway and the domes are painted all white and gold–no more foil and colored metallic stripes!

 

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Pristine dome

Pristine dome

 

The small museum is open once again and it is crammed with nostalgic photographs and early Atlantic City artifacts:

Modern Young Things in the 1920's

Modern Young Things in the 1920’s

 

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AC at sundown . . . . .

AC at sundown–forlorn seagull . . . . .

 

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Christine at sundown . .

Christine at sundown . . . . .

 

. . . . . . .THE END

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