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    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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Christmas Lights at the Tropicana

 

In Atlantic City, the casinos have decorated for Christmas and The Tropicana has added a light show  which operates every hour on the hour–it is very impressive. It’s an added attraction, but cannot  beat the  tranquility  of the sea shore  for relaxing the tensions of the big city.

Click on the pictures for detail.

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The morning beach undecorated

The morning beach undecorated

 

Graffiti artist decorating the beach

Graffiti artist decorating the beach

Low tide sparkle

Low tide sparkle

I wish all my friends and family: HAPPY HOLIDAYS PLUS GOOD HEALTH in 2015

CHEERS!

 

 

 

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3 Responses

  1. A merry Christmas to you Ben and all the best in the coming New Year   John and Claire

  2. What a wonderful place to visit at the holidays. Thanks for the photos, Ben – they brought me many smiles :). And while I think we’ll all have our health compromised by 2115 (LOL!) we’re wishing you joy and good health in the year ahead. Lots of love from the Pacific Northwest – Merry Christmas, Ben! Love Nancy and Bonnie

    • I don’t know, Nancy. They’re making wonderful strides with stem-cell research these days! But, very many thanks for your proof-reading and special best wishes to you and Bonnie. Love, Ben

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