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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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Easter Hats and Faces

This year’s Easter Parade was one of the best. The ingenuity of the hat wearers knew no bounds and there were many, many spectacular models! I persevered with the 300mm lens so that I could record expressions as well as the hats, but this had its difficulties–I had to compete with hundreds of selfie-takers who are no respecters of long lenses! Quite often the perfect shot turned out to have a hand and phone imposed upon it! The following series of  pictures is, by no means, a complete catalogue of the  inventive headgear, long though it is, but it does give an idea of the happiness that both the hatters and the onlookers felt throughout the parade. A happy Easter was had  by all. AND, it was a sunny morning!

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Hats off to this confident young lady!

Hats off to this confident young lady!

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The sneaky hand!

The sneaky hand!

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A happy ghoul?

A happy ghoul?

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Toddlers were represented too

Toddlers were represented too

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Bookshop hatter

Bookshop hatter

Carrots are good for the eyes?

Carrots are good for the eyes?

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 Notice the outsize hand offering a bunch of flowers protruding from the helmet . . .

Notice the outsize hand, offering a bunch of flowers, protruding from the helmet . . .

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A hatter's selfie!

A hatter’s selfie!

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A frying pan, 2eggs over lightly and a fork are all you need!

A frying pan, 2 eggs over lightly and a fork are all you need  . . . . . .

 . . . .and, of course, the lovely expression to go with them!

. . . .and, of course, the lovely expression to go with them!

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On the crowded steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral

On the crowded steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The wearer wasn't visible

The wearer wasn’t visible

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Heavy hatted!

Heavy hatted!

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Looks exactly like one of my aunts

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This one has the story line attached!

This one has the story line attached!

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There were a great many canine hatters on parade--but the camera phones were so thick around them that I barely saw them!

There were a great many canine hatters on parade–but the camera phones were so thick around them that I barely saw their paws!

In front of the great doors of St. Patrick's

In front of the great doors of St. Patrick’s,

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Hat extended!

Hat extended!

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Livestock was incorporated  . . . .

Livestock was incorporated . . . .

 . . .with some trepidation.

. . .with some trepidation.

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Pagliacci?

Pagliacci?

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Nest egg

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Contented hatter.

Contented hatter.

This is the last hat in my post but, on my way home from the parade, I came across this antique car and I thought: what a wonderful Easter gift it would make for Craig or Kiowa if only it could be afforded!

Antique Ford on display in  a hotel foyer

Antique Ford on display in a hotel foyer

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