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    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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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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