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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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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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