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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.

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Around New York and The Battle for Central Park!

 

Our gardener, who show-cases our mini-park garden, introduced an exotic new plant this Spring. Its Latin name is: Frittilaria Imperialis (common name: Crown Imperial). He planted four of them in a row at different intervals so that we could see the progression of the bloom:

"Crown Imperial"

“Crown Imperial”

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Blossom at its peak–ready for the bees!

Taking the No.1 train to the Lincoln Centre Station (a first time for me), we encountered this very nice tile work. The MTA is concentrating a great deal more these days on making their tunnels culturally friendly and, certainly, the subway is becoming the transport method of choice.

Dancing ladies

Carefree dancing ladies

Diva?

Diva?

Walking unaware near Cleopatra’s Needle, Christine and I were suddenly surprised to find Central Park under attack by opposing groups of warriors of The Barony of Empire’s Grove! The fighting was fierce but sporadic and the archers, firing their cotton-ball loaded arrows, were not the most accurate practitioners of the art. Never-the-less, by-standers and participants alike, enjoyed the spectacle even though the former were somewhat puzzled by it all.  Very little territory was taken, but the protagonists promised to return to the same field each Sunday to continue the battle:

Arm to Arm combat

Arm to Arm combat

Defensive stance

Defensive stance

SONY DSC

Archers attack!

Warrior suiting up

Warrior suiting up

Into the fray!

Into the fray!

Strategy conference

Strategy conference

Daunting foe

Daunting foe

The weapons carrier

The weapons carrier

When Susan came to visit last week, we drove up to Tarrytown to pick up her granddaughter, Zoe, for a birthday treat at a nearby hibachi restaurant. These few shots give a taste of the atmosphere:

Serene guardian of the sushi eaters .. .

Serene guardian of the sushi eaters .. .

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Our chef intent on his performance.

Our chef intent on his performance.

Finally, a fresh look at a detail of Paul Manship’s gate to the Children’ Zoo:

A great deal of Paul Manship's work decorates Central Park

A great deal of Paul Manship’s work decorates Central Park

Click on the picture for detail

THE END

 

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