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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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4th July in Egg Harbor Township, Flag Cake and Flounder

Christine’s niece, Stephanie and her husband David are the designated providers of the traditional Independence Day party for the Bilyk family. Brother George and all four sisters attended (Luba, Martha, Larysa and Christine).

Stephanie and David have a vacation home  in Egg Harbor with lots of space for barbecuing, partying and camp fire watching –an ideal venue for the annual family get-together! Part of the tradition is the “Flag-cake”  making–the responsibility of the youngest family members!

The following day (Sunday), stuffed and somewhat hung-over,  David, Stephanie, Christine and I took the “Teal”  party-boat out of Margate marina and had a glorious morning fishing. Perfect weather for relaxing on  a calm sea. In spite of the Trojan efforts of Captain Moore, the fish didn’t bother us much, but I did manage to hook the biggest flounder and win the pool! After the fishing trip, Christine and I packed our things and motored just some thirty miles up the road to Atlantic City where we booked in to the Tropicana for three days. We dined on oysters and lobster and relaxed (snoozed) on the beach with chilled wine and sandwiches. Susan joined us on Tuesday.

Click on the pictures to get the greatest detail

Martha sets the mood

Martha sets the mood for the occasion


Issy is charming


Joey looks surprised


Jimmy looks content


Samara looks occupied

Little Mikey and box turtle

Little Mikey shows the box turtle

Eddie and

Eddie and Issy

Corn and conversation

Corn and conversation

 . . . . even a hayride!

. . . . even a hayride!

 . . . . with followers.

. . . . with followers.

The famous "Flag Cake" made by little Mikey and Samara (with Help)

The famous “Flag Cake” made by little Mikey and Samara (with help)

All hands to the candles . . .

All hands to the candles . . .

Mikey showing off his work

Mikey is pleased with his work

Samara and MIkey

The creators

Mikey pre-samples the work to make sure that it is up to standard.

Mikey pre-samples the work to make sure that it is up to standard.

This catch won me the pool--$75!

This catch won me the pool–$75!

View from our room at the Tropicana . . . .

View from our room at the Tropicana . . . .

View from the Boardwalk . . .

View from the Boardwalk . . .

Happy holiday, everyone!

Happy holiday, everyone!




2 Responses

  1. Did you cook or eat your prize?

    • Neither, Nereida. We were continuing on to Atlantic City after the fishing so we donated it to our hosts.

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