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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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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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