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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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Vultures over the “Palisades”

Two or three weeks ago, we  took Christine’s friend, Basha, and her husband, Neil, for a drive up to Bear Mountain via the Palisades Parkway and thence to the Thayer Hotel at WestPoint for lunch. Although NY City residents for decades, they had never made the trip before and were full of wonderment at the impressive views of the mighty Hudson from the top of the Palisades look-outs and the s-bend mountain roadways. It was a journey I had made many, many times over the years–no visiting relative or friend of mine escaped the Thompson tour!

The vultures were out in force and circling!  We told our friends tales of the fate suffered by unwary visitors but, as I mentioned before, they were veteran New Yorkers and so refused to believe a  a single word.

Click on the pictures for greater detail:

Seeking weary travelers . . .

Seeking weary travelers . . .

Resting between meals . . . .

Resting between meals . . . .

Sated! We're off to our lunch now.

Sated! We’re off to our lunch now.

Christine and Basha catching up with their news (At the top of Bear Mountain).

Christine and Basha catching up with their news (At the top of Bear Mountain).

The top of Bear Mountain is a Mecca for Bikers. Many of you will remember Ethel's Facebook Photo? This Biker was showing off his three-wheeler bike. He was explaining that he was getting beyond the ability to hold up two-wheeler which often weigh read 800lbs or so!

The top of Bear Mountain is a Mecca for Bikers. Many of you will remember Ethel’s Facebook Photo? This Biker was showing off his three-wheeler Harley. He was explaining that he was getting beyond the ability to hold up a two-wheeler which often weighs 800 lbs or so!

 . . . . . still chatting!

. . . . . still chatting!

Basha taking in the view . . .

Basha taking in the view . . .

THE END

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2 Responses

  1. Enjoying your travels and adventures. All is well in Florida. We were in New Jersey in June For our grandaughters High school graduation. She will be attending college at Northeastern University in Boston. Stay well.

    Love Lenore and Larry

    Sent from my iPad

    • Lenore. Very glad to hear from you. I would love a chance to talk over old times if you are visiting New York any time. Love to you both, Ben

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