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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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Columbus Day Parade – A real bore!

I have noticed over the past several years that the much hyped Columbus Day parade is suffering a distinctly diminishing participation, by both sponsors and onlookers.  Watching it this year, was just plain boring; there was a wait of ten minutes, or so, before the appearance of succeeding (mediocre) floats and, if it had not been for the hard-working marching bands, the intervals would have been a great deal longer.  There was very little to see except for straggling groups of marchers doing their very best to raise some enthusiasm from the thinning ranks of onlookers. The Grand Marshal passed by unnoticed until he dismounted from his  undistinguished truck and announced himself! Perhaps it is time to consign the parade to history?

Here are the  few views I found of interest:

Click on the pictures for detail.

Marching models

Marching models


White-knuckle maneuver

White-knuckle maneuver


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Cockades to the fore!


Stylish marchers!

Stylish marchers!


Innovative display . . . .

Innovative display . . . .




One Response

  1. Thanks for showing the pictures, in all the years I lived near, I’ve never gone to this parade.

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