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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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Kelsey’s Tea Party

July 3rd was a memorable day–we were invited by Kelsey to a rare and special tea party! She had chosen the theme of “Finding Dory” as the design for her table settings. Cupcakes, hand-slathered with green icing were the main dish The invitations were transmitted by the use of a single  poster taped to the garden window–she thought this was more efficient than producing separate invites for everyone.

Click on the pictures for the best detail: 

The gracious hostess greet every guest . . .

The gracious hostess greeted every guest . . .


 . . . . before she seated herself . . . .

. . . . before she seated herself . . . .


 . . . the main dish

. . . the main dish


 . . . her guests were seated for the photo op . . .

. . . her guests were seated for the photo op . . . (Kippy was not among the invitees but he came anyway just in case a guest dropped a morsel or two!)   . . .


 . . .the feast commences . . .

. . .the feast commences . . .


. . . continues with subtle tastings . . . .

. . . continues with subtle tastings . . . .


 . . . an occasional less-than-satisfactory bite . . .

. . . an occasional less-than-satisfactory effect on the palate . . .


 . . . and finally, the ultimate joy from consuming a gourmet dish!

. . . but finally, evincing  the ultimate joy from downing a gourmet dish!


Dad looked upon the proceedings with pride in his eyes

Dad looked upon the proceedings with pride.


 . . . . with tips and encouragement from Grandma, Susan . . . .

Tips and encouragement from expert Grandma, Susan . . . .


 . . . but exhausting it all was and while grandma and Kelsey took a welcome break . . . .

. . . but exhausting it all was and while Grandma and Kelsey took a welcome break . . . .


 . . . Dad flaked right out!

. . . Dad flaked out completely!

The flowerpot crowd

Silent watches of the above events were Susan's whimsical flowerpots. I made a sketch of them and will add it to the Home page.

Silent watchers of the above events were Susan’s whimsical flowerpots. I made a sketch of them and will add it to the Home page in due course.




4 Responses

  1. An awesome garden party…the hostess was very lovely. Nereida

  2. Kelsey is a beautiful little lady. Are you sure Susan is a grandma? Too young.

  3. This is a delightful picture essay, Ben!
    And of course, a delightful subject!
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thank you all for responding–I was enthralled by Kelsey’s maturing charm. Ben

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