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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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A.C. Refresher

Took advantage of the Tropicana’s newly refurbished Havana Tower to beat the city heat. On Sunday, after the 3-hour drive from Manhattan, we hired an umbrella and sat on the beach with an ice- cold bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which Christine had brought in her cooler. We disguised the glasses with paper towels since enjoyment,  in any form what-so-ever, is not permitted on the regulated beach.

On Monday,  Christine’s niece, Stephanie, her husband, David, and her grandson, 3-year- old Mikey, drove from their home in Philadelphia and arranged a fishing trip for all of us. We hopped on to a party boat out of Margate, readied our rods and sailed into the sparkling bay with a following breeze. For four hours the Captain motored us from place to place with the object of finding a fish or two that would be tempted by the wriggling minnows attached to our hooks. He was, fortunately, mostly unsuccessful– we hardly wanted our idyllic state disturbed by a wayward flounder! We were helped in our endeavor by little Mikey who insisted upon dipping a net into the minnow tank and trying to supply us with  more lively bait than the languid samples already adorning the ends of our fishing lines!

On Tuesday we went a-paddling.  Carrying our shoes and socks around our necks like holiday-makers of yore, we paddled to our heart’s content in the warm, shell-strewn, tide. Two hours or more! Sometimes, so adventurously, that the raging sea splashed the hem of my shorts! (The net effect of all this was that my ankles got terribly sunburned. My sockless skin had missed the protective sun- screen lotion.)

Click on the pictures for detail :

Boardwalk supplies . . .

Boardwalk supplies . . .

 

Family outing . . .

Family outing . . .

 

A toe in the water! . . .

A toe in the water! . . .

 

Gone for a swim? . . . .

Gone for a swim? . . . .

 

. . . fellow-beachgoer took this picture . . .

. . . fellow beach-goer took this picture . . .

 

 . . . Christine took this one. Look , Mum, no legs!

. . . Christine took this one. Look , Mum, no legs!

 

 . . . this wasn't needed at the depth we were in . . . .

. . . this wasn’t needed at the depth we were in . . . .

 

Boardwalk sign . . .

Boardwalk sign . . .

 

Big winner!

Big winner!

 

Relaxing sea-scene . . .

Relaxing sea-scene . . .

 

Stephanie with Mikey . . .

Stephanie with Mikey . . .

 

. . . . catch of the day!

. . . . catch of the day!

 

Sailing, sailing . . . .

Sailing, sailing . . .

 

Mikey's best pose (he said)

Mikey’s best pose (he said)

 

Mikey asserts his authority!

Mikey asserts his authority!

 

Swallows occupying a marine nesting condo!

Swallows occupying a marine nesting condo!

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