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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

    April 21  Went to the Manhattan School of Music’s production of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”. It was presented in the very intimate John Jay college theatre since the MSM’s own theatres are being renovated. For us, this is the way we are going to the opera in the future! for $15 Senior seats we can sit in the first few rows and hear every word! The staging is as good as the Met’s or even better if the current minimalism is taken into account, the costumes are gorgeous pre-modernization creations and the singing, while maybe not as exalting as that of the Met roster, is young and enthusiastic and mainly satisfying to our old ears.

     

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Caribbean Interlude – Part 1 – Dinner Companions

This was our 14-day get-away from the depth of winter–I have lost my old enjoyment of New York winter weather, especially the excitement of pristine snow in the Park and suburbs– years and medication have contrived to thin out my blood to the extent that I am  now chilled rather than braced by winter’s air temperatures–I need to break up the ever-lengthening cold period. I still wouldn’t dream of  moving out of New York city but I do appreciate more, the indoor concert season. I took my paints with me on the cruise as usual but didn’t even get them out of their carry-on bag–I spent most of my time on the sunny balcony with a glass of  wine and a bad book!

We did, however meet up with a group of people with whom we became friends and dinner companions. Together, we made interesting conversation and had quite a few laughs. My camera acted up in the subdued restaurant light at first, but, I consulted the manual, got it back on track, and captured some very good (I think) expressions of our group during dinner. So many, in fact, that I am loath to exclude any for fear of ruining the narrative. This is the reason for the split post. Click on the pictures for more dramatic detail:

View of the World Trade group as we were leaving the city . . . . . .

View of the World Trade group as we were leaving the city . . . . . .

 

 . . . . wintery farewell from the Statue of Liberty as we got underway . . . . .

. . . . wintery farewell from the Statue of Liberty as we got underway . . . . .

 

 . . . . . sunny welcome from San Juan two sea days later . . .

. . . . . sunny welcome from San Juan two sea days later . . .

 

Island harbour scene . . . . .

Island harbour scene . . . . .

 

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Dinner companions, Susanne and Bruce . . . .

Dinner companions, Suzana and Bruce . . . .

 

Susanne . . . . .

Suzana . . . . .

 

Denise, passionate ballroom dancer . . . .

Denise, passionate ballroom dancer . . . .

 

 . . . . with her partner Craig . . .

. . . . with her partner Craig . . .

 

 . . . . posing foir the camera

. . . . posing for the camera

 

sobering thought--crew carrying out an emergency exercise

Sobering thought–crew carrying out an emergency exercise

 

Christine on the beach

Christine on the beach . . . . .

 

 . . . . my kind of beach--Plenty of natural shade and some rockpools with crabs and fishes . . . .

. . . . my kind of beach–plenty of natural shade and some rock pools with crabs and fishes . . . .

 

Gloriously undeveloped, yet! . . . .

Gloriously undeveloped, as yet! . . .

 

. . . empties . . .

. . . empties . . .

 

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. . . . .

 

Good parking spot . . .

Good parking spot . . .

 

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Dinner wear!

 

Photo, anyone?

Photo, anyone?

 

On safari at Trafalgar Falls - Dominica National Park.

On safari at Trafalgar Falls – Dominica National Park rain forest.

 

Rockslide on theway to the Falls

Rockslide on the way to the Falls

 

Local craft . . .

Local craft . . .

 

Christine hugging a tree in the rain forest .. . .

Christine hugging a tree in the rain forest . . . .

 

Local craftsman

Local craftsman

 

Dinner companion, Bobby . . .

Dinner companion,  and expert Karaoke singer, Bobby . . . .

 

 . . . . . lent me his wig for this picture!

. . . . . lent me his wig for this dinner picture!

 

Leone . . .

Leona . . .

 

Craig . . .

Craig . . .

 

Bruce . . .

Bruce . . .

 

Leone and Bobby

Leona and Bobby

 

Denise and Susanne . . . .

Denise and Susanne . . . .

 

 . . . . the wig caused it . .

. . . . the wig caused it .

 

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. . . . . the wig!

 

 . . . and here we all are good friends at dinner!

. . . and here  are three quarters of our group. All  good friends!

 

To be continued in Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Christine is as beautiful as ever. The wig makes you look like one of the Beatles. You redeem yourself in the last photo.

    • Amy. Thank you. The wig picture is causing laughs everywhere. I’m Glad to be able, still, to give some amusement. Ben

  2. Excellent photos. There were endless laughs and priceless moments. It was a pleasure meeting you.

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