• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Q line bonus

Spring has uncovered a special treat  for we Waterford dwellers! The restoration of Second Avenue after the subway construction included the replacement of ordinary Sweet Locust trees with three spectacular Eastern Redbuds. Here are pictures of them with their blossoms glued to the branches as is their nature (no leaves yet). New York City bees are having a field day!

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4 Responses

  1. Beautiful, must be a pre celebration of your coming birthday.

    • Thank you, Amy. You remember my birthday! I shall be spending it in London and thinking of you and my old fishing pal. Love, Ben

  2. Great move MTA. Those Eastern Redbuds are just beautiful! Nice photos.

    • Craig. Thank you. Another development is that a bagel and breakfast place is opening between 44th and 45th. We’re hoping that it will compare with your old favorite.

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