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    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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Ukraine in New York

Following a tip Christine received from one of her Ukrainian  customers, we bussed down to 7th Street and Second Avenue to see the Ukrainian Festival which was in progress. A very pleasant surprise for me was that we came upon a resuscitated McSoreleys Ale Bar which I was sure had gone out business decades earlier. It was one of the world-renowned places I was determined to see when I first came to the USA–at that time, women were not allowed in and substantial bar-top snacks were free for drinking customers. Today they serve two very good craft ales, one light and one dark and you get a mug of each when you order. It was impressive to see the bustling waiters carrying eight mugs in one hand without spilling a precious drop! The Festival food offerings were not the usual Street fare. Christine selected a couple of native dishes: Varenyk (a crescent shaped potato dumpling) and  Holubets ( stuffed cabbage with meat and rice).  She said they were alright but not as good as her mothers’. The entertainment was provided by a number of practiced and energetic dance groups and was exciting to watch.

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Centre of the Ukraine community in New York

 

Christine dressed for the occasion . . .

Ukrainian accessories . . . .

Street shopper . . .

Native dresses on sale . . .

 

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This tiny Ukrainian-American is getting his first selfie . . .

 

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The young troupes were serious about their role . .  .

 

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Gymnastic leaps . . .

 

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Very talented 11-year-old . . .

 

Principal dancer . . . .

 

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Finale . . .

 

Ukrainian symbols . . .

 

After lunch we went back into McSorleys and savoured two more ales apiece!

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One Response

  1. Looks like great fun. Christine is lovely in the floral headpiece.

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