• 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

    June 9 Christine  lined up for tickets to the Public’s production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park. This politicized version sported a look-alike Trump as Caesar, hoards of frenetic protesters and a slight female (with no Shakespearian diction) as the wily Marc Antony. But where oh where was the Shakespeare? The highlight of the event was, for me, the sight of an impudent baby raccoon wandering around the apron of the stage!

    June 11 Saw “Cost of Living” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Wonderfully acted by the four-member cast, the play concerns two couples; one, a caregiver and a double amputee and the other a caregiver and a paraplegic. The scene-changing  accommodates the two wheelchairs very well but the multiplicity of the changes required, makes the story line difficult to follow.
    June  Barbara managed to get 3 seats  in the 59e59th theatre to see “Invincible” by Torben Betts. It is a British story about two neighbouring couples meeting socially for the first time. One couple is  young, avant-garde and activist and the other is typically London east-end. The four actors are marvelous in their parts and the writing of the characters is supurb.

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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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