Since my return from Japan, there have been several soirees and treks of note. As April gave way to May, Will and I took the train to New York to join Joe and see the BAM production of Julius Caesar.
View from our train window
What can one say about AMTRAK? It was an adventure, an ordeal, and an experience. We dined in the Dining Car to over-priced food and we had scotch in the club car. It was almost impossible to sleep, huddled against each other in coach with the overhead lights in our eyes and our heads struggling with blankets and alternating from his shoulder to mine. We emerged from the train into Penn Station and walked out onto the dazzling streets of Manhattan at mid-day, headed to Times Square, and then the A-Train to Brooklyn where Joe met us in the Marriott Hotel. Ads for Julius Caesar filled the subway car.
From that point on we filled the next three days with theater, art, Greenwich Village, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, Sunday in Central Park, Seeing Gertrude Stein (in the Metropolitan Museum), and Will's singing upstairs at the Stonewall Bar. Meals with Joe and friends, Julius Caesar, and taking photos of all the Cherry trees in full bloom around Washington Square and in Brooklyn.
After Asheville came Lookout Mountain and a spectacular June Wedding. No expense was spared for the marriage of Katie and Oliver...
Starr and I had a good time attending the dinners, champagne breakfasts, reception, and enjoying the ever-changing, cool early summer weather on Starr's Porch and new deck.
By way of review, here is the New Yorker's Review of Julius Caesar as performed in New York...