Monday, July 29, 2013

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The musical was first stage in 1949. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell give it new life in the 1953 film adaptation. This evening Joan and I attended the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse's presentation of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
 Ruth Pferdehirt performs as Lorelei Lee

While the storyline may be old the assembled MGR actors gave it a new verve, especially, Gino Carr, a favorite of Joan and I, who infused his usual comedic take in his role of Gus. The first act dragged a bit in setting up the plot, but once the curtain rose on act two the dancers and singers did their stuff.

Len Fonte’s Review in The Post-Standard.
David Wilcox’s Review in The Citizen.

Other shows of this season:
Singing in the Rain
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Legally Blond 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Week Thirty-One - 21 To Go

If you just purchased your first iPad this book will bring you up to speed quickly. Even is you own an iPod or iPhone the section on iTunes will teach you a few new tricks.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Week Thirty - 22 To Go

For a visual learner, found the abundance of images quite helpful. Having purchased the iPhoto app, Rosenzweig’s text provided useful instruction on using the app to its full potential.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Win 89FM Goes to the Ballgame

Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park
Auburn NY

Win 89FM is part of the Cayuga Community College Telecommunication Department. The WDWN faculty reserved the tent area at the ball park for an evening of Auburn Doubledays baseball for its staff and friends.
Jeff Szczesniak, WDWN-FM Advisor, acknowledges the crowd before tossing out the first pitch.
Jeff lets the ceremonial pitch loose.
David Masters, Doubledays Shortstop, returns the ball to Jeff.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Eaton Birding Society - Zurich Bog Field Trip

The Eaton Birding Society visited the Zurich Bog on today. This sphagnum bog is located in Arcadia, New York.

 Declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1973.
While it was hot and steamy and mosquitoes were plentiful, 22 species were identified, mostly by ear. There were 8 birders in attendance including Jane Hahn and her sister, Roberta Smith, from Raleigh, NC.

Four members in the group made it around the entire loop trail. Among the fauna seen were We also saw Pitcher plants, Indian pipes and an orchid (Calopogon - grass pink).

Pitcher plants
Indian pipes

Lyn Jacobs compiled the list of birds:
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Veery  6
Wood Thrush  7
American Robin  11
Gray Catbird  3
Ovenbird  6
Common Yellowthroat  7
Yellow Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The group had breakfast in Newark at the Cross Park Family Restaurant. Rhonda was our waitress. Service was excellent - omelet and home fries were cooked to perfection - plus clean washrooms and dining area.

Another great day for birding.

Week Twenty-Nine - 23 To Go

This fast paced, psychological/thriller belongs on your side at the beach this summer.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Female Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

At 10 AM noticed a dragonfly flitting about the garden. 
 The female Widow Skimmer rested among the goosenecks.
According to some Widow Skimmers were named after the wide dark brown/black patches on their wings. These patches were the color of mourning clothes and therefore were called "widow patches." 
Female and juvenile male Widow Skimmer dragonflies have dark brown patches at the base of their wings close to their bodies.
(Libellula luctuosa)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Week Twenty-Eight - 24 To Go

The Russell series should probably be read in order. That said, my first King read left me disappointed. Too many explanations, too much filler, not enough story. Sherlock deserves a better.


Bear’s Breech
Seymour Library Garden
Many Acanthus species carry the common name of “bear’s breech.” One explanation is that the flowers resemble the spinal column of a large animal — a bear, perhaps, why not? — and another is that it has something to do with a bear’s claw. They are quite tall and impressive, and the individual “vertebrae” are white, usually with a purple hood.
Acanthus are often described as “architectural” and grouped with the sturdy mainstays that make up the backbone, aptly, of a perennial border: peonies, gas plant, hydrangeas, shrub roses, and so on. They’re architectural in another way too — the acanthus leaf has been a popular decorative motif since it first appeared gracing the tops of ancient Greek columns.
The hardiest bear’s breech is A. spinosus, so named for its numerous little barbs, which can be pretty painful to grab — sort of thistle-like. Don’t let that dissuade you from growing it though, especially if your garden has a problem with deer. The foliage is wonderfully glossy and dark, it does well in sun to part shade, and it isn’t plagued by pests or disease here in upstate New York.
The plants reach about three feet high, not including the flowers, which might get up to four feet under optimal conditions. They produce taproots and tend to form very sturdy clumps. In fact, it’s a good idea to plant them where you are sure you want them, because once established they tend to become permanent residents.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Legally Blonde

Omigod, You Guys. Not having seen the movie Joan and I did not know what to expect from this show. But we were blown away by this musical adaptation. Adding to our pleasant experience were the group of what appeared to be aspiring actors sitting behind us who applauded, hooted, and guffawed throughout the production.

Libby Servais was a vivacious Elle Woods. And the hairdresser and shorts-clad parcel delivery guy subplot was hilarious.
 The chihuahua, known as "Bruiser" in the show, is the dog from the original Broadway production.

Len Fonte’s Preview in The Post-Standard.

Katrina Tulloch’s Review in The Post-Standard.