Sunday, July 31, 2016

Week Thirty-One - 21 To Go

Murder in the highlands à la Agatha Christie. The puzzle is the thing. This third edition of the series abounds with likable characters plus a good sense of place and time.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Story Walk 2016 - Let’s Have A Tree Party

The Story Walk features pages from a picture book placed on stakes along the walkway of Hoopes Park.
This summer's third book:
Let’s Have A Tree Party 
by David Martin (Author), John Manders (Illustrator) 

2016 Story Walks:

2015 Story Walks:
2014 Story Walks:

Week Thirty - 22 To Go

This is not your Catholic high school or your Catholic nunnery. Too much violence and too much graphic sex. But even the well-read mystery reader will be hard pressed to guess the murderer. If investigating priests, nuns, and a scandal within the Catholic Church is your cup of tea than this romance/mystery hybrid belongs on your reading list.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fron Here To Eternity

This evening Joan and I attended our second play of the 2016 season, From Here to Eternity. This was the North American premiere of this production.

Adapted from James Jones' 1951 novel, Stuart Brayson's music and Tim Rice's lyrics brought this work to a full house, who were enthralled by this spectacular play.

Christopher Ash's projections and Stanley A. Meyer's two-tier stage added a splash of flash as the Japanese planes arrived.

The excitement that met the post-show bows provided a statement that this show will maintain a place in the pantheon of those shows that will be remembered for sometime.

David Wilcox’s review in The Citizen.

Syracuse New Times - Tim Rice interview.

Linda Loomis’ review.

Other shows of this season:

Crazy For You
Treasure Island
Million Dollar Quartet
Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Week Twenty-Nine - 23 To Go

While Flavia de Luce continues to solve serious problems, her venture into the new world leaves us with a weak plot. Hope Bradley returns to Buckshaw soon.

Model T Visit

Hundreds of Model T Fords and their loyal owners will converge on Auburn this week for the Model T Ford Club International's 60th Annual Tour.
The daily tour starts and ends at the Holiday Inn, 75 North Street, in Auburn. The tour will be on back roads only.

We caught up with the group at Emerson Park.
The Model T is the car that put Ford on the map.

Some of Model T radiator caps:
How to drive a Model T: The Model T has a three pedal automatic transmission. The pedal on the right that looks like the accelerator is the really the brake. the pedal in the middle that looks like the brake puts the car in reverse. The pedal on the left that should be the clutch puts the car into first gear. Then the lever that looks like a floor-mounted shifter puts the transmission into second gear. The throttle is the lever on the steering wheel.
Model T Ford Group's Photographer
Model T Ford Group's Cinematographer

Production of the Model T began in 1908 and ended in 1927. The Model T debuted with a cost of $850, but it sold for as little as $260 in later years because Henry Ford passed along the savings from his production innovations.
Ford sold 15 million Model T coupes, touring cars, and sedans.
So glad this Chicago based club chose Auburn for its visit.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Week Twenty-Eight - 24 To Go

A light read for those hazy days of summer. A glass of wine will add to your enjoyment of this clever, crazy caper. Too predictable perhaps for serious readers of mystery but zany enough for Stephanie Plum followers.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week Twenty-Seven - 25 To Go

Easy's back. Now 48, a new detective agency, no alcohol, one Lucky Strike a day. No surprises from Walter Mosley, just good a story.