Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Harriet Tubman Mural

Art for Auburn — the group behind downtown installations like the painted crow murals on Exchange Street and the Big Store mosaic on the Edward T. Boyle Center — has announced its next project to make Auburn beautiful.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week Twenty-Five - 27 To Go

John Grisham, master of a good tale, leaves his comfort zone and uses an interesting premise to pen a work filled with interesting details about the rare book trade. Some Grisham followers might find this novel disjointed but the finely crafted epilogue brings it altogether.

25th Annual Father's Day Car Show

 Owasco Lake

Michael and I attended the Annual Prison City Ramblers Father's Day Car Show at Emerson Park, on Owasco Lake in Auburn, NY.

Although arriving late, we were still able to see a variety of the over 500 classic and antique cars assembled on former Deauville Island.
Fiery Corvette
The line up along the lake shoreline.
Steve and Lynne Marble's 1951 Chevy Truck
David Elmer's 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS
Kayker enjoying Father's Day 2017
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Truck we saw upon leaving

It was hot, but a fun time that has become part of our Father's Day tradition.
June 15, 2014
June 17, 2012
June 19, 2011
June 20, 2010
June 21, 2009

Monday, June 12, 2017

Guys and Dolls

This evening Joan and I attended our first play of the 2017 season, Guys and Dolls at the Preston H. Thomas Theatre in The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. We took our raincoats but the evening turned out well. Once in our seats we surveyed the crowd which was somewhat near capacity.

Review by David Wilcox.

Review by Lee Fonte.

Review by Broadway World.

After the play we went to Parker's for dinner. There we were joined by members of the cast. Carlos Lopez who played the part of Nathan Detroit greeted us at our table. Carlos is an extremely out-going individual. He proceed to introduce us to the rest of the cast including, Michael Lomenda who played the part of Sky Materson. The cast was most gracious, but we noted very young.

Other shows of this season:

Guys and Dolls
The Best Little Whore House in Texas
Ghost: The Musical
Always Patsy Cline

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week Twenty-Four - 28 To Go

Many readers felt this Mary Higgins Clark’s novel was sub-par. But the theme that greed only brings sorrow seems relevant for the times.

Friday, June 9, 2017

M&T JazzFest 2017

Joan and I attended the 35th Jazz Fest. We sat behind those two fellows. The  evening would turn out to be ideal weather-wise. The only problem was when a wind burst tipped over the paper plates on our laps. Fortunately our Panera salads survived. All the photos that follow were taken from our seats.

Marc Brossaud was playing when we arrived.
Frank Malfitano congratulated Marc Broussand for his great set.
While they were setting up the main stage, Carrie Lazarus introduced Nick DiMaria and the Manhattan Jazz Alliance from the C&S Extraordinary Talent Stage.
Ramsey Lewis Electric Quintet was next on the program.
(Post-Standard photo)

Ramsey Lewis just celebrated his 82nd birthday. He played like he was in this prime.
Michael and I saw Ramsey Lewis at the 2004 Jazz Fest when he and his trio were the headliners.

The Price Chopper Fireworks were displayed after Ramsey Lewis left the stage.
The headliners, The Mavericks, took the stage around 10:00 PM.
We left after four numbers to beat the crowd out of the parking lot.


Crowd Scenes
Hula Hoop Dancer
Popcorn & Peanut Man

2009 Syracuse Jazz Fest 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week Twenty-Three - 29 To Go

John Farrell writes a balanced biography of a political magnet. While Farrell does not beat around the bush in regards to Nixon’s megalomania, the biographer does present a true-to-the-end glimpse into the character of Pat Nixon.