Consider this camel’s back broken. The snow that fell Saturday was my last straw. I needed spring and I needed it bad. So I headed to the Bronx.
Stop thinking what you’re thinking. The Bronx is home to the New York Botanical Garden. Featuring the iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the Garden is home to all good things flora. And running now through April 22 is the annual Orchid Show, a dazzling display of common and exotic varieties. The smell alone is worth the $25 admission.
Dickens and Christmas are inextricably linked. But I don’t think of Bob Cratchit, Scrooge and Tiny Tim. It’s Oliver Twist who comes to mind during December. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular used to show feature films following the Rockettes’ March of the Wooden Soldiers and Living Nativity. I have yet to confirm with Mom and Dad, but I think that’s where I saw the British film “Oliver!“, so the holiday and soundtrack are permanently merged for me.
The Radio City Rockettes perform the March of the Wooden Soldier at the Christmas Spectacular in Radio City Music Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wouldn’t this be absolutely fabulous on the Hudson?
It’s an outdoor arena on the island of Usedom, one of Germany’s Baltic islands. Vacationers can enjoy all of the Euro 2012 action while lounging by the beach on navy and white striped sling chairs. I couldn’t find confirmation but I have to believe there’s wonderful food and drink involved too!
Can we build this in time for the Olympics? Please?
“View of the Hudson River at Haverstraw Bay” -Robert Havell Jr. (1793-1878)
It rained throughout May. And much of June. If this weather’s got you singing the blues, I’m suggesting a simple cure: food and fresh air as soon as there’s a break in the grey skies. Throw a blanket in the car and head to the Italian Food Center in West Haverstraw, about 30 miles north of NYC. Once you’ve packed your picnic, spend the afternoon at the spectacular, riverfront Haverstraw Bay Park.