This has been the snowiest winter in years causing many setbacks such as beach erosion, accidents, school closings, crime etc. but the people of Rockaway have had the stamina, fortitude to fight on, forge ahead and face whatever obstacles head on and surmount and conquer them. So too, as in the heart of NYC where a good deal of you work.
That one evening, in the middle of the blizzard, I trudged through the snow with the flakes flying so fast in my face as to mar what vision I have left struggling to balance myself against whirling winds. I finally made it to the St. Regis where they held a presentation on Madrid, the capital of Spain and served a sumptuous gourmet buffet: red snapper, giant shrimp, filet mignon etc., but for too few quests. (More for those who showed up). Then they bused us all over to the Guggenheim Museum for the spectacular “Dressed for Dance,” Flamenco Fashion/Dance performance. I dared to go out that night but it was a wonderful evening. Don’t be afraid, face your obstacles and you will be glad you did.
The next night, with snow still on the ground, Croatia, featuring Dubrovnik, was at the Harvard Club. I schlepped through the snow sludge again and found another entertaining and pleasurable program. They informed us about Croatia, which is located in the lower part of Europe along the Mediterranean with Dubrovnik at its tip. It is favored by many cruise lines for the beauty of the country and the culture, of which we had a taste that night. The vocal group, Subrenum, hummed their way into our hearts. Marin Maris made his violin sing and dance, and the strumming of Srdjan and Mario, duo guitarists, still lingers in my head. Had I feared the elements I would have missed these memorable moments.
Michael Shea, are you ready to face the winters in New York again? Michael is originally from Belle Harbor, attended St. Francis Prep with my first son, Kevin and has been living the past number of years in San Diego where Kevin and wife, Julie, daughters Elizabeth (Beth) and Samantha (Sam) live. Michael and wife, “ Liz” and his two children met Kevin and family at the San Diego Brooklyn Pizza Parlor and he announced to Kevin he is coming back to the Rockaways this summer for a permanent stay. Welcome back, Michael and family.
The annual Tours and Travel Hospitality party at Madame Tussauds on West 42 Street was a blast. We were surrounded by the waxed images of celebrities such as: Marilyn Monroe; Al Roker; Jackie Robinson; Michael Jackson; Cary Grant, just to name a few. They were all there in their rightful categories on every floor. We had wine, beer, Vodka and on the ninth floor Ed Hardy music by Hart and Hart DJ; B. Smith food and Crème Ice Cream and the celebrities didn’t eat or drink, but they were so real-life you thought they could.
Elle Magazine sponsored an opening party for the new location 932 Third Avenue near East 56 Street where the Sumantre Prints now makes their home. If you are looking for drapes and slipcovers for your home you simply must stop in here. They really are beautiful.
At the Gift Show at the Javit’s Center I found scarves you thought were silk and bracelets that look like leather made from silver from Sabrio and Basteris. And, at the Italian Tourist Board at 630 Rockfeller Center they presented the Province of Macerata. This medieval walled city sits on the eastern edge of Italy between Chienti and Potenza rivers. It is known for its Festival Theatre, Sferisterio, where operatic performances appear. The reception consisted of Italian fare topped with Varnelli from the heart of Italy. It was served in bitter/sweet dark chocolate cups and I would fly to Italy just to get some more. Delicious!
Before I close I want to mention the Toy Fair at the Javit’s Center. There were so many new toys on the market from technical to cuddly to games.
I could not possibly get to all of them. However, I did manage to get some samples for the New Yorker TV Show: Dr. Toy’s Geo Puzzle that makes learning the states and countries of the world fun by placing jigsaw pieces cut out to fit on the map making geography easier for the child to comprehend; Silly Puppets in monster form to entertain your child for hours; Evolvems are two toys in one. With a zip of a zipper turns one soft ancient animal into the other. If you have a little girl who likes to dance Outing Out has a musical waltz or hip hop skirt with musical tapes hidden in the skirt so she can dance to the music. There was so much more and you will be seeing them in the stores shortly. For the Christmas holidays look for Elf on the Shelf.
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