Summer in the City

5/15/13 - We just returned from a family & friends visit back East. We spent 3 days in New York City, 2 days in the PA Poconos and 3 days in NJ. It was lovely to see all the green foliage & the spring/summer flowers. Having come from 100+ degree heat, the rain we encountered was refreshing but pretty foreign to us now.

In NYC we caught up on Broadway shows, seeing Bette Midler in "I'll Eat You Last", Matthew Broderick in Gershwin’s "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and a great cast in "Motown, the Musical". Our friend, Sabrina, met us for dinner and the Motown show and Candy's sister & brother-in-law, Bunny & Artie, met us for dinner and the Gershwin show. My cousin, Carol, overcame many obstacles one afternoon to meet us & visit for a while.

We walked the streets of NY to do a some shopping (Candy's favorite is always the "adult toy" store" B&H Photo & Video), and were lucky enough to find one of the Sing for Hope pianos, with a young woman playing beautiful classical music. Sing for Hope is a public art installation where 88 pianos are decorated & placed in public spaces throughout the 5 boroughs. Passersby are welcome to sit for a while & play or just enjoy listening. At the end of the exhibition the pianos are donated to schools, community organizations or healthcare institutions. For more information on the piano project and a map of their locations, go to

One morning while walking to breakfast we heard a commotion nearby. Following the sounds, we came upon the cast of Good Morning America broadcasting from Times Square. It was fun to see Josh, George, Lara & Robin up close. It was amazing to see how intimately Robin Roberts connected with the crowd.

We spent our time in the Poconos at Bunny & Artie's log cabin, doing lots of talking and catching up. They took us to their daughter & son-in-law's (Loree & Eric) new house back in White Plains for a really lovely afternoon & evening of scrumptious food and family visiting with additional nieces.

Once we moved to NJ, we got to spend some time with two more of Candy's nieces and their kids. Four of the 5 kids are 5 years old (yup, there is a set of triplets in that mix) & one is 3 years old. We so enjoyed interacting with these loving & inquisitive kids! We also had dinner with 4 friends that we’ve known for over 30 years - the talking was non-stop at that table! And I got to stop in for several hours at Chubb & see many dear friends there. It was a jam-packed visit but well-worth it!

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