Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. I have had an unusual season this year – super busy at my new job at Ralph Lauren, and also very preoccupied with getting my father ready to move to Colorado, which I wrote about on the blog previously. So my attention has been elsewhere and the holiday season has literally flown by, but TD and I have enjoyed some wonderful parties and entertainments here in New York City.
Last weekend we at last got our Christmas tree up (above). We got it from our friend Billy Romp on Jane Street who has supplied our tree since 1988.
For my birthday, which is at the end of November, we went to see Pippin on Broadway!
(photo from Pippin web site)

When I was in high school, I went to see the traveling version of Pippin in Utica at the Stanley Theater. I took a girl. Later we went to the junior prom. Let's just say I enjoyed Pippin more! This production on Broadway is directed by Diane Paulus, who was the genius behind the recent Broadway production of Hair, and it features gymnasts and acrobats in a circus setting. It was so colorful and entertaining. We sat in the first row in the balcony. I had great time.
My photo of the curtain call –

On TD's birthday, which comes one week later, we had a delicious lunch at Union Square Cafe –

Up at Bergdorf Goodman, the theme of the holiday windows is the arts. This glittering one is based on music –

They do such a fantastic job with their windows. This one is inspired by film. It looks like a Greta Garbo silent movie –

Down Fifth Avenue, TD enjoyed viewing the big tree at Rockefeller Center –

We went to see the Matisse cut-outs at the Museum of Modern Art. I love these Christmas colors –

My mother had a cousin named Bondie O'Donnell, and he has a daughter named Julia who has a daughter Uma who is 14 years old and is studying here in New York City at the School of American Ballet. She's a real ballerina! I think Uma and I are second cousins once removed. Anyway, TD and I took Uma to see George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. (photos from the web site)

It was so beautiful. I had seen it years ago but really had not remembered how ornate and gorgeous it is.

Here we are at intermission, O'Donnell second cousins once removed.

Today is Christmas Eve. We are going tonight to my brother Eric's in Montclair for a family dinner. There we will say good-bye to my father who is moving to Colorado on Friday.
This is a picture of the two of us a few years ago at a wedding

I will miss him a lot.
And I am wishing you all the best for the holidays and the new year, dear reader. 


Unknown said...

So many lovely images - but the dearest of you and your dad. Will be thinking of you as I know it will be difficult to let him go west.

Bart Boehlert said...

Thank you Abigail -

Dean Farris said...

Beautiful post Bart!

Bart Boehlert said...

Thank you Dean – all the best for the new year!

Gail, northern California said...

So many life-altering events in your life...the loss of your mother, new job, sale of the family home, your dad can only hope that's it for a while, Bart. Enough. A little peace and harmony now. So happy to hear you're enjoying your new job at Ralph Lauren. It sounds as though you find its busy-ness exciting and that's wonderful. It tickles me that I think of you each time the RL commercial airs for "Downton Abbey".

Scott Brasher said...

Miss you buddy! Happy New Year!

Bart Boehlert said...

Hi Gail, And let's not forget our cat Rose, who I miss all the time : ( But life goes on, and yes, we are grateful for the blessings.
Scott, Miss you too, let's get together!
Thank you for your comments, friends -