Hello, darlings! Summer in the city has always been a favorite time and place for me, as I always am treated to an exciting and unforgettable time in the city that never sleeps. This past Friday was no exception because I was blessed to attend a free outdoor concert that starred the fabulous New York Philharmonic orchestra. Part of the Concerts in the Parks series and presented by Oscar and Didi Schafer, I had an amazing time in listening to the majestic melodies that the brilliant musical director and conductor, Alan Gilbert, inspired out of his orchestra of talented musicians. What’s more; the sky boasted a gorgeous array of fireworks, thus lending to the magic of that evening.
Taking place on Central Park’s Great Lawn, hundreds of people - including the great actor, Alec Baldwin - decided to disregard the drizzly weather to enjoy the overwhelmingly beautiful melodies that Mr. Gilbert coaxed out of his orchestra. Even more exciting was my chance reunion with two of my old friends, Pam and Joan, both of whom I hadn’t seen in ages. While Pam and I discussed her plans to travel to San Miguel Allende to visit on our dearest friends, Lucille Chase, Joan and I discovered that we both lived in the same complex – Lincoln Towers – in different buildings. As Joan – nee Yankus – fondly recalled being in my wedding to Sandy while telling me that I was the most beautiful bride, I thought that it was destiny to run into her on the eve of my 61st anniversary on this coming July 22nd. It was a delight to see Joan for the first time in thirty years while being in the wonderful company of two mutual friends.
In addition, I had the pleasure of meeting the charming Ching Sarino, a lovely Asian lady from the Philippines whose company I enjoyed immensely. Intelligent and interesting, she and I had a riveting conversation about her past as a model in the Philippines as I admired her leopard-accented outfit. Ching had that je-ne-sais-quoi that manifested in the way that she carried herself – a quality that I greatly admire in a woman of style and grace. Needless to say, I hope that she and I will keep in touch so that we can become great frieds.
As much as I enjoy traveling around the world, darlings, there’s just no place like home – a saying of truth when it comes to my New York City. I have always considered myself lucky to have access to the cultural gifts that this city has to offer – including Friday evening’s New York Philharmonic concert – and consider myself privileged to have received such a cultural gift without having to pay a dime. The most enjoyable part is that you never know who you will run into in this artistic playground that is my hometown!