|We had a lovely week in Fair Haven New Jersey with my dad and Geri. It was the start of my birthday week, or possibly my birthday month, and we got started with a fantastic splash.
I think Tim Minchin is terrific as a performer, musician, comedian, commenter on the foibles of mankind etc. He wrote the music and lyrics for Matilda the musical, winner of 7 Olivier awards with a production in London and on Broadway. My wonderful dad bought tickets for the four of us to attend the Sunday matinee of this awesome show. I have read the book by Roald Dahl many times and must tell you that the changes made to the story line found in the book really enhanced the story. It was all I hoped it would be from my utube viewing of the musical numbers. Those children are amazing. This is a six star, thumbs up.
We followed the show with a really delicious early dinner at Sardi's across the street from the theatre. For those who have not been to sardi's the walls are covered with cartoon drawings of Broadway performers. The same artist has been making these drawings for 40 years. My favorite was Kermit the frog in his dapper hat and coat upstairs.
This was not our only theatre outing for the week. Dad had also arranged tickets for a production of the school for wives, by Moliere at the two River theatre. The theatre is new to me and is a state of the art performance space founded in 1994 by Joan and Robert Rechnitz. This is a professional theatre and the production was just fabulous. The translation was by Richard Wilbur and it was fresh and allowed our first time enjoyment of this play to be thorough. We are ready for more Moliere.
We continued our morning walk with my dad to Booskerdoo coffee shop daily with the addition of sitting on the bench out front watching the cars arrive. Our theory is that 7 out of 10 cars are foreign brands. This was fairly accurate. We are an easily entertained group.
We joined my sister for a Saturday morning walk on the long branch Boardwalk, met dad and geri for brunch at Amy's and then walked the boardwalk with dad and Geri. It was totally perfect weather for 4 days straight and the walk along the Atlantic beach was picture perfect with some surfers and beach revelers. We just couldn't get enough of the boardwalk that day.
Rosh Hashanah was this week, and we were invited to join my mom's cousin Roz for the holiday meal at her house the first night and then we had a dinner at my dad's house the second night. So much good food and good company to start the new year. We wish all of us good health and a joyous new year.
We sampled our way through two farm markets and where you sample, often you buy so we have a fresh stock of local roasted fair trade coffee to turn to once we have finished our Sissiboo coffee.
If you are in the area make sure you visit camp Evans in Wall Township New Jersey. I had never heard of it previously and my dad had never visited. Camp evans was originally a Marconi station and until 1997 was part of fort monmouth. When the fort closed in 1997" the camp Evans portion was taken over by the info age science and history center. The center has one paid staff and a multitude of passionate volunteers, most of whom seem to be retired engineers from fort Monmouth or bell labs, or retired military. The exhibits continue to expand and are very diverse. Leave yourself the full afternoon to explore, on one of the three afternoons per week that the center is staffed. each area has passionate, informed volunteers who are eager to share what they know with a visitor. The national broadcaster hall of fame, a vintage computer museum, electronic warfare display, WWII a tactical communications, WWII miniature diorama of battles, radio technology, a shipwreck museum and on and on. There is more to come as well.
We were happily able to coordinate dinner with Heidi and Ted who had just returned to New Jersey after a summer on Cape Cod. Heidi and Ted made a beautiful dinner and we enjoyed a chance to visit. Always a five star occasion!
We bid farewell, for now, to dad and Geri yesterday morning and made the long drive, for us, to our current location at the campground at Shenandoah State Park. There is no signal of any kind in the park so we are typing in a coffee house in Front Royal, the nearest town to the park. We will be here two weeks as we continue to celebrate my birthday week and explore.
Bisous to you all,