Monday, July 8, 2019

Summer on the Hudson

Annamaria in the Highlands

This past week I spent three days in the Hudson Highlands on my second annual trip with my friends Molly and Dick, where we took in three plays at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and sampled other joys of the area.

We were never farther than sixty miles from Times Square, but these highlands along the majestic river are a natural wonderland--lush and green at this time of year.  The main attraction for me, as ever, is the theatrical magic that happens every summer under the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's tent. 

We began each visit with a picnic overlooking the fabulous view from the grounds of Boscobel.  

This year's HVSF offerings constitute, to my way of thinking, its best season ever.  Here are the plays we saw on three successive summer nights.

 On the 4th of July, we traveled ten miles farther north to visit the DIA Museum of Modern and Contemporary art in Beacon.

The gallery is in a vast building that formerly housed the Nabisco Company's box printing operation.  It comprises 160,000 square feet (15,000 square meters) and is now on the US National Register of Historic Places.  Here a taste of what we saw:

Industrial strength beach "grass"

Side view of the above

In this case, the visitor was at least as visually
 interesting the art he was enjoying
About an acre of Andy Warhol 

1 comment:

  1. Aha, you're doing a partial selfie, Sis. The DIA looks extraordinary. As for the Bard, I've taken to reading Shakespeare every night to salve my savage breast for all the murderous thought I'm spinning out all day. Whew.