The obituary that Charlie and I put together for Leta is online at the Post‘s paid site. The anonymous copy editor who mangled the paragraph breaks, misnamed a G&S opera, munged the Donaldson link, and otherwise added no value, rankles.
WATCH assignments are ready! I have a big stack of five TBDs, but I know that I will be seeing (or swapping for)
- Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike*
- Finn, Sheinkin, Reiss, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Kelly, The Univited
- Wilson, Book of Days
*Nearly everyone is doing the show this season, so this was not unexpected.
Henry Beston and David Maraniss were my new faves of 2016.
CATF, one trip for work, and VNPS. Overnight stays in 2016:
It’s too late for tax season, but I still encourage you to support the good work that these organizations are doing.
These are the groups and projects to which I gave coin (generally tax-deductible), property, and/or effort in 2016.
Most of my exploring was close to home this year.
- The Glade, Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia
- Mosses workshop with Gaylan Meyer, Fred Crabtree Park, Herndon, Virginia
- Herps with Mel Fegler and Mike Quinlan, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
- Herps with Larry Anderson, Bethesda-Chevy Chase chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Montgomery County, Maryland
- Ferns at Riverbend Park, with Kit Sheffield, Fairfax County, Virginia
- “Blue Mountain,” G. Richard Thompson WMA, Fauquier County, Virginia, led by Stephanie Mason
- Rose River and Hogcamp Branch, Shenandoah NP, Virginia
- Mountain Lake, Giles County, Virginia, led by Dave Darnell
- Wildwood Park with Ryley Harris, Radford, Virginia
- Rachel Carson Conservation Park, Montgomery County, Maryland
And several trips to my home park, Huntley Meadows Park.
2015’s list. 2014’s list. 2013’s list. 2012’s list. 2011’s list. 2010’s list. 2009’s list. 2008’s list.
One bucket list venue checked off this year:
- Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis
- Blues Alley
- Eastman Studio Theatre, Gallaudet University
2015’s list.. 2014’s list. 2013’s list. 2012’s list. 2011’s list.
George Belcher watches the slow fading of New York diner culture.
After the Cafe [at 97th Street and Columbus] succumbed in 2005, I spent months looking for my next “third place.” Diner regulars can be particular. The ambience has to be friendly but not intrusive, the sound level low but not funereal, the smell a little greasy but not cloying, and the décor more utilitarian than fussy. I eventually settled in at the Metro [on 100th Street and Broadway].