The Adventure Continues


TT in the Blue Mountains and Sheldy in New York.

Culture Shock.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More MFL

Helen Anker, Jeff McCarthy, Melissa Hart
Helen Anker
Sheldon & Helen Anker

Old Fogey
Designs for "Rain in Spain" by Fabio Toblini
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Jeff McCarthy & Angela Timberman
Tyler Michaels
The Embassy Ball

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Up A Lazy River

We took the 90 minute cruise.
Everyone sat outside

The boat immediately took us back to the Guthrie and the bridge we cross every week to the supermarket.
This is the view we see very day. It took up the first 45 minutes of the cruise. Then we headed in the other direction.

This was pretty much the view for the next 45 minutes, apart from going under five more bridges.
At least we can say we've seen it.


More Minnie

We continue to be impressed by the transformation of the Warehouse District

I assume these apartment blocks were once book warehouses.
The old painted advertisements are still a design feature.
The shops and restaurants around the North Loop are wonderfully stylish
Or...a nod to 50s kitsch
We took our dear friends Dan Foss and Bonnie Lee to the SMACK SHACK which heavily features lobster on the menu.

All very stylish and delicious. Bonnie and Dan, who spent many years in Minneapolis and now live half a block away from me in NYC, were reunited with MY FAIR LADY cast mate Tony Vierling (centre). They've known Tony since he was 12 years old. Tony and his husband, the brilliant dancer/singer/actor/writer/composer Michael Gruber, have been wonderfully kind to us and I hope they'll be in our lives for a long time to come.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nicollet Island

Between Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis, in the middle of the Mississippi River sits Nicollet Island
Underneath the lovely deco Hennepin Bridge...
It's actually quite easy to miss but you walk or drive over this other little bridge

and on your right is the historic Nicollet Island Inn

where we took ourselves for lunch
which was very reasonably priced for such ritzy surrounds
Who is that mysterious figure behind the ornate window...?
One side of the island is public space
with a pavilion for private events
a performance space
a school
and a sports field (with GREASE style bleachers!)
The other side of the island is residential (approximately 144 people live there) and here are the real jewels.


 
A peaceful, idyllic community smack in the middle of downtown Minneapolis but it feels like worlds away. We thought this must be where the wealthier "Minnies" lived but we have been informed that the island is home to real people!

And as the sun sank slowly in the west, we took our leave of Nicollet Island but not before we passed what we thought was a tribute to the island's Native American roots
But it turns out there is a sister city in Japan. Who knew?