Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Magical Birthday ~ From Carnegie Hill to Carnegie Hall

A Magical Birthday in NYC - From Carnegie Hill to Carnegie Hall

As you might have read about in our last post, my husband got me the best birthday present  - time with family  by booking a week at Liberty Harbor RV Park outside of NYC.  This lead to a most magical birthday.   My twin boys (Adam and Matt) rose to the occasion and picked a wonderful dinner place for us to meet before an evening at Carnegie Hall. 

The day  started with an afternoon visit to the Cooper Hewitt Museum on Carnegie Hill.  What a great place to spend the day.  We wandered through the museum’s exhibits with a funky pen in hand that allowed you to “save”  links to pictures of the exhibit that you wanted to remember and learn more about.  During our visit, we got to see 

But my favorites had to be the craftsmanship in the Models & Prototypes Gallery

From Models and Prototypes Gallery of Hewitt Cooper Museum

and the fantastic collection  Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio on the top floor that feature rooms filled with beautifully designed objects like this twisted cabinet or Hairy Building model 

Craig and I opted for a cab ride over the subway from Carnegie Hill to Landmarc Italian/French Bistro  in Time Warner Center (tired feet) where my twin boys (Adam and Matt) were waiting to treat Mom to a fancy birthday dinner.  Their amazing ladies, Molly and Giuliana, and a good friend, Dillon, joined us for an amazing dinner and drinks. The view of the city at night was absolutely magical as the city sparkled for the holidays.  I'd like to say that I raised those boys right -- but I'm afraid I can't take credit.  I think they would have turned out just fine without me, but I'm sure proud of them for being so good to their mother and the people around them.  They are very thoughtful of others in their lives - what more could you ask for in your children.

The evening just kept getting more and more magical as we headed to Carnegie Hall to listen to the New York Pops showcase the music of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and other iconic Sophisticated Ladies including a fabulous finale that was arranged by my son (Matt Podd).   Can you tell I’m a proud Mama?

I must say that watching Matt's face as the musicians played out his vision for this piece was just as enjoyable as hearing these these talented musicians.  This was the third time that Matt's arrangements have been played in Carnegie Hall.  The first was for the Young People's Chorus's Anniversary concert and the second was the New York Pops 1 Frank Sinatra 100th anniversary concert ! Let's Be Frank.  

The talented voices of Montego Glover, Capatha Jhenkins and Sy Smith Hunter filled the evening with magical sounds and stories of the contribution of so many talented women in America's music history from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington.

After the concert, we got to mingle for a bit and and join a champagne toast at a local New York Venue bar.  As it neared midnight, we left the young people to mingle and grabbed the subway to our home - a 35 foot Bluebird bus occupying a prime piece of real estate just 15 minutes outside New York City.  How's that for a magical birthday! 

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