A quick(?) recap of my weekend. The Gillman B&B had a guest over the weekend. Marni Goldshlag crashed here unexpeedly on Satunday and Sunday nights because she had to drive north, unfortunately, for a family funeral. Too busy talking and laughing to remember to take a picture, alas -- but it was a joy to see her and it was great to catch up since we last saw each other, about 3 years ago.
While Marni was with her family on Sunday, I headed in to New York (what, again??) with one of my other friends -- a spur of the moment decision. Checking the Sunday Times for things to do, I found a klezmer concert -Yiddish poetry set to music: fiddles, guitar, accordian, mandolin -- at the Museum at Eldridge Street and we hot-footed it into the Lower East Side
Once an elegant synagogue among many in the thriving Eastern Jewish community at the turn of the (last) century, the synagogue opened in 1887 but in recent years had fallen into disuse and disrepair. Now restored to its original beauty (with pews from a church and a rose window designed by Kiki Smith), it is a gorgeous space.
The concert was a delight and afterwards, we headed to the iconic Katz's delicatessen. Here I am with my pastrami on rye. Sandwich was so big I could eat only half last night The rest was today's lunch.