Members travel to New York City for Florencia en el Amazonas

Six members of Nashville Opera Guild traveled together to New York City June 21 for the premiere of Florencia en el Amazonas:  Morel Enoch Harvey, Esther Swink, Helen Brown, Jocelynne McCall, Judy Williams, and I.  We took two different flights into LaGuardia but all stayed at the New York Hilton Midtown, which was very conveniently located.  Our first night there, we gathered at the Fig and Olive for dinner, celebrating Helen Brown’s birthday as well!  Afterwards, five of us went in search of a piano bar and discovered Bill's a short distance away.  It turned out to be great fun.  The manager had just been in Nashville, and our server was trying to break into theater.  We invited her to come to the opera, and she did come and brought a friend!

On Wednesday morning, the six of us went walking around and finally arrived at the Plaza Hotel where we ate lunch.  There was a Sheik there with his entourage and large security detail, which made our time even more interesting.  After lunch we walked some more, going our separate ways to explore 5th Avenue and do a little shopping.

We arrived back at our hotel to change for Judy and Joe Barker’s reception and Florencia.  We took two cabs to the Phillips Club for the reception, which was very nice and attended by other Nashvillians, Opera supporters, and staff.  From there we walked to Jazz at Lincoln Center at Columbus Circle and thoroughly enjoyed the production.  Guild members Shelley and Harry Page, Ann Marie McNamara, and Elizabeth and Larry Papel were also in attendance.  After the post reception we returned to the hotel and retired for the night.  

On Thursday, we went our separate ways since our planes were leaving at different times.  Judy and I ate a late breakfast at the famous Carnegie Deli and then shopped 5th Avenue for a while.  The others Membersvisited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a fashion museum.  All in all, we had great fun in the time we were there, and the weather cooperated!

Anne Pennington
Guild President