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Radio City Music Hall

The year we moved to NH, we took a trip, leaving right after Thanksgiving dinner to visit friends on Long Island, NY.  After staying all night, we arose early the next am, packed sandwiches for our 4 & their 3, drove to the Long Island rr. station, took the train in to the city, & then stood "on line"  [never 'in line' in NYC] for the 9 am show.  I think the film was The Little Prince. 

What captivated us, though, was the Christmas program/staging/costumes/music------Rockettes in their usual routines,  Santa fun show, an old fashioned one, a huge theater organ that came out of the wall-----blazing away, & then, the Nativity with all sorts of animals being led across the stage.  [Not too different than the one that travels now, but larger in numbers, of course.  Always amazing----takes my breath away.]  When we came out onto the sidewalk, there were vendors with pushcarts with things like hot peanuts, chestnuts, etc., calling out their wares in several different languages------so new to us then.  A truly special day for us!  Had not expected it to be such a treat. 

Afterwards, we 'did' the windows on 5th Ave.  Can't remember what we saw, as my mind was still full of the morning's sights, sounds, &  the smell of the hot chestnuts, but I remember all of us being pretty tired-----& glad we had those pbj's with us, too!    Not sure if we 'did' St. Patrick's Cathedral on that trip or not, but in later years, that was something we liked to do if we were  in the 'neighborhood.'

Radio City

My family went 2 or 3 times in the 60's.  We would drive up from the Washington DC suburbs the day after Christmas; a family trip for the 6 of us.  We would see the show, go to a nice resturant and return home the same night.  The shows were so much fun -- more than you could dream would happen. And after that, a movie, too.  I also remember going one year with my mom but not at Christmas.  We were living in Massachusetts then.  I was very interested in technical theater and she was willing to stay through the show again so I could sit behind the technicians and watch what they did the whole time.  --Kay

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