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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 12/19/2013, 11:01 a.m.

’Tis the season to be jolly, and so the parties go on and on until the break of dawn.

It has been a whirlwind of a season thus far, and I am hoping to just make it through to Christmas Day, and then I can relax. Astrologers have forecasted that Dec. 25 through Jan. 1 will be rough, as the planets will be at each other’s throats.

To think, at a time when there should be peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, we are being advised to lay low, use extreme caution as we travel about and keep calm as tempers (and other objects) are sure to flare when least expected. In fact, the advice for New Year’s Eve is to grab everything and everyone you cherish most and stay home, which sounds like a good idea to me.

Maybe you believe and maybe you don’t, but I thought I should let you know just in case.

Back at the ranch, Bunny Ledford hosted an intimate holiday soiree at the National Arts Club, located on Gramercy Park South. If you weren’t in the holiday spirit before entering the club, you certainly became so when you walked through the doors, as the club was beautifully decorated with all of the holiday trimmings. The buffet table was laden with a delicious array of appetizers, complimented by the carving station and open bar (but of course). There was good music, good friends, laughter and holiday cheer. The only thing missing was Ledford serenading us with a short selection of American pop standards. Awww. Maybe next year.

After having such a wonderful evening, I decided to play hooky the next day and spend time with my favorite girl, whom I allowed to skip school, and off we went to Bryant Park for a fun-filled afternoon at the ice skating rink. Admission is free, and the hot chocolate loaded with whipped cream is addictive. We skated until the early evening when the moon began to rise over the rink.

For those who don’t ice skate but still want to be on the scene, there is a restaurant adjacent to the rink where you can sit back all warm and cozy while watching the skaters go ʼround and ʼround.

Next time, I think I’ll really make a day of it and do both—why not?

Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) put on a fantastic holiday performance featuring the Dorothy Maynor Singers. These young professionals have such a beautiful singing career ahead of them, I am sure Maynor would be proud. The performing students were Alexis Barry, Naomi Christiansen, Zhadee Ford, Kevin Garcia, Yancy Garcia, Jahir Hipps, We’ Ani McDonald, Abreanna Prince, Aaron Ramsey, Alyana Smash, Mikayli Solomon, Allegra Vacin, Yarisbeth Vasquez, Brianna Lord, Taylor Ralph, Safi Tunkara, Jawan Harris, Josiah Fluker-McInnes. Also on the program was Sydney Williams on guitar playing “My Favorite Things.”

The Harlem Globetrotting Shakespeare’s Globe Players did a magnificent job reciting a scene from Shakespeare while tossing the ball back and forth to one another; whomever caught the ball had to recite a verse, picking up from where the last player left off. It was quite a feat, to say the least.