Opening Nights

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Dear Subscribers, 

Recently we learned that Broadway will reopen in the fall. I tried to buy tickets and, to my delight, I kept getting “SOLD OUT” notices for performances in September and October. That’s great news! This COVID ship is slowly turning around, one degree at a time. Folks feel confident about going to theater again. 

It seems that a year ago, when things looked very bleak in NYC, we asked ourselves, “Will we ever go out again?”

In towns and cities across the nation, re-openings take place in different ways. Each area is unique. Here in New York City, our leaders have been conservative about re-openings. Perhaps that’s a good approach, given size of the city, its place as a travel hub and the millions of visitors we welcome each year.

Personally, I look forward to the day when our little string quartet will reconvene. We will drink wine and play Late Beethoven on Monday nights. That reunion won’t happen for a while, but when it does, it’ll be fantastic.

Today’s puzzle is inspired by all the “opening nights” that will take place in towns and cities across the country this year. Here’s to the high school musicals, the Saturday afternoon violin recitals, the ballet school performances – and all the artistry that has been on hold for the past year. Welcome back!

It’s Week 524 of Crossword Nation and we invite you to solve “Opening Nights” as your featured crossword. Break a leg and have a great solve!

Cruciverbally yours,


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