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Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:10 am
by dick
Name Tag Help

Linda and I have opted for a three line name tag.

Top Line -- forum screen name. If none, First name that you want people to call you.

Second Line -- First and Last Names (Full name)

Third line -- Residence info -- City and State for USA, City and Province for Canada, City and country for all others.

Need help with complete name tag info for Emily Foster Redstone, Sylvia Brandt, Lee Kaufman and Margie Kaufman.

Please email info to

We're going to have a grand time I'm sure!

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:47 am
by Jemma
awww, I so wish I could join this event as it's my first time to New York and I don't know a soul there! I don't get in until the 6th and will be going to both shows. If anyone is free to meet up on Saturday anytime before the show, I'd love to know :)
Jemma, Vancouver BC

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:08 pm
by dick
Sorry we will miss you Jemma

Do make time to see Leonard's 75th birthday plaque in front of the Chelsea Hotel.


Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:16 pm
by Jemma
unfortunately no Dick... I've never been to New York. But I did get to see him in Verona, Italy last year and it was just a day after his birthday... but no plaque in Italy!
***I read your response incorrectly, I will definitely make time to visit the plaque in front of the Chelsea Hotel! Thanks for suggesting it ;)

Looks like I'll be missing the 2014 meetup too :( I've already spent a couple of months in Ireland (my heritage) and want to spend time travelling to other parts of Europe. I was really hoping all would end up choosing Croatia! Oh well... I look forward to another place & time to meet LC fans/supporters.

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:22 am
by dick

Our number is holding after newbies and dropouts at 28 attendees.

Collectors Item Available --

Offer from Sylvie – One of the bands Sylvie has worked with, fronted by Greg Ashley, has recently recorded the entire “Death of a Ladies Man” album. He has released a limited edition cassette tape, which also includes coding needed to download the material for cd or music player. This is offered as a unique collector’s item for fans.

Sylvie and Greg will make cassettes available for participants at our dinner for only $6 each. Please email her ( with your request soon so she can have the correct number with her in NYC.

Chelsea Hotel

I have contacted the Chelsea Hotel and they are willing to let us have brief access to the lobby and a look at the elevators around 9:30 or 10:00 pm on April 5. I asked for an earlier opportunity as well, but was told that construction crew efforts frequently continue until after 7pm.

We are getting close!

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:14 am
by lizzytysh

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:31 pm
by dick

April 1st update (NOT an April Fool’s joke!)

We are expecting 29 definite diners for 7pm April 5th at East of Eighth – 254 W.23rd St.

We have moved our party from the main dining room on the second floor to the Garden Room on the first floor. This makes it an all private gathering, easing any concerns of our entertainers and other customers.

We will need to collect $45 dinner price in cash from each participant as you arrive. The restaurant will keep separate bar tabs for alcoholic beverages. (Note there are ATM’s near the intersection of 23rd St and Eighth Ave in branches for Bank of America, Carver Federal Savings and Loan, Citibank, and Emigrant Savings and Loan.)

Here are the names of expected diners:
Eija Arjatsalo, Jarkko Arjatsalo, Anne Way, Joe Way, Linda Straub, Dick Straub, Esther Cohen, Gwen Langford, Martine Nevens, Manon Alexandrine, Mandy MacLeod, Sue Giffard, Lizzytysh, Wendy Marshall, Ken Kurzweil, Suzanne Sunday, Sylvie Simmons, Emily Foster Redstone, Vlasta Podebradska, Sylvia Brandt, Lee Kaufmann, Margie Kaufmann, Jackie Racque, Christelle, Ken Richard, Ali Hughes, Joan Schneider, Christa Lex, and Lorraine Sexton. Coming with Ali, as possible 30th for dinner will be Brett Avery from Australia.

Hopefully joining us for drinks after dinner will be Leslie (Mutti) and her husband, Marie (Irish Mar) and Albert Noonan, Mary Aaftlak, and Marsha White.

For anyone arriving a day early, there may still be room for you at Sylvie’s word and song performance, 7-9pm on April 4th. Venue is Chez Albert in the Standard Hotel, Lower East Side, 25 Cooper Sq. Sylvie will be joined by indie-rock guitarist Fred Nicolaus. For reservations, which are required, e-mail

Looking forward to a great warm-up for the concerts Saturday and Sunday at Radio City!

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:42 am
by rike
Oh, to be in New York now that spring is here... and LC...and all the lovely people who are going to attend.
Wish I were there.
Enjoy every moment of everything!

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:42 pm
by its4inthemorning
I am unable to attend tonight's dinner, but am interested in meeting up Saturday before the concert for drinks/dinner. If there are any plans regarding a place where the Cohenites will be before Saturday's show, would br grateful for info.


Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:46 am
by regensburg
I hope that you all have a wonderful time. Would love to be there, I will be thinking about you and wait for the wonderful reports.

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:21 am
by dick
Want to thank all of our friends that were able to make it to dinner and the Chelsea. In spite of the noisy fan, I declare the evening a wonderful success!

Have received a note from Sylvie requesting that anyone with photos of performances by she, Ali, and Brett to please send then on to her. She is at -- Ali at I would also appreciate being copied, and will look forward to sharing any pics with Esther. She much enjoyed all your company, and both Cohen shows.

Thanks again all!


Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:10 pm
by lizzytysh
Despite the humongous, A/C fan issue [creating noise for some, i.e. me and those near me; and a cold draft for others, i.e. at the middle table], this gathering was a HUGE success! Small enough to interact fairly well with most there, and large enough for a good variety of people. The food was DELICIOUS and filling. The entertainment was a total surprize for me and having Sylvie and Ali and Brett intersperse their entertainment made for an amazing blend of satisfaction for the senses. Sylvie's singing style and uke still have her delicate and delightful phrasing with the lyrics. Brett's accompaniment with both women and his sweetness were exactly as needed without overpowering. I can't wait for the Cork Event now, since I've never been to Ireland and because I'll get to see Ali, the amazing singer/performer and interpreter of Leonard's lyrics and music, again. I was stunned by what she brings to Leonard's work. Wish to heck I'd seen her when she did the Leonard koans in NYC previously! Her Sisters of Mercy was incredibly dynamic and she, in general, is all of that! Sweet, beautiful, and caring as a person, and sublime as a singer/performer/interpreter!

And then there was our special, guided tour of select areas of the Chelsea by a very amiable and fun youngish man.

Thank you for putting all of this together for us, Dick and Linda... It. Was. GREAT!!!

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:37 am
by uncleerwinone
What a wonderful evening it was. I feel so privileged to have been part of the dinner. Finally I was able to meet some of the people I already knew about by faithfully following the forum. It was so nice to talk with likeminded people and having the chance to talk with Esther meant a lot to me. She seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say. Thank you, Esther, and thank you for the ride you gave me back to the hotel.

Dick and Linda, thank you for making this evening possible. Everything was just right, the setting, the food, the entertainment (Ali’s interpretations of Leonard’s songs were impressive). And as if this would not be enough, we were treated to a tour of the Chelsea, an architectural delight with a history.

The next day my luck was completed when I was able to secure a ticket - and a good one at that - for the sold out Saturday concert. Since I had already a ticket for the Sunday concert I was now able to see both!

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:48 pm
by musicmania
Here is a link to my photos of the night. They are not great as the light was low and I didn't want to use flash and disturb people. It was a very enjoyable evening. Many thanks to you and Linda for organising Dick. Having the opportunity to meet and speak with Esther was wonderful and what an amazing lady she is. Was also great to meet Sylvie, Ali and Brett and of course seeing friends I've met before and meeting those who I've only known through the Forum and FB. ... bf330f2890

Re: New York Cohen fan dinner, April 5, 2013

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:12 am
by MaryB
Thank you Gwen for the wonderful pics. Gave me a feel for the great time to all seem to have had! I am green with envy.