Holiday Happenings

by Liz Dowling


A quick PSA….. get the flu shot! I scheduled it this fall and missed the appointment. Got the flu on December 1st and it took TWO WEEKS to recover. First time I missed the shot in years. 102 fever for 5 days – schedule it!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving on Block Island. Cold weather, fires in the fireplace, Turkey Trot – the whole deal. Wonderful.


Went to the John Singer Sargent exhibit at the MFA in Boston twice. Absolutely gorgeous. Runs through January 15, 2024. See it if you can!



Did a quick trip to New York and hit MOMA and the Brant Foundation in the East Village. A lot of great art right now! Missed the Manet/Degas exhibit (closes January 7th) at the MET, but think I can still catch Matisse and the Origins of Fauvism when I go to New York in January.

Picasso in Fontainebleau is at MOMA through February 17, 2024. It features art from the 1921 summer Picasso spent in Fontainebleau and created some of his most amazing work.

This is a beautiful exhibit.

Because I am obsessed with Basquiat and the Warhol collaboration, I scored a ticket to the exhibit downtown at the Brant Foundation. This exhibition is an initiative of the Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris where it was shown before it came to New York on November 1st.

Basquiat and Warhol created over 160 collaborations between 1983 and 1985. This exhibit, which ends on January 7th, shows some of the BEST.

It is the winter of art for Liz! Another exhibit I loved was Ed Ruscha/Now Then at MOMA. In 1956, Ruscha left his hometown of Oklahoma City and drove along interstate highway 66 to study commercial art in LA. He painted a lot of the things he saw, ate etc along Route 66. Very fun exhibit! Ends January 13th.

A room full of paper dipped in chocolate.


When I wasn’t at a museum, I was celebrating the two December birthdays in my house.


Emily turned 29 and we had a fabulous dinner at PASTIS to celebrate.


Rhino turned 17! Look how gray she got between last Christmas and her birthday this year. This sweet little thing keeps on ticking. She had steak for breakfast, lunch and dinner on her birthday!

We went to an amazing evening at the Isabella Stuart Gardner museum (another museum!) where they featured singers and an orchestra singing Christmas Carols. This was right after Thanksgiving and definitely put me in the mood for the holidays! The courtyard here is so beautiful.

Here is a Spotify Christmas play list if you need one.

I hope you have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year!
See you in 2024

the wry home

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Anonymous December 17, 2023 - 9:34 am

Thanks for the holiday music!!

Kessa Schaeffer December 17, 2023 - 7:11 pm

Merry Christmas Liz! I can’t believe you got so sick – ugh. Thanks for the music and all the recs.

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