If you grew up in the New York area in the 1970s and 80s, you probably remember Carole and Paula and The Magic Garden, a super-successful children's television show on WPIX from 1972 to 1984.
And now 40 years later, they're back, delighting three generations in a benefit concert for the New York Children's Theater Festival. They were teaching the same lessons of friendship and music, With laughing flowers, pets, puppets and audience participation. I clearly couldn't stay in my seat.
"Forty years later, I didn't know they were that old," Paula Drake said at a reception at the West Side Y over the weekend. "They brought back lots of good memories."
Her daughter, Harley Abrevaya, now a grown woman with a daughter of her own said, "as soon as they walked out my mom said they look exactly the same. Kudos to them."
And afterward, as Carole and Paula signed autographs for their multi-generational fans they reflected on a professional and personal friendship that began in the 9th grade at Midwood High School in Brooklyn some 58 years ago when they were just 14.
"You have to be lucky enough to live to be 72 so you can have a friendship that long," Carole Demas said. "We have husbands and lives and families. We love our families dearly, this helps the rest of it every day.
And her singing partner all these many years, Paula Janis, chimed in. "You have to love each other and have so much fun that you can't imagine not being together enjoying everything that you do."
So the magic of The Magic Garden continues.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times