There’s Snap! Crackle! Pop! In the Breezy Point Sugar Bowl every Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Senior Happy Hour where you get half price drinks. Hunk heros of roast pork with sweet and sour sauce and garlic, roast beef, fried shrimp for as low as $5.00…all patiently prepared by master chef Jim Brennan. From work or retirement, pop in and enjoy the congenial crowd, tasty food and your favorite beer. Though I got down late last Friday and arrived at the tale end of happy hour, bartender "Joey" took good care of me, as did Jim Brennan who served me one of the best roast pork heros I have had in ages. I have a cheery chat with Pat Woods and Robin McMurey from Pelham Walk. From Bayside, Joyce Brodigan and spouse, Mickey Brodigan, who remembered fondly the Brooklyn Dodgers days when he paid $250 for a Dodger’s winning plaque that erroneously imprinted "John Hack was replaced by Jackie Robinson." Another Baysider was Carol McCarthy who proudly boasted about her seven grandchildren and her house which was the original Rockaway Point Development Office. Tom Johnson and John Fitzgerald show up weekly and are part of the senior regulars. You can meet them all next week and as a bonus receive a free (don’t you love that four letter word free?) senior Sugar Bowl T-shirt. Be there! And, you’ll get yours.
It was "Showtime" at the St. Thomas More parish hall this past weekend and though it wasn’t the same without Musical Director Gene Gilroy, the cast and musical replacement, Marilyn McClean, did a great job as did Maryellen Barnes, director/choreographer, and multi-talented m/c (Par Tee News) Carolyn Bennett. It was amazing to see the outstanding performances emerge from such a small community. I looked around and said to myself…"I have here the makings of Golden Girl Pageant contestants. Are you going to be ready when I need you??…Sister Beata’s "Grow Old With Me" stroke a special cord; as did Al Lo Voi’s "Can’t Help Falling In Love With You"; Catherine Tennyson’s "I Could Have Dance All Night"; Teresa McCluskey’s "Let the Rest of the World Go By"; Tom Triglia and Jim Brady broke the audience up in their Abbott and Costello skit; Carolyn Bennett and Jim Brady were a sketch as Sonny and Cher; and Ed Deacy, as usual, stole the show. He was simply magnificent in his rendition of "Impossible Dream"…so appropriate since the show was almost an impossible dream with the loss of Gene Gilroy for whom the show was dedicated. I must also commend the dancers and their coach, Velma Jones, who led them in the swing and rock and roll and twist to the many tunes of the century. Petit Ann Poskitt livened up the stage with her beaming smile and enthusiastic gestures. Ann will certainly be missed next year. And to show their appreciation of her she was presented a bouquet of flowers. She and hubby, Bob Poskitt, will be leaving Breezy Point in September to take up residency in Florida. Good luck to you both. We do know you will be back at intervals to visit the grandchildren and neighbors, especially Eleanor and John McNamee, who danced through the show with grace and have been their travel companions on several cruises. In fact, they will all be cruising together on the brand new Triumph on September 7 sailing out of New York for five days. If you wish to join them let me know.
The show was a big success. It made an enjoyable evening and the children of the parish made a fine impact with "Lets Talk About Love." All in all, Showtime was a fun time for all. Don’t miss it next year.
Breezy Point Firehouse held their three month raffle (each month for a donation of $100 you have a chance to win $1000 and enjoy a free buffet and open bar one Sunday a month). This Sunday, to cover the summer months, when there are no meetings, the firehouse gave away three prizes. The big winner was Marjorie O’Leary who won two raffles for a total of $2000. Howard Gillespie won $1000. First time winner Joe Kilbride took home a mega bottle of wine and Dewars Scotch. Maureen and Frank Farrell showed off their eight month granddaughter Olivia by their daughter, Sheila and husband Joseph Iannace. And, ladies, let me name some of the eligible bachelors at the firehouse: Barney Pettau; Steve Glavey; Jim Slavery, former marine, just off active duty; Joe Guardino, head mixologist formerly of Kennedy and Buckleys residing now in Florida, but returned to visit his daughter, Mary, and children in Garrison Beach and Joe Kilbride (as winner of wine and scotch, he is a good catch now).
Mark your calendar for August 6, the annual steak dinner dance with live music. Tickets $37.50 per person; raffle $20.
Gary Fisher suffered a massive stroke and passed away leaving his wife Georgette, sons and daughter Ruth Walsh from Florida. Condolences!
Lee Leonard is recovering nicely from her operation. We wish her well.
Audrey Hamelin from NYC has best friends Lois and Robert Mayer from Belle Harbor. Her granddaughter Taylor, 10, just graduated from Beth Hermelin and older sister, Cacey, attending Stuyvesant High School, is recognized as one of the top female debaters in the country.
Audrey is a committee member who is organizing the Far Rockaway High School reunion at Tavern on the Green, August 7 for 400 students and teachers.
Free Orlando with purchase of a cruise aboard the Big Red Boat…three or four night Bahamas cruise to Nassau and Salt Cay/three-four night accommodations/two day escape pass with unlimited park to park admission/two day Universal Studios, Florida and Islands of Adventure and Seaworld/rental car/Kennedy Space Center. Kids under 12 eat all meals free/admission to Church street…$699 per person includes port charges. Kids $499.
Ixtapa…three nights air/land etc. $645.
Aegean Odyssey…12 night European cruise…ms Rotterdam; September 10-$2399 includes port charges.
Air includes Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Zurich and Copenhagen $500 per couple.
Lee Meridien Hotels…50 percent discount July and August.
New York City…one to four people-$199 Salisbury Hotel July-September 30.
Sock Hop cruise on ms Westerdam- Fort Lauderdale round trip November 13-$749.
Big Band/Harry James Orch…Europe transatlantic ms Maasdam-$799.
Tribute to Sinatra on the ms Ryndam $799.
Ms Westerdam seven day Caribbean; Ft. Lauderdale round trip from $699 November 27, December 4 and December 11.
Fly to London now and receive free air tickets this winter.
Give me a call and away we go!