Kennedy’s restaurant was all dressed up for a wedding on Sunday, July 25. It was the first marriage performed in the restaurant. At the corner table under a floral arch Pat Conlon and Marty Levine took their vows to live in connubial bliss for the rest of their lives. The groom, Marty, is in the wedding business and provides trumpets which add great fanfare to many nuptials. He wanted no fanfare for his. It was a simple, quiet wedding with about 30 of their best friends and family who were entertained by a string quartet that played light, classical music throughout the meal. The bride wore a simple elegant white gown with a halo of flowers adorning her head. The maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Mary Adler from Washington state. Best man was Paul O’francesco. The groom’s parents, Blanche and Herman from West Palm Beach, Florida were present, and it looked as if this unique couple got a nice start to their new life together without great fanfare. Congratulations and good luck.
Is the Irish festival fizzing out? After a delightful Sunday brunch on the deck of The Wharf with Kathy Pierce and Liz Sulik, Kathy Pierce and I wandered over to the Rockaway Irish Festival. It was unbelievable how few people were in evidence. Did they forget? Was it too hot? Did the rain on Saturday scare them away? Or, could it be that there are just too many Irish festivals? One at Gateway. One in Coney Island and perhaps too much of the sameness. Perhaps it is making people lose their enthusiasm for the fair. The bands and entertainment were great, as usual, but they failed to draw the crowd. Deep thoughts and new decisions will have to be made for next year. If you have any suggestions how to revive the Irish Festival and make it the big success it once was please contact Janet Brady who is one of their most diligent workers, or any of the other Irish Festival organizers.
It really was unbearably hot there on Sunday. However a little libation at Snug Harbor rejuvenated Kathy Pierce and me. It gave us a breather and a chance to meet Marina Zuchowski Callaghan who atended Far Rockaway High School with my son, Kevin. She now has two children, Kalim and Kristopher and runs an attractive B&B. That is so good to know since Rockaway is without a decent hotel and we may not have room for al lthe guests who wish to ascent upon us in the beach weather. She introduced me to an avid Rockaway Community worker, Chris Jorge from Neponsit who has a 12 year old son, Jon and a 16 year old girl. Lia. Chris is vice president of the Rockaway Alliance. Fundraiser for the August 27 and 28 Film Festival being held at Gateway National Park, Fort Tilden. Breezy Point area. She is on the Board of Directors for Neponsit Property Owners and St. John’s Home for Boys, Co-chair of CORE, District 27 which is dedicated to improving education in the Rockaway schools. This young women is certainly a great asset to our community. Her perseverance and persistence to make improvements in our community is impressive and very admirable.
Back in Breezy Kathy Pierce and I paid a quick visit to Kay Salica and her daughter, Kathy to help her blow out her birthday candles. Though un-der the weather, Kay managed to entertain most of the weekend a very small group of friends. including Joe Casino, Vickie and Phil Sabato and myself on Friday with her own gourmet Crabmeat Au Gratin. On Saturday she marinated and bread crumb coated a delicious fresh blue fish caught and delivered by Bard Casino. Her family and friends wished her well for many healthier, happier years to come.
Congratulations to Dennis Reese and his new bride, Christina on their recent marriage. Their first stop after their Milan and Venice, Italy honeymoon was their favorite restaurant, Snug Harbor.
Speaking of weddings and brides I’ve been getting great compliments on my nails designed by Janet especially for a bride, bridal participant or guest. I you want you hands to look their most elegant do have Janet give you the French design. It is exquisite, especially for that special occasion. The one I will be attending as mother of the groom is for my son, Kevin that will take place in San Diego, California on August 7.
BPSC Bocce: Shirley Hanrahan slid into victory by a 21 to 20 score against Arlene Keating in women’s singles. An exciting game. Jimmy Doyle overtook Paul Hanrahan in men’s singles and Mary Malone and Ralph Schiano bowled over Arlene Keating and John Finley in Guys and Dolls.
Remember those OJ Simpson Bruno Magli shoes? They showed off their new line this week at a reception in their showroom and, I must say, they really do have outstanding shoes, jackets and wallets. A bit pricey but well worth it.
Travel: Boarded Carnival’s brand new mega ms Triumph in New Yo9rk this week and was very mpressed as were the other agents and my guests who will be sailing on it soon. There are still two cabins at $459 left if you want to join the group set up for September 16 four day cruise to Halifax. If you don’t grab this now you will pay more for the same cruise.
Weekend two night cruise only $249 on the Sea Breeze out of New York. Super senior rates aboard the Big Red Boat $309 for three night cruise including port charges and third and fourth person $199.