1999-09-04 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

It was the show of the century from the 1900s to year 2000 at the Breezy Point Annual Show, directed/choreographed by Maryellen Boues, chaired by Therese McCluskey, under the musical direction of Gary Pace, who did a great job taking the place of Gene Gilroy, who recently passed on, for whom the show was dedicated. Therese McCluskey belted out cabaret as only Therese can in her old fashioned girl costume, which I really didn’t think complimented the song. The young children were great in the Cotton Eye Joe number.

Shirley Hanrahan and S. D’Arco in that Old Feeling turned bad, not because of singing, but because of faulty microphones.

When Shirley Hanrahan came up to sing Blue Skies she was good in spite of the crackling mike. She looks terrific and was outstanding among the cast.

Jim Brady gets better each year and for some reason or other had no problems with his mike when he sang Come Fly With Me. D. Kelly was very good in "Your Nobody Till Somebody Loves You."

The children Riverdancers were great as were the Rock and Roll dancers. "Talk About Love" performed in sign by the children was well done. The line dancers should take a bow for "Walking After Midnight." The Irish Step Dancers, L. Herr and T. Caufield, were outstanding and deserve a standing ovation. You wouldn’t have wanted to miss Joanne and Bill Hayden in West Coast Swingo, a tribute to Gene Gilroy for all the years as musical director of the B.P.S.C. annual shows by Therese McClusky; was a memory bank of thanks felt by all. After a full circle of the Century of Life with the children, another annual show ended with "Best of Times."

Condolences to the family of Stanley McAllis, formerly of New York State Athletic Commission of Racing and Snug Harbor, who passed away this past weekend.

Charlotte Avin, promoter of the Rockaway Museum at Riis Park on the boardwalk, said it is open for the last weekend this Labor Day. However the museum at The Wave building is open all year round.

Caitlin Ferguson has returned home to grandma Kay Salica’s after a most enjoyable summer with her grandma and grandpa Ferguson, but not just in time to savor Kay’s honey glazed chicken wings and steamed mussels and pasta which most certainly titillated my tastebuds Sunday night.

Her working co-host and chef, Peter Dagielo, prepared a most delicious meal francoiese with fresh mushrooms and grilled vegetables for Kay and me the following night, while Peter’s gracious wife, Helene, directed the tour around their most beautiful Pink Palace. Starters for dinner were huge shrimps and puffs and cheese. It was a comfortable, cozy, informal evening-good food, good conversation in awesome surroundings. Helene owes it all, she claims, to her gracious architect, Bernie Deschler, who designed the house and the magnificent stained glass room divider made by Pat Clarke of Belle Harbor, who is New York City’s best stained glass manufacturer. Of course, Helene is being modest because her good taste and creative talents are displayed in her decorating choices in every room. A beautiful evening Helene and Peter. Thank you.

In the birthday department-hair colorist and stylist from Janets, Gary on August 28; Elizabeth Ann Connors on August 27; and Liz Sulik on August 31. Congratulations to all. And one more-Nicole Pierce-who celebrated her 11 birthday at a Hawaiian Luau, all prepared and arranged by mom, Fran, and dad, Duke Pierce, at their home. In spite of the rain, they had a blast under the tent and danced their feet away once DJ Timmy Tube bribed Kyle Vogel with $5 to dance with the hostess. That’s all they needed to start a danceathon. Patricia Lagar, Billy Gora, Kristen McNamee, Emily O’Kane, Jimmy Neece and Kira Sarage, family children and friends. Nicole is the granddaughter of Kathy and George Pierce.

Belle Harbor Yacht Club as buzzing with babies, toddlers and grown-ups to celebrate Mary and Bill Laffan’s first and only grandson, Connor Patrick Brandon’s first birthday of August 4. He is the son of Coleen and Brian Beardon of Florida. Dad, Brian, is vice president of Nation’s Bank, computer data system. Coleen is an R.N. on leave to play mom for awhile. Grandpa, Bill Laffan, is doing well since his knee operation and has recuperated nicely.

Happy Labor Day everybody. Lets hope Denis does not show up. Kennedy’s will be on the rocks with The Traveling Man on Friday; Tim Hunt and Company on Saturday night; and the Nashville Attitude on Sunday.

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