Masses thronged St. Patrick’s Cathedral to attend the magnificent installation mass of the new Archbishop of New York, Edward Michael Egan, who quickly won over the hearts of New Yorkers with his warm sincerity and deep humiliation. He has 45 years in the clergy, 30 of which were spent in Rome under the Pope’s guidance. It is believed he will continue the conservative line of thinking that is in effect in Rome today. However, with the struggle the church is having in their effort to obtain new vocational recruits in the priesthood, he may have to make exceptions to some old rules. Not only is Archbishop Egan a deeply religious man, but he’s a scholar as well. He is certainly qualified to replace the beloved Cardinal O’Connor. It will be interesting to see if any major changes will be made. Our prayers are with him.
Leon Locke, publisher of The Wave, and his talented and artistic wife, Susan, have recently returned home from an interesting trip on Orient Cruise Line’s Crown Odyssey through the Greek Isles and Italy. Ever faithful and grateful for their many happy sailings on Cunard’s QE2, they ventured to try another line this time. "What an adventure," said Leon.
Though the couple found the ports of call to their liking, the Crown Odyssey left much to be desired compared to the QE2. The cabin was smaller than expected and the service was not what they have become accustomed to on their favorite ship. All in all, they had a good time. However, I think their next cruise will be back on the newly refurbished QE2 where they will feel more at home and certainly more comfortable in a cabin that is now more spacious than before. Though they were somewhat disappointed in the Orient Cruise Line, they did come home with more knowledge and some nice memories regarding the fine itineraries covering the Greek Isles and Italy. Their next trip on the QE2 will really be appreciated.
The Della Femina Restaurant on East 54 street celebrated its first anniversary this past week with a fabulous reception. Owner jerry Dell Femina, who owns a famous restaurant in the Hamptons, was there with his wife, Judy Lichte. The hors d’oeuvres were very tasty, especially the filet of sole and the wonderful oysters, shrimp, and clams.
The great French and American chefs held a James Beard barbecue benefit for Citymeals on Wheels at the Sea Club in Rockefeller Center. Need I tell you it was fabulous!
Gracie Mansion was the site of the Crystal Apple Awards and there I found Maryellen Barnes and friends. Maryellen reported she and Jimmy are grandparents again. Their daughter Gina and her husband John had a little girl called Madison. Congratulations! John Lynn also attended the awards ceremony. He was there with his friend, Rockawayite John Wrynn.
I had a delightful time at the Rockaway Theatre Company at Ft. Tilden this weekend. Their performance of Neil Simon’s "Rumors" was well done. The actors all did a fine job. Luci Lemke reminded me of Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucy Arnez, in her role as Chris Gorman. Peggy Page came across well as Claire Ganz. Beth Dzuricky was very professional as the television-cooking hostess in the role of Cookie Cusack. Karen O’Shea was a showstopper as Cassie Cooper. All the men were superb, too. Joseph Canizio was very convincing as Ernie Cusack. Kevin Coughlin did fine as Ken Gorman. Lenny Ganz carried out his role as Ken Gorman with bravado. Sal Trento lived up to his part as Glenn Cooper. My accolades to Director Mario Martone for a job well done. Don’t sit home, folks, you have live theater right in your own backyard to keep you entertained on the weekends. See the schedules in The Wave. The price is right—five dollars for seniors and 10 dollars for adults.
These theater specials are brought to us through the Rockaway Theatre Company and generosity of Rockaway Artist Alliance and Gateway National Park. Following the performance you can browse through the art gallery next door.
Friday evening be at the St. Thomas More Parish Hall where the annual Parish Show of Shows will be on to bring you a variety of local talent. It’s a performance that should not be missed. Try to get there. Each year it gets bigger and better.
Thank goodness New Yorkers have not lost their sense of humor. It seems everywhere you look you find more than 500 life-size fiberglass bovines painted by artists of varying experience and fame on medians and in parks, plazas and lobbies throughout the five boroughs. I was at FAO Schwartz for the kick-off party for the Cow Parade New York 2000 prior to when it "mooves" onto the scene this week. You see cows in all colors and sizes, including some with wings well in evidence. And, I do believe, one of Rockaway’s artists from the Artists Alliance is a contributor.
Northwest cut fares for travel throughout the USA and Canada. Kids fly round-trip for $49 from June 27 to September 6. Must book by June 30.
American Airlines cut fares by 49 percent midweek to the Caribbean. $20 surcharge for weekends. Must be booked by June 30. Seven days advance purchase.
Windstar Cruises gives 50 percent discount on December 17 and December 27 departures.
Westin Hotels hot rates at 14 European properties through August 31.
Japan and Oriental Tours offering three five-night packages air/land Hong Kong specials through September 25.
Summer cruises on MS Zaandam seven-day Eastern Caribbean from $899 July 8, August 12, July 1, 15, and 29 $999. Seven-day Western Caribbean August 5 $999. August 19 $899.
Must be booked by Friday, June 23 Southern Caribbean Veendam $549 October 27; Westerdam 11/24 seven-day Eastern Caribbean $549; Zaandam 9/23 seven-day Eastern $649; 8/25 seven-day Alaska $799; 12 day Gems of the Baltic on the Maasdam 7/30 $899.
Free round-trip air on Windstar Andalusia and Provence October 20 Nice to Barcelona $2,962.
Seven-night Europe Cruises $849 save up to $900 per couple if booked early. Italy, Tunisia, France, and Spain.
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