The Vikings Are Coming!
Calling all Norsemen! The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce will be spearheading the effort to bring the Vikings to Rockaway on Sunday, September 3, 2000. The Chamber will be working with Mr. Stu Mirsky (citywide Viking ship coordinator), several Rockaway Viking ship enthusiasts, New York City agencies, local businesspersons, and others to arrange an event designed to host the small flotilla of Viking ship replicas and acquaint residents and tourists with the Norsemen and their culture.
Queens Council on the Arts has also joined with the Chamber to present a program of borough-wide art, music, poetry and storytelling all designed to focus on water themes throughout the afternoon. Local art organizations have also joined in the plans to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the first Norse sailings to the "New World" and other activities for children and adults are in the works.
Liz Sulik, coordinator of the event for the Chamber, is pleased that the event is receiving so much borough-wide attention. "Once it became known that Rockaway was one of only three New York City host sites for these Viking ships, more and more organizations, museums and agencies contacted us wanting to be a part of the event," said Sulik.
Local boaters are invited to meet the Viking ships off Norton Point and escort them into Jamaica Bay to their temporary moorings near The Wharf on Beach 116 street in Rockaway Park. Any local boater wishing to join the "greeting" flotilla can contact their local marina.
If anyone is interested in joining the event planners (be they Norsemen or not!), contact the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, 253 Beach 116 street.