2000-08-19 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s Rockaway Music and Arts Council

By Sharon Gabriel

Notes From The High C’s
Rockaway Music and Arts Council

It’s hard to believe that the last concert of the RMAC Summer Picnic Concert Series is being held this Sunday, August 20 at 6 p.m. Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday when we were having our first concert, an evening of Klezmer music, and this week we will end with an evening of Irish music.

This is going to be a very special concert. There will be authentic Irish dancing, some of the finest you have probably ever seen, along with traditional music and singing. From what we have been told, the dancing will be a little bit of "Riverdance" style. Of course, it would be great if we could book Mr. Flatley who started it all, but that is still a little beyond us. However, be assured you will have a great evening. Our featured performers will be Annmarie Acosta on piano, Matt Mancuso on fiddle, Patty Furlong on accordion, Frankie McCormick on banjo, Brendan Dolan on flute, and Sheila Finnegan will be the vocalist. Our dancers are affiliated with The Petri School of Irish Dance, probably one of the best Irish dance schools in the city.

The concert starts at 6 p.m., so arrive a little early and pick out your place. Bring your friends, family and significant others, your chairs, some food and wine, and enjoy a great evening.

The Summer Concert Series, which is brought to you by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, been bringing some of the best performers to the area for many years. In order to present performers that our audience would like to see is quite an expensive undertaking. We are funded in part by many of the different arts councils in the city and state along with Chase Bank and other private sponsors, but the most important people are neighbors who have continued, through the years, to participate by becoming members of RMAC. Without your membership contribution we would not be able to continue with this series, the festival, our school-based programs, our museum trips, and other projects. We hope that when you come to a concert or to the festival you will fill out a membership application and possibly become a part of our "working" group that puts all the programs together.

If you are interested in volunteering or participating in our programs, we will be having an open meeting on Wednesday, September 6 at 8 p.m. at The Beach Club. Join us for coffee. We look forward to seeing you.

In that same vein, our Fall Festival is being developed with many different areas needing help. If you would like to be part of the festival committee, please come to The Beach Club and let us know. The festival takes a lot of hands to male it happen. We start in January when applications are sent to the vendors. After that all the "cause groups" are contacted as well as the petting zoo and pony rides, the flower show participants, and demonstration people. So you can see that it takes approximately nine months for our two-day festival to happen. If you can take pictures you can help at the pony rides or you can help with serving coffee and breakfast early in the morning. As a matter of fact, we are looking for a few good people who would like to assist us on both Saturday and Sunday mornings of the festival to set up tables and serve breakfast. Please come to the meeting on September 6 or call to find out more details about the breakfast service that we provide to the vendors and others who are at the park before the festival begins.

If you are interested in an application for the fence art show at the festival, please contact RMAC. Once again, we look forward to seeing you this Sunday at Fort Tilden for our 6 p.m. Irish concert.


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