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From Festivals To Concerts: Weekend Of Events On Peninsula

By John C. McLoughlin

From Festivals To Concerts:
Weekend Of Events On Peninsula

From the eastern end of the peninsula to the western end, Rockawayites and visitors will have a busy weekend ahead. Whether it’s a festival at Bayswater Park, a street fair on Beach 129, or a concert at Fort Tilden, there’s something for everyone this weekend.

Today, Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Deerfield Association is sponsoring an Inter-generational Festival at Bayswater Park, located on Beach 32 street and Beach Channel drive. Activities planned for the day include a health fair, senior and immigration workshops, tennis, cricket, and double-dutch. This event will seek to "bridge the gap" between the youth and seniors of the community.

Approximately half a mile away, Gateway Council Organization will have its Sixth Annual Gateway Day 2000 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Gateway boulevard and Mott avenue in Far Rockaway. Clowns, horseback riding, and D.J., combined with performances by hip-hop dancers, Stan’s Pepper Steppers (world champion double-dutch team), and championship boxers, will guarantee an exciting day for all who attend.

There will be a special dedication service at Gateway Day 2000, recognizing the 101 Precinct and residents of Gateway boulevard for their collaborative efforts in reducing crime and drug activity.

On Sunday, August 20, 12 noon to 9 p.m., merchants of Beach 129 street and the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce will have a Summer Street Festival. Rockaway’s "Top Dog" Contest (applications at Jameson’s Pub) at 2 p.m., "Little Miss" Contest (applications at Children’s Closet) at 3 p.m., and "Little Hunk" Contest (applications at Children’s Closet) at 4 p.m. are events to look forward to.

There will be a D.J. and street dancing from 4 to 9 p.m., afternoon Karaoke, food, games, a dunk tank, performance by the Connelly Dancers, children’s activities, and SafeWise Kids free photo I.D. program by Allstate Insurance.

Ample parking will be available by special permit.

The weekend comes to an end with Sunday’s Sunset Picnic Concert sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council. Six musicians and six step dancers will provide an evening of traditional Irish music with a taste of Riverdance when the public takes "A Journey to Ireland" at 6 p.m. at Fort Tilden, Rockaway Point. The concert is free to the public.

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