2000-08-26 / Front Page

Historic Rockaway Music Fest

Multi-Cultural Event This Sunday

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, along with State Assembly Member Pauline Rhodd-Cummings and Council Member Juanita Watkins, invites the community in joining them at the Rockaway Music Fest on Sunday, August 27, 2000. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. between Beach 10 street and Beach 15 street in Far Rockaway. Admission is free to this historical multi-cultural event now in its second year.

The Rockaway Music Fest is a grass-roots event that includes a wide array of music, ethnic foods and arts and crafts. There will be a wheel chair race on the boardwalk in conjunction with Multivitz Health Services Inc., an internal medicine and rehabilitation facility. The event is assembled by several Far Rockaway and Queens businessmen called the Rockaway Promoters which includes Norman Harry, proprietor of the revolutionary transportation system Rockaway Commuter Line, and Jay Velasquez, owner of Almost Paradise, one of the only scuba dive center/restaurants in New York City.

The Rockaway Promoters have compiled a not-for-profit venture whose singular purpose is to promote the beauty that the peninsula of Far Rockaway has to offer. The event is co-sponsored by the Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) whose executive director is Chris Archer. RDRC is a non-profit group organized in 1987 to improve the quality for life for Far Rockaway residents through business services, corporate, employment training, housing and educational development.

Congressman Meeks, a long time resident of Far Rockaway stated, "I am delighted to support the Rockaway Music and Arts Fest. This event is historic because it is the first festival of its kind in Far Rockaway. This area has been under-served by cultural activity in the past and Far Rockaway residents look forward to participating in the foods, activities and music all perfectly set by the back drop of the water front."

Slated to perform is a slew of multi-cultural entertainers including; Soul Guidance, Emperor’s Choice, Mariachi Acapulco-90, Pan Ambassadors Steel Band, Jr. Jazz, E&J Kings and Queens and the Platinum Band.

The event is sponsored in part by Deerfield Area Association, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Caribbean Immigrant Services. Rockaway Promoters’ representatives Norman Harry and Jay Velasquez released a joint statement stating, "We are proud along with the members of the group to provide a safe, clean environment for families to enjoy the multi-ethnic mix here in Far Rockaway which represents the mosaic of New York City."

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