2000-10-07 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Dorothy Dunne...

New York sure did "milk" those cows. What a laugh we got out of all of them. Not only were they artistically beautiful but whimsical as well. I am talking about the cow parade that perked up the whole city with their presence this summer. You found them outside Rockefeller Center, Time and Life Building, Plaza Hotel, and almost everywhere you looked New Yorkers had a laughing bovine moment. They are all gone now. However, they did go off in a flourish at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall reception that preceded the cow auction for charity across the street at Cipriani’s. Couldn’t capture a celeb for a shot but I did manage to capture one of the cows for you to see; I do believe there was a cow presented by a Rockaway artist but I failed to find him or the cow. Maybe he will come forth after reading this column. Tell him to give me a call if you know the whereabouts of either.

The Rockaway’s Artist’s Alliance opened their Fall Festival fun, food and fanfare at the T-6 Building at Fort Tilden this past Sunday. Geoff Rawlings was credited as the main organizer. Of course all members did their part in putting these galleries of two buildings together. They did a fine job. And, you must get over to see it. You will be amazed at their accomplishments. The most important people in Rockaway were there to enjoy; Breezy Point Cooperative General Manager, Kevin Buckley and daughter, Marie; Kathy Pierce; Rosemary Murray, chairman of Community Board 14, who kindly drove Kathy Pierce and me to the designated sites; Pat Bishop, whose art work was displayed was there with her daughter Carol Chiffrieller. Sweet and Low, Barbara Eisenstat opened the event with a warm welcome to all. Empress of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, Liz Sulik, chanted accolades for the members who brought it all together with such flair. Chris Avenger was one of the founders and has been there since its infancy to get it on its feet she told us. A major contributor was John Fortunato and the Executor Director of Queens Council on the arts Hoong Yee Lee Kraksuer was present to give her support. I was very much impressed with the Clown Cemetery by Walter Gurbo… Could it be clowns because their sad faces try to make us happy? Some of you may remember Gurbo’s drawings in the Village Voice every week back in the seventies and eighties. His daughter, Zena was there and she teaches at the Rockaway Artists Alliance and Aaron Zeidiman as well as Barbara and Billy Genoese. Of course many others I don’t have room to mention enjoyed the day as we all did. October 7 will be the ribbon cutting at 105 Shore Front parkway at 12 noon.

The art galleries are next door to the Rockaway Theatre. When you see the next live theater production, "Once Upon A Mattress," which starts this coming Friday and Saturday night, October 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. and will continue every weekend for the rest of October, stop in to see the marvelous art work of the Rockaway Artist Alliance. You may want to take one of these treasures home with you.

I always thought he was five (only joshing) but Joe Kilbride now tells me he is 20/20. That is since he had laser surgery at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital. So glad your operation was such a great success, Joe. Now you can see the skyline of Manhattan from Kennedy’s.

Every Saturday night Kennedy’s has a live band starting at 9 p.m. Don’t miss the great music and great crowd.

Another don’t miss is Ed Deacy who will be performing at the Dige 11 in Long Beach from 6 to 10 p.m. I will inform you of the date. Maybe Kennedy’s will invite him for their Wednesday Irish nights?

Ed is well known to his neighbors in Breezy. For 10 years he was a regular National Anthem singer for the Knicks and Rangers. He has appeared in numerous television shows and movies: Law and Order, Sex in the City, The Sopranos, Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, and All My Children to name a few. His wife, Jane, is in show business as well, acting in many soaps while working with Ed to raise their three daughters: Danielle, Kelly and Erin.

Ed has a new CD that has recently been released. It is called "My Celtic Heart." I have heard it and it is wonderful. Those of you who know Ed or have heard him sing know how good he is. As an Irish American born in New York he includes two numbers: "When New York was Irish" and "Streets of New York" about the hard working Irish immigrants in New York City. These selections along with some great Irish favorites make this CD you want to play over and over, especially to have on hand St. Patrick’s Day. It can be found locally at McGuinesses Irish Gifts, The Gift is Love, Henley’s Hangar, and of course you can always give Ed a call. It’s a "gift that keeps giving," according to Ed.

At the Pierre Hotel last week the Leading Hotels of the World and, I must say, some of the most prestigious held an elegant reception/trade show for the travel industry. While I was there, I met and spoke to some of the representatives of the hotels that I have booked and covered on my "Travels in Style" TV Show. Pictured here is Mr. "George" Hochfilzer, general manger of the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. He remembered our stay there and the interview I gave him. If you caught my San Diego program, and I know many of you did, you may recall him and his beautiful hotel in the heart of San Diego. We found it superb.

Love to see the butterflies in spring? And, wish they would be around for all the seasons? At the American Museum of Natural History, Tropical Butterflies are Alive in Winter, features more than 500 live, free flying tropical foliage and blooming plants within a translucent vivarium. The butterfly conservatory opens this Saturday, October 7 and runs through May 28, 2001. It is a joyful, magical and educational exhibition for all ages. Visitors are free to interact with the butterflies as they stroll along a pathway that winds through the habitat. Bring the children. They will enjoy it. Helene Danzillo owner of the Pink Palace wrote a beautiful poem about butterflies. Perhaps she will be kind enough to submit it to The Wave. She should also offer it to the American Museum of Natural History to make it a part of their butterfly exhibition.

Lots of people are shopping on line of late. Now available are more bargains than ever on SmartBargains, a premier merchant partner in the new Shop@AOL Bargain Basement, fully dedicated to providing shoppers with one convenient location for high quality, brand name merchandise at discount prices.

Looking for low fat no sugar tasty cookies? Joseph’s Lite crispy cookies are for you, they have less calories, no salt, great tasting, Kosher/Pareve, no eggs, preservatives, cholesterol and competitively priced. They also have sugar free maple syrup. The company won first place for their pecan double fudge, chocolate mint cookies and other awards. You should find them in the supermarkets. They are delicious and guilt free. And, so good for those with diabetes, hypo-glycemia, cirrhosis of the liver, chemotherapy, heart disease and attention deficit disorder. Perfect for those on diets. While on the subject of food, I failed to mention in last week’s column another benefit of chocolate… it helps prevent hemorrhoids.

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Travel:

Book by October 6, today, Friday for November 24 sailing seven days South Caribbean, Holland America Veendam $499 Ins. $599OV; 10 day Seafarer Caribbean $999 Ins. for sailing December 12, 2000 on Volendam.

SAS to Scandinavia, $225 roundtrip from New York. Must be booked by October 15. Good for travel from November 1 to December 14 and December 25 to March 16.

Book by October 31 and receive $555 savings on five nights at Couples Negril and Ocho Rios or Swept Away Negril for travel through December 22.

Bonaire book five nights get seven October 11 to 25 with RT Air on Air Jamaica… $399 per person.

Book by October 31 receive a $50 saving on five nights in Hawaii.

Air/Land packages—

London… as low as $1490W based on RT midweek Sunday through Wednesday outbound and Monday through Thursday return. Three course meals/complimentary drinks and snacks/seat back video screens plus amenities.

Holland America seven day Eastern Caribbean $499 October 14, 21/ November 4, 11, 13. Veendam December 1, 8, 15 $599; Ryndam October 11 $599; 10 day Panama Canal Cruise $1,249 October 30, November 9, 19. Maiden Voyage October 30.

Senior Citizen Special: December 3, $399 onboard Norwegian Dream. Five day Eastern Caribbean OV $499; Suites $799 includes port charges… 15 day Caribbean/Panama Canal/Central and South America December 8 $1,696.

April 24… six day pacific coastal $449 including port charges. Norwegian Dream, April 29 seven day Arib/Bermuda $799 includes port charges. January 13, 20; February 3 seven day Eastern ssNorway $599.

Thanksgiving sale for seniors November 19 $699 OV $949 port charges included 16 day Panama Canal Thanksgiving from San Diego November 19 $1799.

Check WNYX-TV UHF channels 27 and 35 for more travel specials at 12 noon except Thursday at 1 p.m. You can e-mail ma at dorothydunne@Yahoo.com.

Give me a call and away we go!


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