2000-11-11 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Radio City Music Hall Trip

On Friday, November 3, 2000 Dr. Geraldine Chapey, founder and chairperson of Trinity Senior Services Inc. sponsored free buses for an intergenerational activity for over 160 people to see the Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. A very special thank you to Councilman Al Stabile for his valuable assistance
in this endeavor. The November 3rd show was memorable because it was the 75th anniversary of the Rockettes as a dance review. It was the first Christmas show in the new millenium and the opening show in this Christmas 2000 series. Mayor Guiliani presented a special proclamation to the Rockettes. The show also featured a reunion of all the women who had danced on the stage of Rockefeller Center over the last 75 years. It was thrilling to see all of them together in this anniversary celebration. For three quarters of a century, the Rockettes have entertained audiences when they starred in the USO tours during World War II, Super Bowl half time performances, the wonderful yearly Thanksgiving Day Parade and with the Christmas Extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall. It is exciting to realize that over 2.1 million people will view the Christmas Show featuring the Rockettes this year. Since the Rockettes started in 1925, they have appealed to children of all ages.

The 21st Century Christmas Extravaganza is happening in the newly
restored Radio City Music Hall. As you enter the 65 foot high Grand Foyer you quickly realize that you are stepping back in time into a place of truly grand-old elegance. According to the program guide, the ceiling is covered with 24-karat gold leaf. The two chandeliers are 29 feet long and weigh 4,000 pounds each. As you look down the block long foyer, you quickly see Ezra Winter's mammoth painting entitled "The Fountain of Youth" as it provides an elegant background for the grand staircase.

The Program features nine scenes including Santa's Gonna Rock and Roll; the Nutcracker; The Parade of Wooden Soldiers; Here Comes Santa Claus; White Christmas in New York; Ice Skating In The Plaza; The North Pole; Santa's Toy Workshop and the Living Nativity. A special feature of the program includes a beautiful nativity reading entitled "One Solitary Life". It ends with the famous Radio City Wurtlizer Organ playing "Joy to the World." Everyone who went to the show came out feeling reinvigorated and very happy.

As we watched the show, I remembered all of the Radio City Music Hall
Christmas shows that we enjoyed as children with my grandparents and parents.

After the show, the whole family would go over to see the beautiful Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. I know that many others who were watching the show were thinking back to their previous happy visits to the Christmas show. The lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center will take place this year on November 29 at 8:30 p.m. It's fun to be part of this New York City event.

During Chanukah, from December 21 to December 28, the world's largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza on 59 street and Fifth avenue will brighten each evening.

The Kwanzaa Fest 2000 will take place from December 15 to December 18 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

As the holiday season begins, I wish the best to you and your family.

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