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Big Weekend Planned For The Museum

Big Weekend
Planned For
The Museum

Joining in on the big plans of the Crafts Shoppe in The Wave building, the Rockaway Museum will open extra hours next weekend, December 9 and 10. The Rockaway Museum will open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 88-08 Rockaway Beach boulevard.

In addition to the Rockaways’ Playland display, the Time in a Bottle display, and the assortment of items fished out of Jamaica Bay, there is also a display of the NC-4 (Navy Curtiss), the first plane to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The plane left Rockaway Beach in May of 1919, eight years before Charles Lindbergh made his first solo flight across the "big pond." The exhibit includes a 15 minute film of actual footage shot in 1919 as the plane crossed the ocean. In addition the museum will have for sale many unique gift items such as the first in their series of "Remember When" t-shirts and sweatshirts. The first in the series depicts the roller coaster at Rockaways’ Playland with the caption "Remember When, Rockaway Museum Rockaway, New York." This will be followed by t’s and sweats depicting the NC-4 and other events and places in the Rockaways.

While you are here, a visit to the third floor of The Wave building will bring you to the crafts village of Pottery by Susan. Small in size, a lot is jammed into the area, with the pottery work of Susan Locke and Angela Brown, water color artwork by Arlene Cornell, jewelry by Cecil Kops, stained glass work by Norma Allende, weaving by Elizabeth Connolly, oils by Irma Seabury-Steinke, and more.

The dates of the extended hours of the museum are Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and see what Rockaway was, is and will be in the future.

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