2001-04-07 / Columnists

DOROTHY DUNNE

Congratulations to Howard Schwach, our new Managing Editor. Howard has been a long time columnist with THE WAVE and writes those long, informative, interesting and sometimes controversial columns, School Scope and Rockaway Short Takes, that all our readers enjoy so much. Howard is an excellent choice for Managing Editor and he has my heartfelt wishes for a long and successful term. (After that, Howard, I do hope you move my column back to page six. I thank you in advance). And please include it on the Index.

When I visited Kennedy’s after a few weeks absence, I was told how the patrons on St. Patty’s Day were kicking up their heels trying to keep in time with the Irish Step Dancers who put on quite a show on the real St. Patrick’s Day. It was a great celebration that day and evening with LIVE Irish music, LIVE Irish people

(everybody is Irish on St. Pat’s Day) and LIVE Irish Blarney. Of course you can always hear plenty of Blarney in Kennedy’s any day of the week…822……Murmurs from "THE" Kennedy’s KCB Mole is that Ed Ruoff took another giant step down the aisle. Could this be true??? I know Tom Coty and his wife, Marilyn were in Florida and lunched with him and "friend" and Dan Kelly and spouse at Ft. Lauderdale by the Sea restaurant. They were mum, however, to the murmurs.

John Gileece, President of the Rockaway Theatre Group, has asked me to be an Honorary Member of the Board...I thank them for the honor and humbly accept. They have an exciting season ahead starting on June 2nd with their first performance of Neil Simon’s "Come Blow Your Horn". This will be followed by USO Shows and after that the great hit musical," Guys and Dolls." The price is right so there is no need to sit home when you can see LIVE theatre right at your doorstep for as little as $10 or $12. Last year I found the shows very entertaining and was astounded at the outstanding talent of the actors and singers. Don’t miss this season’s shows. The Rockaway Theatre is located next to the Rockaway Artist Alliance Galleries in Fort Tilden. You can’t miss it.

Received notice from the publisher of King and Queen-sized coloring books that they held their fourth Annual Coloring Contest during New York’s Toy Fair. And, the winners were: Melissa Kaufman (11) from Colorado; Cara Maaghul (8) from Cheshire, Conn, and Luke O’Neill (5) from New York City. Every year Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 children 5 to 12 throughout the United States may enter. Details are included in coloring book. Proceeds go to child-oriented charities. Contact Pamela Rapport at her 800-number or visit web site www.nanbanana.com.

The second annual Spirit of Discovery Ball was held at Cipriani’s last week and what an evening! This is the biggest fundraiser for the research and cures of Leukemia and Lymphoma (or Hodgkin’s Disease) that has shortened the lives of so many. Since Spirit of Discovery was founded in 1949 it has helped change the world of blood-related cancers. In the last five years alone $112 million has been raised. Albert Vilar received an award for Humanitarian of the Year contributing over twenty million to this worthy cause; Andre Mandini for Industry Leadership; Dennis Swanson for Media Excellence (he is the President and General Manager NBC4 & Co-Chair of NBC Olympics); Selina Chen-Kian, PHD Weil Medical College and Cornell University for Researcher of the Year; Loraine Jacobs, the Society’s Trustee of the Year; Governor and Mrs. George and Libby Pataki; Cindy Crawford who made a fleeting appearance as National Honoree; Tova Bornine was the Chairwoman. Featured was Grammy Winner, Olga Tanon. Dr. Ruth was among other celebrities. Get in touch with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and join the fight for this worthy cause by attending one of the most fabulous evenings of your life. As I always said, "When you brighten the days of others it brings sunshine into to your own life."

Have you been to Fort Worth, Texas? Instead of traveling to Europe this year why not avoid the frightening mad cow disease and animal foot and mouth disease that they are coping with right now and take a trip to Ft. Worth, Texas. The other day at the Park Avalon, Park Ave. So., I lunched with Greg Staley of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Director of Tourism and Public Relations Director, Tiffany and learned about the extension of their Amon Carter Museum. That famous architect, Phillip Johnson, FAIA (his Glass House residence in New Cannon, CN) with partner, Alan Richie, AIA, ARIBA (AT&T Coporate Headquarters). Together the Trump International Hotel and Tower and many more created the expansion of the Amon Carter Museum that will house the nation’s finest collections of American masterworks. The size of the galleries has been tripled so that the museum can display from 400 works of art to almost 250,000. It integrates Western Art with works that trace the history of American art: Remington and Russell, 19th Century paintings, 20th century paintings and so much more than I can mention in this column. Ft. Worth also has a Wildlife Center with exotic birds such as the Road Runner and the pretty Blonde Owl pictured here. I met them at the Ft. Worth evening reception at the Art Institute of America on East 65th St. They also had a baby alligator. The larger animals they kept at home. But they do have a wonderful wildlife area for the animals and for the public to visit. I may get out there to do a TV Show for them. That should be fun. You can visit the rodeos and meet real cowboys. They told me that the cows tramp through the streets twice a day. It attracted the tourists so much they kept up the practice. I asked about The Little Whore House in Texas and they said it is now a B&B. How appropriate!

At the Puck Building, the annual awards reception and dinner was held for the New School that teaches Big Jazz to students all over the world. This year’s winners are: Jackie McLean, Phil Woods and James Moody for the Alto Saxophone that they all play beautifully. If you are a jazz buff (and I know many of you are) this is an event you will not want to miss next year. Proceeds go to the New School.

A new explosive musical, "BLAST" is in previews now and will open April 17 at the Broadway Theatre for only a limited 10 week run. It is a musical spectacular...music in motion...and met with triumphant debuts in London.

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