2001-04-14 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s Rockaway Music and Arts Council

by Sharon Gabriel

Notes From The High C’s
Rockaway Music and Arts Council

Shortly before leaving on vacation a few weeks ago I learned of the passing of Rabbi Joseph Weiss and felt particularly sad that I would not be in Rockaway for his funeral. Though I do not attend West End Temple, I have been there many times when invited by friends for a particular event and have met Rabbi Weiss and his wife Bat both at home of friends and at dinner engagements. They were always charming and delightful.

As for Rabbi Weiss, he was the unofficial representative of the RMAC in charge of weather. Each year Rabbi Weiss would attend the RMAC Fall Festival and remark, most times, what beautiful weather we had for the event. Our president, Barbara Eisenstadt, would then comment that it was because of his direct line to G-d that the weather was so fine. At that point, Rabbi Weiss would smile and say how much he appreciated his designation. We will miss him this year when the festival rolls around in September. Sympathies are extended to the Weiss family from the Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

Mark your calendar for a very exciting event that will take place on Saturday evening, June 2 when the Rockaway Music and Arts Council and the Rockaway Theatre Company will sponsor a gala opening night performance of Neil Simon’s very funny comedy, Come Blow Your Horn. Following after the performance there will be a special party that is still in the planning stage, but think champagne, special desserts and music for dancing. Ticket prices to this very special performance will be nominal and will go towards supporting both organizations. The performance will take place in the RTC theater in Fort Tilden and the party will follow in one of the other buildings, still being decided at this time. More about this first time Rockaway event as plans are finalized.

Following the gala on June 2, the RMAC Sunset Picnic Concerts will begin their season on Sunday evening, June 24 at 6 p.m. at the parade grounds at Fort Tilden. A very exciting summer of concerts is planned so mark your calendar with the following dates, July 8, July 22, August 5, and August 19.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, and Sunday, September 22 and 23 and more about that in our next column. If you would like to volunteer to work at the festival please contact the RMAC.

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