2001-07-28 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey


Sharon Gabriel and Barbara Eisenstadt remembered the valuable contributions of Leon Locke to the success of the concert series presented each year at Fort Tilden.

Barbara Eisenstadt remembered that Leon Locke was a driving force behind the concerts. He worked to persuade our then Congressman and now Senator Charles Schumer to contribute the band shell.

Sharon Gabriel and Barbara Eisenstadt presented Susan Locke with a beautiful set of photos depicting Leon’s efforts over the years. It is a living history of dedication and commitment to bringing the arts to the Rockaway’s. Susan Locke is continuing Leon’s service, as the publisher of the Wave and a sponsor of the RMAC.

The concerts are worthwhile events for people of all ages from the entire peninsula. Thanks for Susan Locke for giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy this musical event. Congressman Anthony Weiner praised the Locke family.

Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer made an excellent point that the sign of a true leader is that the work continues after they are gone. Leon Locke’s work continues today. Wajeedah Anderson-Beyah had a special surprise for Susan Locke; she distributed the beautiful poem to Leon, which was published in the Wave with an added picture of Susan Locke displaying her pottery.

The Rock n’ Roll concert itself was most enjoyable. The show was great! Luckily even the weather co-operated. The audience appreciated the selections. On several occasions they received a standing ovation. In two weeks the RMAC will be hosting the Queens Symphony Orchestra. That’s always a great event.

Thanks to Barbara and Marvin Eisenstradt and Sharon Gabriel for chairing these concerts. What a great way to take advantage of the many beautiful spots on the Peninsula.

Additionally, this week began on a very up-beat note. I had the delightful opportunity to have dinner with Beverly Baxter. She is an excellent conversationalist. Beverly is a very well informed, sophisticated and bright woman. Since she sees the world through Republican glasses, and I see it through Democratic ones, we always enjoy exchanging views and sharing ideas.

On Friday night we attended a dinner and show at the Knights of Columbus. There was an overflow crowd. Congratulations to Barbara Morris, the President of the Columbettes for spearheading the successful event.

Barbara always gives an energizing spirit to all her endeavors. She worked with a great committee consisting of Ellen Moogan, Jane Tubridy and Ellen O’Toole. Larry Kelly represented the Knights of Columbus he thanked everyone for coming.

The show was a salute to Broadway. The Rockaway Players treated us to a spectacular performance. It was truly a delightful evening. Each performer was talented and drew rounds of applause. The cast consisted of Apryl Green, Marie Thomas, Sal Trento, Martha Caccia, Judith Lambert, Joe Cooper, Tim Malloy, Joe Canizio, Peggy Page and Henry Logos.

Barbara Tawil is an excellent PR and technical person for the group. We are very appreciative that they were willing to share their extraordinary talents with us.

I would like to invite you to share in one of their theatrical performances. They will be putting on Guys and Dolls at the Fort Tilden Theatres starting Friday, July 27. The show starts at 8pm. Please put this on your calendar as a "must see event." Thanks to the members of the Rockaway Players for providing us with a memorable and enjoyable event.

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