2001-09-22 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s by Sharon Gabriel

It seems like only yesterday that we were wrapping up Festival 2000, and yet, here we are just one week from the year 2001 Festival, which looks to be bigger and better than last year. While we all plan to have a great day, but our hearts are heavy and broken by the events of last week.

Rockaway is a small, isolated community and yet I hear that we have lost somewhere in the vicinity of 75 of our neighbors…heroes all. We cannot afford to lose one person, let alone 75 of our neighbors. In this connection, the RMAC will be accepting contributions, in connection with the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, that will be designated to go only to Rockaway families of the New York City police officers, firefighters, EMT’s and anybody else who may have been lost. If you would like to make a contribution, please come to the RMAC tent in the middle of the festival grounds. Just look for the blimp flying above our tent. Please come and make a contribution. We thank you in advance.

Immediately following the festival, starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be a candlelight ceremony on the parade grounds in front of the Administration Building at Fort Tilden. Please join those organizations such as the RAA, the Rockaway Theater Company, the Chamber of Commerce and others for this ecumenical service.

Our festival will go forward for the children and adults so that everyone can have just a few hours away from the terrible events that have engulfed us.

For starters, we are very pleased to announce that the HSBC Bank has made a very generous contribution that has enabled us to continue with free pony rides and additionally the bank will also sponsor the Long Island Reptile Museum exhibit. Additionally, Green Mountain Coffee who supplied the coffee at our Summer Picnic Concerts will be contributing the coffee products to be served at the vendor’s breakfast prior to the start of the festival.

While we are talking food, we are very pleased to announce that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will be joining the food court this year. Known for their philanthropy and concern for the environment, they have agreed to donate all of their profits at the festival the RMAC. So, stop by their stand several times during the day and know that you will be supporting our efforts throughout the year.

From food to flora, we are happy to advise that The Shore Garden Club will be joining us with their presentation called "Splendor in the Grass." At the RMAC Open Meeting last week, Maureen Walsh, President of the club advised the board that they will have about 36 exhibits under their tent. If you are one of those people who have a green thumb you will definitely want to stop by to get a few ideas and, if you are one of those people who just look at a plant and it "falls over," you will want to visit the tent to admire the beauty being exhibited. Either way you will enjoy a beautiful exhibit.

If you are one of those people who just can’t grow anything, you will want to purchase some mums which will be on sale by one of the vendors. This just the touch to welcome in the fall season.

A new exhibit in the children’s area will be the Long Island Reptile Museum from Hicksville. The Museum will be presenting several shows during the day and the reptiles will be on exhibit for the children and adults to view. The handlers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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