2002-03-23 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
By Sharon Gabriel

Well, the buds are budding and will soon be blooming all over Rockaway, and we are all excited about the new season. From everyone at the RMAC we hope you had a good winter and for all of us we are looking for a better year than the last.

There are so many projects in various stages of production that we know everyone in our community will find something to do this spring and summer.

To begin, the RMAC is planning a Museum Trip for Sunday, May 19th, to a very unusual site, The Greenwood Cemetery. The Greenwood, in Brooklyn, is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city and the final resting place of many well-known citizens including Leonard Bernstein, DeWitt Clinton and Louis Comfort Tiffany among others. While it might seem strange to be visiting a cemetery, in the nineteenth century, it was very fashionable, on weekends, for families to picnic and stroll through the grounds which are very picturesque. While weekend strolls are now passé, guided tours are not, and we will have a special guided tour of the grounds. In addition to The Greenwood Cemetery, the group will be enjoying lunch in a lovely restaurant and that will be followed by a visit to the Caruso Museum or other historic sites in Brooklyn. If you are interested in joining a most unusual trip, contact the RMAC at 474-6760 for more information.

The weekend of June 8 and 9 there will be a non-stop entertainment in Rockaway. An "Art-Frenzy", sponsored by the Queens Council of the Arts and it’s Executive Director, Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer (a Rockaway resident) will take place in Gateway National Recreational Area. All of the Rockaway cultural groups will be taking part to show off what we in our community have created over many years. Just one event will be the Saturday June 8 "Special" opening night of "Lend Me A Tenor" performed by the Rockaway Theatre Company and, as last year, to be followed by an opening night gala party sponsored by the Rockaway Music & Arts Council. The event last year with a performance of "Come Blow Your Horn" was a sell-out. I would suggest that you mark your calendar for Saturday evening, June 8th, so as not to miss this special event, which is part of the Art-Frenzy Weekend. In addition to the gala party, the RMAC is in discussions with a very unusual company, which we hope will be able to entertain the adults and have a special program for the children. Just

think along the lines of the artistic make-up of "The Lion King". Sorry…..but I can’t tell you any more about it just yet.

Our Sunset Picnic Concerts will again be presented at Ft. Tilden and at this moment we are expecting the fabulous Long Island Pops Orchestra with Dean Karahalis conducting, Kenny Vance and the Planetones and a new group, Rudy Bishop and his Steel Drum Concert Orchestra. I can tell you that this group is something you have never heard before. They are fantastic and you must be there to hear them perform. The calendar for these groups and the others that will make up the Summer Picnic Concert Series will be announced shortly.

This year our Fall Festival will be held on the weekend of September 28 and 29, and many vendors are already scheduled to appear along with some new food vendors. More on the Festival in future articles.

On Wednesday, April 17,the RMAC will be having an Open Meeting at The Beach Club starting at 8 p.m. Come and join us for coffee and cake as we discuss the upcoming season.


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