It was Kentucky Derby Day and what a day for Bobby Crowley to celebrate his birthday with friends and family. He started the day joining his cousins, my sons, Kevin, who was in from California and Jimmy and friend Richard Lenihan, whose mother is well known to me from the B.P.S.C. Just by one stroke, he won the golf tournament they all played on that morning on a Golf course out on the Island. It was then on to the newly renovated and just opened, Irish Circle that has been turned into the first OTB Parlor in Rockaway.
Now, that was the place to be on Kentucky Derby Day. You could place your bets, have dinner and watch those beautiful horses compete for the prestigious Kentucky Derby reward. Members of the family who were present were: Bobby’s wife, Patty, nee Ritter; their daughter, Nicole, Bobby’s mother, Gladys Crowley, his brother, John, who flew up from Florida with his attractive friend, Sheila, his sister, Caryn Crowley Fata, Patty’s sister, Maureen, who stopped by, owner of Digs 11 in Long Beach all there to wish him well and an abundance of more healthy, happy years. Congratulations also to Barbara Fudge from Marine Park, Brooklyn who celebrates a Birthday May 7. Her children offered her an Alaskan cruise in her honor, which she will be taking sometime this summer. Congratulations and enjoy your trip.
At Kennedy’s B.P.S.C. "C" court members reunited for Kentucky Derby dinner. Shirley Hanrahan, back from Florida, was the big winner. She had the number 5 winning ticket, Ellen Wunder came in second and Tom Murray just made third. They all look great and are ready for another season of fun and Bocce.
On Sunday, the regulars turned out at Kennedy’s including Cathy McCormack and her friend from New Jersey, Barbara Cunningham, (who were recuperating from their losses on the horses on Saturday) to give Paul, "Mr. Glib" Kavanaugh a fond farewell for his retirement from the "Bar". However, if we are lucky, we may see Mr. Glib surface at the Sugar Bowl on May 17 for the opening of their famous Senior Happy Hour. Grab your walker and crutches and get there. It will be well worth your efforts.
There is a newly renovated section of Central Park Zoo, the Rainforest and what a great job they have done. When you first enter it is a bit humid with large tree trunks and trees and walking bridges to find your way around. They did a marvelous job.. I was fascinated with the large black and white long hair monkeys (must have been from them I got my monkey jacket years ago, long before we heard about animal rights). They were just great to watch. A climb up the stairs brings you closer to the birds flying through the trees and sitting on the branches. Your children will love it. Maurice Pledger, well known author of children’s books held a press reception for the launching of his new wonderful pop-up and feely books. "Olivia Owl" will satisfy the curiosity of any child. It gives each easy reading with large letters, colorful pictures that have furry tails and fur you can feel. "Tavi Tiger" is disturbed by noises in the jungle. Lift up a leaf and you find frogs jumping out from under. On every page there is a different pop-up. Maurice Pledger’s books are found in toy stores, book stores and department stores. And, eventually, hopefully, in a much needed book store in Rockaway.
Though Spiderman turned out to be the biggest hit at the box office since Harry Potter, it is going on to be this year’s Hottest Superhero to hit the stage. It makes its theatrical debut to open its 40 city US Tour in Las Vegas October 2002.
Rockawayites are everywhere. Marie Henley and her daughter, Marie enjoyed a delicious gourmet dinner and cooking demonstration at the Italian Culinary Institute this past week. The guest executive chef was Carmine Marletta, master chef at Etrusca in the Hilton Towers Hotel. That night I was there and we savored egg ravioli with truffle sauce that is served at Etrusca for $24 each, very smooth and delicate. The main course was a "Boar," roasted wild boar that I had never tasted before, but was delighted with the flavor of it topped with a special cranberry sauce. Mascapone Cheesecake with berries just melted in your mouth. It had a light and fluffy texture. Marie Henley of Henley’s Hangar clothing store for adults and children in Rockaway Point and her daughter, Marie Henley jr. who has recently taken over the Breezy Point Liquor Store, agreed with me. It was an outstanding meal. Marie Henley is a member of the Italian Culinary Institute and attends these food dinner demonstrations regularly. You can join, too and learn how to cook the way the chefs do and eat it, too. Marie, Sr. told me her daughter’s boyfriend, Sean Sheridan from Breezy Point won the bid for Henney’s Pier (The Colony) in Rockaway Point and is putting in a Restaurant featuring fresh oysters. (Yum, yum, my favorites). He will also have a candy stand for the youngsters. Sounds wonderful! When does it open? As soon as they tell me I will let you know.
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