2002-05-11 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s by Sharon Gabriel

Rockaway Music and Arts Council

In just another week we will begin our first Museum Trip of the year. On Sunday, May 19th, we will meet at the Waldbaum’s parking lot to board a bus taking the group to The Greenwood Cemetery for a docent-led tour of probably the most famous cemetery in the city. These 478 acres, besides being the final resting place of some very famous people, including Horace Greeley, Currier and Ives and Leonard Bernstein are a magnificent park. In the 1800’s The Greenwood was the second biggest tourist attraction in New York State after Niagara Falls.

Following Greenwood the group will stop at Ella’s Restaurant in Bay Ridge for lunch. To quote Zagat’s 2002 Survey, "Ulysses would stop wandering" if he discovered "the serious cooking" at this Bay Ridge Greek Delight.

The afternoon part of the trip will be divided into two parts. Our guests can visit the Enrico Caruso Museum in seven rooms of Aldo Manucusi’s home. Mr. Manucusi’s great passion was Enrico Caruso and his display of Caruso material cannot be duplicated anywhere; or, you might want to tour the Lott House with archaeologist Chris Ricciardo. The Lott House is a pre-Revolutionary Dutch farmhouse in Marine Park. Originally on 200 acres, it was recently the subject of a New York Times Magazine article that revealed evidence that the house was the "first known slave dwelling in what would become New York City." Built in the early 1700’s, this piece of history is still with us.

If you are interested in joining the trip on May 19, there are just a few seats left on the bus and we would suggest you call 474-6760 to place your reservations.

A very interesting music program recently took place in several of our local public schools, P.S. 104, P.S. 114 and P.S. 183. "Music Memory," an innovative approach to music designed by The Riverside Symphony was introduced to classes at these schools by music teachers Marcia Fennick, Robin Levy and Martin Penzer. The response was immediate and joyous and this unique program was followed by an opportunity to compete with other NYC schools participating at Alice Tully Hall on May 6. P.S. 104 represented District 27 proudly and won bronze medals. We congratulate Marcia Fennick and her outstanding team who were cheered on by the entire class.

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Opening Night Celebration with The Rockaway Theatre Company. "Lend Me A Tenor" will premiere on Saturday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. at The Post Theatre, Gateway National Recreational Area, Fort Tilden. The Broadway production of "Lend Me A Tenor" starred Victor Garber and Philip Bosco and our local production will be directed by Peggy Page who, at last year’s production of "Come Blow Your Horn" played the mother to two totally different and hysterical sons. Peggy is a long time member of The Rockaway Theater Company and has starred in many of their productions over the years. This uproarious comedy production will be followed by a Champagne Celebration with Decadent Desserts and music by Daddy Rhythm & The Blues Club. Your ticket stub also makes you eligible for exciting raffle prizes. Since last year’s Opening Night Gala was a sold-out event, we suggest that you order your tickets quickly for "Lend Me A Tenor" and the party to follow – only $30.00. Make your check payable to The Rockaway Music & Arts Council and send it to RMAC, P.O. Box 97, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693. Your tickets will be sent back to you immediately.

Another important development is that the RMAC is the recipient of a Challenge Grant, which will enable us to add more fabulous performances to our Sunset Picnic Concert Series if we are able to match its $15,000 grant dollar for dollar with donations. Thank you for your dues to RMAC and your generous support which will mean so much to the entire community. For more information regarding the Challenge Grant call the RMAC at 474-6760

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