Music Fest 2002’: August 25!
By Gary G. Toms
The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), in conjunction with The Rockaway Promoters, Inc., will present "Music Fest 2002" on Sunday, August 25, from Beach 9 to 17 Street. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Rockaway Promoters, Inc. is the founder of the "Rockaway Music Fest." They are a collaboration of local business people and local non-profit organizations in the Far Rockaway community. Their goal is to bring quality entertainment into the Rockaway peninsula. Since the company is not a 5013c corporation, RDRC is operating a fiscal conduit in order to make the annual event possible.
"The Rockaway Music Fest is a way to celebrate the peninsula’s diversity by having an event where the talents of various cultures can be showcased," said RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer.
"The first event was held in the summer of 1999 (Rockaway Music Fest 1999). The event was a resounding success. Due to the success of that event, and its positive impact on the Far Rockaway community, it has become an annual event. This is our fourth year…and counting."
At last year’s Rockaway Music Fest 2001, more than 1,300 people had the opportunity to enjoy many different ethnic foods and entertainment. People from all over the peninsula attended, as well as residents from sections of long Island.
Those who have given, and continue to give, their full backing and support of the event included the 101 Precinct; the New York City Department of Parks; the Queens Community Planning Board #14; Congressman Gregory Meeks; the late New York State Assembly member Pauline Rhodd-Cummings (who secured the funding for this year’s event); and former New York City Council Member Juanita Watkins.
"I’m looking forward to Rockaway Music Fest 2002. If previous years are any indication, I suspect that many people will come out to take part in the many things that will be offered during the course of this festive day," said Archer.