2002-08-24 / Front Page

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Up Rockaway Weekend

Up Rockaway Weekend

Eleven events scheduled throughout the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel this weekend provide an antidote for boredom and a chance to prove once and for all that the adage, "there's never anything to do in Rockaway," is no longer true.

"There is truly something for everyone," says Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Sulik, whose organization is sponsoring the Kite Festival."

The events range from a parade of volunteer firefighters from all over Long Island to a national kite festival, from a wheelchair race to hip-hop music and a salute to Frank Sinatra.

A number of events will be held both Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25.

Among those two-day events are the Annual Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Carnival, to be held beginning at 3 p.m. on the grounds of the new firehouse on Cross Bay Boulevard; The Rockaway Kite Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. each day at Riis Park; a production of the musical, "Godspell," to be held at St. Rose of Lima Church on Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.; and a production of "The Good Doctor," by the Rockaway Theater Company, to be held at the Post Theater at Fort Tilden at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Events scheduled for Saturday, August 24, include the Rockaway Multi-cultural Festival, featuring music and more to be held at Bayswater Park (Bay 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive) beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing all day.

On Sunday, August 25, there are a number of events scheduled.

At 6 p.m., the Rockaway Music And Arts Council (RMAC) will host its final Sunset Picnic Concert at Fort Tilden. The concert will feature "A Tribute to Frank Sinatra."

There will be wheelchair races on the boardwalk at Beach 20 Street at 3 p.m.

From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., there will be a Music Fest 2002 that will be held on the boardwalk between Beach 9 Street and Beach 15 Street.

At 6 p.m., the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a parade of volunteer fire departments from around the area. The parade will begin at West 20 Road and will continue to the Fair Grounds, where the volies annual carnival is being held.

Finally, on Sunday, the Rockaway Artists Alliance will be hosting the opening of its latest exhibition, "All A Flutter," featuring photographs of butterflies. The event will be held at the RAA's studio at Fort Tilden from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information on any of these events, call the organization involved or see last week's issue of The Wave.

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