2002-08-31 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Well, the Carnival came to town, brought its magic and left lots of good memories in its wake. Now, Labor Day Weekend is here. And with it, the end of summer, and-hopefully....cooler days waiting in the wings. It's soon back to school for the young people.

But, for now it's Mardi Gras and the Grand Parade with floats, cars, fire trucks and lots of people marching. As they always did in the past, the 100th Precinct is expected to close part of the boulevard for the safety of the marchers. Of course, there will be no parking on the boulevard on Monday.

Raffles are still available for the $10,000 drawing. So come on out to the events! Buy raffles. Party. Show the establishments that their support and participation are greatly appreciated. Support our community efforts!

The weekend starts tonight (Friday); it's Countdown Night, when all the monies collected are added up. Who earned how much is important to the festivities! There will be Dancing in the Streets and a lot of partying will go on. With rides for the kids and a good time for all. Last reports place it on Noel Road. Join the festivities from 8 p.m. to midnight!

On Saturday the action will be at the First Road Ball Field starting at 11 a.m. There will be Running Races for the kids, with medals awarded. A He-Man/She-Woman contest will be held--sort of a mini-triathlon. Medals will be awarded. The drawing for the $10,000 Raffle will take place at the field. The BCAC will give awards to baseball teams at the field as well.

Saturday night is Crowning Night and the ceremony will be held at the winning bar. Bay Breeze Marina vied with Grassy Point for this distinction. Friday night's tally will tell which one won.

Sunday is Build A Float Day. The more floats, the bigger the parade! On Sunday night, judges will pick the Most Decorated House and Bar Visitation will take place as well. First visit will be at the runner-up, then at the First Place winning bar.

And on Monday at 1 p.m. is the Grand Parade! It will kick-off from the winning bar. Some people wait all year for this event! Forget New
Orleans-THIS is the real Mardi Gras! (I hope our new neighbors have enjoyed their first taste of B.C.'s festivities.)

Tomorrow is the last Saturday left before Labor Day. One final chance to eat pizza under Tommy's Pizza offer to donate 50 cents to Baby Face for each pizza pie purchased on Saturday. Call Tommy's Pizza for more information.

The great 'meal deals' have ended. The dinners were delicious and it was a real treat to forget about cooking a bit! And it was great to have dinner
brought right to the door.

After this weekend, it's back to school for all the children. The summer probably flew by for them. Have a good school year, kids.

School isn't the only thing that's going to be in session. The Golden Age Club has its first meeting Thursday, September 5 at 1 p.m. Dues are due on that day for the 2002 to 2003 year. Dues cost $5. A lot of people are eagerly looking forward to seniors this year.

The new officers, elected in Spring, hope to take the Club in a new direction which will be more inclusive of everyone. They have new ideas and plans to make this coming year a lot of fun. So don't be left out and missed; be there and included. Come to the Christ Church Hall. Bring your dues and set your sights high. A lot of fun is in store for members. Prospective members must be over 50.

There are a lot of deadlines today. For Artistic residents who are entering the Artist Showcase Competition today is the last day for entries to get under way. Now in its 20th year, this annual event is co-sponsored by the Queens Borough Public Library and the Alliance of Queens Artists. Entrants need to get that envelope containing entry form and slides or photographs of three items of their body of work (paintings, sculptures, photography or fine arts) postmarked today. Or deliver the entry in person today.

For the Fall Show of ArtSplash 2002, today is the deadline as well. Held by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, this 3rd annual juried show includes literary work and performance arts such as dance, poetry, music and video. Winners will be chosen from all entrants. There will be two awards of $250 each presented. ArtSplash will be held at Fort Tilden from October 5 through November 3. Contact RAA at for more details.

It's time for The New York Times annual librarian awards. Deadline for this is September 6. Awarded will be one librarian from each of New York City's boroughs as well as from counties in Connecticut, New Jersey and Long Island. These fifteen awards will be presented in October and are for $2500 each. For further information call (212) 556-4520.  To vote, fill in a form at the library. You may also request that the form be emailed to you by logging on to www.nytco.com/community.html.

Upcoming Events-Save The Date! On September 23 the St. Virgilius School 75th Jubilee Celebration begins with 5 p.m. Mass and ends with a Dinner Dance at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall.

On September 28 the seniors will see the Rockaway Theatre Company presentation of Rockaway Caf 02. The show features music from the 50's and 60's.

The weekend of September 28 and 29, the 18th Annual Fall Festival 2002 will be held at Fort Tilden.

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