2002-09-21 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

If you were in Kennedy’s by the Bay this weekend you would never know the summer season was over. On Saturday night I was a guest of Helene and Peter Danzilo for dinner and it was so full it took a little time to get a table…well worth the short wait. The Chilean Sea Bass was out of this world.

They really do a nice job on that. You couldn’t find a better meal in any Manhattan restaurant and certainly not with the beautiful evening view of the Jamaica Bay and New York Skyline. But more than that, Helene and Peter are such an entertaining couple and interesting conversationalists. It was most delightful and thank you Helene and Peter. Enjoyed it immensely. Tom and Margo O’Brien, former Breezy Point neighbors who now reside in Belle Harbor stopped by the table to say. "Hello" and reminded me how their son used to play with my younger son, Jimmy. Nice to see them.

Sunday, I stopped into Kennedy’s and, low and behold, it seemed all of Rockaway was there. Some from Belle Harbor/Neponsit area: Pat and Tom Cleary, Pat and Jack Smith (though from Florida now they are here so much I think they should return to their former residence); Margie, who has recovered nicely from breast cancer and hubby, John Cleary; Breezy Pointers, Bob Zelek, who is celebrating a birthday on Sept. 29 (Congratulations, Bob) and Peggy Wheeler and Pat Sammon among the regulars. Joe Kilbride was missing but (maybe he was away spending all his winnings). He has been so lucky lately he is coming out with the JK Tout Sheet. Catch him in Kennedy’s. If you buy his tout sheet you get one drink FREE on him.

At mass at St. Edmund’s on Sunday a reminder of the Coffee/ Poetry Hour was mentioned following mass at their Parish Hall. " Coffee and buns", was announced, so I joined them. Much to my surprise, I was absolutely delighted with the group of talented people. They ran the gamut from serious to deliriously silly. I had the best time. Kevin Danaher and his guitar opened the session with "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "No Man is an Island" Millie Donnelly recited her own poem, "Remember Them". Ronnie McCarthy gave her rendition of "Purple Cow," Vera Lynch, "I Carry your Heart with Me" Ellen and Dick Mahon stole the show with their creative skit " Filter Flower, Flip Top Box" …..memories and sentiments of the cigarette puffs that went up in smoke. So very, very humorous. Bob Kane, who belongs to the Civil War Appreciation, presented an interesting twist to the assassination of Abe Lincoln. He also made us aware of the Fire Department Prep Course; Ann Heslin’s "Third Husband" was cute. We marveled at Kathleen Conway’s creative prose. Limited space prohibits me from mentioning all. But all were so good and so enjoyable. Kevin closed the meeting with "America " (no rebel song). You really missed a fun few hours after mass on a Sunday. Make sure you’re there next time. They meet once a month after the 10 o’clock Mass at St. Edmunds. Oct. 15 they will hold a book discussion of "Founding Brothers," by Joseph Ellis.

While on the subject of poetry, Helene Danzilo’s poem, "The Butterfly", printed in The Wave last year was read at the Butterfly exhibit at the American Historical Society this past Sunday. Congratulations, Helene. Is it now appropriate to call you a professional poet? You should share your works with the Poetry Group. They would love iteleneH.

Spoke to Grace Someck, and she is doing much better and thanks all her wonderful neighbors who have helped her and continue to help her through this crisis.

Maryann and Brian and son Sean Mackey had a super time in Ireland and got together with all the relatives in and around Ireland. They loved the B&Bs that were clean and comfortable with modern facilities and homemade Irish breakfast each morning. And with the car it made things simpler when moving through the countryside. So glad you had a good time and enjoyed the family reunion so much. Maryann said they even had a cousin’s farewell party for them. How nice.

Don’t forget the Art & Craft Festival at Jacob Riis Park Sept. 28 -29 Lots of FREE stuff for the kids and plenty of food.

The Rockaway Theatre Group presents Rockaway Café’, directed by John Gilleece this Fri., & Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Sept. 27& 28 at 8PM will be the final performance.

Attended a cocktail reception for "Save One Person, Save the World" that wants to respond to every act of terror across the globe with an act of kindness. It is a consortium of charities looking for you to make positive change and save lives. Example: Enroll in the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry; give your time or money to Covenant House. You can give to the DOE fund, Work, Works to help the homeless. Save the World, Save one Person is located at 345 E. 72nd St. They’re eager for any help you can give them.

TRAVEL:

Hawaii…$759 for 5nts. include. RT Air with 10,000 air miles; Disney 4days/3nts. w (2) one day tickets $199 Westgate Resorts. ; Celebrity Cruise Dec. 8 Bal. $1485 14-day panama Canal; Cruise Hawaii 13 nts. 11 day cruise and 2 day Sheraton Waikiki on NCL OV $999 2/10, 3/3,and 4/03, RT Ft. Lauderdale QE2 now for $1,959 10 nts. 2/6 -2/22 RT Ft. Lauderdale Western Carib and Panama $999, Balcony; Halloween is coming up…10 day Ghost Tour of England till Oct. 26 10 days/9nts. Hotel w contl. brfkts. daily, Medieval Banquet, Ghostly Tours etc. Children under 12 $409…No Air. Alaska, May 15 10 days for those who have cruised before on any on Carnival Cruises ships which include Holland America, Windstar, and many more $797. NCL 5 day Caribbean Oct. 10 NOW Seabourn 2 for 1 Exotic Voyage $320 per day. Special for singles to Bermuda on NCL. NCL Bahamas 3 days. Seniors less.

Check UHF Chs. 26,35 and 39 for further specials. E-mail dorothydunne/@yahoo.com

Give me a call and AWAY WE GO!!!


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