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Weekend At Riis Park

Weekend At Riis Park

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) will hold its annual Fall Festival this weekend at Riis Park.

The festival will be open on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sunday, September 29, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival will be held rain or shine, according to an organization spokesperson.

As in the past, the festival will feature art and craft items, pony rides, entertainment, demonstrations and many food items.

"We expect that our friends from the Beach Club will feature some tex-mex items this year," says spokesperson Sharon Gabriel. "There will also be Greek and other Middle Eastern food as well. We will also include Southern food, with some fried fish and fried shrimp."

"Of course," she adds, "the lines at the spiral potato vendor are always the longest at the festival."

The entertainment will include "Jump Street," a rock 'n roll group; Acapulco 90," a mariachi band that has been popular in the past; "Kings Chorus, a barbershop quartet as well as performers from the Rockaway Theater Company.

Craft demonstrations will include the "Lace Ladies," stained glass, candle making, flower arranging, necklace beading and portrait painting.

A number of local craftspeople and fine artists will be exhibiting and selling their work at the festival. Among them are Pottery By Susan artist Susan B. Locke, who has been at the festival for fifteen years, Watercolorist Arlene Cornell and painter/author Steve Yaeger.

One of the highlights of the festival is the juried flower show, "Splendor in the Grass," presented by the Shore Garden Club of Belle Harbor and Neponsit.

Parking and admission is free and there are many child-centered activities to keep the kids busy while the adults watch the demonstrations or the shows, according to Gabriel.

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