2002-10-12 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Dorothy Dunne

Blessed with another beautiful autumn weekend to enjoy with lots of activities to look forward to: the Pumpkin Patch (pick out your own pumpkin) at the Breezy Point Firehouse next Saturday. The Halloween Theatre Production at the Rockaway Theatre at Fort Tilden, Oct. 27 and 28. The Rockaway Artist Alliance Gallery Art Splash at Ft. Tilden held their opening reception this past weekend from noon to 4 p.m. with great success. A large turnout enjoyed the Gallery exhibits as well as songs by April Greene and Joanne Marnick and musicians, Patrick Grace and Grey Rebel.

It was with great relief to find the Breezy Point Drug Awareness program is still being held every Tuesday evening. We have been late in starting this, but thank God we are now taking an active part in bringing to our youth the dangers and pitfalls of drug abuse. Lets keep our Rockaway neighborhoods clean of this menace and clear the way for safe years for our children.

A jolly reunion took place at Kennedy’s on the Bay for Breezy Pointer, Anna Moriarity, daughter, Ann Marie Moriarity from Manhattan, Sales Director for Conde Nast magazines, Mary McEvay from Brooklyn and Helen Forcine from Putnam Valley, N.Y. John and Sarah Duffy from Reid Ave. are proud of their five children who all graduated from college. Kathleen just received her BS from St. Francis College and Kevin from Brooklyn College and all are doing very well.

While on the subject of artists, 42nd Cipriani’s welcomed the many, many loyal supporters of Americans for the Arts, National Arts Awards. It was a fabulous black tie gala filled with celebrity members to applaud the 2002 winners of National Leadership in the arts. Mayor Bloomberg was present to address this outstanding audience who honored David Rockefeller, Alberto Vilar, Pinchas Zukerman, Cindy Sherman, Natalie Portmen, BRAVO, the film and arts network and Institute of Museum and Library Services. Honorary Chairman First Lady, Libby Pataki, Mrs. Randolph Hearst, Chairman, Robert Lynch, President and CEO.

Milling through the crowds I caught glimpses of Silvia Styles, Helen Gurley Brown, Beverly Sills, past recipient, and many, many others. Americans for the Arts offers more than 200 publications available for purchase. Books and tool kits of topics such as arts education, community development and management. Each year they survey local arts agencies in all 50 largest cities and nearly 70 communities. The entire local arts agency field is surveyed every three years and works are offered for purchase through Americans for Art publications. Members of the Rockaway Artist Alliance should align themselves with Americans for the Arts and attend this star-studded award dinner next year. Who knows? Maybe one of the artists from the Rockaway Artist Alliance may be a winner someday. This gala event will be seen early January 2003 on BRAVO.

WICI is Women in Communication, Inc. an organization that brings together a sisterhood of women in the communicating business or those who wish to find work in that field and who wish to get connected with those who can help them climb that corporate ladder. It was a stimulating meeting held at the Roosevelt Hotel where I met a number of giving women who have shared their success with aspiring others who seek their advice.

Indonesia, according to our State Department is not, unfortunately, the place in which to travel at this time. However, the Consul General of Indonesia invited travel agents and press to a beautiful reception at the Indonesia Consulate. A video was shown of certain parts of Indonesia (it consists of many, many islands, Bali being the most beautiful). It is a fascinating country and most certainly ideal for tourism. A perfect spot for your next vacation. When our government gives the clearance this is one place you should visit. And, I will be one of the first to promote it.

Wings over Wall St Gala fundraiser for the dread disease, ALS that condemns a patient to three to five years of life once diagnosed was held at the Marriott Marquis this week and was hosted by Billy Baldwin. This event was mentioned in my column a few months back and I do hope some of you were able to attend. It was jammed with people who enjoyed the food and libation and the fun of bidding at the silent and live auction. Their goal was to reach one million dollars to directly benefit research teams of Hiroshi Mitsumoto, MD of the Eleanor and Lou Gherig, MDA/ALS Center at Columbia University, and Jeffrey Rubinstein, MD of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at John Hopkins. For their next event contact Amanda Silverman, PMK/HBH.

Flower Drum Song, a production featuring songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. a new book by David Henry Hwang, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom opens Oct. 17 at the Virginia Theatre,

TRAVEL SPECIALS:

Weekend special to Helsinki via RT Finnair, lavish full breakfast daily, 3nts. accommodations dbl.p.p; sgl. Sup. $100, transfers $459p.p. valid till Dec. 18 and from Dec. 26 to Apr. 30. From May thru Dec. 31, 2003. Barbados, 1nt. FREE =FREE upgrade 1 FREE day car rental with 4 days rental, 2 for 1 admission to activities. 7 nts from $329; second person flies FREE to Ixtapa EP $754, 2nd person $344; All-inclusive from $854, second $444; early booking specials from $549 7 nts. Dec. 22 from Ft. Lauderdale thru April 13; 11 nts. Panama, Dec. 11 from $899, Costs Victoria; WOW Philippines Sun, Sea and Culture, accommodations for 9 days Am. Breakfast, trans. Tours, entrance fees, $433, Air $112 fom Miami.; Spa pkg s in Punta Cana , 3 nts. $579.99 was $779.99; Jan1 -31.

More travel specials on UHF Ch. 35 (HSN) Mon. to Fri. at 12:30PM. E-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com, or give me a call and….AWAY WE GO!!!


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