2003-07-04 / Community

RMAC’s USO Show At Floyd Bennett Field A Swinging Success

RMAC’s USO Show At Floyd Bennett Field A Swinging Success


The USO Show hosted by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, by Gateway National Park and by HARP turned an old hanger used for aircraft restoration into a swinging World War II soiree last Saturday night. Pictured, the George Gee Orchestra, normally found at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, swing to “In The Mood.”The USO Show hosted by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, by Gateway National Park and by HARP turned an old hanger used for aircraft restoration into a swinging World War II soiree last Saturday night. Pictured, the George Gee Orchestra, normally found at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, swing to “In The Mood.”
Local artist and historian Steve Yaeger, Wave publisher Susan Locke and RMAC official Harold Cornell, pose with a model of the NC-4, the first plane to fly across the Atlantic, a flight that began in Rockaway.Local artist and historian Steve Yaeger, Wave publisher Susan Locke and RMAC official Harold Cornell, pose with a model of the NC-4, the first plane to fly across the Atlantic, a flight that began in Rockaway.The U.S. Post Office sold first day covers at the show. Among those pictured are local officials such as Scott Klein and George Bunocore.The U.S. Post Office sold first day covers at the show. Among those pictured are local officials such as Scott Klein and George Bunocore.

The County Tyrone Pipes, led by Dr. Peter Galvin, troop­ed the colors.The County Tyrone Pipes, led by Dr. Peter Galvin, troop­ed the colors.Rockaway Theater Company impresario John Geleese sings with his company.Rockaway Theater Company impresario John Geleese sings with his company.

The aircraft hanger was festooned with red, white and blue ballo ons.The aircraft hanger was festooned with red, white and blue ballo ons.Even coordinator Nancy Vardakis poses in front of a Navy A-4 Skyhawk, better known by those who flew them as “Scooters.”Even coordinator Nancy Vardakis poses in front of a Navy A-4 Skyhawk, better known by those who flew them as “Scooters.”

Wave staffer Marilyn Kohn and her husband, Lenny, dance to “Tuxedo Jun­c­tion.”Wave staffer Marilyn Kohn and her husband, Lenny, dance to “Tuxedo Jun­c­tion.”Sharon Gabriel shows her favoritism for the U.S. Navy.Sharon Gabriel shows her favoritism for the U.S. Navy.

Many local notables were present for the event. Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore (third from left) and his wife, Susi, join with Brian McGovern and his wife, Marie.Many local notables were present for the event. Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore (third from left) and his wife, Susi, join with Brian McGovern and his wife, Marie.Barbara Morris, a civic activist at many levels, and her husband, Dennis, pose in front of the A-4.Barbara Morris, a civic activist at many levels, and her husband, Dennis, pose in front of the A-4.

Nancy Verdakis accepts a presentation of a first day cover from George Bunocore, the local postmaster.Nancy Verdakis accepts a presentation of a first day cover from George Bunocore, the local postmaster.Noted local artist Arlene Cornell and her husband, Harold, cut a rug.Noted local artist Arlene Cornell and her husband, Harold, cut a rug.

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