2003-09-12 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel
Notes from the High C’s Rockaway Music and Arts Council by Sharon Gabriel

Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday we were preparing for our Sunset Picnic Concert Series and here it is, one week before the Fall Festival. We are hoping the weather will be as good for the festival as it was for the concerts. With all the rain this summer, we were very lucky. Just keep your fingers crossed. So many exiting things are in the works and the first one is the 19th annual Fall Festival, featuring fine arts and crafts, music, food and events for the children. This event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21 in front of the bathhouse in Riis Park from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Our vendor coordinator, Fern Lieberman, has been scouting from north to south and east to west to come up with some very new and exciting vendors this year. And they are coming from as far away as Thousand Oaks California, and from closer places like Pennsylvania.

Of course, we cannot leave out Brooklyn where Paul Musaracchia resides. Paul is a metal sculptor who works with small metal pieces such as nails, screws and scrap metal. His work is quite unusual, and certainly new to the festival. Michelle Tawil and M. Latife Designs work in gold, silver and pearls, and have some very unique pieces. And you thought knives, forks and spoons were only for the table? Well, be sure to visit with Marinus Leidermyer from Pennsylvania. Marinus makes jewelry from table settings. This is a wonderful gift idea for the holidays. Also from Pen_nsylvania are Tim Schultz and Frank Bartolett, both of whom are glass blowers. Also among the new artists is Alisa Lehman, who makes polymer clay sculptures and jewelry. Among the artists, look for Roberta Forest, who is a photographer and has taken the most unusual photos from some of the most exotic places in the world. With Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up soon, be sure to visit Helen Howlett, who is with us from California. Helen makes decorative gourds. If you have ever priced them, they can be quite expensive, so be sure to stop at Helens table to make your selections for the holidays. Then we have Lyn Connelly and his "Silver Spoon Bird House". Just don’t miss this exhibit. Cynthia Arnow does decorative accents to the home, using mosaic tiles. Her pieces are probably one of a kind as each piece is decorated individually.

Our food court is growing with some of our old favorites including "The Potato Man" and the "Pickle People". So when you get hungry, stop over to pick up something to eat, sit and relax a while, and then continue on to see some of your old favorite vendors.

Steve Yaeger, Arlene Cornell and Susan Locke will be there with their beautiful art and pottery. We really can’t say enough about these three talented people. In addition to being a painter, Steve is an accomplished writer, a retired teacher and a tutor. Arlene’s watercolors are known from Jersey to Manhattan to the Hamptons. Susan designs gorgeous pottery as well as being the publisher of this newspaper. Say what you will about Rockaway, we have the best of the best living right here. They are an asset to the community.

Some of our return guest vendors are Chris Hobbs, who does 3-D paper sculpture, Joan Morro with beautiful marionettes and dolls, (think Christmas and Hanukkah, and Don Nichols with stained glass. Also look for Catamount Specialties and the gourmet condiments. This is just a capsule eye view of what to expect and there are many new vendors and old favorites.

Included among the old favorites are the Shore Garden Club of Belle Harbor and Neponsit. This year the club will have a table to sell raffles for their beautiful quilt. I happened by Greenpoint bank where the quilt was on display and it will make a beautiful addition to any home. Help support the club and purchase some raffle tickets.

Stroll around the "Cause" Area and you will find the North Shore Animal League with the kittens and puppies for adoption and the Long Island Greyhound transfer with their beautiful greyhound dogs.

Of course we couldn’t leave out the children. Our ponies will be back as well as our face painters and this year for the first time, Party Pets will have small animals to pet and feed. We will also be taking pictures at the ponies and the farm animals for you to remember a fun day. What would the festival be without Ronald McDonald? He will be with us on Sunday.

We will have mums and flowers for sale directly from Riverhead and at our demonstration table you will find quilters and ladies making lace.

As you many have read, the RMAC will be presenting "Directly From Broadway", the production of Beatlemania, Saturday evening, November 22 at Beach Channel High School. Tickets will be specially priced and available at the RMAC tent in the middle of the festival. Since there are a limited amount of tickets I would suggest you obtain them quickly by stopping at our tent.

Also for sale at the tent will be tickets to a special event being held at Roosevelt Field. With holiday shopping on us before we know it, the Rockaway Music and Arts Council is participating in an exciting event happening at Roosevelt Field mall in Westbury. The mall offers some of the finest shopping in the area, all under one roof. The mall will be open for a "ticket holders only" shopping evening on Sunday November 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Simon, the owner of the mall will be giving away dozens of door prizes and offering special entertainment for adults and children. Special sales, activities and discounts will be featured in many stores. This will be a fun shopping experience that will jump start your holiday buying. No one will be admitted to the mall without a ticket, which will be available immediately. They will be available at the RMAC tent during the festival or you can contact RMAC, att. Fern at PO Box 94003 Rockaway Park NY.

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