2003-10-03 / 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

Well here we are just after our Nineteenth Annual RMAC Fall Festival and I would like to first take the opportunity to thank everyone who attended for making this year’s festival a great event. Hurricane Isabel was just a fading memory by Saturday morning, thank goodness, and we were blessed with beautiful weather both days.

The lines were long at many of the vendors and attractions and I know that one of the food vendors even ran out of their one product by the end of the day. Many new vendors attended this year with some of the most beautiful articles for sale. We have to thank our Vendor Chairperson, Fern Liberman, for once again doing a fantastic job. Fern and her husband Nat travel around many weekends, from event to event, looking for just the right people for our festival and while many vendors come back from year to year, and even bring their other vendor friends, Fern deserves a round of applause for this year.

Another round of applause for our Festival Chairman John Musemeci. It is a massive job to keep everything running, to arrange for the music, the food vendors and the general overall appearance of the festival, who will be set up where, who needs electricity, being sure we have enough tables and chairs and even being sure there is enough paper in the lavatories. John starts work on the festival at the beginning of the year, as does Fern, and he works nights and weekends, as the days get closer to the festival dates.

At the end of the festival on Sunday evening, after all the vendors had left we started breaking down our events, our pony ride corral, cleaning up the animal pen, and stowing all the materials left in our RMAC tent. We even picked up trash left on the ground so as to leave the park in as good condition as possible. After that was all over, at approximately 8 p.m., a picture was taken of our committee, which you will see here; Barbara Eisenstadt, the RMAC President, Fern Liberman, John Musemeci and myself. As you can see, we are holding each other up because I think if we let go we would all fall from exhaustion. Tired as we were, it was a fabulous festival thanks to all of our neighbors and friends who attended. Thank you also to Toni Ann and Anthony Falconer who stood in the hot sun and gave out programs to those entering the parking lot.

Now on to the next event. On Saturday evening, November 22, the RMAC will present the original Broadway cast of "Beatlemania." Appearing on stage at Beach Channel High School, tickets will be specially priced for orchestra or balcony and can be purchased by calling the RMAC office at 718-474-6760. We know that this is one show you will not want to miss. More will be written about this event in my next column.

On the evening following, November 23, the RMAC will be part of a wonderful event at Roosevelt Field Mall. A ticket only event will gain you entry to the mall and to the stores who will be having special sales just for that evening. Tickets to the event are $10.00 and entitle you to a raffle being offered. Just before the holidays, this special evening will afford you the opportunity to shop without being pushed around and having to wait on long lines for your purchases. The mall will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. only. If you would like to participate please contact Fern Liberman at the above number. Fern can give you complete details about the event.

Once again, thanks to our vendors, the Mariachi Band, the Kings Chorus, the a cappella singers, Ronald McDonald and everyone who made the Festival such a success.

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