2003-11-07 / Community

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

Just two more weeks to BeatleMania and if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Check this paper for the ad and ticket form and send it in right away.

This is a fantastic show and not to be missed. The RMAC is very lucky to have been able to obtain the original Broadway cast to perform here at Beach Channel High School on the evening of November 22. It is a fun show and all you 50-somethings will surely have a good time, not to say anything about the 60’s and 70’s and 30’s and 40 year olds. The Beatles were a phenomenon and they were copied many times, or at least other groups tried to copy them, such as The Monkees. Their music has be sustained over the years, and while some of us may prefer Sinatra, Bennett, Streisand or even The Rolling Stones, The Beatles were the original and they live on in our memory.

Last week the RMAC held their annual "wrap" party at the Beach Club. The event is held each year a few weeks after the Fall Festival and it is a time when we honor those who helped with our festival and with our concerts during the summer. People such as Rita Mullaly and Justin Monetti of Gateway National Recreation Area in Fort Tilden, Lew Simon, Walter Roberts, our young volunteers at the Festival and many others. We could not do what we do at Gateway without the help of all these people. We publicly thank you for your time and effort in making us look good.

At the party Barbara Eisenstadt, the RMAC President, presented certificates to many people in appreciation of the work that they have done over the years. Barbara started the evening by reciting a poem she has written pointing out everyone’s contributions. We’re going to name Barbara Poet Laureate of Rockaway for her fine work. The Beach Club provided a beautiful buffet dinner and then there was a special surprise. A birthday cake was wheeled out and everyone sand Happy Birthday to Barbara as her birthday was last week. No age given here! Though we’ve said it before, I want to take this time to thank everyone who helped us this year. We couldn’t have done it without you.

To get back to The Beatles, besides finding an application for tickets in this newspaper, you might check with West End Realty, One-Stop Photo and Sammy’s Variety Store on 129 Street. Tickets can be purchased directly from any of them.

As The Beatles might say, "We Love You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah." So get those tickets and we’ll see you at Beach Channel High School on Saturday evening, November 22.

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