2004-03-05 / Community

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

I feel like Rip Van Winkle having just awakened from a bad dream. I dreamt that we had the most horrible winter, that it was freezing cold and windy for weeks on end and there was more snow than I can remember in a long time. However, I found it to be all true when I saw my snow boots standing in a puddle of water, my winter gloves with holes in the fingertips from so much wear and my scarf still tied around my neck. However things must be changing. This morning I woke to bright sun and much warmer weather and maybe it was all a dream.

What I do know for sure is that the Rockaway Music and Arts Council is once again in preparation for the 2004 season. We are looking into the possibility of a museum trip. The problem we are finding is that the price of things has risen so, that it is becoming difficult to plan a trip that is economically possible. The idea of a railroad and boat trip in Connecti cut along with lunch or dinner is being looked into as are other ideas. Just as soon as we find something that is feasible we will let you know.

On Saturday evening, June 5, we will be cosponsoring along with the Rockaway Theatre Company, the opening night party that will begin both their season and ours. So, mark your calendars for that date to enjoy a wonderful play (I can’t divulge the name yet) and the after theatre party. All will be presented at Ft. Tilden.

Right after that, the RMAC Sum mer Picnic Concert Series will begin. Many ideas have been discussed, some old names and some new and discussions are in progress with many of them to see if their availability and our dates coincide. This is a progress that takes many months. Watch this column for up-to-date information as it becomes available.

The RMAC school-based Music Memory Program will once again be in several of our local schools. This is one of the finest programs for young people. It brings them in contact with the type of music that they rarely have the opportunity to listen to at home and it gives them an appreciation of classical music. There will be more about this wonderful program in a future program.

The RMAC Fall Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sep tember 11 and 12. We are hard at work looking at the new exhibitors. This is a process that takes several months as there are many slides and much material to view. The earlier dates this year should assure that we will have nice warm weather.

Now I do believe that is where I started this column. So, I’m going to end here and go out on the boardwalk for a walk in the glorious sun. See you around the neighborhood.

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