2004-05-28 / Community

Entertainment Set For Rockaway Museum Fundraiser

Entertainment Set For Rockaway Museum Fundraiser

Two of the most popular entertainers in Rockaway will perform at the gala fundraiser for the Rockaway Museum, which will be held at Pier 92 Restaurant at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 13.

Susan Locke, Rockaway Museum President, has announced that noted Celtic singer, musician and songwriter Celeste Ray and Breezy Point musician Ed Deacy will perform at the fundraiser.

Ray’s musical roots run deep. Her parents played classical piano and Flamenco guitar. She found her self-expression in the piano and began her musical studies at the age of six. In her teens her influences were the contemporary composers Bill Evans, Oregon and Pat Methany. Today her influences include The Coors, Mairi Morrison and Loreena McKennitt.

In the 80’s and 90’s, following earning a degree in performance at El Camino College, Ray toured Europe and Australia. As part of this tour she performed as a guest artist for Australia’s radio station ABC and at the Government House. She was also commissioned to compose a Celtic musical while in that country.

Ray’s musicianship and unique vocal style have been heard at Carnegie Hall, where she performed under the direction of composer John Rutter. She appears as both a solo artist and also tours with the Celtic Legend Ensemble. Her Celtic Music and Tradition workshops are popular in schools, libraries and concert venues. In fact, she and her ensemble performed a very well-received concert/workshop at Public School 114 last year. She performed at St. Francis de Sales School as well. The students were introduced to unique and magical instruments, the bowed psaltery and harmonium, to which they may not otherwise be exposed and to history with which they might not have been familiar. They heard both modern and Renaissance music.

Ed Deacy, a retired NYPD detective, is currently the assistant dean of discipline at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. He recently released a CD called, "Ed Deacy – My Celtic Heart."

He has appeared in such movies as "Goodfellas," "Die Hard With a Vengeance," and "Copland." His television credits include "Law and Order," "Sopranos," "All My Children," and "Sex and the City."

Deacy is also an Irish Step Dancer of note, having danced with the National Dance Institute.

The Rockaway Museum, which has been closed for renovation, will reopen following the fundraiser with a "Playland Retrospective" exhibit that "will bring fond memories to those who remember Rockaway in its heyday," says Locke.

A minimum donation of $20 will be required for entrance to the Pier 92 fundraiser. All of the funds collected will be used to add to and to maintain the museum’s growing collection and for its outreach programs with local schools.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available at The Wave (88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Call for information at 718-634-4000) and in Breezy Point by calling Grace at 718-634-8239.

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