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It was a blast of a birthday party for America in spite of the chaos and turmoil and terrorist theftsr. We showed the world we still have great spirit and pride in our beloved land. And, our Security and CIA and related services did not let us down.. They are to be commended for their part in making this Fourth of July of fireworks watching a safe time throughout the nation. Bigger and better they were this year with smiley faces, clowns, new violet and green colors and weeping willow sparkles tumbling down. Beautiful sights. Most of all in a happy, carefree, safe environment……including monumental memory moments of men who fought our wars.
The Breezy Point weekend started on Friday with their annual Parish Show that christened the new Colony Theatre, even though it does not open officially untill July 10th at a huge, festive opening. Cooperative party. Coop members are all invited. Be there.
As for the Annual Show it couldn’t have been better. But, then again, we say that each year and they manage to surprise us more. A great deal of thanks belongs to Maryellen Barnes, Director and Choreographer since it’s inception.
As for the cast, they were just wonderful. Some I found outstanding were: Ed Deacy, Jennifer Rowland and Tappers and ED’s "Impossible Dream" among other renditions; Al La Voi, singing, "My Kind of Town," the Jazzettes, who "Razzle Dazzle’d all; the Dancers did very well in "After the Ball." It was nice to be "Seeing You" again, Therese Bennett, a faithful, loyal member in the annual show, who sings it out every year. Of course, Sr. Beata stopped the show with her beautiful and touching Firemen’s song. It was so obvious, as the cast performed, that Jane Deacy (soap opera star and wife of Ed Deacy) was professional. It was written all over her every move; Renee’ Lacey jazzed up the Jazzettes; Castellano and B. Collins broke us up in, "Those Were The Days" Noreen Schramm was a vision of grace in a slink silver beaded gown as she glided across the stage. They all did a superlative job and, forgive me, but I just can’t mention them all. It was a fun, entertaining show with a fine Musical Director, Gary Pace with Hap Gormley on the drums and Jerry Drake on the Trumpet. Recent returned Iraqi war veteran was in the audience and War Veterans from other wars were present and honored. Wow! What will they do next year?
Patty Crowley, owner of the beautiful Mediterranean Mansion on Utica Walk is celebrating a birthday this month and we wish her luck and good health and many, many more.
On the Town…….You will find our ever lovin’ Ernie Barry knocking them dead at La Maganette on Third Avenue and 50th St. in NYC. Ernie has a fabulous following. He lights up any room with his award winning talent as he sings and plays songs so dear to our hearts. Ernie has not only mastered the accordion and piano but other instruments as well. Helene and Peter Danzilo invited me to join them for dinner and we had a wonderful time meeting all his fans. Some of my readers are fans of Ernie’s and now you know you can find him at La Maganette, a pretty, Italian restaurant specializing in Italian fare. Call to check on the nights he performs. Ernie is so proud of his son, Anthony, who is head writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Show where Ernie, makes several personal appearances. Peter Danzilo just marked another year on his calendar on July 29.
Congratulations, Peter and do continue to enjoy good health and may you celebrate many, mny more years.
Dora Mbakogtannis, Mayor of Athens, addressed the press at the Olympic Tower in NYC and assured them that Athens will be ready in time for the Olympic Games.
She welcomes all to come and join the elaborate planned festivities.
Low Carb sauces, soups and sodas were in abundance at the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center. Not as many breads and cakes as usual. In fact some favorite bakeries have bellied up because of the new carb phase. There is a Gourmet Meal Package Company that sends all cooked and prepared gourmet meals that can be heated and served to your most elegant guests for a few pennies more than the hassle of cooking the meal yourself. They all look very attractive and mouthwatering. Will fill you in more of that later.
Fifty family members and friends from Bay Ridge and Flatbush gathered at a brunch at Kennedy’s to shower mother-to-be, Elizabeth Gallagher who expects her bouncing baby, August 14 . Let us know if it is a boy or a girl... They are having a surprise. Don’t forget Irish Night at Kennedy’s with live music and etertaiment by Deacy and Casey.
Met Democratic leader, Donna Brazil at her book launch luncheon at the Yale Club." Cooking with Greece" (Stirring the Pots of Politics) is the name of it. Donna is absolutely dynamic!
BPSC Bocci First round winner: Ann Verderosa and Psat Battecelle in Guys and Dolls; Therese Bennett and Jim O;Dea; Ann Doren and Charlie Casette; Al Donahue and Christie Gasson; Eileen McCaul and Jack Elder.
Simply can’t close without a thank you for the beautiful tribute Beverly Baxter paid to me in her always well-written column. How can I ever live up to all that? One thing I can say is," LIVE while you are living and DO TAKE RISKS". Make changes where need be and go out and make it happen! Don’t forget, "WHEN YOU REST YOU RUST"
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