2004-08-27 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel



I have just returned from the last Sunset Picnic Concert of the season and what a way to end. The Platters performed and I cannot remember a larger audience. There must have been at least a thousand people on the lawn at Fort Tilden.

Not only did The Platters perform, but in keeping with the times, there were many 1950’s and 60’s antique cars to view as week. I realize that I just wrote “antique” cars. It goes to show that these were the most up to date autos when I was a teenager. Where have all the years gone?

The concert was in memory of Leon Locke and we know he was looking down and smiling and keeping time to the music. We want to thank Leon’s wife, Susan, who was with us tonight for her generosity in adding some prizes to the raffles that were given out.

Thank you also to Trader Joe’s who came from their Hewlett store with goodies to eat. There were samples of cookies, candies and pretzels and I don’t think there were any left at the end of the intermission.

Now that the concerts have ended until next year, there are several people I would like to thank for the generosity of their time during the concert season. First, John Musumeci, who I mentioned last week is our concert producer. We couldn’t do it with John. Secondly, Fern Liberman, who helps with providing and packaging some of the raffles. Lew Simon is also to be thanked as he is at every concert selling raffles, collecting money and bringing people each week. To our President, Barbara Eisenstadt, who each week prepares a few words to keep everyone up to date on what the RMAC is working on. A special thank you this week goes to Arthur Goldstein who stepped in at the last minute when John could not make the concert. Arthur organized the whole concert today, seeing that the sound was set, the stage was in order and that the performers were accommodated. At the end of the concert, there was Arthur standing on a chair on the stage taking down all of the signs from our sponsors. Thanks Arthur, and to you and your lady, have a great trip in Europe – we’ll see you when you get back.

To Geraldine Chapey and Gene Pasternak for always helping out whenever they are asked, and especially for the “use of their Hall” every month. They will know what that means.

To the Park personnel, “Sully”, Christine, Rita and her staff – thank you for all your help throughout the year. We are already looking ahead to next summer and planning a super series. Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, so you can be sure great things will be happening.

On a personal note, there is one man who assists us greatly throughout the year, whether it’s going down on his hands and knees to fold our RMAC banner, to let his wife attend to a million different RMAC problems and for just being one of my favorite people – thank you Marvin, you’re my favorite. Oh! Oh! Don’t tell Barbara I said that. We are planning for the RMAC Fall Festival which will be in two weeks and I will fill you in on what’s going to be happening in the next column. Before I end, I forgot to thank some very important people and that’s each and every one of you who came to the concerts week in and week out. Your support and membership keeps us going. Thank you, Rockaway!

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