2004-09-17 / Community

RMAC Festival Draws Record Crowds To Riis Park Good Weather, Fine Food And Long Lines Mark Weekend


The Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) held its annual Fall Festival at Riis Park on Saturday and Sunday, drawing what many said was the largest crowd in memory. Pictured, visitors from as far afield as Long Island and Brooklyn crowded Riis Park for the two-day event.
The Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) held its annual Fall Festival at Riis Park on Saturday and Sunday, drawing what many said was the largest crowd in memory. Pictured, visitors from as far afield as Long Island and Brooklyn crowded Riis Park for the two-day event. The petting zoo was once again a major draw for young children.
The petting zoo was once again a major draw for young children. Even the festival-goers added to the ambiance. Nobody was quite sure what this man was trying to say, but he certainly had a good time, as did his dog.
Even the festival-goers added to the ambiance. Nobody was quite sure what this man was trying to say, but he certainly had a good time, as did his dog. At 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, a short memorial service was held to honor those who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center three years earlier. A large crowd attended the memorial.
At 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, a short memorial service was held to honor those who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center three years earlier. A large crowd attended the memorial. Local artist Stephen Yaegar with some of his artwork.
Local artist Stephen Yaegar with some of his artwork. “The King’s Chorus” sang barbershop quartette favorites all weekend.
“The King’s Chorus” sang barbershop quartette favorites all weekend. Wave Publisher Susan Locke showed her pottery at the festival. Pottery By Susan has become one of the mainstays of the festival.
Wave Publisher Susan Locke showed her pottery at the festival. Pottery By Susan has become one of the mainstays of the festival. A local man shows pictures of himself as a young boy on the Playland merry-go-round at the Rockaway Museum table.
A local man shows pictures of himself as a young boy on the Playland merry-go-round at the Rockaway Museum table. Local artist Robert Sarnoff (seated) signed his post office cachets at the festival. With him is Far Rockaway Postmaster George Buonocore.
Local artist Robert Sarnoff (seated) signed his post office cachets at the festival. With him is Far Rockaway Postmaster George Buonocore. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department sent an ambulance to the festival and its crew answered questions all weekend.
The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department sent an ambulance to the festival and its crew answered questions all weekend. Interns from Peninsula Hospital Center provided medical testing for those who asked.
Interns from Peninsula Hospital Center provided medical testing for those who asked. “Jump Street,” a 60’s acapella  group, was one of the many that provided entertainment.
“Jump Street,” a 60’s acapella group, was one of the many that provided entertainment. Local politicians line up at the memorial service. From left, they are Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, district leader Frank Guluscio, and Representative Anthony Weiner.
Local politicians line up at the memorial service. From left, they are Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, district leader Frank Guluscio, and Representative Anthony Weiner. Lines for curly French Fries and Sweet Potato Fries were long all weekend long. 
Lines for curly French Fries and Sweet Potato Fries were long all weekend long. RMAC President Barbara Eisenstadt speaks at the ceremony.
RMAC President Barbara Eisenstadt speaks at the ceremony. The longest line at the festival continues to be the “Pickle Man.”
The longest line at the festival continues to be the “Pickle Man.” “Acapulco 90” roved the festival, singing Mexican favorites.
“Acapulco 90” roved the festival, singing Mexican favorites. Liz Sulik, the Director of External Affairs for Peninsula Hospital Center mans the hospital’s booth on Sunday.
Liz Sulik, the Director of External Affairs for Peninsula Hospital Center mans the hospital’s booth on Sunday. Face painting drew lots of children and adults as well.
Face painting drew lots of children and adults as well. Kids loved making sand-art creations.
Kids loved making sand-art creations. Ronald McDonald entertained young and old alike.
Ronald McDonald entertained young and old alike. Arlene Cornell showed many of her watercolors that depict Rockaway scenes.
Arlene Cornell showed many of her watercolors that depict Rockaway scenes. Congressman Anthony Weiner answers questions from Broad Channel environmentalist Dan Mundy.
Congressman Anthony Weiner answers questions from Broad Channel environmentalist Dan Mundy.

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