Rockaway Museum Set For Rare Sunday Opening 12/5
“The generosity of Rockaway artists knows no bounds,” says Susan Locke, Executive Director for the Rockaway museum. Fine artists will be showing and selling their work to benefit the museum in a one time event on Sunday, December 5.
Nestled in the rear of The Wave’s production floor is the home of The Rockaway Museum. Currently on display at Rockaway’s only museum is a “Playland Retrospective” exhibition featuring memorabilia, photos and artifacts of Rockaway’s great and world-renowned amusement park.
The museum, located at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is normally open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 Noon to
On December 5, however, the museum will be open to the public on a Sunday for the first time in many years.
“There have been many requests for the Museum to be open on the weekend to enable more people to visit,” a spokesperson for the museum told The Wave. “We run the whole operation with just a handful of volunteers. However, we have decided to celebrate the holiday season with an exhibit of art by major Rockaway artists.”
December 5 will be the only Sunday that the Museum will be open and the current Playland exhibit will close at the end of December. The museum will reopen in March with a new exhibition, one that a museum spokesperson promises to be “exciting and interesting to all of those who live in Rockaway.”
In addition to the normal museum exhibits, on Sunday there will be photography, watercolor and oil paintings with a Rockaway theme for sale to benefit the Rockaway Museum.
John Grillo’s black and white photographs of Playland and Rockaway scenes, reminiscent of days past will be available, as well as works from Esther Grillo, the designer of the bus shelters on Shore Front Parkway who will have prints of those works available. Watercolors of Rockaway and Broad Channel by Arlene Cornell, beach scenes by Bob Sarnoff; Breezy Point scenes by Maureen McGuire, Janet Dever and Martha Killian are just some of the artists whose work will be shown.
You can also purchase a matted print of “Ye Olde Jetty” offered by the Postal Service and Sarnoff will be on hand to sign it between 12 and 1 p.m.
Join the members of the Rockaway Museum for this holiday event on Sunday, December 5, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m., at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in the historic Wave Building.
Museum Chairperson Susan Locke looks over some of the site maps and aerial pictures of Playland in its heyday.