2005-03-11 / Community

Plans For ‘05 Multicultural Festival

By Miriam Rosenberg


Face painting is just one of the activities for Rockawayites of all ages at last year’s festival. Over 3,500 people attended the 2004 Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival and enjoyed free entertainment, food and family events.Face painting is just one of the activities for Rockawayites of all ages at last year’s festival. Over 3,500 people attended the 2004 Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival and enjoyed free entertainment, food and family events. Contributing Editor

The members of the Fourth Annual Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival planning committee met at the Boys and Girls club on Beach 40 th Street on March 7 to begin mapping out plans for the 2005 event.

Last year over 3,500 people took part in a day of education, recreation, fun and free food. This year, it is hoped that more residents, businesses and agencies on both ends of the peninsula – or as committee member Patricia Simon put it, “the east to meet the west” – get involved in planning or taking part in the day-long festival.

Patricia Simon (Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation) and former police officer Mary Craine-Bachner exchange ideas as the members of the Fourth Annual Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival planning committee meet to begin planning for this year’s event.Patricia Simon (Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation) and former police officer Mary Craine-Bachner exchange ideas as the members of the Fourth Annual Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival planning committee meet to begin planning for this year’s event. The Multicultural Festival began after the 2001 tragedies of September 11 and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 to bring people together for something positive, and also to make Rockaway residents aware of various resources that are available to them.

The festival will take place at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17 th Street with a tentative date of August 6. The committee is expected to announce a definite date by the end of the month.

Residents, businesses or agencies who want to help plan, or take part in the festival, can call Barbara Kavanagh at the Queens Library at 718 990-0707/0710.

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