2005-06-03 / Community

Rockaway Museum Celebrates Ten Years With Fundraiser

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

The Rockaway Museum will celebrate its tenth anniversary on June 12 with a fundraiser at Pier 92.

This year’s fundraiser will feature Apryl Green and Velvet Rose, an a cappella group that performs songs from the 1940’s and ‘50’s and beyond. Green, who also plays keyboard, and Velvet Rose will provide the background music for the afternoon.

The museum is planning a special treat for Far Rockaway High School alumni. On display will be photos showcasing the 100 plus years of the school’s history.

Refreshments will be served and various prizes will be raffled off during the day.

The Rockaway Museum was founded in 1995 and is “dedicated to the discovery, collection and preservation of Rockaway’s history.”

During the past year, the museum has taken its act on the road with workshops for young people.

“Teachers from various arts have gone out to libraries to teach cartooning, pottery, watercolors and mask making,” said Susan Locke, the director of the museum.

Steve Yeager, who writes Drawing on Science for The Wave, has been to several schools teaching environmental science and art.

The museum has several permanent collections that have been featured in exhibitions.

“Time In A Bottle” boasts a large collection of bottles found in Jamaica Bay. The NC-4 exhibit saluted the first transatlantic flight, which took off from Rockaway Naval Station in May 1919. The most recent exhibit, which closed last December, was a retrospect of Rockaway Playland.

The fundraiser will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A donation of $20 is requested to help the museum preserve the history of the Rockaways and membership in the museum is also available. For more information call Susan Locke at (718) 634-4000.

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