2005-06-17 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council

by Sharon Gabriel

Bits and pieces and odds and ends…the RMAC 2005 membership drive is moving along and if you are not already a member, check our ad in this week’s edition of The Wave to send in your generous contribution and then join us on Tuesday evening, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Riis Park Bathhouse for drinks hors d’oeuvres and the rededication of the bathhouse. Or, join us at that time and become a member then. Your generosity has helped fund our Sunset Picnic Concerts, Fall Festival, museum trips and our children’s projects, Music Memory and opera productions.

I am so looking forward to seeing the inside of the bathhouse, as my first job as a teenager was in that building. I might have mentioned this is an earlier column, but each summer from age 15 until I graduated from Far Rockaway High School, I worked at Riis Park, first in the bathhouse distributing towels and keys to the lockers and the as I progressed with my commercial studies in school, I was upgraded to work in the office on the boardwalk. I have great memories of those years and so am looking forward to Tuesday evening.

Along with all of our local representatives who have been invited, the Queens Director of Culture and Tourism will also be attending. Terry Osborne, the director, was recently appointed to that position by Borough President Helen Marshall. Terry has been a friend of RMAC for many years and it is great to have her back at Borough Hall.

Our first concert performers, The Klez Dispensers, will be appearing at Fort Tilden on Sunday evening, June 26 at 6 p.m. This wonderful, soulful music is a great way to begin another year of great concerts. We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends who we may not have seen since last summer’s concerts.

50 years! It’s hard to believe that what started as a piano rehearsal in Helen Bartwink’s living room has become the RMAC. Helen is going to be one of our special guests at our 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday evening, September 10 at The Brooklyn Museum. A special room has been set aside and there will be food and drink and music and dancing and wonderful exhibits to see that will be open especially for us for the evening. Certainly more will be written as the time gets closer and we hope everyone can join us for this very special event.

As we sweat through this sauna that is June, we hope to see you on Tuesday, the 21 at 7 p.m. at the Bathhouse and then on the 26th at the first concert.

Turn on the air conditioning, fan yourself a little and sit on a few ice cubes, and keep cool. See you soon.

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