2005-11-11 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Radio City Christmas Show

On Friday, November 4, 2005, Trinity Services sponsored its ninth annual trip to view the spectacular Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center. Three coach buses brought 150 people from the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill. The weather was great. It was bright and sunny and the temperature hit over 70 degrees. It was an intergenerational trip with grandparents, parents and children enjoying a wonderful day together. The buses arrived early so many people took the opportunity to do a little window-shopping. It is so invigorating to be in that part of town.

The Christmas Show is a tradition in New York City. It is a beloved show which features the world famous Rockettes. We always sit in the first mezzanine, which permit a clear view of the stage and all the happenings. This year’s show began with a great 3D film as Santa and the reindeer join with the audience in a fantastic magical sleigh ride through New York City. The audience is breathless as they pass the Empire State Building, wind through Central Park, view the brightly decorated holiday windows on 5th Avenue and arrive in full force at Radio City Music Hall.

One of my favorite Rockette routines is the electrifying “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” It is breath taking to see the exquisite tap dancing. It’s amazing how flawlessly the Rockettes can perform this perennial favorite with their eye-high kicks and meticulous steps. They continue the same precision, enthusiasm and vigor that have made them popular for generations. They first appeared in 1933 and have returned each year by popular demand.

The “Living Nativity” is the highlight of the Show. It is a majestic performance, which is portrayed very solemnly and with magnificent dignity. The announcer’s voice has beautiful melodic inflections. It is a very powerful and moving presentation. The theme is “One Solitary Life.” It is awe inspiring.

Over the years the Christmas Show has changed. It was originally presented as a Christmas spectacular between two movies.

According to the program, it is expected that more than 1.2 million people from all 50 states will view the show. In addition, it draws a worldwide audience. It is the main stop for many tourists who visit our city over the holidays, and claims to be the #1 live show in America.

We always go to Radio City early in the season. This tradition starts our holiday celebrations while the weather is still good. Our Trinity van will be making many, many trips to holiday festivities around the New York City area during November and December. If you and a group of 10 to 14 seniors want to schedule a group trip, you are welcome to call our office at (718) 474-1641 to make arrangements.

A highlight that everyone enjoyed was our dinner after the show. We went to Lenny’s Clam Bar at 161-03 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. Joe DeCandia, the owner, continues a long and excellent family tradition of providing superb cuisine. The DeCandia family has a long track record of capturing a perfect blend of a delightful ambiance and delicious food. Their new room, directly on the water, adds a great dimension to the dining experience. As we enjoyed the view we had the feeling that we spent the evening on board a luxury ship. The varied menu items delight the appetites of the most discerning diners.

Lenny’s excellent cuisine, warm ambiance and hospitable service team received rave reviews from our group. Lenny’s Calm Bar is a dining destination where plans to return are made before we leave.

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