2005-11-18 / Community

The Good Old Good Old Days - Views Of Past Events Here

With today’s Historical Views, we begin a new category for readers to participate with... ”The Good Old Good Old Days,” views of past events here in the Rockaways. Send in copies, repeat- COPIES- of your old photos of past events, and a little scratch on paper telling us what is happening! Yours truly will start the ball rolling with a few that I did find in my desk drawer, under a lot of papers!

Photo #1 (above) is of the Rockaway Music and Arts Festival some years ago when the yearly event was held on the Fort Tilden parade grounds, remember? The view is of The Wave’s table with the theme of “Ask The Historian.”

Shown in the photo (left to right) is Wave historian Emil R. Lucev, fellow historian Craig S. Bachrow, Arverne civic leader Mario Russo, and Mario’s wife Diane (seated). Some severe critics, I for one, still say that the yearly and well-attended event should be held again on the parade ground, by simply grandfathering in the significant event... with the stroke of the pen by Gateway officials! It seems like the federal, state and city governments want to warehouse public park land... and do not particularly want to have any questions asked about the strange course they are taking. Or do they all have special plans for waterfront property?

The second photo (right) appearing today is of yours truly and wife, Aldine, cutting a rug at one of the dances for St. Patrick’s Day at the old American-Irish Hall, on the bayfront of Beach 83 Street in Rockaway Beach.

Times change, but the memories linger on, and on, and on...

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