2006-06-30 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

The rains came down, the fog obliterated everything, the humidity hung in the air and for the first time that I can remember we had to cancel a concert, the first one of the season at that. Even though the rain had let up for awhile, the field was too wet to even consider having a concert. Even our rain location could not be used. I want to take this opportunity to give a special major thanks to John Musumeci. John was at the park all day Sunday to try to work things out but there was just nothing that could be done to save the concert.

We apologize to everyone.

However, The Roadhouse Band will be back for a make-up at either another concert or possibly at our Fall Festival...but they will be back.

Our next concert will be in three weeks, July 16 with our annual Leon S. Locke Memorial Concert, "A Tribute To Musical Legends," featuring the music of Louie Prima and Keely Smith, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and other musical legends. As you know, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are now being represented on Broadway in "Jersey Boys," which was one of the shows recently selected for a Tony Award. Remember, this show is three weeks away, not the usual two, because of another program at Ft. Tilden. Stuart Mirksy has presented a very exciting new project to the RMAC at a meeting last Wednesday; a Literary Arts Festival that would showcase authors, film producers, journalists, historians and other writing forms.

This once a year event would present panel discussions, book reviews, film showings and question and answer periods from the audience throughout the day.

Along with other ideas, and with several colleges nearby who have students interested in literature, we feel that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Another facet of this program could be brought into our local public schools by many of the authors as a way to interest students in writing and the creative arts.

As our community grows by leaps and bounds, we are looking for local authors and others interested in the literary arts that might be interested in becoming involved in this project to contact Stuart Mirsky at (718) 634-0577 or email at swmirsky@ aol.com . He will be happy to speak to everyone and fully discuss the project and how you can become involved.

While Rockaway has become an "arty" community of late with the RAA, The Rockaway Theatre Company and us, The Rockaway Music & Arts Council, we know that there is much hidden talent right here between the ocean and the bay.

So, join us, call Stuart Mirsky and come on board.

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