2006-07-21 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel


Our concert last Sunday evening, A Tribute to Musical Legends, was a huge success. Considering the fact that it was the hottest day of the year, up to that time, there were several hundred people in the park and many umbrellas to shade everyone from the sun.

However, each of the performers (impersonators) from Bobby Darin to Louie Prima & Keely Smith and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons could not have been better. How the men performed in tuxedos in that heat, I'll never know. It was sweltering but a great evening, which brings me to kind of another subject.

Last week I was reading Denis Hamill's column, "My Backyard" in the Daily News. Denis lives in Bayside, Queens, having migrated from Brooklyn. He is one of my favorite columnists and he writes about things that happen in his life that he either enjoys or dislikes. He writes about things that most of us have gone through but we don't see them in the same way he does. I know you're asking what this has to do with this column but it goes back to my first paragraph and the weather. When Denis was asked too many times where he was going for his summer vacation this year, he resorted to one word, "Queens!" But more to the point he said Queenzzzzzzzzz, like you would say Parissssss, Romeeeeee, Londonnnnn, each word being drawn out, because he got so tired of answering the question. He was making a very good point. Everything you could want is in Queens, he said. No more bumper to bumper traffic on the LIE to the Hamptons with its one lane of traffic, the North Fork of Long Island or the Jersey Shore. It just so happens that there was a two-page spread on the next pages of the newspaper of traffic coming out of the Midtown Tunnel onto the LIE and it was already backed up. I would say almost everything you need for a summer vacation is in Queens, specifically, here in Rockaway. We have a great theatre company, an artists company and us, the RMAC. Not to mention, of course, our beautiful beach, dunes or no dunes. There are so many things to do here without going out of town. Some nice restaurants have opened recently with good food, and some beautiful bay views. Whether you want Japanese or a hamburger, we have it, which brings me back to our concerts.

Come and have a frank and soda while watching the concerts. Ice cream and chips are also available, so you don't even have to bring your own food to our next concert, which is on Sunday, July 30. At that time, one of the most outstanding Irish performers will be with us for a fabulous concert. Andy Cooney & Band will be entertaining starting at 6 p.m.

Andy has been performing professionally since the age of 17 and is one of the most renowned Irish performers in the world. I'll be writing more about Andy next week.

Just as a reminder, we couldn't have our concerts, Fall Festival or music programs in our schools without you.

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