2007-03-09 / Columnists

On The Beach

Patrick Clark & Baby Breslin Make Debut
Commentary By Beverly Baxter

BEVERLY BAXTERBEVERLY BAXTER It was a great night for Patrick Clark and his crew of Sunlites Stained Glass as invited guests celebrated the grand-opening debut of Patrick's new stained glass studio gallery at the newly renovated location of the former Palm Garden Pub, located at 114-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

After twenty-two years at a studio on Beach Channel Drive, Clark relocated his stained glass business to the fabled landmark location, a place with a history that has been woven into the fabric of Rockaway-lore. The site has provided the location for films, such as Woody Allen's Radio Days, and the material for many of famed author Jimmy Breslin's work. The location has also been the epicenter for the kickoff of many a political campaign, parade committee meetings and great Irish entertainment. It would only be a fitting progression that its new incarnation would be that of an artist's studio. "The pub seemed like the perfect location for my studio. With its rich history and warm ambiance, I felt I could derive much inspiration from the setting.", states Clark, who serendipitously met with the Baxters who happened to be looking for a new tenant. "It was fate that we would meet and have the same needs."

The grand-opening was filled with high energy with guitar music by Guy Nevers, Marty Tishman, and even Owen Baxter rendered a few grand ditties. Joanne Marnick and Katie Diffendale, who sing in the St. Frances de Sales Sunday evening Folk Mass with Clark, harmonized well into the evening and Jerry Weimer brought on some Jazz Clarinet. Clark was honored by the presence of artist/craftsmen John Cassato, Yuri Yuroff and Robby and Teresa Ingui. Rockaway Artists Alliance members Christina Jorge, Marina Callaghan, Mike and Heather Tubridy, Christian LeGars and Tara Tate were among the many who came to support Clark's new endeavor. Nationally renowned Artist Pablo Tauler and Richard George of the Far Rockaway Historical Bugalow Preservation Association joined the fete, as did many of Clark's clients from around the New York area. And Annie Graves delighted with her culinary talents.

Although Clark sees clients by appointment only, he looks forward to more pedestrian traffic along the boulevard as a Rockaway renaissance unfolds and hopes that more artists take advantage of the scenic beauty and historical architecture that continue to inspire him.

***"... And when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody's gonna jump for joy!" You've not seen nothing like the Mighty Quinn!, as in Quinn Michael William Breslin who was welcomed to our world on Friday, March 2..It was just after a torrential early morning storm when the sun broke through and he was born to proud parents Liz and Kevin Breslin. Quinn made his debut at 11:54 a.m. at South Nassau Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and with a full head of hair! Quinn is the grandson of Maureen and William Smith and Ronnie and Jimmy Breslin. He will most likely grow to have an uncanny way with words, surf tandem with his dad and be the subject of his mother's beautiful photographs. He will most certainly be loved by all your many friends who comprise your "Rockaway family". Congratulations!

*** From the parade route... On behalf of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee, we hoped you enjoyed our 32nd parade as it proudly marched through the town we love so well. This year, the luck of the Irish was with us as the sun warmed our face and the wind was at our back. This was our largest parade in recent memory, running four hours and 20 minutes, with twenty-seven bands that hailed from as far away as New Jersey and upstate New York to join in our state's second largest parade. The mild weather allowed for the thousands who came out with lawn chairs to spectate, as well as celebrate into the night. Of course, politics and parades go together like the fife and drum and among the dignitaries who accompanied us were Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, US Senator Chuck Schumer, County Cork City Mayor Michael Ahern; as well as our local elected officials, Congressman Anthony Weiner and Councilman Addabbo. In addition, the Rockaway Republicans were represented as well by Tom Lynch, George Greco and Eric Ulrich.

There was a post-parade reception at the First Congregational Church where the awards and trophies were announced. The winners are: Siol Na Eirann Pipe Band for 1st Place Band, Lynbook-Cedarhurst Fire Dept. for 1st Place Fire Dept. Band, St. Rose of Lima for 1st Place Catholic School, Broad Channel Athletic Club for 1st Place Youth Group, Co. Tyrone Pipe Band for 1st Place Pipe Band, Breezy Point Athletic Club for 2nd Place Pipe Band, Rockaway Point Fire Dept for 1st Place Marching Unit, Local 46 for the James Conway Sullivan most-spirited award, St. Camillus Special Olympics for 1st Place Community Group, The O'Malley Irish Dancers for 1st Place Dance Troupe, Xaverian High School for 1st Place High School Band, and Iona College for 1st Place College Band. The winner of the 50/50 $5000 Raffle was Brendan Benn.

According to Mike Benn, "This was our most extraordinary parade yet. It was the longest parade and the largest turnout. I thank the parade committee for their continued hard work in ensuring the day is a huge success, as well as Captain Charles Neacy and the officers of the 100 Precinct for all their help in keeping the parade running smoothly and safely."

***Special congratulations to Deputy Grand Marshals Ellen Peppard and Joe McGoorty!

***Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday wishes to Molly Faherty! See you...On the Beach!

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