2007-08-17 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

The old saying was "We're going to the dogs," when actually, the dogs, along with the cats, will be coming to us. I've just learned that the Freeport Animal Rescue will be at the Fall Festival both Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9.

The Freeport Animal Rescue will bring both dogs and cats for adoption and all they ask in return is that you donate some food, either dog or cat, to help them provide for their animals. Even if you are not planning to adopt, bring a can or package of food to donate. This very worthwhile shelter is also looking for volunteers to help them build an outdoor shelter for their animals, so check with them at the festival and see if you can lend a helping hand.

At our festival meeting last week, I learned that our Cause Area will have, among other things, the New York Aquarium on Sunday, September 9 and that should be great for the kids. At this time I don't know exactly what they are bringing, but they are always educational and fun for the kids. The Police Deparment, Peninsula Hospital, the Post Office and the American Littoral Society will be in the area as well.

For the last several years there has been a wonderful Kite Festival at Riis Park. Well, this year the Kite Festival will be the same days as the RMAC Fall Festival and the RMAC will be co-hosting the Kite Festival with the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. Many of us have been up in the air, or full of it, for so long, that we probably will keep all the kites flying for a long time. Please don't take that too seriously. I understand that John Lepore of the Chamber is overseeing the event. John has always been front and center when it came to anything for Rockaway and we look forward to working with him and Alan Camhi, the current President of the Chamber.

Help! Help! Help! is needed at the Fall Festival. Volunteers who can give at least four hours on either the September 8 or 9 are asked to call the RMAC office at 718-474-6760. Leave your name and phone number and someone will be back to you. If you're an early riser and can help at 7 in the morning with breakfast, we need you. If you can only help in the afternoon, we need you also. Please give us a call. You'll be getting good exercise and also giving something back to your community.

Our Museum Trip on October 24 to The Culinary Institute and the Fredric Vanderbilt Mansion is almost filled, so if you are thinking about joining us, please give me a call at 718-474-8353 to be included in this trip. The cost, per person, is $75, and for RMAC members the cost is $70.

I can't believe that the last concert of the season is this Sunday. The time has gone so fast when you consider all of the months that go into planning for the summer concerts.

John Musumeci, in addition to being the Chairman of the Festival, is also in charge of putting together the artists for the concerts. In addition to his family, he puts a lot of time into planning our summer events and he is due a big round of applause. Needless to say, we couldn't do it without him. Hang in there, John!

Please remember to see Steve Yaeger or one of our members at the Sunday concert to let them know you would like to be a member of the RMAC or join our trip. Since I have a wedding, I'll not be there and the membership and trip information will be turned over to me.

Remember, volunteers and members are needed!!!!

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