2007-08-24 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Well, here it is, the last concert of the summer, and I can't believe how fast the summer went. Thank you to all who attended the concerts; we hope you had a good time and will attend again next summer. We always look forward to seeing you at the concerts because, many times, we don't see you all the rest of the year. However, we expect you will be attending the Fall Festival in a few weeks.

Several new events will be included in the Festival. As I mentioned last week, we will be co-sponsoring the Kite Festival with the Chamber of Commerce, so be sure to visit both places over the weekend. The Kite Festival is on the boardwalk at Riis Park, I believe at Bay 9, and of course, the Fall Festival is in front of the Riis Park Bathhouse.

In addition to co-sponsoring the Kite Festival, the RMAC will be having a Nostalgia Day on Sunday, September 9. If you have any mementos with the name "Rockaway" on them, they are eligible to win great prizes. The exceptions are: no newspapers and no letterheads. The new event will be overseen by Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics. If you have items you would like to submit, please call Lenny at 718-634-1089, and he will be happy to discuss your items with you and help with the application. If you have an old poster, an oldfashioned bathing suit or some other item with the name Rockaway that would be of interest, we want you. All items will be judged and there will be three prizes; first place will be $200, second place will be $100 and third place will be $50. Not a bad day's income for having fun. So give Lenny a call and participate.

To tell you a little bit about Lenny, he is a "man about town" because whenever you need anything, anywhere on the peninsula, Lenny is right there. Whether it's putting up our Festival signs on Seagirt Boulevard, printing our stationery and flyers, planning the Bubble Gum Contest at the Festivaland that's just for the RMAC- your organization can always count on Lenny to lend a helping hand. Besides all that he does for so many organizations in Rockaway, he and his son, Mitch, run a printing business. So remember, call Lenny to submit your Rockaway memorabilia for the Fall Festival.

As I've asked in previous columns, why not become a volunteer at the festival? We need some helping hands for at least four hours, either on Saturday or Sunday, September 8 and September 9. If you are only available in the mornings, breakfast is served to the vendors starting at 7 a.m. and we can use some help there. If you can help in the afternoons, we need you there as well. The children's crafts table has to be manned, the animals fed at the petting zoo, and help with photos at the pony rides. The vendors periodically need someone to stand in for them when they have to eat or just want to visit around the park. So, give us a call at our office, 718- 474-6760, and someone will call you back to set a convenient time for you to help. It's really great fun and you will be giving something back to the community.

Our museum trip to the Culinary Institute and the Frederic Vanderbilt mansion on Wednesday, October 23 is almost sold out, so if you are thinking about attending, please call me at 718- 474-8353, leave your name and number and I will get back to you. We have a beautiful coach bus leaving from Beach 135 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. and we will return at approximately 7 p.m. in the evening. Additional information about the places we will be visiting will be available on the bus. We look forward to seeing you.

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