2007-08-31 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

It's just one more week until our Fall Festival, and things are moving along, but I can't say smoothly. There have been more bumps and turns in the road this year than at any other time. Gateway has become quite restrictive in what people are allowed to do in the park and that has created new twists and turns for us this year. But the festival goes on, and hopefully next year things will be running more smoothly.

All in all though, the festival will be going on and it is expected to be a great one. All of our usual friends are back, with a few new ones added, plenty of food to eat and plenty of things to buy. As I mention every year, it's a good time to start shopping for holiday gifts. For one thing, you're not wasting time waiting on lines in department stores for hours because there's only one cashier on the entire floor (sometimes). Here at the festival, you receive individual attention and if you have questions, the vendors are more than happy to answer them.

There are the usual children's events, with Ronald McDonald on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and wonderful crafts for the children to make while using their imagination. This is a really fun event for them and it shows their creative sides. They can also watch the exotic animal show on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and pet and feed the animals on both days. And, don't forget to let them see the Kite Festival on the boardwalk at Bay 9; that will really amaze them.

As I mentioned last week, Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics will be hosting a Nostalgia Time. If you have any item with the name "Rockaway" on it, excluding newspapers and letterhead, of course, get in touch with Lenny at 718-634-1089 and he will give you all the details. The first prize will be $200. So get in touch with Lenny; it could be worth your while.

The world champion "Pepper Steppers," Rockaway's own double-dutch team, will be showing off their expertise on Saturday. On Sunday, the Rockaway Theatre Company will be presenting "The Rockaway Café," their annual review. The RTC is one of my favorite places to visit. Their theatre productions and performances get better and better each year. Congrats to John Gilleece, Peggy Page, Susan Jasper and their company. You guys are the best.

To go from theatre to theatre, "food, glorious food," from "Oliver" is what we will be having if you're hungry. There will be seven food vendors and this year we will be presenting Italian with Pranzo Pizza.

They will have two types of pizza, chicken parmigiana, calzone and many other "diet" favorites. I know where you can find me!

To change the subject for a moment, I attended the wonderful Tribute Park event last Thursday evening. This event is always a very classy affair, and the Rockaway Music & Arts Council is happy to participate by presenting the music for the event. This year we presented the Altamar Chamber Trio. To list the credits for these three musicians would probably take this whole page. They have played with all of the biggest artists, and everywhere from Lincoln Center to City Center and beyond. Sitting under the gazebo was just the perfect place for the music, as everyone walked around - food and glass in hand- and enjoyed a lovely evening. A big thank you goes to Dolores Orr, Bernie Warnock, Nadia Murphy and the Friends of Tribute Park Committee, for keeping this park so beautiful. You should really stop by there one day, walk in, sit down, and in a few minutes feel you are in another place.

Now back to reality! Our museum trip on October 24 is just about full. At the present time I only have three seats available on the bus, so if you are thinking about making a reservation, please give me a call at 718-474-8353 as soon as possible.

It's really going to be a beautiful trip and if all goes well, I have an idea for something quite different in the spring of '08.

See you at the Festival next weekthe hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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