2007-09-07 / Community

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Well, here it is, the Festival weekend. All preparations are finished and we are just praying for good weather.

I hope by the time you read this the sun is shining brightly, otherwise we may just throw ourselves in the ocean.

Assuming (knowing) the weather will be good, everyone should have a great time at the Fall Festival and then the Kite Festival on the boardwalk. I hope I get a chance to see the kites because they are really quite beautiful and unusual.

Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for involving the RMAC in their event. I hope we can do this for many years to come.

When you get to the Fall Festival, pick up a program so that you know what's going on when. We strive very hard to make it as complete as possible by press time.

Remember that RMAC membership dues are due, so please stop at our tent and renew your membership, or become a new member and help support one of the best reasons to live in Rockaway, the RMAC.

We try our best to provide entertaining and artistic programs throughout the year and your membership helps go a long way to make that possible.

A single or "solo" membership is only $25.00 per year and a "duet" or husband and wife membership is $40.00 per year. Of course, if you want to give more we will never say no!!!

You cannot believe how the cost for entertainment for our concerts has grown over the years and the thousands upon thousands that it costs for artists, not forgetting about a soundman and park personnel, who oversee all of our events.

This year alone, the charges for the use of Ft. Tilden for the concerts and Riis Park for the Festival have increased to the point where we have to reconsider what we can do next year.

It is very painful to even think about what could possibly come about because of the rising costs.

All of the groups that use the parks are working very hard to just keep afloat with the costs that are now being charged by Gateway in order to use the park facilities. I sure hope we can work all the kinks out before next year.

Our Museum Trip in October is just about full. However, stop at our tent at the Festival and speak to one of our representatives who will be able to give you up-to-the-minute info in the event a few seats become available on the bus.

In the event you are not familiar with our Museum Trip, on Wednesday, October 24 we will be going to Hyde Park, New York, and The Culinary Institute of America for lunch and some shopping in their stores, and then to the Frederic Vanderbilt Mansion for a film and guided tour of the Mansion.

Our bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. from 135 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard and probably return around 7:00 p.m.

The cost to RMAC members is $70.00 and $75.00 to non-members. This is the first trip we have done in a while and I know everyone will have a great time.

I see we had a little shark visiting us last week. One thing you can say, it's never dull in Rockaway. Something is always going on, though I don't think a shark is exactly something I would like to meet.

Rockaway keeps changing by leaps and bounds. As you pass the Arverne By The Sea development, the houses are going up so quickly. However, I'm very happy that they opened up the Shorefront Road extension.

It sure makes going from west to east a lot easier and you don't have to deal with the detours on the Boulevard.

Oh, by the way, Arverne By The Sea is co-sponsoring our children's petting zoo at the Festival and I would like to thank them for their dedication to Rockaway.

Laura Sporny, Kathy O'Brien, and their staff are so enthusiastic about our little town and are always ready to participate in our local events. Thanks guys for your friendship and for being a part of Rockaway.

See you all at the Festival and say those prayers for good weather.

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