2008-04-04 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

As you read in The Wave recently, the screening of "The Bungalows of Rockaway" at the Post Theatre in Fort Tilden was a great success. The theatre was filled, and when the audience was asked if there was anyone in attendance

NOT from Rockaway, many hands went up. That says something about the interest in our little peninsula. The Rockaway Music and Arts Council has been working with both Elizabeth Harris and Jennifer Callahan from the beginning, to help them get the film ready. We know it is going to be a big success when it is finished. I have seen it a few times and am always amazed to see something new each time. It was interesting to see New York City Council President Quinn being aghast at some of her father=s remembrances of his early years in Rockaway. He just said whatever was on his mind and she seemed totally flabbergasted and it was all very funny. Let=s all look forward to the finished film.

On another front, our Museum trip in May to Essex, Connecticut, is moving along and reservations have been coming in very quickly. I would like to make one CHANGE in our plans. As stated on the flyer, we were going to be leaving from 135 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. That changed when we became aware that there is no parking on the adjoining streets, on the weekends, after May 15. The pickup site will now be on Beach Channel Drive in front of the Waldbaums shopping center, at the same time, 9:00 a.m. We are sure this is going to be much easier for everyone. Once I receive your reservation for the trip, I will give you a call to discuss your dinner requests as Oliver=s Tavern would like to have our dinner orders ready when we arrive. As the flyer mentions, we will have a four course dinner consisting of a salad, a choice of entree, dessert and tea or coffee. The menu sounds great, with everything from stuffed chicken breast to prime ribs, so I know there will be something for everyone. Needless to say, if you have any questions you can call me at the number listed on the flyer, which is 718-474-8353, and I will be happy to answer any of your concerns.

In addition to the above, we are working on our 2008 membership application, which I hope will be in the mail in the next month. Remember, any of the Museum trips that we plan, always show a slight discount for RMAC members, so be sure to sign up. If you are not already a member for 2007, call me at the above number and I will be glad to send you an application for the New Year. It really takes a lot in time, manpower and funds to make our organization work, so we hope you will consider joining us if you have not done so in the past. Of course, your contribution is a tax deduction as a charitable contribution, plus it is going to an organization that is trying to make a cultural contribution to Rockaway.

See you around now that the weather is getting warmer.

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