2008-08-29 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

As you know, every once in a while I write about different members of our Board and what they have accomplished over the years.

Today I am going to speaking about Arlene Cornell.

If you come to our Fall Festival you have surely seen Arlene and her art display right near the RMAC tent. By profession, Arlene is a water colorist, not just a weekend painter, this is her profession and her watercolors have been shown all over the city and Long Island and points near and far.

They can be found in many business offices as well as art galleries.

Just recently Arlene showed her work at the Nassau Museum Art Festival and received "Best in Show" for her painting entitled "Jessica." Arlene has been accepted by the Catharine Lorrillard Wolfe Art Club, one of the oldest and foremost women's art clubs in the country.

This is an international juried art show. In addition, Arlene will be exhibited at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park in Manhattan in October.

A great many of Arlene's paintings depict scenes in Rockaway and Broad Channel and I know for a fact that several home owners in our area are major collectors of Arlene's work.

Now, with Arlene comes Harold. In this one instance, Harold is the man behind the woman. Harold helps frame Arlene's work, arranges for her shows, drives the van and is hands-on husband, but never touches a brush, a pot or pan maybe, but never a brush.

Over a period of years, I have come to know Arlene and Harold fairly well. While Arlene tends to be the quiet one, she has a mean sense of humor when she can get a word in edgewise. Harold and Arlene are a delightful couple and you should stop at their tent at the Festival, September 13 and 14 and say hello.

With the Festival just around the corner, we will be having two additional events shortly after. On Saturday evening, October 11, we will be holding a concert at Beach Channel High School in memory of Barbara Eisenstadt. Featured performers are the Long Island Pops Orchestra with conductor Dean Karahalis and the Rockaway Theatre Company presenting numbers from some of Barbara's favorite musicals.

Tickets to the concert can be purchased at the RMAC tent at the festival. They are $25 each and the funds collected will go towards the Music Memory and opera programs which we present in our local schools. Barbara began these programs and we feel this is the proper way to remember her.

We hope to have a significant audience because that might help us add additional schools to our programs.

Our Fall Museum Trip is all set for Saturday, November 1.

We will be visiting "Eagle's Nest" the estate of William Vanderbilt II in Centerport, Long Island. This 43 acre estate was a summer home and the grounds contain a planetarium and a museum, both of which we will visit along with a private tour of the house. Before visiting the estate we will stop off for a snack and after the visit we will start our trip back and stop at the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho, where we will have a private room for our fabulous dinner.

The Maine Maid Inn is a very historic building. It goes back to the 1700's and at one time was part of the Underground Railroad. Tickets for this trip can also be purchased at the Fall Festival. Tickets are $90 and if you are a RMAC member, the price is $85 as on our last trip.

Knowing what has happened on our prior trips, I would suggest you make reservations as soon as possible, at the Festival, because we always end up with a waiting list of people because our bus fills up quickly. If you have been on a trip with us recently, we will be sending you a flyer with all the details, but as I said above, tickets can be purchased at the Festival, or you can call me at 718-474-8353 to reserve a spot.

More on the Festival in the coming weeks. See you around town.

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