2008-09-19 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Well, here it is the day after our 24th Fall Festival and while we are all exhausted, we are very elated because Saturday and Sunday were both great days. The crowds were enormous, the weather couldn't have been better and I believe the vendors did very well.

Some of the new vendors sold preserves and I personally bought a jar of their special mustard that is made with stout. I smeared some on some fish for dinner this evening and it tastes wonderful.

Another new vendor did decoupage on glass dishes, vases and serving pieces. Each one is one of a kind and they were beautiful. I certainly hope they return next year as I will again purchase some pieces. If you need gifts for an engagement or wedding you could certainly purchase something from this vendor.

As usual, the Pickle People did a land-office business. The lines extended almost to the beach which is a good block from the festival grounds. There were constant lines at each of the food vendors so I don't think anyone went hungry.

As I can usually be found at the pony rides, I would like to thank everyone who helped out taking pictures, keeping everyone in line and helping to get the kids on the ponies: Miriam and Arthur Goldstein; Barbara Banchik and Leon Paley; Judy and Howie Hirshberg; Marvin Eisenstadt; Roz Nogin; and Gene Pasternak and if I left out anyone, I'm sorry. Some of the kids came back two and three times during the day for another ride. Of course there are the very little ones who are there for the first time and are anxious to ride on the ponies until the moment they have to put on their helmet and actually get on the horse and then decide they would rather be somewhere else.

Then there are the parents and grandparents who can't get enough pictures of their little ones, as though they're riding in a rodeo. It's all fun and everyone has a good time.

As the lines for the rides are always long, especially since we take pictures and present them to the parents in a special RMAC folder, we actually ran out of film on Sunday afternoon after taking about 400 pictures. I would especially like to thank Mitchell Kohn of Rockaway Graphics for all his last minute help in providing a new logo label for the folders. When I didn't order a large enough supply of labels, Mitchell worked overtime on Saturday to provide what we needed. To John Musumeci and Fern Liberman, we couldn't do it without them. They are the backbone of the festival. With all the running around they do, I have suggested we get a couple of little scooters for next year. If anyone has one they would like to donate for the next festival weekend, just let us know.

To all of our members from our President Steve Yaeger, to Shirley Golub, Harold and Arlene Cornell, Mary Ogonah, Myra Berger and anyone I might have forgotten, we want to thank Rockaway and our neighbors for making our 24th Annual Fall Festival a success.

Our next scheduled event, the concert in memory of Barbara Eisenstadt scheduled for October 11 at Beach Channel High School is on hold at the minute. We were advised just last week that the School Construction Authority was coming to BCHS this week to work on the auditorium and the work would probably take until April. While the SCA knew they were coming to the school it was not until last week that they advised the school of the exact date. It did not matter that a concert was set, and that the school may have had programs scheduled, they couldn't have cared less. Sorry, but the auditorium was out of commission. After almost having a heart attack, I got in touch with our other members and we got in touch with our elected officials. There was nothing they could do. As I said above, if the SCA decides they are coming to your school, forget any plans you may have. I even spoke with Dr. Morris, the Principal at BCHS. Dr. Morris was very charming, he was sympathetic but he himself was upset because he would not have the use of his auditorium and there was nothing he could do about it. I would like to thank Dr. Morris for taking the time to speak with me. As soon as we have some word as to what will be happening regarding our concert I will let you know.

Our trip to the Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport, New York, set for Saturday, November 1, is right on track. We have several reservations already so if you are thinking about attending, please let us know as soon as possible.

Now, it's time to decompress for a few days. If you came to the festival I hope you had a good time and I'll see you around the neighborhood.

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