2008-10-10 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's Rockaway Music and Arts Council

by Sharon Gabriel

Our Festival has long passed and we all had a wonderful time, we were all tired, but had a great time. Our thinking now is towards next year, which will be our 25th Fall Festival, and what plans we can start making towards that.

In the meantime, I would like to thank a fairly new member of our community, Arverne By The Sea, and their Sales Manager, Laura Sporny, for their continued participation with us in sponsoring our petting zoo. To see the delight on the faces of the children when they are holding the animals and feeding them is a joy. Many of these children have never before seen a live goat or a pig or chicken or rabbit and to be able to feed and hold some of them is wonderful for the kids. So, thank you Laura and ABTS for making so many kids happy.

As our Museum Trip is scheduled for November 1, I thought it would be a good idea to visit the restaurant in which we made reservations, The Maine Maid Inn in Jericho. We went on a Saturday evening last week and had a wonderful time. The food and the service were great. However, that was after riding around trying to find the restaurant. We had a copy of MapQuest that my cousin had used and said it would lead you directly to the restaurant. Well, I didn't find it so convenient and promptly made a wrong turn. However, since I have a fairly good sense of direction, (without MapQuest) I knew we were going in the right direction and so I skipped half of the directions of MapQuest and got on Route 106 off the Southern State. You just follow 106 all the way up and as it makes a right turn you just follow. However, since the restaurant is not directly on the road, and the sign leaves something to be desired, we went right by it. Knowing I had gone too far, I doubled back and called. Needless to say, I was right around the corner from the restaurant, I had actually passed it the first time. As you pull in off the road and make a right turn, you come face to face with The Maine Maid Inn which is behind a row of trees. It is a beautiful colonial building with creaking floors and overhead beams and fireplaces in many of the rooms. As I said above, the food was first rate and the service as well, so I know everyone will have a good time there.

Of course, the return trip was much easier and I was back in Rockaway in under an hour. As I've said before, I'm technically challenged so MapQuest was not a big help. In fact, I think it makes it more difficult. Don't tell me I have to go 0.2 tenths of a mile and make a right. Tell me to look for a street and I'll find it, but 0.2 tenths of a mile? In any event we had a good meal and that is what was important. Call me if you would like to be added to our trip or look for our ad in this issue of The Wave, it contains all the details. The cost is $85.00 for RMAC members and $90.00 if you are not a member.

Now, Chapter Two of my adventures with our local cable company. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I told the installers to leave after they kept me waiting for eight hours over two weekends and then they wanted me to move a large sofa and other furniture so they could drill into the wall. I cancelled the service.

Subsequently, I received a call from someone in their Customer Service Department and it was a name I was familiar with. I was sure there couldn't be two people with that name, it would be too much of a coincidence. He is from our neighborhood and works for our cable company, I will not divulge his name but I must say, my experience with the gentleman was very nice. He apologized for the problems I had and wanted to know how they could help me. Bottom line is that the installers will be at my home in about another week (let's see if they can keep this appointment on time) to install cable to my television. After that, it will be up to me to figure out how it works (remember I'm technically challenged) and I expect I'll probably blow up half of Rockaway just turning the set on.

Thank you again AD for all your help. Just keep reading this column for the next cable installment.

See you around the neighborhood.

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