2009-07-24 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Well, the computer gremlins were at it again. Last week half of my column was left out of the paper. Before even reading it, I realized something was wrong. A quarter page was much less than I had written and I realized that the information about our concert this week with "Kenny Vance and The Planotones" was missing along with some other thoughts so, without further ado, here is what you missed:

"There are several people I would like to thank for their help at today's concert.

First and foremost, Rita Mullally who is our go-to person at Riis Park. Rita has just been most helpful and cooperative with anything we needed and the two gentlemen who helped with opening the stage and getting it ready for the concert, Greg and Gus. (Sorry guys I don't have your last names.) When we couldn't get our RMAC banner to stay in place in front of the stage because of the wind, we couldn't figure out what to do. Heavy tape didn't help, having something hold it down was a disaster until Greg came along with a certain tool that he and Gus used to attach the banner to the stage. He really was a lifesaver and said he would be there for each concert to see that the banner was in place. What a relief that was because that banner is quite long and cumbersome.

Last but not least, thanks to John Gilleece of The Rockaway Theatre Company for making Walter Birkhold available to play at our concert not one hour after finishing the afternoon performance of "Oklahoma" at the RTC theatre in Fort Tilden.

Don't forget, next week, July 26, it's "Kenny Vance and The Planotones" who will once again entertain us with their great music. We always love to have the guys perform and we know the audience loves them as well. Our annual Rock n' Roll concert is always in memory of Leon Locke who was the publisher of The Wave. This was his music and so each year this concert is in his memory. So, bring your chairs, your picnic supper and join us for a great evening. Remember, the concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., not 6:00 p.m. as in the past, and if you are parking in the big lot, parking after 6:00 p.m. is free.

Slowly but surely, we are working up to our 25th Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13. This is a very special event and we hope you will join us or, better still, volunteer to help, which we desperately need. If you have four hours or more to give on either or both days, stop at our table at the next concert and leave your name and number and someone will be in touch with you.

Once again, I want to say thanks to everyone who attended tonight's concert and we look forward to seeing you next week."

So there you have it, everything that was left out last week.

As for this week, pray for good weather on Sunday and bring your picnic basket, your best girl or guy, whichever the case may be, and enjoy Sunday in the park with "Kenny Vance and The Planotones." What could possibly be better than that?

Today I am venturing to another beach, the Long Beach (Horrors!) boardwalk, to check out some vendors for our Fall Festival. Of course, nothing can beat Rockaway beach for fun in the sun.

See you at the park on Sunday.

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