2009-11-20 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
Commentary by Sharon Gabriel

The RMAC committee that hosted the show. The RMAC committee that hosted the show. Last Saturday evening was our "Between the Waters" art exhibition/ sale and cocktail party at West End Temple in honor of Barbara Eisenstadt. We want to thank Barbara's husband Marvin and his children, and all of Barbara's fans for making it a spectacular event.

Even though the weather could have been better, more than 120 people attended. Although the exhibit began at 7:30 p.m., people were arriving before that and many stayed until almost closing time at 11:00 p.m. to enjoy the art, the food and drink and chatting with friends.

There was beautiful photography, some fantastic sculpture and of course wonderful paintings. One funny thing that happened was that people were asking for the prices of the art that was up on the wall of the Sylvane Room at the synagogue. We had to tell them, unfortunately, that art belonged to the synagogue and we couldn't sell it. I think Rabbi Slome would not have been too happy if we did. But on the other hand, maybe the synagogue could have made some additional money. I'm sure we could have received some good prices for those beautiful paintings.

Our bartender for the evening turned out to be our own John Musumeci. John is in the wine business and served some wonderful red and white wines. The beautiful cheese and fruit platters were presented by Ludwig Caterers right here in Rockaway. Their presentation was wonderful. There were many types of cheeses including my favorites, goat cheese and brie. Of course it was cholesterol heaven, but who cared. In the event you were on a diet, there was any kind of fruit you could imagine and everything was delicious. I want to thank our own Harold Cornell for arranging for Ludwig's to do the catering.

The music for the evening was presented by Apryl Green as a special tribute to Barbara. If you have been to any event here in Rockaway you have probably noted music in the background. Well it was most probably supplied by Apryl who is a great musician. Besides bringing all her own sound equipment, Apryl is a great sound woman as well as a great singer. She has been performing at many different venues here in Rockaway and some of you might remember her as one of the "Andrew Sisters." Apryl, her friend Melissa and another girl do a modern version of the "Sisters" and they are wonderful. In addition, Apryl appears in many nursery schools playing for and teaching youngsters all about music. You really have to see the two and three-year olds slapping their tamborines and waving their scarves to her music...that is really a delight and the kids are having a great time.

Of course, the whole evening would not have happened without Arlene Cornell and Stephen Yaeger who were instrumental in obtaining the artists for the event. I know they worked very hard obtaining the best people for the show and, with the help of Arlene's husband, Harold and Stephen's (who spent many hours on the computer making up the prospectus, designing invitations and ads and finally preparing the price list) wife Judith, they set up quite an exhibit.

To our own Shirley Golub, Bernice Meyers, Judith Yaeger and Mary Ogonah, a big thank you for all your hard work during the show, and to our raffle winners thank you for your participation. And a special "thank you" to West End Temple's staff for their kind cooperation.

We hope that everyone had a good time at this special event and I'm sure Barbara would have loved it.

And now as we get ready for Thanksgiving I want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and say a little prayer for all of our military members in far off lands. Let's hope this is the last year that they are away from their families.

See you around town. www.rockawaymusicandarts.org

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