2010-09-10 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
Commentary By Sharon Gabriel

The Rockaway premiere of “The Bungalows of Rockaway” was a huge success by any stretch of the imagination.

As I had mentioned in my previous column, anytime I was involved with a Hollywood style premiere during my days in the film industry, it invariably rained and our Rockaway premiere was no different, I’m batting a 1000 on that count.

The day started off dreary and slightly raining and it continued to get worse from there.

As I was running around Rockaway trying to tie all the last minute things together, it started to rain even harder.

I picked up the fruit platters and ice to keep the wine cold and when I got to the Rockaway Theatre Company in Ft. Tilden, it was raining even harder - and then it stopped, and then it started again and kept doing that all evening. However, we had a very eager group of first-nighters and they all came, some from as far away as South Jersey (no, Snookie wasn’t there) and Rockland County, as well as Nassau and Suffolk.

After our President, Stephen Yaeger welcomed everyone, I introduced the director, Jennifer Callahan, who gave a brief description of the film and then it started.

For one hour people could view the film and reminisce about their youth in Rockaway and at the end of the film came out to the lobby to speak with Jennifer and have some wine and fruit and just mingle. Not because this was our project, but I didn’t hear one negative word about the film.

Everyone loved it.

Among our guests were Marvin and Roz Eisenstadt, Laura Sporny and Kathy O’Brien of Arverne By The Sea, Marilyn and Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics and Susan Locke, Publisher of The Wave. There were at least 150 more people and I can’t remember all the names.

It was just a fun evening all around and I want to take this opportunity to thank John Gilleece, Susan Jasper and the crew from The Rockaway Theatre Company for making the theatre available to us.

They are the best.

Thank you, Guys.

Also to be thanked is our premiere committee, Bernice Meyers, our inhouse decorator for the coordinated decorations at the after-party, John Musumeci for the Prosecco, Italian Sparkling Wine, which is better than champagne, (you have to try it) and my friend Fern Liberman who kept me in line all during the planning sessions. Our beautiful fruit platters came from the Supersol Supermarket in Cedarhurst and if you ever need fruit platters they are the ones to go to. The prices are right and the fruit is beautiful and tasty.

For myself, I enjoyed meeting so many of the people who called me to make reservations.

Everyone was so nice and gracious that even the rain couldn’t spoil a fun event.

The rain! After it was all over and we straightened out the reception room, it was time to leave and the rains came, and we could not leave the theatre immediately.

We just had to wait.

Everyone got soaked running to their cars. As I was almost the last one to leave, I hesitated and finally Susan Jasper found an old shower curtain I put around my shoulders and made a beeline for my car. Needless to say, I hung my skirt up to dry when I got home and dried out my feet and sandals.

Forget the hair!

Ladies, you know what I mean.

Once again I want to thank Jennifer Callahan and Elizabeth Harris for a wonderful evening.

I know how long it took them to put the film together and they deserve a round of applause.

Clap, clap, clap.

For those of you who did not make the premiere, Channel 13 will feature the film on Thursday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Do not miss it!

It is now time to go on to our next project, and more about that in future columns.

See you around the neighborhood, as long as it isn’t raining.

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