2010-12-17 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

From everyone at the RMAC we want to take this time to wish all our friends and neighbors a Happy Holiday season. Whether you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas or Kwaanza, we wish everyone the best holiday ever and may the New Year of 2011 bring you all that you wish for.

Right now as I write this, the weather outside is frightful, as the song says. You can just about freeze your off (you fill in the appropriate word). As I get older I less and less enjoy the winter weather. Maybe if we could just have it from Christmas to President’s Day in February that would be more than enough for me. What do you think?

Speaking about Christmas, Arverne By The Sea is having their 6th Annual Christmas Toy Drive. They are requesting unwrapped new toys which can be dropped off at their Sales Center at Beach 73 Street and Shorefront Parkway. They will be more than happy to accept your gifts and you know you will be helping some less fortunate child have a Merry Christmas. Just see Laura or Cathy or anyone in the front office and they will be happy to take your gifts.

I thought with this column I would be able to give you more details about our concerts next summer, but because of the weather we had to postpone our board meeting. At present we are planning at least three concerts on Sundays; keep a look out for my next column for up-to-the-date details.

If you remember we had a drawing for an expensive and beautiful ring that our vendor chairman, Fern Liberman, was able to obtain. I would like to congratulate the winner, Sandy Doremus. I have known Sandy and her husband, Jate, for many years as they are “old” Rockaway people. I understand that Sandy was overwhelmed when she learned she had won. All I can say is congratulations and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Will see you at the Irish Circle for dinner one night.

We would love to plan a museum trip for the spring and I am looking into some things. The problem is that the bus is very expensive, which brings the cost of the trip up considerably and so we would like to try to figure out some way to make it feasible to do another trip. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

A few items caught my eye in last week’s Wave. In the Looking Backward 20 Years Ago column there was an item that at a recent election the RMAC has named Barbara Eisenstadt as presi- dent, Carole Musumeci as vice president, Sarah Gliboff as treasurer, Shirley Golub as recording secretary and myself as corresponding secretary. Of course, at this point, Barbara has passed away and Sarah and Carol are out of Rockaway, but Shirley and I are still at our old jobs. I think we should get retirement pay, stock options or at least a golden parachute for all our years of service. With all that said, tongue in cheek, I know I’ve enjoyed every minute of my association with RMAC and the wonderful friends I have made and the many people I’ve met through the organization.

Also in the Wave a week or so ago was a wonderful column by Peter Stubben, “Commentary On Things Present,“ in which he has a fictional conversation with the powers that be at Gateway National Recreation Area. While Pete’s article is quite tongue-in-cheek, the substance is quite correct. It is almost impossible to get a straight answer from the people who work in the park and sometimes you just shake your head in wonder. I can say that without contradiction because we at the RMAC have had on-going conversations with them regarding our concerts and the Fall Festival and at times it was almost like talking to a wall. They almost wear blinders and cannot see anything but what is in front of them. They seem to have no vision of how to use our park effectively for the betterment of the neighborhood. These are the rules that came down from Washington and the Department of the Interior and that’s it.

I want to thank Peter for including the RMAC in his conversation with the “Deputy Director” and his reasoning as to why the festival was cancelled. “Security”... my foot.

A temporary check point on the Marine Park Bridge and protective aircraft that almost seems real coming from the park personnel. Thank you Pete for giving me a good laugh. If the whole scenario wasn’t so sad it would be funny.

Well, it’s time to send out my holiday cards so, as I said above, everyone have a happy holiday and the best of New Years if I don’t see you around the neighborhood before then.

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