2013-04-12 / Community

RAA Writers Group Goes To Brooklyn


DSSM Neponsit and DSSM McKinney registrants Thelma Brown, Novlette Davis, Mary Flud, Justina Stephens, Chester Backus and John Brady, and Senior Activity Therapist Beth Gutman (far right) joined with Elgin Bolling (rear right) and Dan Guarino (rear left) for a morning of poetry, prose and music. The program was presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance Writers Group. DSSM Neponsit and DSSM McKinney registrants Thelma Brown, Novlette Davis, Mary Flud, Justina Stephens, Chester Backus and John Brady, and Senior Activity Therapist Beth Gutman (far right) joined with Elgin Bolling (rear right) and Dan Guarino (rear left) for a morning of poetry, prose and music. The program was presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance Writers Group. Registrants of Rockaway’s DSSM Neponsit and Brooklyn’s DSSM McKinney Adult Day Health Care Centers enjoyed and were part of a program of poetry, prose, music and song presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance Writers Group on Friday, April 4th.

Two members of the RAA group, Elgin Bolling and Dan Guarino, performed a mix of original poetry, familiar and original songs, and even some impromptu acappella harmonizing and sing-alongs. They also debuted an original short play by Bolling, at the Brooklyn located McKinney center. The lively audience of more than 70 people joined in and engaged in a wide ranging discussion related to poetry and writing.

Senior Activity Therapist Beth Gutman invited registrants Thelma Brown, Novlette Davis, Mary Flud, Justina Stephens, Chester Backus and John Brady to read self-written poems and personal favorites.

A high point of the morning program was when registrants, Bolling and Guarino together created a group poem about spring. The results were very creative and entertaining.

Registrants of the DSSM Neponsit Adult Day Health Care Center have been displaced since Hurricane Sandy destroyed their center on Beach 105th Street. They are currently traveling to the DSSM McKinney Center in Brooklyn and joining in with the group there until their Rockaway facility is restored.

The RAA Writers Group regularly performs for many different audiences. “We were very happy to be in Brooklyn,” said Guarino. “There were many people we had not seen since the storm. We were greeted warmly by the people we knew and we made a lot new friends!”

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