2013-10-18 / Top Stories

Parks Now Reopened For Business

By Dan Guarino

Scheduled events and activities will go forward once again, as the end of the federal government shutdown has meant the reopening of area National Parks.

The Rockaway Theatre Company will once again be presenting the hit comedy “Boeing Boeing” at their Post Theater at Fort Tilden.

The original final run of the show was cut short due to the government shutdown nearly two and a half weeks ago.

RTC confirms performances will now take place this weekend. Show times are Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 20th at 2 p.m.

All ticket reservations made for September 27th, 28th and 29th have been transferred to the new dates and will be honored.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can do so up to a half an hour before each performance. There is no need to reserve.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance, also put on hold due to the shutdown, has announced artists with works in their ARTSplash exhibitions may pick their works up on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20th between 12-4 p.m.

Artists whose works have been accepted for the RAA’s Calm/Storm/ Rebirth exhibition may drop them off during the same days and times.

Calm/Storm/Rebirth, which commemorates the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy through art, will open with a very special reception of Sunday, October 27th, from 12-4 p.m.

There will also be a special observance on Tuesday, October 29th.

The RTC has been invited to give a special performance as part of the RAA’s exhibition opening.

Fort Tilden, Riis Park, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and North Beach Shore parks in Broad Channel, as well as Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn are now reopened and all normal activities and events are scheduled to resume.

“It’s been very tough on RTC, on us, on all of our park neighbors,” one RAA member noted. “First the hurricane, now the shutdown. But if Sandy couldn’t stop us, nothing else will.”

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