Rockaway Civic Association’s Yard Tree Giveaway, Sun. Sept. 21, parking lot of Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 533 Beach 126 Street at Beach Channel Drive, 10-11 a.m. It’s back, and it’s better than ever! This time, New York Restoration Project’s “Million Trees” initiative will be providing fruit trees–fig, pomegranate, date, and persimmon specimens. The trees are going fast, so make your reservation as soon as possible, by visiting http://www.nyrp.org, and clicking on the circular button on the home page for “tree giveaways”. Once you reserve, someone must be there to pick up your tree between 10-11 a.m., or it will be given to another walk-in participant in the line. Most of these fruit trees require significant care and maintenance, including wrapping the newly planted tree to protect it during harsh winter storms, but the rewards can be great!
Rockaway Theatre Company presents “Godspell,” opening Fri. Sept. 12, 2014, at 8 p.m., continuing through Sun. September 28 (2 p.m. matinee). Other performance dates and times can be found at http://www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org. Tickets can be ordered online, or by calling the RTC hotline at 718-374-6400. Reserve now for a seat to “a fun, emotional, and deeply impactful piece of the theatre…that transcends religion and addresses timeless themes of love, loyalty, trust, and peace.” Frank Caiati directs, together with a stellar group of RTC veterans who help lead this production.
Municipal Art Society of New York introduces “Revisiting Rockaway Beach,” a new guided walking tour, Sat., Oct. 11, 2014, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. I am honored to have been selected as one of the newest tour guides for the Municipal Art Society of New York City. These distinguished experts in art, architecture, history, geography and street life have been leading tours of the city since 1956. Their efforts generate income to support the organization’s mission — to preserve the character of neighborhoods and landmarks, and plan for a more resilient and livable city. This walking tour will explore the heart of the historic village of Rockaway Beach, providing an overview of how the area was formed by nature, then settled by entrepreneurial pioneers, ultimately becoming a vibrant and self-sufficient resort community. We’ll pass remnants of historic hotspots along the way and talk about the future of the community. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.mas.org, and clicking on the tab for “tours” on the top right side of the home page.