Local Events

Hip to Hip Theater Company’s schedule of free Shakespeare in Queens parks begins on Wednesday, July 24, in Flushing Meadow Park.  The only Rockaway venue this summer is O”Donohue Park on Seagirt Avenue at Beach 17 Street in Far Rockaway on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m.  The shows will be preceded by a half-hour “Kids and the Classics” program with theater games and an introduction to the show.

LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST

The King of Navarre and three noblemen take an oath to devote their lives to scholarship for three years—without the company of women. When the Princess of France and three ladies-in-waiting arrive, passion and puns abound. Will the oath hold? Or will the men succumb to the game of love? In this screwball romantic comedy, Shakespeare takes wordplay and wit to dizzying heights.

THE TEMPEST

After twelve years on a deserted island, a deposed Duke is now a mighty sorcerer. He raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. Half romance, half political thriller, Shakespeare’s final masterpiece has it all: a shipwreck, conspiracy, magic, monsters and love at first sight.

PERFORMANCES – JULY/AUGUST 2013

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
24

FLUSHING MEADOWS PARK

TEMPEST
7:30PM

25

CROCHERON PARK – BAYSIDE

LLL
7:30PM

26

LOST BATTALION RECREATION CENTER

LLL
7:30PM

27

O’DONOHUE PARK – ROCKAWAY

TEMPEST
7PM

28

CUNNINGHAM PARK

TEMPEST
8 PM

31

ST. ALBANS PARK

LLL
7:30PM

1

VOELKER ORTH MUSEUM

LLL
7:30PM

2

SUNNYSIDE GARDENS PARK

TEMPEST
8PM

3

GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK

LLL
7:30PM

4

SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK

TEMPEST
5 PM

7

FLUSHING MEADOWS PARK

LLL
7:30PM

8

CROCHERON PARK – BAYSIDE

TEMPEST
7:30PM

9

SUNNYSIDE GARDENS PARK

LLL
8PM

10

GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK

TEMPEST
7:30PM

11

SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK

LLL
5PM

14

NEWPORT – JERSEY CITY

TEMPEST
7:30PM

15

VOELKER ORTH MUSEUM

TEMPEST
7:30PM

16

SOUTHAMPTON AGAWAM PARK

LLL
7:30PM

17

SOUTHAMPTON AGAWAM PARK

TEMPEST
7:30PM

18Rain Date

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Get your reservations right away for The Rockaway Theatre Company’s new production: Rockaway Cafe–The Comeback! which opened on July 19 at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden, and continues on weekends through August 4.  Matinees are on Sundays at 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday evening shows start at 8 p.m.  A show has also been added on Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m.   The hotline for phone reservations is 718.374.6400, or reserve online at http://www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org.   

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The Rockaway Civic Association’s Beach Flix series has achieved great success. The first three movies were well-received at Beach 126th Street, Beach 61st Street, and Beach 110th Street.  Friday, July 26, the Ironman movie will be shown at O’Donohue Park in Far Rockaway.  For more details go to http://www.rockawaycivic.com, or http://www.beachflix.com.

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I am very happy to relate that the artistic talent of the students of the Rockaways has been recognized recently by the New York City Schools, Studio in a School, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the P.S. Art 2013 competition.  My daughter, Elizabeth Carter, a graduating senior at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan, submitted an oil on canvas entitled “End of Wits,” and Scholars’ Academy graduating senior Megan LaCognata submitted “Self Portrait DIY.” These are among the 75 selected works now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Uris Education Center, through August 25. The exhibit will then move to the Tweed Courthouse in lower Manhattan, and remain on display through Thanksgiving 2013.   Other students of Art & Design and Scholars’ Academy were selected as semi-finalists, including Emily Dana.  What a magnificent achievement by these three young women of Belle Harbor!   Here is the link for the catalog and more information. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/ps-art-2013

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I am very proud of the fact that my book, Images of America: Rockaway Beach, preserved for future generations, a print and digital memory of over 200 original historical photos of Rockaway Beach, 67 of which were, sadly, destroyed by the flood waters of Superstorm Sandy, in October 2012.  Signed copies can be ordered from this website by clicking on the “Buy Now” PayPal button on the right side of the home page.

DSCN0585Also, I distributed 95 special commemorative copies of my book, free of charge, to individuals and organizations who lost their previously purchased copies during Superstorm Sandy, to individuals who endured major business or household damage from the storm, and to storm recovery volunteers.  I also gave books to libraries, churches, schools, and museums. This give-away was made possible by a generous grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  The special commemorative gift books were given out at an event at The Blue Bungalow, Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, on  Saturday, April 20, 2013.

12 Responses to Local Events

  1. Ms Newton says:

    I love coming by your blog. It’s nice to see that you are still going strong!

    • rockviv says:

      Thanks for the support, Kelly! Compliments from friends (and others interested in Rockaway) have kept me going. I’m amazed that I’ve found the time to post about once a week for over six months. I hope to keep adding new features as time goes by… Viv

  2. We are so excited to have 3 events in Rockaway this year! The entire NYC area has really embraced the Jane’s Walk weekend. Take pictures!

    • rockviv says:

      Thanks to your group for the wonderful ideas and support. I enjoyed reading “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” and love the idea of honoring Jane Jacobs with a walk! Although I’ve been doing historic bike tours in Rockaway over the past few years, I’ve noticed that it is difficult to get LOCAL RESIDENTS to come out for them. For some reason, day visitors embrace the concept of a historic bike tour of the neighborhood much more than locals.

      So, after much consideration, I decided to host a Jane’s Walk tour a little late in the game, although there are MANY other worthwhile local events taking place that same day, including a beach clean-up, merchant fair, two thrift sales, and a second Jane’s Walk in FAR ROCKAWAY. The walking tour I am hosting is really focused on reaching neighbors who live in Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park, although visitors to the peninsula are also welcomed. Anything you can do to differentiate that there are two different Rockaway walking tours on Sat. May 7-mine in Rockaway Beach, and a second in Far Rockaway, would be much appreciated. I know I am the underdog on this!

  3. I couldn’t find an email to contact you, but I was wondering if you watned to add our event to your calendar. It will take place at Marina 59 in Far Rockaway. I’ll put the info below. THanks so much!

    -Sustainability Skill Share at Marina 59-

    We are getting ready for ‘Off the Grid and On the Water’, our urban sustainability residency program, and we want you to help! We will be BUILDING A MINI GREEN ROOF, RE-ORIENTING OUR SOLAR PANELS, ADJUSTING OUR RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM AND RE-PLANTING OUR LIVNG MACHINE. Lets admit it, we will also be sanding, applying fresh paint and moving materials. Who knows, maybe some of you will have a skill or project you want to present/share too, and there will be even more to do! Bring your experience or bring your questions.

    And of course we will also be breaking ground on our next project (hint: it involves a golden toilet, oars, and a homemade wind turbine). Five blocks from the A train. Four blocks from the beach. Right smack in the middle of NYC’s first ‘houseboat hotel community’ and ‘boat in movie theatre’. Pack a lunch and make an adventure of it.

    Unfortunately space limitations exist for parts of this event, so RSVP to ExpeditionGowanus@gmail.com to reserve your spot and for information on accessing the gate.

    THIS EVENT IS FREE! but your donations help to keep us creating!

    WHEN: Saturday June 25th. 12noon till 5pm
    WHERE: Marina 59 (www.marina59.com)

    DIRECTIONS:
    5914 Beach Channel Drive, NY 11692
    A Train to Beach 60th Street

    • rockviv says:

      Adam,
      It was great to meet you and see your rather interesting boat. I’m passing this information along to readers of my blog so they can contact you about future events.
      Rock Viv

  4. SaytheWord says:

    I read in your blog that your having a showing of pics from your book at Ciro’s. Is this open to the public and when and time? would love to attend. How about the one at the Fish/Seafood Restaurant on B. 129, what date is that and is it open to the public?

    • rockviv says:

      Hello, Say the Word!

      Thanks for your comment on Oy Vey Rockaway and your interest in upcoming history events I’ll be hosting in Belle Harbor. I’ve just scheduled the Rockaway Seafood (RSC Restaurant) event for Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Donation $15, includes appetizers and a soda, coffee or tea. I will be showing some great images of the women pioneers of Rockaway Beach and speaking about the book.

      I look forward to meeting you…You can RSVP to me at VCARTER@nyc.rr.com.

      Rock Viv

  5. jules0314 says:

    Superstorm Sandy likely has hit you hard. I hope you are documenting and photographing if you are able to. So grateful for all the images of Rockaway. Now more than ever.

    • rockviv says:

      Julie,
      Again, apologies for taking so long to post photos. And I’m so sad that I haven’t found the missing camera card yet. I hope it turns up soon.
      Viv

  6. Kate says:

    Hi Viv,
    Wil u be giving another class on the history of Rockaway?
    As a “local” I would love to attend and learn more about my adopted home of the last eight years.
    Thx!
    Kate

    • rockviv says:

      Kate,
      Apologies for the late reply to your comment. I changed my email address and updated it with Word Press, so I’m surprised that I didn’t get the usual email notice that a comment was posted. I did a slide show last Saturday at First Congregational Church, but it was beastly hot, so I kept it very short. I have agreed to do one in September for the Peninsula branch library, which I’ll post on my blog once the date is confirmed. Thanks for your interest and support.
      Vivian Carter

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