Tag Archives: The Arts

Working Artists Enliven Labor Day Weekend

It’s that holiday celebrating American workers–the ones who make the cars and run the hospitals, plus the creative geniuses who draw and write and paint.  We’ve still got plenty of those, even if fewer of us have actual paying jobs. … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

I couldn’t resist featuring the stunning hydrangeas of Rockaway Park in the header photo this week.  These bushes are located in the gardens that surround the apartment building at the north end of Memorial Circle (Rock. Beach Blvd. between Beach … Continue reading

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Is Independence a Fiction in Bloombergville?

Independence Day is one of those American holidays celebrated with disparate emotions among the populace.  Are you part of the investor class or a wage earner?  Wage earners live for the weekends, particularly the three-day ones.  Those of us who … Continue reading

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Got Activism? Clearwater Festival 2011 Breaks Records

They say that rot is rampant in the social fabric, and all the heroes have died. A decade ago, columnist Russell Baker commented aptly that the few American heroes left in sports, politics and business all “came down with terminal … Continue reading

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Lilacs and Forgotten Homesites

Sadly, the lilac season is coming to a close. In her 1959 book, Plants That Changed the World, author Bertha S. Dodge cited the lilac as an example of plants that serve as place markers for people.  She noted that … Continue reading

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In the Still of a Cold Rockaway Night, Oldies Bid Goodbye

The Five Satins did not appear.  But their standard, “In the Still of the Night,” showed up twice.  The audience at Beach Channel High School’s 18th Anniversary Doo Wop Spectacular on Saturday, March 26, heard one version of the song from Manhattan Skyline, … Continue reading

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Sinners and Saints–Your Choice This Week!

In case you’re not a fan of beer drinking, here’s a novel way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—by reading a great book about the history of Ireland. “How The Irish Saved Civilization,” the first title in Thomas Cahill’s “Hinges of … Continue reading

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Oy Vey Rockaway Stats–2010 in review

Thanks readers!  You helped me get “Oy Vey Rockaway” off the ground by visiting my site.  It’s been very entertaining to write for you and I look forward to sharing more pictures and stories about local life in the New Year!  The statistics gatherers at … Continue reading

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How to “Rock Shop” for the Holidays (c) 2010 Vivian R. Carter

The last few shopping days before Christmas have arrived; it’s liberating to assiduously avoid going anywhere near a mall.  There are many great Rockaway businesses where you can buy thoughtful and unique gifts.  First stop is to browse The Beach Gallery at Sunlites Stained Glass … Continue reading

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Election Day Jitters for RAA Board Candidates

They are not running for President of the United States, but being a board member of the Rockaway Artists Alliance is a pretty prestigious slot.  Over the past few weeks, the politicking within the arts community on the Rock has intensified–it’s starting to look … Continue reading

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