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Summer Of Music Big Success

Despite heat and rain, community flocks to outdoor venues

During the months of July and August, Glen Cove was a hotbed for free outdoor concerts, attracting large crowds eager to hear some of the bigger-name bands performing downtown and at Morgan Park. The summer season saw cover bands paying tribute to The Eagles and The Beatles in the park as well as names like Richie Cannata and John Oates for Downtown Sounds. Though some of the concerts had to be moved to indoor locations due to the weather, overall the season had a good turnout for both series.

Francine Koehler, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District, told the Record Pilot, “In spite of some weather-related obstacles, we had a great turnout this year.”

She estimates that the final concert of the season attracted at least 1,500-2,000 people, and says that, despite the humidity and rain throughout the summer, the concert series drew a lot of interest. Only two concerts were moved indoors, to the Wunsch Arts Center at Finley Middle School, and one was rained out entirely.

“Every year, we’re getting more and more people,” Koehler says. “We’ve expanded outside of local bands, and are getting bigger sponsors and a lot more community support. In large part, what has enabled us to grow is support from the city.”

She explained that they rely on most of the city’s agencies, such as the Department of Public Works for set up and clean up, the auxiliary police for street closure and the EMS, in case of an emergency.

Downtown Sounds is meant to bring people in the downtown businesses, while the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is more about relaxing under stars in a beautiful, waterfront setting.

At Morgan Park, The Producers was the only show that had to be moved inside, to St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. According to Cindy Rogers, a member of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival advisory council, at least 400 people attended. She said, “The audience was so pleased not only because the production was so professional, but also because the hall was air-conditioned! Marge Suozzi said she heard comments like, ‘It was as good as a Broadway show.’”

Rogers said The String of Pearls concert was cut short; it began in Morgan Park, but the performance had to stop when the rain came pouring down.

Marge Suozzi, chair of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, said, “I think this has been our best year ever. There were at least 2,000 people at the BeatleMania concert and 1,000 at both the US Air Force Band of Liberty and Hotel California. We had a wide variety of music throughout the summer that appealed to all tastes.”

She added, “It was too bad that the String of Pearls was surprised by the sudden downpour and cut short their wonderful nostalgic singing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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