Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
After an absence of more than a decade, live music is coming back to the Village of Roslyn.
The Roslyn Chamber of Commerce has secured permission from the Town of North Hempstead’s Parks Department to hold a concert later this month, on Tuesday, July 28 at Gerry Park.
The park, chamber members said, will be open for the concert from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The concert itself is expected to begin at around 6 or 7 p.m.
The rain date is the next evening, Wednesday, July 28.
“There hasn’t been a live concert in the park held in Roslyn in over 10 years,” noted Chamber President Lonnie Goldman. “Kudos go to Lou [Federico], Janet Galante, and the entire Events Committee for not only putting this together so quickly, but also pulling it off.”
Federico is the chamber’s vice president of events, while Ms. Galante is a former mayor of Roslyn. During Ms. Galante’s tenure as mayor, such concerts were common during the summer months. This year, the Village of Roslyn has agreed to pay for the event’s coinsurance.
The chamber hasn’t yet secured a musical act for the concert. One chamber member told The Roslyn News that they are trying to get the famed pop star Billy Joel to perform. If that were to happen, it would be the biggest music news to hit Roslyn since the summer of 1978 when a rumor spread fast and hard all throughout Long Island that The Rolling Stones were set to play a concert at My Father’s Place, the legendary club on Old Northern Boulevard, one that played host to many future superstars, including Bruce Springsteen, on their way to the top.
For now, the chamber is looking for volunteers and sponsors for the event. Chamber members are responsible for the cleanup before and after the event.
More details may appear on the chamber’s website at (http://www.RoslynChamber.org.
In other news, the chamber recently held a meeting to discuss the organization’s progress and to chart out future events. At the meeting, Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink congratulated the chamber on its accomplishments and growth. It was also noted that the chamber now has 81 members. The target goal is 300 members.
Lou Federico went over recent and future events. The Antique Fair was canceled due to rain. However, over 150 people responded to the 50/50 raffle at the June 21 networking event at the Roslyn Claremont.
For the rest of the year, there is the July 27 concert, a Sept. 23 Wine Market event in East Hills, an Oct. 25 Taste of Roslyn event at a yet to be determined site, and in early December, there is a planned charity Toy Drive. At the meeting, a representative from Flower Hill Auto Repair did a presentation on their business.
The chamber’s next general meeting is set for Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bryant Library.