Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
Next Wednesday, July 28, the Village of Roslyn will hold its first outdoor music concert in over a decade. On that date, the group Squeaky Clean will perform a concert, “Roslyn Rocks The Park” at Gerry Park on Roslyn Road, one that will begin at 6 p.m. The park will be open that evening from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Rain date is Wednesday, Aug. 4.
The concert is the result of lobbying by the revitalized Roslyn Chamber of Commerce, which secured permission from the Town of North Hempstead’s Parks Department to hold the concert.
“There hasn’t been a live concert in the park held in Roslyn in over 10 years,” noted Cham-ber President Lonnie Goldman, who praised Lou Federico, the chamber’s vice president of events and former Roslyn Mayor Janet Galante, plus the entire Events Committee for making the show a reality. During Ms. Galante’s tenure as mayor, such concerts were common during the summer months.
When the concert was first announced, rumors floated that the chamber was trying to get Billy Joel, the famed pop star and Long Island native, to perform. Considering Joel’s superstar status, the rumor was destined to remain just that. Squeaky Clean, on the other hand, has played at numerous outdoor concerts in the Town of North Hempstead over the years and is no stranger to Roslyn audiences.
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. The concert itself is being sponsored by various local entities, including Rallye Motors, IDS Audio/Video & Technologies, Sterling Glen of Roslyn, Blank Slate Media, Delicacies, Integrated Fitness Solution, CertaPro Painters, the Town of North Hempstead, and the Village of Roslyn. The village has agreed to pay for the event’s coinsurance.
More details may appear on the chamber’s website at (http://www.RoslynChamber.org.
The concert is one of several events the revitalized chamber has planned for the rest of the year. Earlier this year, the Antique Fair was canceled due to rain. At the same time, over 150 people responded to the 50/50 raffle at the June 21 networking event at the Roslyn Claremont.
On Sept. 23, a Wine Market event is planned in East Hills, while on Oct. 25, a Taste of Roslyn event will be held at the Roslyn Claremont Hotel. Finally, in early December, there is a planned charity Toy Drive. The chamber, according to Lonnie Goldman, now has 96 chambers as it has set 300 members as a target goal.