Falling Leaves 2016

Pershing Field Garden Friends invites you to…

An evening of Poetry, Prose and Song to benefit the gardens of Pershing Field.

Friday, September 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm

at 942 Summit Ave. (Choc o Pain & Bloomsbury Sq.) on the corner of Zabriskie Street.

Music by: “The Bottomless Mimosas,” a collective of super talented musicians, mostly from Jersey City, NJ, that really dig playing Fabulous music for Super Cool People.

Spoken word by: Deborah Jack, Mel Kozakiewicz, and Dr. Ann M. DeVenezia.

Your donation of $16 will include a beverage and a selection of Choc o Pain’s sweet and savory treats.

Get your tickets as it fills up fast!

http://fallingleavespfgf.eventbrite.com

Falling Leaves 2016 at 942 Co-op on Summit Ave in JC Heights

Bios:

Deborah Jack is an artist who works in video/sound installation, photography, and text. Her current visual art deals with trans-cultural existence, memory, the effects of colonialism and mythology through re-memory.  Her writing merges historical with contemporary socio-cultural interests.  She has published two poetry collections, The Rainy Season (1997) and skin (2006).  Her poetry has appeared in the 2015 anthology, Where I See the Sun: Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin, The Caribbean Writer and Calabash and has given readings in the Caribbean, South Africa, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Deborah Jack has been a featured poet at Global Voices Poetry Festival in Durban and Tradewinds Poetry Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, Winternacthen Poetry Festival in The Hague, and the Utan Kayu Literary Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Deborah Jack is an Assistant Professor of Art at New Jersey City University.

 

Mel Kozakiewicz is a writer, editor, and educator. She lives in the Heights with her partner and two children.
Her blog can be found at urdoingitright.wordpress.com.

 

Dr. Ann M. DeVenezia turned to writing poetry, following her retirement from teaching high school English. Since then, she has published three collections: Grave Rubbings, Riding My Tricycle, and Telling Abuse. Her work appears in numerous publications, including Asphodel, Italian Americana, Louisiana Literature, Paterson Literary Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, Red River Review, and Shot Glass Journal.

She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Her Master of Letters in Humanities and Doctor of Letters in Russian Studies are from Drew University. The recipient of a Dodge Grant for her study of the interrelationship of the arts, she has traveled extensively in Europe, Russia, and China.

She and her husband Richard reside in northern New Jersey.

 

“The Bottomless Mimosas” is a collective of super talented musicians, mostly from Jersey City, NJ, that really dig playing Fabulous music for Super Cool People.

They have recently played the Live at the Lumber Yard and Groove on Grove Summer festivals in Jersey City as well as Caffe Vivaldi in Manhattan and lots of other venues in the Tri-State area.

Mimosas music is written by Nick Ciavatta and is Original Rock with a Funk edge mixed with some Folk and Blues. It’s kind of all over the place.

The line up includes:

Nick Ciavatta-Lead Vocals/Guitar
Malcolm Marsden-Lead Guitar
John Lampone-Guitar
Freddie Moises-Saxaphone
John Warren-Upright Bass Guitar
Fred Jenkins-Drums

Bottomless Mimosas

Sponsors: Remco Press of NJ, Pershing Field Garden Friends, Central Avenue Liquors, Eugene P. O’Connell, Attorney at Law, (CARA DEVELOPMENT), Bloomsbury Sq, Choc o Pain, and Susan Newman Design Inc.

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Summer Wind Fundraiser – Poetry, Prose and Song

Pershing Field Garden Friends™ (PFGF) celebrated the first weekend of summer on Friday, June 17th at 942 Summit Ave Co-op for its Fundraiser, Summer Wind: an evening of poetry, prose and song to benefit the gardens at Pershing Field. The cool and inviting venue and tasty treats were hosted by Choc O Pain and Bloomsbury Square.

The second in our Solstice Series was again emceed by PFGF™’s very own Mauro Altamura. He was instrumental (no pun intended) in connecting us again to the rich musical talent right here in our neighborhood.  Great job, Mauro!!

Thanks to Din, a contemporary, jazz-infused trio, based in Jersey City Heights wowing the audience with their cool contemporary sound. On electric Bass and vocals was Timothy Erbach, Andrea Stevenson played drums, and her main band is called Cachabacha. John Kadian was on keyboards, he also plays with the Kadian Quartet.

We appreciate the works of Michael Liska, Nancy Burke (Toomey) and Michael VanCalbergh who shared their poetry and prose… insightful, sensitive and often times amusing.

Thanks to Susan Newman from Susan Newman Design Inc. for creating our promotional materials and to the staff of Choc O Pain and Bloombury Sq for their warmth and attentiveness throughout the evening. Most importantly, we thank our Community for their unwavering support.

The third of our Solstice Series, Falling Leaves, will be held on Friday, September 23rd, 2016. If you are a writer, poet or musician and would like to participate at one of our future events, please email pfgf2004@gmail.com or call 201-259-1800.

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This Land Is Our Land

American Stories and Tall Tales

Performed by Jersey City Children’s Theater

Don’t miss this FREE event in Pershing Field and Lincoln Park on Sunday

Just bring a blanket or chair…. and the kids!

The Pershing Field production is on the lawn near the Community Center at 11 am OR in Lincoln Park at 1:30 pm – enter at Belmont & West Side past the Farmers Market towards the fountain And please share with your family & friends.

Young or old, they’ll love it!

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Summer Wind 2016

Pershing Field Garden Friends presents

“Summer Wind”

An evening of Poetry, Prose and Song to benefit the gardens of Pershing Field.

Friday, June 17th, 6:30-8:30pm

at 942 Summit Ave. (Choc o Pain & Bloomsbury Sq.) on the corner of Zabriskie.

Music by: Din, a contemporary, jazz-infused trio, based in Jersey City Heights.

The spoken word by: Michael Liska, Nancy Burke (Toomey) and Michael VanCalbergh.

Your donation of $16 will include a beverage and a selection of Choc o Pain’s sweet and savory treats.

Get your tickets as it fills up fast! https://www.facebook.com/events/1771162779783770/

Bios:

Nancy Burke earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers Newark in 2011. Since then, she has focused her creative efforts on book length work and shares her passion for writing at Montclair State University where she teaches. She holds a marketing communications position at Union County College.  Nancy is a founding member of Working Title Six (WTS) , an active writing critique group and also leads a writing workshop, Finding our Way Back, for those experiencing loss or grief and for whom writing is one of the chosen ways toward healing.

Her short stories have been published in  the journals Meat for Tea: The Valley Review and Pilgrim: A Journal of Catholic Experience. Her play, Make Yourself at Home, was performed at Union County College’s first short play festival and won second prize in 2011. A second play, Midway Island: 1945 was performed at this same festival.  Her short fiction strives to uncover the layers of truth hidden beneath the quotidian rituals of daily life and the psychological underpinnings of characters who appear at first glance to be untroubled.   Two book length works, a novel of Chile, From the Abuelas’ Window, 2005 and  If I Could Paint the Moon Black, 2015, reflect her lifelong interest in anthropology and history and the impact of war and revolution on the lives of ordinary people. Nancy is at work on a novel.

Michael VanCalbergh received his MFA in Poetry from Rutgers-Newark where he currently teaches. When not convincing his daughter that she doesn’t actually want to start drinking coffee yet, he finds time to research comics. His work has appeared in Apex Magazine, The Collagist, Weave Magazine, and others.

Michael Liska is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Rutgers-Newark.  His work has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and recently his unpublished short fiction collection was selected as a semi-finalist in Black Balloon’s Horatio Nelson Fiction Contest.  He lives on the Delaware River and is hard at work on a historical novel.

Din is a contemporary, jazz-infused trio, based in Jersey City Heights. On electric Bass and vocals is Timothy Erbach, Andrea Stevenson plays drums, and her main band is called Cachabacha. John Kadian is on keyboards, and he also plays with the Kadian Quartet.

Thanks to: Choc o Pain, Bloomsbury Sq., Remco Press, and Susan Newman Design Inc.

Summer Wind (2016) poster design by Susan Newman Design Inc.

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Jazz in the Park

Riverview Jazz Festival & Pershing Field Garden Friends present:

Jazz in the Park

Wednesday, June 8th, 7 pm to 9 pm

Jazz in the Park - Pershing Field 2016

Please join us for this FREE event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Community Center in Pershing Field, featuring:

Eric Zolan is an up and coming guitarist living and working in in Jersey City. He is a recent graduate of William Paterson and has had the great pleasure of performing with Jazz heavyweights such as Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Bruce Williams, and Bennie Wallace. Eric is dedicated to playing music that is sincere in its message and has an uplifting affect on people.

He is performing with a jazz quartet comprised of Vince Dupont on bass, Winard Harper on drums, and Lucine Yeghiazaryan on vocals. They are all extremely talented musicians.

Winard Harper has performed with Dexter Gordon, Betty Carter, Billy Taylor, and Jimmy Heath as well as many others. He currently lives in Jersey City and runs a Friday and Sunday jam session at Moore’s lounge.

Lucine Yeghiazaryan was recently a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition. She has performed internationally and currently lives in Washington Heights, NYC.

Vince Dupont has played with Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Russell Malone, and many others. He is currently studying Jazz Performance at William Paterson University.

Bring a chair or blanket.

For more Information:
pfgf2004@gmail.com
201-259-1800
pershingfield.org

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June Summer Fun Happening Here!

Friday, June 3rd,  6pm-8pm

JERSEY CITY RESERVOIR PRESERVATION ALLIANCE presents

“Wild Jazz Adventure 2016”

Enjoy performances by renowned Jazz musicians: Eric Zolan (guitar), Kahlil Kwame Bell (percussion), Peter Lin (trombone), Vince Dupont (bass), Candice Reyes (vocalist), Abel Mireles (Tenor saxophone), Jovan Alexandre (saxophone), Melissa Slocum (bassist) while exploring the Reservoir’s beauty with Project Reservoir Teams.

Family-friendly and FREE JC Fridays Event as part of the Riverview Jazz Festival 2016.

Wild Jazz Adventure at the JC Reservoir 2016

Wednesday, June 8th, 7pm-9pm

PERSHING FIELD GARDEN FRIENDS presents

“Jazz in the Park”

FREE EVENT! Eric Zolan is an up and coming guitarist living and working in in Jersey City. He is a recent graduate of William Paterson and has had the great pleasure of performing with Jazz heavyweights such as Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Bruce Williams, and Bennie Wallace. Eric is dedicated to playing music that is sincere in its message and has an uplifting affect on people.

This event is part of the Riverview Jazz Festival 2016.

 

Friday, June 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

PERSHING FIELD GARDEN FRIENDS presents

“Summer Wind”

An Evening of Poetry, Prose and Song to Benefit the Gardens at Pershing Field with Choc O Pain, at the 942 Co-Op on Summit Ave on the corner of Zabriskie.

Music by: Din, a contemporary, jazz-infused trio, based in Jersey City Heights. The spoken word by: Michael Liska, Nancy Burke (Toomey) and Michael VanCalbergh.   $16 Donation includes food & beverage.

 

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Pershing Field Renovated Playground Now Open!

“What we see happening in our parks really translates to neighborhoods as a whole. So if you have parks that are cared for and that are well maintained, and have good and safe equipment, and they run sponsored events for residents, it really becomes a gathering place. When the community gets involved and they invest in their parks, they invest in their community. A new playground lifts the moral, and it provides a service to the community at large. People should have neighborhood parks where they can walk and bring their children. Not everyone has the means to go away to the mountains or to the shore for the weekend, or even take a day trip. Not everyone has those resources available to them, so for many residents the neighborhood park is their solace. And that’s a big reason that we push the well being of our parks.”
~ Laura Skolar, President of Pershing Field Garden Friends, President of the Jersey City Parks Coalition, dedicated community organizer, and ‪#‎JerseyCity‬ native. ‪#‎PeopleOfJC‬ ‪#‎JCMakeItYours‬
“So excited for the opening of the new Pershing Field Playground today!” As they say “it takes a village…” and then some.
Pershing Field Garden Friends would like to thank Mayor Steve Fulop, Council President Rolando Lavarro Jr. Jr., Ward C Councilman Richard Boggiano, Ward D Councilman Councilman Michael Yun, the entire City Council, Division of Architecture Director Brian Weller, Project Manager Chris Charas, Landscape Architect Aaron Johnson and the Kompan representatives Ken Dobyns and Christian Valdez. A special thanks to our dedicated PFGF officers & committee members who worked tirelessly to see this project come to fruition: Bob Murgittroyd, Debby DeVenezia Theresa O’Brien, Patricia O’Hanlon, Amanda KautMaureen Gallagher, Ed Goodall, Alessandra Rafferty and Lanie Class.

Video from JC1TV:


 


Photo gallery by Christian Valdez, KOMPAN Playground Solutions


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Song and Story in the Heights at Spring Bouquets 2016

Pershing Field Garden Friends™ (PFGF) celebrated the first weekend of spring on Friday night at 942 Summit Ave for its Fundraiser, Spring Bouquets: an evening of poetry, prose and song to benefit the gardens at Pershing Field. More than a fundraiser, it was the kick off to the community for the opening of Choc O Pain, the popular French bakery’s third location in Hudson County. The event was super cool; the food delicious.  We are thankful to Niambi Cacchioli proprietor of Bloomsbury Square for hosting with style and Clemence Danko, owner of Choc O Pain for creating a warm and inviting venue. Oh, and let’s not forget the outstanding service!

The first event in the second season of our Solstice Series was again emceed by PFGF™’s very own Mauro Altamura. Great job, Mauro!! The incomparable Tiphanie wowed the crowd with her original, soulful songs while Charles St resident Sean David accompanied on violin and vocals. Tom Small and Joanne Chin shared their prose… insightful, sensitive and often times amusing. Height’s resident Lycette Nelson read from the narrative poem “Immigrant,” written by her award-winning father, Stanley Nelson.  Thanks to Susan Newman from Susan Newman Design Inc. for creating our promotional materials and Tony Salecki of Remco Press for printing our beautiful posters. We were fortunate to have generous donations from Sean Connors, Debby DeVenezia, Erin Delaney and Laura Skolar for our raffle and door prizes. Most importantly, we thank our community for their unwavering support.

The second of our Solstice Series, Summer Wind, will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2016. If you are a writer, poet or musician and would like to participate in this or a future event, please email pfgf2004@gmail.com or call 201-259-1800.
 

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Spring Bouquets 2016

Pershing Field Garden Friends invite you to celebrate spring on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30, at 942 Summit Ave in the Jersey City Heights.

Your donation of $16 will include a beverage and a sweet or savory bite, while enjoying the spoken word & song of local writers and singers:

Spring Bouquets 2016 poster design

Joanne Chin is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at Rutgers-Newark and her work has appeared in KL Stories: Urban Odysseys, published by MPH Group Publishing, Malaysia, and in The Waiting Room Reader II, published by CavanKerry Press. Her stories have been finalists in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers (twice) and Very Short Fiction Award.

Tom Small‘s fiction has been published in Passages North at the University of Northern Michigan and The Cooweescoowee at Rogers State University in Oklahoma.  His creative non-fiction has been published in Amoskeag at the University of Southern New Hampshire.  His short play Domestic Particulars  was produced at The New Moon Short Play Festival  and again at the Lenox Hill Theater in New York.  He has an MFA from Rutgers-Newark.  He lives with his wife Maxine and their Pug dog Sydney who suffers from chronic back ache.

Stanley Nelson was born in Brooklyn in 1933 and lived there for almost all of his life. He is the author of 18 published books of poetry and is best known for his long narrative poems, Idlewild, The Brooklyn Book of the Dead, The Travels of Ben Sira, and the four-volume Immigrant. He is the recipient of the

Thomas Wolfe Poetry Award. His work has appeared in over fifty publications and several anthologies.

He was the editor of The Scene, an anthology of plays from Off-Off Broadway. The Unknowable Light of the Alien, one of his many works of fiction, received a Small Press Book of the Year Award.

Lycette Nelson is an attorney practicing in Jersey City and lives with her partner and daughter in the Heights. In addition to her JD, she holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from SUNY Buffalo. Her father’s wide-ranging interests in literature, jazz, art and sports and his commitment to his own writing were strong influences on her.

Tiphanie studied ballet and harp before becoming a professional dancer and actress on French TV at age 15. She began singing at that time. In 2008 she met her soul and music mate Geoffrey, which led to her traveling to Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York. Writing music was a natural evolution for her. She was granted a Talent Scholarship at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and New York where she graduated with a degree in Musical Theater. She’s been here ever since. Tiphanie has performed in numerous shows and in an Off Broadway play. But during the winter of 2014 she decided to bring her songwriting career to the next level. She released her first EP “between us” in July 2015. Since then she has been a performer on the street, on the subway and in numerous venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and in Paris as well. She is currently working on a new EP.

You can find her music at:
https://www.facebook.com/tiphaniemusic/

 

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