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:

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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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Winter Delights Thank You

On Tuesday December 15th Pershing Field Garden Friends held its 12th Annual Holiday Fundraiser, Winter Delights, at the Dante Alighieri Society. We had an excellent turnout, the company was outstanding, and the food by Renato’s was delicious. The culmination of our Solstice Series, our most successful fundraiser to date, was due to the generosity of our members, local merchants, musicians, and artists.

We are thankful to Central Ave Liquors who sponsored our event and we’re fortunate to have the support of the following merchants:

  • LuLu’s Hair Zone, Height’s Wireless, Central Ave Dunkin Donuts, Do You Tea, and Stop & Shop

Unique and artistic gifts were donated by local artists:

  • Santiago Cohen, Lynn Mullins, Susan Newman/Frogs Are Green, CaroLyn LamimosaArt, and Cathy King Pottery

Generous donations were also made by:

  • Councilman Michael Yun, Mary Daly, Debby DeVenezia, Diane Brown, John Frohling and Mary Jean Cremyck, Josephine Sita, Albina Meluso, Bart Erbach, Laura Skolar, and Dante Alighieri Society

The night would not have been complete without the musical talents of Jersey City Jam and The AnaBel Trio who donated their time and talent to our event.

  • Jersey City Jam is a pop-up band of friends who met through music in Jersey City.  They have a passion for the American Songbook, Bossa nova, and the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf. They are: Jackie Ross, Lou Selmi, Barbara Lee, and Bart Erbach who performed and graciously orchestrated the performances for the night.
  • The AnaBel Trio features three local college students who bring a warm and freewheeling approach to a variety of jazz, blues, and Dixieland standards. They are: Anastasia Beliakova, Marc Velez, and Dan Aleman.  Their classic tunes and Christmas selections made for an outstanding evening!

Patrick Ambrossi coordinated our volunteers; D’Angelo Barrow, Robert Kelly, Justin Kelly, Roberto Martinez, and Danny Saporito who assisted us throughout the night with our food service and tricky tray prizes.  We could not have done it without their help.

A big thank you goes out to Patricia O’Hanlon who solicited our local merchants for their generous donations and Mauro Altamura who was instrumental in the artist donations for Winter Delights. We are also thankful for the support of Freeholder Anthony Romano, and members from our local neighborhood groups; Washington Park Association, and the Hamilton Park Conservancy.  We had a fun and profitable night ringing in the holiday season and look forward to a successful year in 2016. Cheers!

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Winter Delights – Holiday Fundraiser

Pershing Field Garden Friends invites you to celebrate the Holidays at our annual fundraiser Winter Delights – an evening of Music, Food and Fun to benefit the gardens and programs at Pershing Field. 

Tuesday, December 15th from 7 to 10 PM
at the Dante Alighieri Society 
562 Summit Ave, Jersey City. 

Your $65 donation will include a fabulous Italian buffet, drink and dessert while enjoying music & song provided by Jersey City Jam and The AnaBel Trio. There’s even a dance floor if you are so moved!

Jersey City Jam is a pop-up band of three friends who met through music in Jersey City. They have a passion for the American Songbook, Bossa nova and the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf.

They are:
Jackie Ross – Vocals

Jerome Bongiorno – guitar
Bart Erbach – Bass

The AnaBel Trio features three local college students who bring a warm and freewheeling approach to a variety of jazz, blues, and Dixieland standards.

They are:
Anastasia Beliakova – Vocals
Marc Velez – Guitar
Dan Aleman – Sax, Clarinet, Everything Else

 

Partake in our Tricky Tray featuring items from local artists and merchants while enjoying an evening with neighbors and friends; contributing to a worthwhile cause!

Purchase Tickets here: www.pfgfwinterdelights.eventbrite.com

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Matt Chilcotte Photo Exhibition at Pershing Field

On Saturday, November 7th, Tami Resch shared some of the amazing photos by Matt Chilcotte, of his time as a solider in Vietnam, at the Pershing Field Garden Friend’s History Walk. It was wonderful to see so many people so interested and so moved by them.

Unfortunately, Matt was unable to join us but his wife Barbara gladly discussed the photos and provided some insight into her husband’s service as a US Marine serving in Vietnam 1966-1967. Thanks to Barbara & Tami for providing this priceless glimpse of history so beautifully captured in these photos.
 

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175th Anniversary of Hudson County

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To celebrate the 175th anniversary of Hudson County, the Hudson County History Advocates organized a series of walking tours of historic areas of the county.

On Saturday November 7th, Bob Murgittroyd, board member of Pershing Field Garden Friends and the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society, led a tour of Pershing Field telling the story of the over forty-year effort to create the park, as well as the stories of some of the local veterans who are honored in the park.

Formally opened on August 23, 1919, Pershing Field was designed to be a both a memorial to the young men of the Jersey City Heights who gave their lives in World War I, and as an athletic field where future citizens could maintain their fitness in case they were ever again called upon to defend America.

It was an informative an interesting talk, proving that in Jersey City the more things change; the more they stay the same. A delicious selection of homemade scones were provided by Tami Resch.

Funding was provided in part by Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

scones by Tami Resch

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Join the Rutgers 4-H Urban Youth Garden Club for Pershing Field

Attention Teens & pre-Teens and Adults!! FREE Membership
Join the Rutgers 4-H Urban Youth Garden Club for Pershing Field

  • Are you a youth that would like to make a difference in your community? Learn about sustainable gardening and urban beautification? Gain leadership and team building skills? Participate in county, state and national 4-H events AND more?
  • Are you an adult that would like to make a difference in your community?Work with youth while participating in gardening? Learn gardening skills or improve your own? Interact with like minded people in beautifying the park?

If interested, come to our Pershing Field Garden Friends meeting on Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 7 pm at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Community Center in Pershing Field.  Interested youth/adults wishing to actively participate will sign up with Rutgers 4-H program.

Info will be available at the meeting and on 4-H website. Adults will participate in a leader’s orientation. Once enrolled, youth are eligible to participate in county, state and national 4-H events including; camps, fairs, public speaking training’s, and other service projects.

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Red Ball Day

On the morning of Jan 19, 1921 school children in the Jersey City Heights were excited to see a large red ball raised atop a flagpole at Pershing Field, signalling the official opening of ice skating season.  Since 1914 the city had been flooding the depressed oval in the Park, then known as the Reservoir Playground, to provide a large skating area for the city’s residents.  Starting slowly, the skating ring was only available for eleven days in 1914; fifteen days in 1915; and thirty eight days in 1916 when over 5,000 showed up on the first day of skating and almost 120,000 for the entire season.

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Join Pershing Field Garden Friends for a talk and history walk of Pershing Field, a part of a celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Founding of Hudson County, on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10 am and learn of the almost fifty year fight to create Pershing Field.

Space is limited and registration is required at:

https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/events/calendar-of-events/september/hudson-county-history-tours-fall-series

Funding provide in part by the Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

– Bob Murgittroyd

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Plant A Tree, Talk and History Walk

ScoutsOn April 26, 1919 as work on the new Pershing Field over 500 Boy Scouts assembled at the park. As the Boy Scout Fife and Drum Corp played patriotic songs the Scouts proudly marched around the park in front of a crowd numbering in the thousands. Taking places around the park the Scouts then simultaneously planted fifty-six Oak trees in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt as the band played the Star Spangled Banner. The City Parks Department then officially christened the walkway, the “Roosevelt Trail.” Today the Pershing Field Garden Friends annually gather to plant flowers in the Park under the shade of some of these same trees.

Join PFGF for a talk and history walk of Pershing Field, a part of a celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Founding of Hudson County, on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10 am and learn of the almost fifty year fight to create Pershing Field.

Space is limited and registration is required at:

https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/events/calendar-of-events/september/hudson-county-history-tours-fall-series

Funding provide in part by the Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Celebrating Fall with Poetry, Prose and Song in Jersey City

Pershing Field Garden Friends™ (PFGF) celebrated the first weekend of fall on Friday night at 942 Summit Ave for its fundraiser, Falling Leaves: an evening of poetry, prose and song to benefit the gardens at Pershing Field. The warm and inviting venue and tasty treats were provided by Kelley & Ryan of Do You Tea? Stephanie, of WHOS Gluten Free Bakery and Niambi of Bloomsbury Square.

The third in our Solstice Series was again emceed by PFGF™’s very own Mauro Altamura. Thankfully, foot surgery and crutches could not keep him away – Great job, Mauro! Frank Hankey started off our evening with an eclectic mix of ballads ranging from classical to contemporary. His theatrical delivery truly enhanced his outstanding performance. Mary Fan, Sarah T. Jewel, and Purvi Patel, shared their praiseworthy poetry and prose. They are all members of Jersey City Writersa community of dedicated scribes who seek to develop and explore their craft. Carol Lester joined in, performing two of her soulful original songs. What a nice addition to our program.  We ended the night with the syncopated swing of The Itching Downs String Band featuring the talented father and son duo of Andy and Desmond Luck. They ended the night appropriately with their rendition of  Autumn Leaves.  We thank them all, and were reminded once again, of the wealth of   talent we have right here in our neighborhood. Most importantly we thank our community for their unwavering support, making this the most successful night of our series.

Stay tuned for details on our Holiday Fundraiser to be held on December 15th – I can promise you it will be another fun filled night in support of our park!!

Falling Leaves: Poetry, Prose and Song to benefit the gardens of Pershing Field

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