Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jazz Series Opens Tonight at the Historical Museum


Reminder: Jazz Series Opens Tonight at the Museum
Robert Edwards and Vanessa Perea and combo play second Wednesdays at the Museum this spring
Robert Edwards and Vanessa Perea and combo play second Wednesdays at the Museum this spring
Jazz Evenings Debut April 11 at the Museum

Trombonist Robert Edwards and vocalist Vanessa Perea will bring their jazz quartet to the Hoboken Museum on April 11 at 7 p.m. for the first of three performances this spring. They return on the second Wednesday of the next two months, May 9 and June 13, before the Museum closes for the month of July. Admission is $7, or $5 for Museum members, and includes light refreshments.

Edwards and Perea perform mostly standards from the great American Songbook, including songs favored by Frank Sinatra—think Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin—infused with Brazilian and funk influences.

“We enjoy making funk tunes swing and the swing tunes funky,” says Edwards, describing his three-year collaboration with the Glen Ridge, N.J.-born Perea. Perea says she enjoys singing with a band led by a trombone: “Singing with a trombone is like singing with another voice. The sound and capabilities of the instruments are very similar.” 
Tunnel Talks, Upper Gallery Shows, Fun Runs
John Gomez will speak on "Mechanical Moderne: Architectural Innovation and Influence in the Holland Tunnel Ventilation Towers " Click on the image for more information.
John Gomez will speak on "Mechanical Moderne: Architectural Innovation and Influence in the Holland Tunnel Ventilation Towers " Click on the image for more information.
Tunnel Talks Continue in April:
Gomez on "Mechanical Moderne"

The Tunnel Talk series continues on Sunday, Apr. 15, at 4 p.m.with John Gomez, architectural historian and advisor to the Hoboken Historical Museum, who will give a talk titled, "Mechanical Moderne: Architectural Innovation and Influence in the Holland Tunnel Ventilation Towers,” about how the towers were designed. The architect was Norwegian, and brought a Scandinavian design sensibility to the project. He went on to work on other projects for the Port Authority, including the towers for the Lincoln Tunnel. The Tunnel Talk series is free and open to all. For a preview of Gomez's talk, click here to read his Jersey Journal column.

Two more Tunnel Talks will help visitors "dig" into tunnel lore:
Sun., May 20, 4 p.m., Tunnel talk: “Highway Under the Hudson” author Dr. Robert W. Jackson will describe the conditions that precipitated the construction of the Holland Tunnel, and its impact since then.

Sun., Jun. 24, 4 p.m., Tunnel talk: “The Last Three Miles” authorSteven Hart will discuss the riveting saga of the roads and bridges connecting the Holland Tunnel to the rest of the country.

The exhibit and speakers series are made possible through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Applied Companies, Bijou Properties, T&M Contracting, United Way of Hudson County, and John Wiley & Sons.





Puppet Heap, nationally famous puppet design studio. Click on the image to visit the group's website.
Puppet Heap, nationally famous puppet design studio. Click on the image to visit the group's website.
Strange Neighbors: The Art & Imagination of Puppet Heap through April 29
If you missed the opening receptionfor the Upper Gallery exhibition featuring Hoboken’s own Puppet Heap, it's not too late to experience the magic. Puppet Heap is a nationally renowned puppet design and fabrication studio that creates and brings to life some of the world’s most beloved characters using both traditional and cutting-edge techniques to share stories with modern audiences. It's on view through April 29.

Based in the former Levolor factory at 720 Monroe St., “The Heap” is led by artist and entrepreneur Paul Andrejco and boasts a team of the industry’s most talented designers, performers and craftspeople. The studio began in 1992 and has grown into an ever-expanding creative company that develops and designs characters for film, television, theater and the Web for such entertainment companies as Sesame Workshop, The Walt Disney Company, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
Click on the image above to visit the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K website
Click on the image above to visit the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K website
Running Under the Hudson

Does the Museum's "Driving Under the Hudson" exhibit inspire you to take a closer look at the tunnel? On Sunday, April 29, 2012, you'll get that chance if you join the Museum team in the 26th Annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K to support Special Olympics - New Jersey.

Museum member John Trinkwalder is a Special Olympics coach and is organizing a team for the Museum to participate in the fundraising run/walk. The Museum will donate a free "Driving Under the Hudson" t-shirt to any Museum members who sign up with the team by using the link below. The cost to register is $25 by April 19 and $35 after that date.

On Sunday the 29th, we'll meet at the Historical Museum at 7:45 am for a team photo op, then walk to the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel. The 5K run/walk starts at 8:45 sharp. To sign up, follow this link to visit the Museum team's web page and help John in his efforts to support Special Olympics - New Jersey. All proceeds go to the Special Olympics-NJ.

Any contribution is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about the event, contact John Trinkwalder. 646-265-6416. You can also click on the link above to make a donation if you can't participate. Or, you can mail a check and include a note with John's name on it indicating you are supporting John for the event to:
Special Olympics New Jersey, 3 Princess Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, Attn: LTC 5K

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Kid Stuff! Uptown Storytime and Summer Programs
Penny Metsch enthralls her fans
Penny Metsch enthralls her fans
Uptown Storytime Every 1st & 3rd Thursday
Toddlers and their parents or caretakers are invited to join librarian and Museum trustee Penny Metsch every other Thursday morning at 10 am for the popular Uptown Storytime. Penny chooses old favorites and new books sure to please kids ages 2 - 5 years. Suggested donation for adults is $2; free for members.
Mark your calendars: Upcoming Storytimes are April 19, and May 3 & 17! 
Ready to explore the Mile Square city
Ready to explore the Mile Square city
Looking for summer fun for kids?
The Hoboken Historical Museum's 2012 Summer Enrichment Program sessions are booking up quickly. Each week-long session runs Monday - Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Museum--with field trips around town.
Every day includes a little history, exploring, outdoor activities, crafts and a chance to make new friends and have lots of fun. The week costs $225 per child enrolled, Museum Members pay $190.
Visit our new website for more information.http://www.hobokenmuseum.org/education/programs/summer-enrichment
Or call the Museum at 201-656-2240 or send an email to Robin Westervelt, Education Curator, at education@hobokenmuseum.org
Fire Department Museum Open Weekends, 12-5 pm
Family fun at the Fire Dept. Museum!
Family fun at the Fire Dept. Museum!
Hoboken's other best-kept secret is the Hoboken Fire Department Museum, at 213 Bloomfield Street. Come see how generations of fire fighters have battled fires in this dense urban environment. Memorabilia, including photos, hats and equipment, are arrayed floor-to-ceiling, and the fire fighters welcome visitors to climb up on the vintage fire truck.
Admission is free for children, $2 for adults. The Hoboken Historical Museum is happy to help the department staff the Museum on weekends from noon to 5 pm.

The Hoboken Historical Museum is open six days a week at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Our hours are 2 - 7 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, 1 - 5 pm on Fridays, and noon - 5 pm on weekends. Our number is 201-656-2240.
Stop by and see our exhibits, browse our growing collection of t-shirts, books, mugs and postcards, or check out our website and browse our online collections.
Happy exploring!

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