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Secret Garden Tour, Sunday, June 3, 9am-4pm The 15th Annual Secret Garden Tour is an annual rite of spring! Ideal growing conditions this year mean the gardens are at their peak. The 10 gardens selected for the tour offer a wide range of different styles and challenges. One garden offers amazing views of the Hudson and Manhattan -- if you can take your eyes off the beautiful sandstone patio bordered by interesting flowers and ornamental plants, or the charming 2-story playhouse in the corner. Another garden boasts a giant boulder that couldn't be moved, so it was converted into a fountain! Two gardens were patiently cultivated by local artists with unique aesthetic visions. Several others were transformed by top-notch designers from neglected or paved-over yards into magazine-worthy "outdoor rooms." There are child-friendly, low-maintenance gardens and gardens that prove there's a lot that can be done in back yards without much space or sunlight. Click here to read more or buy tickets to this Sunday's annual celebration of spring.The guided tour takes about two to two and a half hours to complete, leaving the Museum every half-hour between 9 am and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $20, day-of-tour tickets are $25. Museum members pay $20. Volunteers are needed to lead tours. Contactvolunteer@hobokenmuseum.org for more info.
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Surrender When Leaving Coach...Poet Joel Lewis on June 2, 4pm Join us Saturday, June 2, at 4 pm for a free reception celebrating the publication of Joel Lewis’ fourth poetry collection, Surrender When Leaving Coach. One of the poems from the collection has been reproduced on a large banner as part of the Museum's exhibition, "Driving Under the Hudson." Click here for more information. A social worker by day, Lewis has taught writing at The Poetry Project, The Writer's Voice, and Rutgers University. He also edited Bluestones and Salt Hay, an anthology of New Jersey poets, as well as Reality Prime, the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels, and On the Level Everyday, the selected talks of Ted Berrigan.
Robert Edwards and Vanessa Perea and combo play second Wednesdays at the Museum this spring
Jazz Combo Returns to the Museum June 13, 7pm Trombonist Robert Edwards and vocalist Vanessa Perea will return with their jazz combo to the Hoboken Museum on June 13 at 7 p.m. for the last of three performances this spring. Admission is $7, or $5 for Museum members, and includes light refreshments. Don't miss this talented ensemble, who infuse American standards with swing and a little funk!
Edwards and Perea perform mostly standards, including songs favored by Frank Sinatra—think Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin—infused with Brazilian and funk influences. Click here for more information.
Play Ball! Celebrate Hoboken's Baseball History
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"Birthplace of Modern Baseball" Celebration, June 16, 1pm Calling all baseball fans! On Saturday, June 16, at 1 pm the Flemington Neshanocks will take on the Hoboken Nine, playing by Alexander Cartwright's 1870s rules in period-appropriate uniforms, in a competitive game at Stevens Dobbelaar Baseball Diamond. The event commorates the June 19, 1846, game that put Hoboken on the map as the birthplace of modern baseball. For more information, click here, or on the poster at left. Hotdogs will be available, of course! The event is free.
Kid Stuff! Uptown Storytime and Family Fun Day
Spring Family Fun Day is Sunday, June 10, 12pm Round up the whole family for crafts, a puppet show and hotdogs at the Museum's Spring Family Fun Day, June 10 from noon - 4 pm. This event will offer several all-ages, hands-on activities including a performance by Puppet Heap, museum scavenger hunt, free hot-dogs from Tony and Neil's Hotdog Cart, and a hand-puppet making activity for kids and their parents For more information, call the Museum at 201-656-2240 or send an email to Robin Westervelt, Education Curator, email@example.com
Penny Metsch enthralls her fans
Uptown Storytime Every 1st & 3rd Thursday, 10am 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 June 7 & 21!
Fire Department Museum Open Weekends, 12-5 pm
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!