Liberty State Park will celebrate its 30th birthday on June 10th, and considering that last year alone 5 million people visited the park — this could turn out to be one heck of a birthday party. If you’re one of the lucky people who have already discovered Liberty State Park, then you might want to take a moment to honor Morris Pesin, the driving force behind turning a once-desolate Jersey City dumpsite into one of the greatest parks in America. Mr. Pesin, who passed away in 1992, was honored by President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1985 with a Volunteer Action Award for creating Liberty State Park, the Gateway to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Artists have been coming to Hudson County for decades looking for an inexpensive place to do their art while becoming part of a caring community. In Union City, the 1,400-seat ParkTheatre has been creating high quality artistic programming since 1931. In 1983 the theatre became part of the Park Performing Arts Center—a private, not-for-profit arts center dedicated to presenting and producing programs for the diverse surrounding communities of urban New Jersey. Over the past twenty-one years the center has presented nationally recognized theatre, jazz concerts, well known folk musicians, educational programs, and its presentation of The Passion Play has drawn audiences from up and down the East Coast for the past 89 years. Father Kevin Ashe, a catholic priest, has been the guiding force at this renowned performing art center since 1983.
When Jerry Castaldo and the founder of the Reptiles, Alan Wyles sit to arrange an original song, they both wonder why they didn’t do this 30 years ago. At 53 and 52 years old, Castaldo and Wyles feel that it’s better late than never. In the last 2 years since Castaldo has joined the Reptiles, the duo have written 14 original tunes and are putting together their first original CD which will be available in January. The original music of the Reptiles is a reflection of the life experiences of both Castaldo and Wyles. Every song has a direct meaning to their lives.
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