Baby Parade today is cancelled, more from the Museum

Due to rain, the Baby Parade has been postponed until Sunday, May 21, at 1 pm. 
Join the Baby Parade, Sunday, May 22, 1 pm  Under threat of thunderstorms, the Museum is postponing the Hoboken Baby Parade for a week. Join us on Sunday, May 22, at 1 pm for the 10th Annual Hoboken Baby Parade and help us celebrate the spirit and creativity of the Mile Square City’s families. The Parade begins at Sinatra Park—located at Fifth Street and the Hudson River—and proceeds along the waterfront to Pier A. The Parade is free and registration begins at noon. Volunteers needed!
Parents now have an extra week to enhance their children’s costumes and festoon their carriages and wagons. Trophies are awarded for Best Dressed Child, Most Creative Carriage, and Best Dressed Family— the latter category has been awarded to twins and triplets, families with multiple children, cousins, and even playgroups. 

Hoboken babies flaunt their fanciest outfits
“Sweets Talk & Tour” Saturdays at 10 am!
The Museum’s current exhibit, “Yum Yum, Tootsie Rolls, and Chocolate Bunnies on Motorcycles…A Sweet History of Hoboken,” traces a history of the city through its many commercial bakers, candy manufacturers and family-owned bakeries. Now, every Saturday morning, visitors can also see, taste and smell some of the sweet traditions on the Museum’s weekly “Sweets Talk & Tour.”
Visitors will meet at the Museum at 10 am for a guided tour of the exhibit, followed by a visit to Schnackenberg’s Luncheonette, Giorgio’s Pasticceria, and Biancamano’s Italian deli. Sample tastings are included in the $15 ticket price. The members’ price is $12. The tour will last about an hour and a half, led by volunteer Dennis English, who developed the program. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 201-656-2240 or
New Events in May: Poetry & Play readings 
Just added to our busy spring calendar are two events for anyone who loves good writing. 
The first is a staged reading of the play, “40 C.P.S.,” written by local playwright Louis LaRusso IIon Friday and Saturday, May 20 – 21, 7 pm, at the Burchard Auditorium on Stevens’ campus. The play explores father-son relationships through characters based on LaRusso’s friend Michael Bennett, director/choreographer of A Chorus Line.
Directed by Hudson Theatre Works’ Frank Licato, the reading features many of the same actors who performed in previous LaRusso productions, Marlon Brando Sat Right Here, and Lampost Reunion, including Vincent Pastore, Maureen Van Zandt and Robert Funaro, plus Tony winner Karen Ziemba. Tickets are $25, and proceeds will benefit both the Museum and HTW. For reservations, call the Museum, 201-656-2240; for details, visit HTW’s

The second is an afternoon of poetry reading, on Saturday, May 21, at 4 pm at the Museum. Distinguished local poet Joel Lewis, who organized the event, will be joined by Eliot Katz and Ona Gritz in presenting some recent works. A $5 donation is suggested.

  • Joel Lewis is the author of Learning From New JerseyVertical’s CurrencyHouse Rent Boogie andKishka King, due out in 2012 from Hanging Loose Press. 
  • Poet/activist Eliot Katz is the author of six poetry books, including Unlocking the Exits and Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out from North America’s Skull
  • Ona Gritz is a poet, columnist, and author of two children’s books and a poetry chapbook, Left Standing. She placed second in the Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition (2009). 
Visit the Fire Dept. Museum, Now Open Sat.-Sun. 12 – 5 pm
When was the last time you visited the Hoboken Fire Department Museum? The Hoboken Historical Museum is helping the fire department staff the historic site, at 213 Bloomfield St., keeping it open from noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The building served as a firehouse from 1881 to 1891 and later as a firemen’s meeting hall. It features a restored 1932 fire engine and display cases of full of helmets, tools, photos and other fire equipment. Kids are welcome free of charge; adults are asked for a $2 donation to help support the Museum’s upkeep and operations. 
“Open River” series continues in May-June
“Legacy, Lessons of Ground Zero” – The Open River series continues on Sunday, May 22 at 4 pm with a talk by Hoboken-born journalist Anthony DePalma, whose new book, City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11, examines the repercussions of so many critical decisions made in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. “It was a nightmare scenario of one of the busiest and most crowded places on Earth being exposed to an unprecedented mix of known and suspected hazards.” He will bring slides and dust samples to illustrate his talk. Suggested donation: $5.; members free.
“New York Harbor: Memories from the Age of Steam” – Steam engineer and historian Frank Vopasek IV returns to the Museum on Sunday, June 26, at 4 pm to present a virtual tour of New York Harbor through slides of the many types of boats that once plied the Hudson under the power of steam. Suggested donation: $5.; members free. 
In June: Garden Tour, Jun. 5; Vintage Baseball, Jun. 19 

This year’s Secret Garden Tour, Sun., June 5, will feature a mix of fresh new landscape designs, carefully nurtured personal gardens and at least one popular favorite from a past tour that has been updated since its last appearance. Tickets will go on sale soon: $20 in advance, $25 day of tour ($20 for Museum and Hoboken Garden Club members). Tour groups depart every half hour from the Museum between 9 am and 4 pm, and last about two and a half hours. Volunteers needed! Email
The Museum’s Spring Family Fun Day, June 12, 12 – 4 pm, is a hands-on celebration of our “Sweets” exhibit. The free event is open to all and features chocolate-making by Maricel Presilla, Yum-Yum ices by Mario Lepore, and fruit-carving with Nestor Lagman.

June 19 is the anniversary of the famous 1846 baseball game played on Hoboken’s Elysian Fields. To celebrate, the Hoboken Museum is bringing vintage baseball expert Brad Shaw and his Flemington Neshanock Club to Stevens Dobbelaar Baseball Field for a competitive game against a Hoboken team using 1870s rules. FreeTo join the Hoboken team, call the Museum at 201-656-2240.

The Hoboken Historical Museum is open six days a week, Tues-Thurs 2-7pm, Fri 1-5 pm, Sat/Sun 12 – 5 pm, at the Shipyard complex, 13th & Hudson St. Call 201-656-2240 for more info. or visit

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