GLEN ROCK, NJ - In honor of Glen Rock’s Quasquicentennial Celebration, the 125 Committee presents an afternoon of historic interludes in a tented setting on the lawn of Borough Hall, Saturday, Sept. 7.
Reservations are required and one can register for each event at glenrocklibrary.org. In case of rain, each event will be held in the Library at the time listed.
On the Village Green at 11:00 a.m. Stories from our Town by Julie Della Torre. What did folks do in 1894? They told stories and they listened to stories. Join Julie Della Torre, professional storyteller of Glen Rock, to experience and enjoy the old art form of storytelling. She will tell stories from the Lenape and from the cultures of the people who settled in our town. Julie has presented stories throughout the Metropolitan area in schools, nature centers and libraries. She founded the New Jersey Storytelling Festival and has been a featured teller for years. This is appropriate for the entire family. Presented by the Friends of the Library.
On the Village Green at 1:00 p.m. The Buzzcuts: a traditional barbershop quartet. Rob Bayer-bass, Charles Salamone-baritone, John Williams-lead, Joe Christianson-tenor. The group was formed in Good Shepherd Church in Glen Rock and they continue to sing there. Barbershop singing originated in the late 1800s in America. It is a hybrid of black and white cultural forms.
On the Village Green at 1:45 p.m. Heroes Abound
What do these three people have in common? Sue Tryforos, Borough Historian will bring these former residents of Glen Rock to life. Bravery and derring-do equal 14 medals and the Congressional Medal of Honor to Ludovicus van Lersel, WWI. The Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airman Thomas Lawson Hawkins, WWII and Captain William McHale, master of the S .S. Mormacsea with 800 tons of peat and a cargo of $4,500,000 (1940 value) worth of gold ingots left Norway under the nose of the Germans and arrived in New York on April 25…but there is no record that the gold was ever deposited at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. So, the end of this story is yet to be told. Sue Tryforos has lived in Glen Rock for 38 years and has been the Glen Rock Borough Historian for about 10 years. Previously, she was involved as the President of the Glen Rock Historical & Preservation Society. She authors a blog on the Historical Society’s website GlenRockHistory.org. Presented by the Friends of the Library.
On the Village Green at 2:30 p.m. Someone Must Wash The Dishes. Written by Pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe in 1912, this witty, insightful satire performed by Michèle LaRue sheds light on some of the apparently absurd arguments offered by those opposed to the Suffragist movement. Insight into the sociological, historical, and political context will be explored. Ms. LaRue has toured nationally, and her past sponsors include the Smithsonian Institution and Chicago’s Newberry Library. Someone Must Wash The Dishes was directed by Warren Kliewer.
On the Village Green at 3:30 p.m. Thomas A. Edison – The Wizard of Menlo Park comes to life. Through the historic impersonation of Peter M. Small, we hear about Edison’s rivalries with the other three great inventors of his time – Bell, Westinghouse, and Tesla. Living just ‘down the road’ from Glen Rock at the end of the 1800s, Edison’s inventions of the electric incandescent lamp, the phonograph and motion picture entertained the lives of the world, leaving a legacy of historic recorded performances both audibly and visually. Peter has appeared on the History Chanel and has performed at the Reagan, Hoover, Nixon and Bush Presidential Libraries and throughout the United States.