FANWOOD, NJ -- The Carriage House Poetry Series will celebrate the Halloween season with a special program on Tuesday, October 22nd beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue).

The program, called “Wax Museum” in the spirit of the season, will feature New Jersey poets in costume reading their own poems or works of various time-honored poets.

Performers will include:

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  • Amanda Berry from Garwood;
  • Tony Gruenewald from Edison;
  • Deborah LaVeglia, Nancy Lubarsky and John McDermott from Cranford;
  • Michelle Ortega from Basking Ridge;
  • Tom Plante (Arts Council co-director) and Gary Szelc from Fanwood.

Bob Rosenbloom from Bound Brook will appear as the “Usher from the House of Usher.” Emceeing will be Adele Kenny (Carriage House founding director and Fanwood’s Poet Laureate). These performers include widely published and prize-winning poets, editors, publishers, teachers/professors, an attorney, a speech pathologist, a retired school superintendent, and authors of numerous poetry collections.

The Carriage House Poetry Series was launched in 1998 at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series. The reading on Oct. 22 is free and open to the public. All are invited to come in costume, but costumes are not required. An open mic will follow the featured performances. Refreshments will be served.

Come visit the Carriage House Wax Museum for a ghoulishly good time. For information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For more information, and to see the Carriage House Poetry Series calendar, visit http://carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com/