The afternoon's dark skies and misty rain gave way to gorgeous evening weather, enabling guest accordionist Matt Schreiber and Dena to play two sets at this fun event in the renowned Bryant Park, adjacent to the New York Public Library’s main branch. We presented a set of traditional tunes including a medley of Dave Tarras and Abraham Ellstein bulgars, and later, a set of primarily Bessarabian tunes - those collected by German Goldenshteyn a"h, and composed by Emil Kroiter - and one of Matt's very lovely composition “Bedbug Blues” - https://matthewschreiber.net/videos/bedbug-blues-%D0%B4%D1%8A%D1%80%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B0-%D0%B1%D0%BB%D1%83%D1%81/
Although we played a smorgasbord of klezmer tunes, we were the musical Chinese food offering to a sold-out house. It was terrific to play surrounded by appreciative listeners – the energy level was high and the setting quite beautiful. It was also great to play surrounded by the record of Jewish history in NJ shore towns like Asbury Park. Belmar, and Freehold so beautifully and professionally presented. The museum, located in an historic building is definitely worth a visit - don’t miss the interactive kids’ corner – either by itself or in conjunction with other Monmouth County historic sites. https://www.jhmomc.org/
We were invited for a return engagement next year, same date– hope to see you then!
The library was "born" in the basement of one of the buildings in the 400-unit former Pine Grove Manor cooperative garden apartments. PGM was the first integrated development in New Jersey and Dena’s childhood home; she lovingly remembers that basement location and still has her library card (number J869). .
To the Town’s credit, the library is now housed in an extremely beautiful and well-designed building. The concert organizer, Outreach/Reference Librarian Joan Serpico, did a terrific job of publicizing the concert – every seat was taken and she was able to accommodate the overflow. The audience was multi-cultural, all ages, and spirited: we felt a definite hum of excitement and returned the feeling. A fun time was had by all! https://www.franklintwp.org/
Can you tell we had a good time?.