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Upcoming Speaking Engagements in 2015

Don't miss this informative multimedia event about the famed New Jersey fun center. The lecture will be hosted by Vince Gargiulo, author of the book Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories, and Producer of the PBS documentary of the same name. For those who ever visited Palisades Amusement Park, this lecture is sure to bring back those cherished remembrances. And for those never lucky enough to have entered its colorful gates, this event will recreate the thrills, laughter and joy that was Palisades.

June 18, 2015

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Secaucus Public Library
1379 Paterson Plank Rd.
Secaucus, NJ 07094
(201) 330-2083

It's been almost 10 years since I appeared in the Secaucus area. Come out and check it out. FREE!

July 1, 2015

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Chilton Medical Center Collins Pavilion
97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
(973) 831-5175

A rare daytime presentation. $5 admission. Seating is limited.

July 29, 2015

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Patterson Public Library
1167 Royte 311
Patterson, NY 12563
(845) 878-6121

Admission is FREE. Seating is limited.

October 5, 2015

Our Lady of Consolation Church
1799 Hamburg Tpke.
Wayne, NJ

Private Event - Members Only

Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories

Originally published in 1995, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories became the fastest seller in the history of Rutgers University Press. It has been unavailable for several years. This best selling book is finally back and now available in a soft cover edition. With its two hundred pages and a foreword by the legendary Cousin Bruce Morrow, this oversized coffee table book captures every fond memory of the famous New Jersey fun spot: the vinegar-soaked french fries, the Tunnel of Love, the world's largest outdoor salt water pool, and so much more.

This newly revised edition includes an all new Photo Scrapbook... 20 new pages with over 100 new photographs. The book also features an introduction to the soft cover edition and updated information throughout the book to make this the most comprehensive work ever on the history of Palisades Amusement Park.

In the foreword of the book, Cousin Brucie recalls, "Palisades was an integral part of our lives. Anybody who has played, visited, or been touched by this magical kingdom retains the glow from a very special relationship." For those who ever visited Palisades Amusement Park, this book is sure to bring back those cherished remembrances. And for those never lucky enough to have entered its colorful gates, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories will recreate the thrills, laughter and joy that was Palisades. This book will make the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list.

New American Masters, Volume 5: Palisades Virtuosi

The Palisades Virtuosi (Margaret Swinchoski, flute, Donald Mokrynski, clarinet, Ron Levy, piano) have an admirable and well-earned reputation as "The Commissioners" because of their ongoing program of commissioning and premiering works for their ensemble from American composers. This recording, the fifth in their series of New American Masterpieces, features new works from seven distinguished composers whose music displays an array of styles, while exhibiting richness and depth. In all, the Palisades Virtuosi have commissioned and premiered almost 70 new works, giving performances throughout the northeastern United States. Palisades Virtuosi have been appointed "Visiting Artists" at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.

The tune "Palisades Amusement" [2009] was inspired by the composer's memories of the now-defunct amusement park in Cliffside Park, NJ. Here are the composer's notes for the piece: Palisades Amusement was composed for Palisades Virtuosi in 2009. The title is derived from the now-defunct Palisades Amusement Park, which operated on the New Jersey Palisades, directly across the river from Manhattan from 1898 to 1971. I remember the Park, especially its famous roller-coaster, from happy childhood visits in the mid-60's. The piece follows an impish, mercurial path through its one-movement structure lasting about eight minutes. Palisades Virtuosi premiered the piece in Ridgewood in November, 2009. - Paul Moravec The fun part about this piece is the way Paul depicts the dread and apprehension of riding on the famous Cyclone roller coaster and the way in which he builds tension as if the roller coaster is reaching the top of its rails before letting loose for its "wild ride". With its exciting finale, the piece was a huge hit at its premiere in 2009.

Palisades Park

PALISADES PARK by Alan Brennert is not only a gripping tale of a New Jersey family, but a fabulous tribute to the famous Palisades Amusement Park. This is one book you will want to add to your library!

Bestseller Alan Brennert's spellbinding story about a family of dreamers and their lives within the legendary Palisades Amusement Park Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey—especially for seven-year-old Antoinette, who horrifies her mother by insisting on the unladylike nickname Toni, and her brother, Jack. Toni helps her parents, Eddie and Adele Stopka, at the stand where they sell homemade French fries amid the roar of the Cyclone roller coaster. There is also the lure of the world's biggest salt-water pool, complete with divers whose astonishing stunts inspire Toni, despite her mother's insistence that girls can't be high divers. But a family of dreamers doesn't always share the same dreams, and then the world intrudes: There's the Great Depression, and Pearl Harbor, which hits home in ways that will split the family apart; and perils like fire and race riots in the park. Both Eddie and Jack face the dangers of war, while Adele has ambitions of her own—and Toni is determined to take on a very different kind of danger in impossible feats as a high diver. Yet they are all drawn back to each other—and to Palisades Park—until the park closes forever in 1971. Evocative and moving, with the trademark brilliance at transforming historical events into irresistible fiction that made Alan Brennert's Moloka'i and Honolulu into reading group favorites, Palisades Park takes us back to a time when life seemed simpler—except, of course, it wasn't.

  The PBS documentary, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories is now available on DVD. Order your copy today!  


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