7:00~1/11/12~Poetey Workshop


Tonight at 7:00, I’m at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge for Poets Wednesday. The poet tonight is Chris Rockwell, a favorite of mine.

He’s leading a poetry workshop and then reading his own work. I’m very excited about this!

The Jersey Girl

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Beach Reviews and Chris Rockwell

Beach Reviews
Whenever I talk about going down the shore during the summer, the usual question that follows is, “Which beach do you go to?”  Well, it depends mostly upon with whom I go.  Some friends have favorite beaches and get badges for that beach, and that beach only, for the season.  Other friends choose their beach based on proximity to their homes.  For others, it’s all about tradition.

My kind of crowd - on the Asbury Park beach.

I’m not all that picky when it comes to choosing beaches, I suppose.  Give me some warm sand beneath my bare toes and some crashing surf to lull me into a nap, and I’m a happy girl.  My biggest criteria for enjoying a day on the beach is that it needs to be relaxing – and so, the less crowded it is, the better.  (Which is why I feel really lucky that my beach days can be during the week.  The weekends are just a little too hectic for me.)

Given that I don’t have an allegiance to any one beach over the other, I decided (yesterday while I was on the Asbury Park beach) that I am going to purposely try to go to a different beach each time this year. I’ll share my experiences and observations, and maybe a photo or two, in a column over at Notes on the State of New Jersey.

I know, I know.  This is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

With Chris Rockwell when he came to visit our school.

Catching Up – Chris Rockwell
During those crazy, last few weeks of the school year, we were very lucky to have poet, Chris Rockwell, visit our school.  He performed and presented a workshop for our 7th grade students.  The kids were completely enthralled by him, and during the workshop it was hard to find anyone who wasn’t fervently on-task.  The kids were eager to share and perform the poems they wrote during the workshop.  They had an absolute blast!

Rockwell is from New Jersey and performs in, and hosts, events in the area.  He also travels across the country, performing his poetry and his music.  He’s young, energetic, and very talented – definitely someone you’ll want to follow!  I plan to see him perform live in the near future, and will keep you posted about it.

In the mean time, you can find him on facebookand listen to some of his work on myspace.

This video is of one of the poems Rockwell shared with our students (recorded at a different event).  Enjoy!

The Jersey Girl

April is Poetry Month, after all…

So difficult to choose a favorite!




I had some extra-special treats to share with coworkers at lunch yesterday; I brought goodies from the Palermo Bakery and Monday night’s Sweet Sioree event at 4Sixty6, in West Orange, into work.  (As much as I love desserts, there was no way I could sample all of these delicious treats myself!)  We loved everything, but I think the red velvet with cream cheese frosting was my favorite.

Monday night, the club known as “NJ’s Vegas” was packed with brides and wedding industry professionals as they mingled about and sampled a seemingly endless supply of cakes and pastries from the Ridgefield Park bakery.

Though the event on Monday was catered toward brides (no pun intended, really!) Palermo’s is available to make their custom cakes for any occasion, even sporting events!  You can visit their website and blog for pictures and ideas. Palermo’s services the greater New York and New Jersey area, and they’ve most recently made special cakes for members of the Jersey Shore cast.

I don't know how any bride could not feel just like a princess with this gorgeous cake!




I’m heading over to the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick for a timely event called Poetry & Comedy Night.  April is Poetry Month, after all, so why not celebrate it and have a few laughs at the same time?

The evening will include a meet and great with authors, poetry readings, a curator-lead tour of the museum, stand-up comedy showcase, complimentary refreshments, and a 20% discount off of purchases made at the museum store.  Tickets for non-Rutgers employees and students are $6, Rutgers employees and students are free.

This event is one of many in the museum’s Art After Hours series.  For more information, you can visit their website.


Looks pretty quiet tomorrow.  I’m planning on a quiet evening of take-out food and will hopefully catch up on some movie watching.  Maybe I’ll finally get to see some of the Academy Award wining/nominated films from this year.  That would be great!

Cakes and more cakes from Palermo's.

Any recommendations?
The Jersey Girl