PERTH AMBOY—The official grand-opening of Perth Amboy’s “Welcome Center” and “Ferry Slip Museum” will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at the Ferry Slip, located on Front Street (foot of Smith Street.)
Sailors’ and dockside chanteys (work songs) will ring out over the waters to start the festivities. “The Black Ball Line”, a musical group that performs annually at the Songs of the Sea and Tavern at the Tavern Music series in historic Richmondtown, Staten Island, will serenade attendees.
Led by David Kleiman and Ken Schatz, the group also includes Jess Hodge and Kate Myslinski (whose family origins have long Perth Amboy roots). They will perform songs that would have been heard along the New Jersey waterfront 100-150 years ago.
Timothy Hart, director of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, division of NJ parks and Recreation, will give a short talk. Light refreshments will be served and it is a short walk from the museum/welcome center’s site at the foot of Smith Street to the Blueberry Festival in Bayview Park, which will be held between noon and 6 p.m.
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