Fridays Are For Frank: “All of Me” — Sinatra Celebrations Throughout Hoboken
(ABOVE: Craig Wallace Dale photo of Leo’s)
There’s a hell of a lot going on for Frank’s 100th birthday celebration here in Hoboken…
Last night saw a packed house at Little City Books for an absolutely phenomenal evening of conversation with Pete Hamill, James Kaplan, Will Friedwald and The Grammy Museum’s Bob Santelli.
At the Hoboken Historical Museum, there’s a full slate of activities up to and beyond the big birthday:
- Bus Tour of Sinatra’s Hoboken
December 6, 2015 • 1-3 pm (NEW TIME)
On the Sunday before his birthday, the Hoboken Historical Museum is sponsoring a Frank Sinatra bus tour. Trace Ol’ Blue Eyes’ early years in Hoboken, starting from the “Downtown” neighborhood where his family started out in a cold-water flat. Along the way, tour goers will see the church where he was baptized, his high school, his favorite delis and bakeries, and more. The tour is $10 and seating is limited. Click here for reservations.
- First Sundays Sinatra Singer: David Arellano
December 6, 2015 • 4 pm
On the first Sunday of every month, the Museum and the Hoboken Department of Cultural Affairs have teamed up to bring back past Sinatra Idol Contest performers to help us celebrate Frank Sinatra’s centennial year. On Sunday, December 6, the Sinatra Singer is David Arellano, who won the 2010 Hoboken Sinatra Idol contest by moving the audience to tears with his rendition of “My Way.” He’s a retired police detective who lives in Staten Island, and has been a Sinatra fan since he was a kid in Brooklyn.
- Celebrate Sinatra’s 100th Birthday at the Museum!
December 12, 2015 • 12 – 2 pm
Join legions of Frank Sinatra fans at the Hoboken Historical Museum from 12 – 2 pm on Saturday, December 12, for the dedication of a new Hollywood Boulevard-style plaque honoring the legendary entertainer. The event starts at noon, with the dedication of the plaque at 1 pm.
- Sinatra Centennial Birthday Bash!
December 12, 2015 • 7 pm
Location: Bissinger Room, Howe Center, Stevens Institute of Technology
Cap off your Sinatra Centennial celebration on the evening of December 12 with the Hoboken Museum, overlooking the Manhattan Skyline. Entertainment will be provided by The Swingadelic Big Band and six Sinatra tribute singers. VIP tickets are $150, general admission is $75. Click here to learn more about the party.
- Author Talk: David Lehman, “Sinatra’s Century”
December 13, 2015 • 4pm
Acclaimed poet and critic David Lehman will visit the Museum on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 pm, to discuss his latest book: “Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World,” a series of short meditations on the man, his music and his larger-than-life story.
Meanwhile, the Hoboken Public Library is hosting their own collection of Sinatra memorabilia, plus a Sinatra 100th Birthday Movie Marathon on Saturday, Dec. 12, starting at 10:15.
Of course our good friends at Leo’s Grandevous are going all out, with their Sinatra 100 celebration on 12/12. Limited seating available—you must have a reservation for dinner. We will have live entertainment until 12am!
Blue Eyes Café in Sinatra Park on Hoboken’s Waterfront is always a great spot to sit and stare at ol’ “New York, New York.” They’ll be featuring at prix fixe menu with live music and a Sinatra Performance.
Stop into Del Frisco’s Grille Hoboken for a Sinatra Cocktail.
Or head on over to Piccolo’s for a cheesesteak with Patty Boy—you know Frank will be playing there…
Whatever you do, enjoy yourself. That’s what Frank would have wanted.
“May you live to be a hundred, and may the last voice you hear be mine.”