2008 Grace Cathedral Arts Festival
The Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City is having their 19th Annual Cathedral Arts Festival starting this Saturday, May 10th. They call this Cathedral Arts Festival “the largest and longest-running celebration of artists and the arts in Hudson County.”
Art will be on display till the 23rd, and various mini-events such as book readings, poetry and musical performances will take place. See the website for more details.
One particular item of note, is Kate of Hoboken, who will be performing readings of her poetry on Tuesday, May 13th at 7pm.
“I am Kate of Hoboken who now lives in Jersey City on the Hudson river. People ask me, why the name? Well, in 2001 at the age of thirty seven, I was Mom to four year old Rhapsody and two year old Bucky when I became a widow. This was jolting. My husband had been my world.
My husband was bold and loud. He had owned a scene shop and built Broadway shows. After his death I subconsciously grabbed his bold energy, his ability to create new worlds and marched forward. Words became important to me. I began to write. I called it journal dialysis. I found if I did not write, I did not function well.
The writing then turned into poetry and prose and then performance. In the process of finding my voice and strength I felt a little like Joan of Arc; possessed and determined. When ever I felt weak, I reminded myself to be bold and would whisper, “You’re Kate of Hoboken. You can do it. Yes you can!”