Thursday, March 19, 2009

The “Tug & Barge” Quadricentennial Tour May 26 – June 4, 2009

The following is an exciting program that the Hoboken Board of Education is supporting in part as a supplement to our curriculum. In addition, it is a wonderful resource for the entire community. Look for more detailed information in the coming weeks but for now, please mark your calendars. -Dr. Petrosino


The “Tug & Barge” Quadricentennial Tour

May 26 – June 4, 2009

Docked between Hoboken's Pier A Park & NJ TRANSIT’S historic Erie Lackawanna Rail & Ferry Terminal

We're BARGING INTO HOBOKEN! Come aboard two antique vessels docking in Hoboken Tuesday May 26 through June 4. The visit will feature tugboat rides; barge tours; authentic Showboat performances and much more. Team up with a woman tug captain and juggling showboat captain who used to entertain on cruise ships as they retrace Henry Hudson’s voyage and update his vision.

The Waterfront Museum housed aboard the 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge No.79 and the 1907 Tugboat Pegasus are each listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They will dock between Pier A Park and Hoboken Terminal, One Hudson Place, Hoboken. Visitors are encouraged to use mass transit.

The Tug & Barge tour, visiting communities up and down the Hudson River, will bring locals and tourists to waterfront towns to celebrate our predecessors: Henry Hudson, Samuel DeChamplain and Robert Fulton, who enhanced the River through maritime exploration and discovery. Working closely with local communities, the tour will showcase the great potential of the water highway for public access and opportunities in education, commerce and recreation today. We celebrate 400 years since these great explorations and 200 years since the beginning of steam driven vessels, and provide experiences that bring alive their achievements.


FREE FAMILY TUGBOAT TRIPS: See the workings of The Port of New York/New Jersey as a commercial hub and discover the natural resources and wildlife of the harbor. May 30 and 31 at 1 pm. Four-hour harbor tour. Free, donations appreciated. For more information visit or call (212) 406–2225.

SHOWBOAT PERFORMANCE: "Vincent", multi-image dramatic staging performed by The Theater Company in residence at DeBaun Center for Performing Arts A 2-person play that brings the excitement and color of Van Gogh's life to the stage, enhanced with slide projection of his work. May 27 at 7:30 pm. Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

FILM: “Steamboat Bill Jr” starring Buster Keaton. The 1928 silent film will be introduced and presented with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model, silent film accompanist at MoMA. Keaton plays the son of a riverboat captain who comes home from college to help run the family business. Also being shown are archival footage of NY Harbor filmed between 1896-1906. Program presented by Projected Images of Hudson County. May 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

STAGED READING: “On the Waterfront” Budd Schulberg’s classic story of the New York/New Jersey waterfronts and the racketeering unions controlling it. Produced by the Brave New World Repertory Theatre, May 29 doors open at 7pm; Tickets are $18, includes Complimentary wine & cheese

MUSIC: “The Fuzzy Lemons” – Family-Friendly Rock & Roll, May 30 at 2:30 pm. Tickets $12 in advance; $14 at the door.

MUSIC: “Sunset Music Series” featuring sea shanties and bluegrass music. Drinks and light refreshments available. May 30 8–11 pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

CIRCUSundays 2009: featuring performers from around the globe who will dazzle with dexterity and delight. Hosted by Artistic Director Karen E. Gersch. May 31, 1pm & 4 pm. Advance tickets: Adults $14, Kids under 12 - $10; or at the door on day of show: Adults $18, Kids under 12 years $12.

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE: “How They Honored Hudson and Fulton in the Celebration of 1909” by Bob Foster, Executive Director, Hoboken Historical Museum. June 2 at 7 pm. Advance tickets $5; $7 at the door.

TUG & BARGE FUNDRAISER: Come relax and enjoy an evening of fun and festivities bringing history to life while supporting the Tug & Barge. Complimentary food, wine, beer & entertainment. June 3 5:30–8:30 pm. For more fundraiser information visit or call (212) 406–2225.

Advanced Tickets for all shows can be purchased at or toll-free (877) 238-5596.


OPEN BARGE TOURS: Visit the Waterfront Museum’s 1914 covered, wooden railroad barge and step into another era. Hear first-hand the rescue story of a one-of-a-kind vessel by a clown and juggler and discover how food and commercial goods were transported prior to today’s bridges and tunnels. See “SHOWBOAT – ‘Round the Bend”, an exhibition co-produced with The Theatre Museum which tells the history of the showboat as an indigenous and popular form of American entertainment -- along our nation’s waterways and within the New York Harbor. May 27, 28 and June 2 from 5pm -7pm. Free, donations appreciated. No reservations necessary. For more information, visit

(Easily accessible by PATH, NJ TRANSIT’S trains & buses, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and NY Waterway Ferries)

For More Info:

David Sharps,; tel. (718) 624-4719, Ext. 11

Pamela Hepburn,; tel. (212) 406 2225

Geri Fallo,; tel. (201) 420 2207

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(for Tug Photos:)

The Hoboken stop of the “Tug & Barge” Quadricentennial Tour is made possible in part by funds from Applied, United Water, Hoboken Brownstone Company, the Hudson River Improvement Fund of the Hudson River Foundation, Explore NY 400, Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive & The Board of Chosen Freeholders. Special Thanks to Mayor David Roberts and the City of Hoboken, Geri Fallo, Danny Gans & George Vallone and NJ TRANSIT.