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Englewood's 'Gateway To Music Exhibit' Opens With Flourish

John Travolta of "Saturday Night Fever" fame is one of the life-sized blow-ups that is featured in the Mackay Park exhibition "Englewood: Gateway to Music," opening Oct. 9 and continuing on weekends through Dec 18.
John Travolta of "Saturday Night Fever" fame is one of the life-sized blow-ups that is featured in the Mackay Park exhibition "Englewood: Gateway to Music," opening Oct. 9 and continuing on weekends through Dec 18. Photo Credit: Englewood Historical Society
Kitty Kallen, a singer from the '30's to the '60's, is one of the life-sized blow-ups that is featured in the Mackay Park exhibition "Englewood: Gateway to Music," opening Oct. 9 and continuing on weekends through Dec 18.
Kitty Kallen, a singer from the '30's to the '60's, is one of the life-sized blow-ups that is featured in the Mackay Park exhibition "Englewood: Gateway to Music," opening Oct. 9 and continuing on weekends through Dec 18. Photo Credit: Englewood Historical Society

ENGLEWOOD, N. J. -- Englewood Historical Society volunteers have so far found more than 160 musical entertainers and producers who have passed through town at one time or another, and they expect to discover more as they prepare for the historical society's newest exhibit, "Englewood: Gateway to Music," which opens on Sunday, Oct. 9.

The exhibit, featuring photos, record albums, musical instruments and other items, kicks off with a reception from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the historical society's Mackay Park Gatehouse, 130 W. Englewood Ave., Englewood.

From the famous like Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett and John Travolta, to the lesser-known, Englewood has been a base to entertainers from several types of music, including jazz, classical, pop and more.

"We've identified over 160 musicians who lived in Englewood. As we research and talk to people about this music project, we keep discovering new names," said Irmari Nacht, co-president of the historical society. "My dentist just mentioned that Jimi Hendrix lived in the Isley Brothers' house for two years."

This exhibit comes after last year's successful inaugural exhibition at the Mackay Gatehouse called "From Gatehouse to Gateway to Sports: the Story of Mackay Park and Sports in Englewood,: featuring sports items and collectibles. "Last year we had tremendous response to the sports exhibit with visitors coming in every weekend," said Charlotte Bennett Schoen, co-president of the society.

Also, during the Oct. 9 reception, the John T. Wright Ice Arena will open for the season with ice performances and skating for the public. There will also be music performances on the lawn between the gatehouse and the ice arena featuring local (including the high school band) and professional musicians.

The public is invited to all events at no charge, except a $5 skating fee, which includes skate rental.

The"Gateway to Music" exhibit will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. through Dec. 18. For more details, email irmarinac@yahoo.com or call the Englewood Recreation Deparrment. at 201-871-6551.

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