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2015 Fort Lee Film Commission Battle of the High School Bands

Battle of the High School Bands 2015

The annual Fort Lee Film Commission sponsored Battle of the High School Bands takes place Friday, June 12th at 7 PM at the Fort Lee Community Center (1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ).

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Special Screening & Live Event: "The House of Hate"

image from the silent film SPECIAL SCREENING & LIVE EVENT -- The House of Hate: World Premiere of new digital restoration
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106 (718) 777 6888

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Pearl White Birthday Celebration - March 7-8, 2015

Pearl White Birthday Celebration

The Fort Lee Film Commission and the Palisade Interstate Park will hold a weekend celebration in commemoration of movie serial Queen Pearl White's Birthday on March 7-8, 2015.

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Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival 2015 - Call for Artists & Vendors

Arts & Music Festival 2015

The Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs announces that the 13th annual Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015 on Main Street.

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Annual John Barrymore Birthday Fundraiser to benefit FLHS Drama Dept. & Student Actors - February 15, 2015

John Barrymore Birthday

The Fort Lee Film Commission will hold its annual John Barrymore Birthday Fundraiser on February 15, 2015 at 6 PM at Santorini Taverna Restaurant at 2020 Central Road, 1/2 block from where John Barrymore made his stage debut as an 18-year-old Fort Lee resident in 1900. We will kick off the event with a wreath laying at John Barrymore Way on Main Street and Central Road at 6 PM followed by a buffet dinner with soft drinks (cash bar) at Santorini Taverna.

This event will include a special sneak preview of the new Fort Lee Film Commission documentary on Fort Lee film history The Champion: A Story of America's First Film Town. Tickets are limited to the first 50 and sell on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are $30 each and checks can be made out to the Fort Lee Film Commission. To reserve tickets call the Film Commission at (201) 693-2763 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All proceeds go towards programs for the Fort Lee High School student actors and the Fort Lee High School Drama Department.

Senior Dinner Dance on January 18, 2015

Please join us for an elegant dinner dance. Enjoy a fully-catered meal and live music with the incomparable Peter Lieberman. January 18, 2015 from 5:00-9:30 PM at the Fort Lee Senior Center. Talent review after dinner!

Residents: $15.00
Non-residents: $18.00

Please call Etta to reserve your tickets today: (201) 592-3500 x1300.

Fort Lee's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 4, 2014

image announcing Fort Lee Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

The Annual Fort Lee Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00PM at the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center. Come celebrate with your community! Hot chocolate & refreshments; special holiday music by our DJ; and many more surprises. (Rain date: Friday, December 5, 7:00PM)

Please bring a toy to donate to the Fort Lee PBA Toy Drive in support of local families in need and the USMC Toys for Tots (new toys and unwrapped).

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"Punch & Pie Night" - November 22, 2014

Punch and Pie Night 2014

The Fort Lee Historical Society is hosting a November 22nd fundraiser at the historic Kearney House at the Alpine Boat Basin of the Palisade Interstate Park off exit 2 of the PIP. The program starts at 7 PM and includes a living history program in a tavern that dates back to before the American Revolution. Palisade Interstate Park historic interpreter Eric Nelsen and bios colleagues will wear period clothing and tell stories of life in Fort Lee in 1776. Troubadour Thaddeus MacGregor will play music if the era. Punch and pie will reserved. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited to the first 25. All proceeds go towards the Fort Lee Historical Society. For reservations contact (201) 592-3580 or (201) 693-2763 or visit www.thefortleehistoricalsociety.org.

Reenactment of General Washington's 1776 Retreat to Victory on November 22, 2014

Washington's Retreat 2014

The Borough of Fort Lee, the Palisade Interstate Park, the Fort Lee Historical Society, the Fort Lee Historic Preservation Commission, and the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs sponsor the annual Retreat to Victory. On Saturday, November 22nd at 11:30 AM the Brigade of the American Revolution will assemble at the Fort Lee Historic Park (Hudson Terrace and Bruce Reynolds Boulevard) and exit the park to retrace General George Washington's footsteps up Main Street. On November 20, 1776, General Washington led 3,000 of his troops up Main Street to escape British capture. Included in that group of soldiers was patriot and writer Thomas Paine who in his American Crisis detailed this event as the times that tried men's souls.

The public is encouraged to park their cars at the Fort Lee Historic Park no later than 11:15 AM on November 22nd and join the  Revolutionary War reenactors on a short march to Fort Lee's Monument Park on Palisade and Parker Avenues. There will be a ceremony at Monument Park that will include a musket fire salute. Following the ceremony there will be free donuts and hot cider at the adjacent Fort Lee Museum courtesy of the Fort Lee Historical Society. For further info visit www.thefortleehistoricalsociety.org or call the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs at (201) 693-2763.

Seton Hall exhibit covers Fort Lee film history

Seton Hall flyerThe Walsh Gallery of Seton Hall University Presents: A Celluloid Story - New Jersey’s Filmmaking History
Monday November 3 – Friday December 12, 2014 at Walsh Gallery - Seton Hall University

This exhibit runs from Monday, November 3rd - Friday, December 12, 2014 at The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ (400 South Orange Ave.). The exhibit highlights the birth of American cinema in New Jersey and Fort Lee, the first American film town - the period covered is from 1890-1920 and the exhibit is in honor of New Jersey's 350th Anniversary. The opening reception is on November 6th from 5-8pm and a special event is being held on Monday, November 17th, 6:30 - 8pm "Romancing the Reels" which is a special presentation from Fort Lee Film Commission member Professor Richard Koszarski and the program includes a screening of the 1916 Fort Lee produced film "A Reckless Romeo" at the Art Center 104, Seton Hall University. For further info call (973) 275-2033 or (201) 693-2763. The exhibit is sponsored by the Seton Hall University MA in Museum Professions Program and by the Fort Lee Film Commission. For further information visit www.shu.edu/walshgallery or call 973-275-2033.

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