Performing on Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. will be guitarist Paul Desilva and Roselle Park’s Poet Laureate Leona M. Seufert reading her poetry. The Veterans Memorial Library is located at 404 Chestnut St., Roselle Park, and can be reached at 908-245-2456. The artist showcases are a part of Roselle Park’s SummerFest. Coffee and cookies will be available, event is free.
Paul Desilva, a Roselle Park resident, has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old and also likes to sing. He plays instrumentals that sound classical or Spanish but he is versed in many other styles. For about 10 years, he played guitar in church. “I'm basically a singer songwriter/guitarist who is on a musical quest and not trying to limit myself,” said Desilva.
Leona M. Seufert is active in the arts in Roselle Park. She is the town’s first poet laureate. She has read her poems at the annual 9/11 memorial service, and has given writing workshops and readings at the Roselle Park Library and Casano Community Center. Seufert has published two poetry chapbooks, “The Memory Keeper’s Promise - Reflecting on Loss and Remembrance” which included the poems that she read at each of the Roselle Park 9/11 memorial services, and “From Here to There and Back Again, A Commuter’s Journey,” which is a witty, insightful collection of poems she wrote about her daily commute into New York City over a 12-month period.
SummerFest’s goal is to publicize the town’s events and make Roselle Park a destination for summer fun. For more information and to view the monthly calendar of events, visit beyond-words.tripod.com/SummerFest-RP-2012.htm.