Hoboken honors Frank Sinatra: Art expo, party at City Hall, CD release from resident who sang at his funeral

HOBOKEN – Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 on Saturday, Dec. 12, was always known to inspire a cultish response from his fans. With a myriad of events, biography readings, and birthday bash, and museum exhibition, it seems those from his hometown have the “Sinatra bug” too.
On Friday, Dec. 11, members of the public are invited to join Mayor Dawn Zimmer and City Clerk James Farina at 11 a.m. at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (94 Washington St.) for an annual Frank Sinatra birthday party. The celebration will include cake, coffee, and memorabilia of the crooner.
The hometown heroes’ centennial will also mark the release of “This Is My Way,” a tribute album from Hoboken resident Angelo Cerrone. The album, which includes 18 tracks covering a gamut of Sinatra classics, was recorded between 1996-1998. Among the standout tracks is a peculiar recording of “My Way” which Cerrone performed during Sinatra’s private funeral.
During the service at St. Francis Church, where a young Sinatra once attended, Cerrone was the bandleader and was selected to sing “My Way.”
Even after Sinatra’s birthday, the celebrations will continue with the opening of the “Sinatra Centennial Art Exhibition” on Saturday, Dec. 19. The exhibition was made possible through a partnership between the city and Tresorie Framing/ French Mats. An artist’s reception will be held on the day of the opening from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring work from Peggy McGeary, Jane Sklar, Geula Vardi, lilly Person, Max Jersey, Micheal Malizia, Alex Morales, Danielle Furman and Franck de las Mercedes.

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