Anthony and Jessica from write: It is my hope this finds you well. As most of you know on Saturday Dec. 6th, 2009, 3pm, SI OUTLOUD Is hosting a Tolkien reading event, which I have pasted their event announcement below. We are very grateful to them for allowing Jessie and I, and The Northeast Tolkien Society to participate in this event. We will have a free raffle and some Tolkien related goodies to giveaway, plus take part in the program detailed below.

For those traveling by public transportation from Manhattan to the event please take the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Terminal South Ferry, St. George Terminal Staten Island, which is located 1 Bay Street, Staten Island NY 10301.

From this point please follow the signs within the terminal for the S91 (Bradley Avenue – Direction: S I Mall Yukon Av) and take it too 700 Rockland Ave, SINY 10307.

A very good resource for travel directions is Google MAPS.

Please let your fellow Northeast Tolkien Society members know of this event and bring all interested.


Staten Island OutLOUD presents a special seasonal performance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Simarillion” on Sunday, December 6 at 3pm, at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave, SINY 10307. This event is free, and fun for all ages. Come dressed as your favorite Tolkien character!!!

“The Silmarillion” describes the creation of Middle-earth, where “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” take place. This OutLOUD event is hosted by Suzanne Bernstein, who has composed original music for our performance, featuring an ensemble of traditional and “found” musical instruments. And yes, we’ll have audience participation in the music-making!

Our special guests are Jessica Burke and Anthony Burdge, who are authorities on Tolkien’s work and founders of the Northeast Tolkien Society. They will be available for Q & A during our post-performance dialogue. They’ve also offered to provide some special treats for our guests.

Details on this event can be found on Staten Island OutLOUD’s website: Find us on Facebook (just type Staten Island OutLOUD into your Facebook searchbar), and follow us on Twitter:

We’ll gather in the beautiful Greenbelt Nature Center, by the stone fireplace and surrounded by the winter woods. If you haven’t been to the Nature Center, be prepared for a treat! It’s like being in the Adirondacks. Visit the Greenbelt’s website:

Staten Island OutLOUD is a community dialogue and performance project. Since its establishment in September 2001, Staten Island OutLOUD has served over 16,000 participants and has presented over 450 free events (in 20 languages) throughout the North Shore, mid-Island and South Shore. These events made possible in part by a 2009 Creative Communities Award from the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, with public funding by the New York State Council on the Arts.