Summer ‘Shelebration’ of Shel Silverstein

| July 28, 2011 1:59 PM
Shelebration! A Tribute to the Works of Shel Silverstein
Where: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
When: Saturday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Price: Free

Many people who grew up reading — or having read to them — Shel Silverstein’s books, like “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” “A Light in the Attic,” or “The Giving Tree,” are sometimes known to rattle off a line or two of his poetry in day-to-day life. Musicians and singers will gather to do the same at Shelebration!, a tribute to the poet and songwriter’s life and work taking place as part of Central Park’s Summerstage. The event will also serve as a debut for poems from Silverstein’s upcoming book of poetry, “Everything On It.”

Silverstein was a prolific writer, producing books right up until his death in 1999.  Poems like “Sick” (“‘I cannot go to school today’…I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash and purple bumps”) and “For Sale” (“One crying and spying young sister for sale!”) have become staples of American childhood and poetry.

Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem, Sing a mumble-gumble song, Whistle through your comb. Do a loony-goony dance ‘Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain’t been there before. –
—Shel Silverstein

In addition to being a well-known poet, cherished by kids and adults alike for his simultaneously comedic and substantial poems, he was also a songwriter, known for such songs as Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue,” for which Silverstein won a Grammy award in 1970.

Silverstein’s silly and serious works will be read and performed by various artists and musicians, including singer-songwriters Pat Dailey and Sally Timms.

  • gerald bray

    Can tickets be purchased or reserved before the gates open for admission?

    • Iris V. Metzger

      Became aware of his work thru one song/poem “Sylvia Stout won’t take the garbage out”. Heard it on an old radio program-Dr. Demonto !

      Can I get to see hear this w/o tickets ?!

  • N Smith

    How and or where do we get tickets for this event? Is there a phone # to call?

    Are there special admissions for senior citizens? People with disabilities?

    thank you

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