The Shrewsbury Historical Society’s newsletter was recently e-mailed out to all Society members, and in addition to being packed with a lot of news, there was a wonderful tribute to the incredibly talented Judi Buncher, the longtime volunteer for historic sites who headed that team of hard working volunteers who made that Wedding Dress Exhibit so historical in its own right. Judi is the stylist and garment restorer who shared her talents to make it all happen. The Society maintains, rightfully so, this delightful exhibit which is so full of history could never have been possible without Judi’s talent and generosity.
Read the story here about this talented lady, or better yet, go to the Historical Society website at www.shrewsburyhistoricalsocietynj.org and either renew your membership or sign up to be a member of the Society. You don’t have to be a Shrewsbury resident to learn more about and appreciate its history.
The Wedding Dress Exhibit -While the current Wedding Dress Exhibit engaged the
expertise of a number of volunteers, without the amazing creativity of Judi Buncher, stylist and garment restorer, the current exhibit would not have reached its acclaimed reception and positive reviews. Judi earned an Associate Degree in Art (Commercial Art) at Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Georgian Court University. She has been a long time volunteer (24 years) at Allaire Village, Wall Township, and started the Fibre Arts Guild making period clothing for men, women and children from as early as 1836. She is also a state certified Social Worker and is nationally certified in Therapeutic Activities. She helped found the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Activities Directors, serving as Vice President. She also was Vice President of the National Remotivation Therapy Organization, Inc. where she brought out the best in all her patients from the severely handicapped to Alzheimer's. Her creative talents range from drawing, sculpting, painting, designing, fiber arts of all types, especially Tatting, lace making and the lost art of Ecclesiastic Vestment and Embroidery. She absolutely delights in restoring garments of historic significance. Along with her husband, Stuart, a noted historian, reenactor and restorer, they share their creative energies and talents for the enjoyment of others. Residents of Tinton Falls, Stuart and Judi are long time supporters of Shrewsbury--the Shrewsbury Historical Society, the Allen House, and Christ Church Shrewsbury. The Shrewsbury Historical Society and its members and guests are indeed blessed to share in their talents, enthusiasm, and generosity.