Music, Museums, Markets & Mysteries




Both Allaire State Park and right here in the Bayshore, a couple of magnificent historic sites have some exciting events on tap, offering entertaining ways of piquing interest in history.


Tonight at 7:30, historian John Barrows will be at the Strauss House talking about the land pirates of Monmouth County in a free lecture that promises to be great fun.


Barrows is editor of Monmouth Timeline, Inc., and produced This Day in Monmouth County History for social media. Tonight he’s presenting his research into the wreckers of Monmouth County, what they did, who did it and why, plus so much more. He’ll compare them to shipwreck prone areas in other parts of the world and talk a bit on how they earned their awful reputations. Sounds fun and a great evening for unusual entertainment.


Then start planning for the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society’s 41st Annual Outdoor Flea Market on Sept. 18. Hard to believe it’s been going on for so long, but when you consider how well and how difficult it is for all t hose wonderful volunteers to maintain that historic mansion, you can understand why they also plan fund raisers that are fun and entertaining.


The Flea Market is at the Atlantic Highlands Marian from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and if the weather its really bad, they’ll postpone it until Sept. 25. This Market has 140 spaces for vendors, so you’re bound to find antiques, collectibles, crafts, to say nothing of tools, books linens and even fishing equipment and old postcards.



Besides the vendors, the Society will have its own tables with refreshments and their traditional “Treasures’ Or table.” Their Chance Auction features five baskets brimming with merchandise, and you can purchase 50/50 raffle tickets for other prizes will be awarded on Dec. 8. Of course, members will be on hand to answer questions about the society, the Strauss Mansion and all their programs already on the calendar. Proceeds from all this hard work Sept. 18 will be specifically for continued preservation and restoration of the 1893 Strauss Mansion at 27 Prospect Circle as well as for educational and outreach programs throughout the year.


If you want to be a vendor at this terrific event, Carmen at 732-291-9337 or Bette at 732-291-4313.


A favorite of mine are their October events, ghost tours of the Strauss House. Tickets for either Oct. 23 or 30 are on sale now, and go quickly., Tours are at 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. and are $25 each. Join a paranormal investigator, hear about spirits in the house, see some footage of activity, and hear a psychic interpret. More that on in a future issue, but in the meantime, go to AHHS.org or call for reservations.


In the meantime, it’s music at Allaire, with their Music Jamboree on Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and another one on Oct. 16.


This weekend, they will have Cynthia in the historic chapel in the morning to answer all kinds of questions if you know somebody thinking of having their wedding there. Even without wedding planning, it’s a great place for simple peace and tranquility in the chapel.


They have a great History Kids Club at Allaire with programs this Friday, Aug. 20, and Aug. 27, then more on Sundays from Sept. 12 t through Nov. 14. The cost for these is only $10 but pre-registration is necessary.


Check out Allaire’s site as well as all the great state parks in New Jersey.,


And of course, close to home is the Twin Lights Historical Museum where for $5 you can now climb both the North and South Towers, not only once but as many times as you’d like the same day to get those spectacular views and learn about both maritime and local history.


The new nautical equipment exhibits are interactive and great fun and educational, and local people will love the names features in huge posters on the walls of one exhibit room, names like Trudy Ederle, Henry Sandlass, and of course Joshua Huddy and more. The museum is free, as is the Powerhouse where you’re up close to the Fresnel Lens that kept the ladies “annoyed and irritated” at their homes in Monmouth Hills. Great stories, stop and read the exhibits, it adds to the pleasure of a great day.

Then start planning for the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society’s 41st Annual Outdoor Flea Market on Sept. 18.


Hard to believe it’s been going on for so long, but when you consider how well and how difficult it is for all t hose wonderful volunteers to maintain that historic mansion, you can understand why they also plan fund raisers that are fun and entertaining.


The Flea Market is at the Atlantic Highlands Marina from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and if the weather it’s really bad, they’ll postpone it until Sept. 25. This Market has 140 spaces for vendors, so you’re bound to find antiques, collectibles, crafts, to say nothing of tools, books linens and even fishing equipment and old postcards

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