Friday, September 27, 2013

A Christmas Carol - Bus Trip to Performance by Gerald Charles Dickens

Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, and himself an actor in Britan, comes to the United States to perform a one-man show of Charles Dicken's classic, "A Christmas Carol." The New York Times calls Mr. Dicken's performance "a once in a lifetime brush with literary history."

We will be leaving the Eden Woolley House at 10:00 am for a 1:00 pm performance in Burlington. Tickets will be $45.00 and include transportation, a box lunch and the show.

Space is limited. Call 732-531-2136 or e-mail ( )now to reserve seating.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Speaker Event - Train Travel and the Transformation of the Jersey Shore

Some inventions make small differences. Others change everything. At 7:15 on Tuesday, November 12, at Board of Education offices at 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, local author and historian Gary Crawford makes the case that the steam locomotive was one such history-changing innovation.

In his talk, “Train Travel and the Transformation of the Jersey Shore,” Gary lays out the role that railroads played in the development of Monmouth County and the Jersey shore. Successful lines, and some not so successful, cr...eated a transportation system that linked large population centers with remote seashore communities--destinations that, no matter how inviting, had for generations remained practically inaccessible to the large populations in New York, Newark, and Philadelphia.

Trains changed all that. They gave families a way to escape the oppressive, pre-air-conditioning city heat for the cool Altantic breezes. Travelers packed their trunks and headed to the shore--often for the season. (Wage-earners commuted by Shoretrain from their vacation homes or hotels into the city.) Ocean Grove, Asbury Park, and Deal were among the coastal communities planned and developed in response to the opportunities made possible by train travel.

Join us 7:15, Tuesday, November 12 at the Board of Education Offices, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst. The presentation is open to the public, free of charge. Donations are appreciated. Refreshments are served. (We collect and will deliver non-perishable items for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.)

5th Annual History Ghost Walk - Asbury Park: The History of a Jersey Gem

Ghost players (left to right) Abbey Wilson, Madison Spoonire, and Heather MacDonald pose in from of the Eden Woolley House with Ghost Walk Chairperson Brenda Wityk after a recent rehearsal.
On Sunday, October 20, the Ocean Township Historical Museum holds its fifth annual History Ghost Walk, this year featuring the characters from its exhibit “Asbury Park: The History of a Jersey Gem.” It is a ghost walk designed to delight, not fright--and well, yes, to share some history, too.

The event has two parts.

1) Outside, guests are guided along the path east of the Woolley House to meet and interact with the talented young actors who bring the spirits of Asbury back to life. You never know for sur...e who will turn up--we are dealing with the other side, after all. But as we go to press, we have reason to expect the likes of James Bradley (Asbury’s founder), Arthur Pryor (Asbury’s “Music Man”), Lorenzo Harris, Sr. (Asbury’s gifted “Sand Man” artist and civil rights leader), Barbara Samaha (lingerie peddler who opened Dainty Apparel and became the city’s leading woman business owner), Agnes Frick (an usherette at the Mayfair), and more!

2) Inside the Library’s Terner Gallery, guests enjoy performances from Asbury’s Victorian, jazz, and pop eras. Here they are hosted by the spirit of Evelyne Kane, a member of Queen Titania’s court in the 1924 Baby Parade. Guests sing along with turn-of-the century tunes, swing to numbers from the 30s and 40s, and meet “our own” Connie Francis.

The Ghost Walk is known to sell out. Call the Museum (732-531-2136) to make your reservation. Come shop the Museum Store, enjoy free refreshments, and spend a fun and informative Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children. (Rain Date - Sunday November 3, 2013 - 5:30 pm)

What's It Worth – Antique Appraisals

YOU HAVE A NATIONAL TREASURE! Okay, maybe not. But as any fan of “Antiques Roadshow” will testify, it’s great fun to learn the history and value of the stuff we collection and cherish.

From 7 to 9, Friday evening, September 20, in the Terner Gallery of the Ocean Township Library, 701 Deal Road, expert appraisers Chris and Rose Myer will estimate the value of your treasures. For $5 an item, you’ll learn what they’re worth and why. All proceedings benefit the Eden Woolley House, home of the Township of Ocean... Historical Museum.

Together, Chris and Rose Myer have more than 60 years experience as art, estate, and antique consultants. Collectively, their credentials include a degree in art history, post graduate and certified appraisal studies, a fine arts gallery directorship, and a professional record appraising art, furniture, pottery, glass, and much more. For over two decades, the Myers have owned and operated the Shore Antique Center (previously in Point Pleasant Beach and for the last 5 years, in Allenhurst). The oral appraisal you receive for your $5 fee cannot be used for insurance purposes.

But the expert estimate of the value of your item will let you know if it is worth following up to secure the written appraisal required by insurance companies.

(If a piece you would like appraised is oversized or extremely fragile, please leave it home and bring photos!)