Monday, September 9, 2013

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)

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