Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel featuring Full Disclosure of Music
7:15 PM19:15

Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel featuring Full Disclosure of Music

$!5 at the door

This month’s installment of Music At The Mansion hosts Full Disclosure Music, a quartet featuring Frank Grasso (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bob McHugh (piano), Mike Carino (bass), and Mitch Germansky (drums). They will be joined occasionally throughout the evening by vocalist Audra Mariel. All ages are welcome. $15 at the door— please bring a dish and/or a drink to share as part of this potluck style event at the Historic Strauss Mansion Museum curated and hosted by Audra Mariel.

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7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Lecture: Monuments Go Up, Monuments Come Down: The Politics of Confederate and Civil Rights Monuments

Barbara Seater, Ph.D. comes to the Strauss Mansion Museum for this engaging topic.

The events in Charlottesville during the summer of 2017 have prompted even more consideration about memorials and what they represent. When it comes to memorials, heritage and events are political and often reflected in the monuments that are erected. As ideologies change, groups become more or less powerful in privileging the commemorated, or as new information comes to light, new monuments are created and/or old ones are removed. In this session, the politics of and public response to memorials will be examined through numerous lens.

This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

This program has been made possible in part by the National Edowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

Free, held at the Strauss Mansion Museum

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Spring Into the Season: Learn Gardening Essentials from Design To Growing Gourmet to the Power of Native Plants
1:00 PM13:00

Spring Into the Season: Learn Gardening Essentials from Design To Growing Gourmet to the Power of Native Plants

Does your mouth water when you think about cooking with just-harvested edibles from the garden?  Does your heart melt when when you view roses scrambling over a trellis and clematis peeking through?  Does your head spin when you attempt to make an edible or ornamental garden actually work?

Good news!  The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society (AHHS) is offering a Free workshop, Saturday, March 30, 1:00 pm located at 27 Prospect Circle, Atlantic Highlands, that will provide a mix of information and hands-on tips to help you:

  • Create a beautiful and ecologically based garden

  • Combine ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs - along with edibles, and annuals

  • Emphasis on using strong native plants in order to sustain our local environment

  • Plant Combinations - Right Plant for the Right Place

  • Garden Maintenance, including watering and weeding

Local, award-winning garden designer and horticulturist, Leeann Lavin, principal of Duchess Designs, LLC will host the talk, provide hands-on planning tools, guide you through the fundamentals of the gardening process and give you the confidence to grow and maintain your gardens.  

“The Spring Into the Garden” talk is a distillation of what Leeann has learned and practiced over more than two decades of immersion in garden design and horticulture, as a graduate of The New York Botanical Garden’s Landscape Design certificate program, writer, author, lecturer, and with her garden-to-tablescape designs - a hospitality artist.

“Every good garden design tells a story,” Leeann explains.  “Gardens are personal - whether you have a container garden, a raised bed, a terrace, a border or yard, you can tell your story with the right mix of plant combination, a design that works with your architectural style and site conditions to create garden rooms that will bring you joy in every season for years to come and enhance your lifestyle.  And all that starts with a good plan.”

Accompanied by a seasonal, homegrown botanical tea, the presentation includes:

  • A Mix of lush, colorful images of gardens and plants to inspire;

  • A step by step plan and checklist to get you focused;

  • How to draw up a site analysis that you can refine and implement;

  • How to produce a Go-To Plant list for your home landscape that includes a mix of Natives, Perennials, and Edibles

  • A Doable Maintenance schedule

The “Spring Into the Garden” talk will culminate with a walk around the AHHS Strauss Museum to view the mansion’s landscape.

The Historical Society is seeking volunteers to get their hands in the soil and help reclaim the magic of these gardens at the Strauss Mansion Musuem: 27 Prospect Circle.  “We want folks to think of the Strauss Mansion Museum’s landscape and gardens as their community garden -- a place they can come to work and help rescue these neglected garden rooms and bring them back to life,” said Lynn Fylak, president, AHHS.  “We are encouraging budding botanists of all ages to bring their friends and family to enjoy gardening here - for an hour or two -- whatever their schedules permit.” The gardens will enhance the Strauss Museum’s unique and special event programs.  “What’s lovelier than sitting on the wrap-around porch in the summer with a view of pretty gardens while listening to wafting music -- and fragrance -- during our monthly program events -- especially at our popular Music at the Mansion series?”

** While the Talk is free, please register so that the AHHS can provide seating and refreshments for all guests.

Garden Design Showcase

In related news, The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society announces its first Gardeners Showcase during spring and summer 2019. The AHHS at the Strauss Museum invites local nurseries and garden designers to show off their skills and creativity in one of the gardens that grace the Strauss Mansion Museum estate, which is listed on the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places.

Participants, in return for their effort and contribution, will not only enjoy overwhelming respect and garden love -- they will receive:

•  Signage that identifies their business, at each garden showcase site. This signage will be viewed by the visitors to the Strauss Museum during the spring, summer and fall.

•  Recognition on the AHHS Strauss Museum and the Atlantic Highlands websites and publicity on its social-media platforms (Facebook).

•  Publicity through news releases sent to regional media (including Two River Times, Asbury Park Press, The Star Ledger, Patch, NJ.Com, Garden Glamour, GardenerNews, Monmouth County weekly newspapers, blogs and social media).

•  A one-year classification as a Supporter and all the perks for that designation.

To secure a spot in this year’s Gardeners Showcase, or to obtain more information, please contact Lynn Fylak at:

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8:45 AM08:45

Historic Jersey Journeys: Princeton, NJ

Jersey Journey to Princeton

Join us for a triple play of holiday history and fun when the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society spends a day in Princeton on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Our itinerary includes visits to:

Morven Museum & Gardens, former New Jersey governor's mansion, for the annual Festival of Trees, with galleries and porches decorated for Christmas in the 18th-century house;

Princeton University Museum of Art, with some 90,000 works spanning ancient to modern art;

and a guided walking tour of Princeton University campus.

Time will be allotted for lunch on your own. Guests are also welcome to bring their own brown-bag lunches, snacks and beverages. 

Departure will be at 8:45 a.m. sharp from Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, Atlantic Highlands, returning at approximately 6 p.m.

Cost is $75 per person (AHHS Members pay $63) and covers transportation and admissions. Advance purchase is required. Checks can be dropped off at the mansion, or mailed to PO Box 108, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, 07716. You may also pay online in our ‘SHOP’ section

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to Oct 27

Expanded Paranormal Investigation Tours

Expanded Paranormal Investigation Tours

Friday, October 26. 6 PM, 7:30 PM, 9 PM, 10:30 PM

Saturday, October 27. 6 PM, 7:30 PM, 9 PM, 10:30 PM

Admission: $15 per person


Our popular paranormal investigating tours are back for 2018! Join us for a longer, more expanded tour as we increase our time hunting ghosts to 90 minutes. Hear stories and see visual evidence of REAL paranormal activity and have experiences of your own as we prowl the 21-room Strauss Mansion with the lights off. Bring your own equipment, or use some of ours. These hands-on tours are the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season. While all tours are family friendly, we recommend groups with children attend the 6 PM tour.

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8:00 PM20:00

Movies at the Mansion: Dracula (1931)

Bela Lugosi Birthday Party and Screening of Dracula (1931)

Saturday, October 20. 8 PM. 

Admission: $15 per person, $10 for members


Let’s have a slice of cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to Hollywood’s most famous Count Dracula, Bela Lugosi, in commemoration of his 136th birthday! Enjoy a screening of the iconic film in the atmosphere of a haunted Victorian mansion. Stick around after the film to roam the halls and hear a ghost story or two. Cake included. Additional refreshments available. All ages welcome. Come dressed as Dracula to take part in our contest. A small prize package will be awarded to the winner!

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3:30 PM15:30

Architectural Walking Tour: the westside of Atlantic Highlands

Join us for a walking tour where we will discover the diverse style of homes built in Atlantic Highlands. This tour will be on the west side of town and will feature a number of Sears kit homes.

Please meet at the Strauss Mansion at 3:25pm to pick up a parking pass for the St Agnes parking lot—the tour will start over there.

Reservations are required. Call or text to 917 817 4134.

Free for AHHS Members. $10 for the general public.

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7:00 PM19:00

“Spirits and Spirits” Pot Luck Halloween Party

“Spirits and Spirits” Pot Luck Halloween Party

Friday, October 19. 7 PM. 

Admission: $15 per person, $10 for members


Bring a dish or drink to share, and don't forget to wear a costume! This year’s theme is “Dress like a Rock Star”. Join us for an evening of food, drink, and fright as we party at the haunted Strauss Mansion Museum. Admission includes access to psychics, Tarot Card readings, Victorian-era Wine Glass Séances, and maybe even a ghost hunt of our own! Music by DJ Party Pat. 100% of all proceeds benefit the AHHS. All ages welcome.

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7:00 PM19:00

Movies at the Mansion: Don't Go in the House (1979)

Movie: Don’t Go in the House (1979)

Saturday, October 13. Screenings at 7 PM and 10:30 PM.

Admission: $15 per person, $10 for members

Reservations suggested at Walk-ins welcome.


Join us for showings of the cult-classic exploitation horror movie filmed at the Strauss Mansion in 1979 that was actually banned in some countries. After the movie is over, stick around for a tour of the house to see where certain scenes were shot. No one under 17 permitted without adult accompaniment.

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7:30 PM19:30

Lecture & Public Investigation of the Strauss Mansion Museum

Lecture and Public Investigation of the Strauss Mansion Museum

Friday, October 12. 7:30 PM – midnight. 

Admission: $40 per person

Reservations required.Email


Join us for an exclusive lights-out paranormal investigation of the historic Strauss Mansion (built 1893) in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey! It is the only Queen Anne style Victorian home open to the public in Monmouth County. Over the years, many visitors and workers have reported encounters with apparitions. Do the spirits of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Strauss still walk the halls? Does the piano in the parlor have a ghostly player? What lurks in the basement? With this event, you can find out for yourself!

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to Oct 6

Movies at the Mansion: Nosferatu (1922) with live music

Movie: Nosferatu (1922) with Live Music

Friday, October 5. Screenings at 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM. 

Admission: $15 per person.

Reservations suggested; email

It has become our annual tradition! F.W Murnau's 1922 silent film classic was loosely based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and is regarded by many as the first horror movie ever made. Join us for showings featuring live music synchronized with the film, as it would have been seen when it first premiered. Cody McCorry of several unique Asbury-based bands including "We Used to Cut the Grass" and "Thank You Scientist" will be returning with his friends to provide an ever-evolving score. All ages welcome.


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7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Mansion: Rolando Alvarado

An evening of music with Rolando Alvarado and friends, running the gamut from jazz to avant-rock, as a part of Strauss Mansion's monthly music series curated by Audra Mariel. 

Trio with Nick Esposito & Ed Soles
Set by El Drugstore
Guest vocals by Audra Mariel

Cabaret style. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks and/or drinks to share.
Doors at 6:45 PM.

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7:30 PM19:30

Rick Geffken: Quakers & Slavery

Join us at the Strauss Mansion for our monthly lecture series. 

Slavery and the Quaker Abolition Movement in New Jersey

This presentation is an overview of the history and legacy of New Jersey’s two-hundred-year embrace of human bondage. New Jersey, sadly, was the last northern state to outlaw slavery (in 1866).  Images and stories of the enslaved, Monmouth County slave owners, and the local Quaker Abolition movement are examined and illuminated by the influential early activities at the Shrewsbury Meeting, the Manasquan Meeting, and other Quaker Meetings in West Jersey.

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9:00 AM09:00

Annual Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Harbor

For vendor information call Bette at 908 902 8967 or email

he Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its 40th annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Ave.) on Saturday September 15th from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The Rain/Shine Date is September 22.

100+ vendors will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, crafts, art, and new and second time around items. Also an eclectic array of bargains can always be found at the Society’s Treasures’ Or Table as well as a variety of Food and Baked goods by the Society.

We are in need of many volunteers that day to work our food, Treasures, or Society table. If you would like to help  please call Bette at 732-291-4313 or Carmen at 732-291-9337. 

Also if you would like to donate items for our Treasures’Or Table, We can arrange a time when you can bring your items to the mansion, or you can drop them off at the Society  table on the day of the market. 

All proceeds are used for the maintenance and restoration of the AHHS Strauss Mansion Museum as well as educational programs throughout the year.

So do join us. You can help at our tables and then hunt for something novel, a collectible or just a plain old bargain, for that something you just can’t do without.

Hope to see you on September 15th.   Rain date Sat. Sept. 22.

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7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Mansion: Something New Under the Sun

"Something New Under The Sun: An Evening Of Original Music" 

Join us for performances from five local musicians creating new sounds! There will be four sets of music, with one intermission. 

15 at the door. Bring a dish or drin to share. 

Gabriella Grinwald-Alves is a filmmaker/ musician from Toms River, NJ. She is the other half of local duo Yūgen alongside Jules Murtha. During the year she attends Sarah Lawrence College where she studies filmmaking and screenwriting. 

Flora and Fang  (Kasey Gillette and Jenny Santamaria) Kasey of Long Branch and Jenny of Brick met and decided to join forces about a year ago after they played their own sets at a house party in Montclair.  Both agreed their music needed harmonies and a collaborative partner to develop small pieces of songs into full songs. Taking inspiration from their own experiences involving love, death, pleasure and pain, the name Flora and Fang was born.  Outside of writing and playing music, both are career women in the arts- Kasey is a costume designer for several theaters around the state and Jenny is an art teacher in the Tinton Falls School district. When we can catch a breath of air from our work we mutually turn to our instrument. We're excited to play the mansion and be on this unique and special bill of empowered ladies.

Martin Howth (Audra Mariel) is a new looping project featuring a suitcase of sounds created by vocalist, Audra Mariel. All of the loops are generated live, and without the use of digital effects; it's "mostly mouth sounds." The music has been described as ethereal and captivating, and Mariel's jazz roots are definitely detectable in this unique new sound. Her first album, The Wayward Warbler, will be released this fall. Audra hosts the Music At the Mansion series, and will be performing again with A Real Human Jazz Band in October. 

Emily Grove After her second year at Berklee College of Music, Emily Grove decided that it was time to pursue a musical education in the real world. She has performed with just about every local artist, and lent her voice to many of their recordings, as demand for her vocal talents has grown. As a solo act, she’s won awards for “Best Female Acoustic Act” at the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Asbury Music Awards, and won three Jersey Acoustic Music Awards (best female singer[2011 and 2012]/female songwriter [2011]). As a solo act as well as an opener for David Ford, she has toured England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Bulgaria, US, and Canada. Also, she recently sang backup for David Gray on the Today Show as well as sang backup for Social Distortion on the Stone Pony Summer Stage. Her beautiful, unique voice has stopped people in their tracks on the Asbury Park boardwalk, and is at the heart of everything she does.

Emily has opened for or performed with David Gray, Griffin House, Ari Hest, Charlie Mars, Matthew Ryan, Brett Michaels, Dan Reed, Glen Burtnik, Rhett Miller (Old 97s), Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Nile, Kris Gruen, David Ford, John Lefler (Dashboard Confessional), Scars on 45, Peter Bradley Adams, and many more.

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7:30 PM19:30

American Women and Royal Marriages: A Lecture by Melissa Ziobro

Royal wedding fever is in the air as Great Britain’s Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle on May 19- but did you know that marriages between Americans and European nobles once happened by the hundreds? During the Gilded Age, wealthy American heiresses married impoverished European nobles by the score. The marriages secured social status for “new money” American families often slighted by the established elites in their own country; while the infusion of American dollars allowed the impoverished nobility across the Atlantic to continue to maintain the lifestyles to which their families had been accustomed for generations. There were literally hundreds of these marriages, some more famous than others- including several featuring brides with roots in NJ. Join us as we discuss the so-called “dollar princesses” of the Gilded Age, to include Lady Monson (nee Romaine Stone, daughter of General Roy Stone of Morristown NJ), Lady Roberts (nee Elizabeth Marie LaRoche, daughter of William Tell LaRoche of Harrington Park, NJ), and Princess Miguel of Braganza (nee Anita Stewart, born in Elberon, NJ), and more. 

Free, at the Strauss Mansion Museum.


Melissa Ziobro is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses to include Introduction to Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program and her Department’s social media and newsletter. 

Melissa serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She has worked with public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more. She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011.

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