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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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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7:30 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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7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Meeting & Lecture: Paul Cavise: The Bill of Rights • 7:30pm

Atlantic Highlands resident Paul Cavise will speak on the Amendments to the Constitution. 
Understanding the Bill of Rights in the 21st Century
Professor Cavise comes to the Strauss Mansion to bring an understanding of the Bill of Rights and present observations as to their application in daily life, including a discussion of the historical challenges presented in the 21st century. Reception to follow after what we expect to be a lively discussion.

Paul Cavise graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science and a dual concentration in Engineering and French; Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Masters of Business Administration and a dual concentration in Management and Operations Research; and, Rutgers University with a Juris Doctor and a dual concentration in Corporate and Estate Law.  Mr. Cavise founded Computer Law Corporation in 1980.  He later became a Vice President in institutional equity sales and trading at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  Doctor Cavise retired from the practice of law after 30 years.  Colonel Cavise retired from the military after 20 years. Professor Cavise now teaches courses, including constitutional law, to college freshmen and sophomores.


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6:30 PM18:30

Benefit Dinner & Jazz Performance • 6:30 pm

Audra Mariel is ready to start the season of the Music at the Mansion series in a tasty way. Join Audra, Arturo, Laura and Rich who will bring us the music. Julie Gallagher will be serving a 4-course gluten free chicken dinner. Complimentary wine will be served provided by xxx. xxx will be on hand to tell you about the wines served. 

$60. Space is limited. Please make your reservations in advance in the SHOP section on this website. 

Laura Wootton is a writer, yoga instructor, and part-time vocalist.  Returning to music after a long hiatus, Laura’s goal is to learn and grow as a performer while sharing the joy of music with those around her.

Dr. Rich Gradone has performed at Carnegie Hall, colleges and universities, and cities throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as for presidents and dignitaries.  Dr. Gradone is currently a college music professor, generously sharing what he knows, while continuing to hone his own craft in sonic art.

Arturo is the guitarist and arranger.  A subtle, understated style reflects his musical credo, primum non nocere (first, do no harm).

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7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Meeting & Author’s Talk: Paul White • 7:30pm

 “I Hate to Write…” and so begins the diary of  Edith McCormick, an Irish immigrant at the beginning of the 20th century. Paul White a Red Bank resident has used these words to title his recently published  book about his great grandmother, her life and the times that surrounded her from 1902 to 1919: The Great War; her son’s death on the battlefields of France; the modern changes happening around her.

The talk will be at the Strauss Mansion Museum, 27 Prospect Circle.  Paul will have his books available at that time.  There will be an opportunity to speak with him and socialize after the talk.


Season Sponsors: Ken & Doreen Frantz, Jean Howson


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7:00 PM19:00

Jazz at the Mansion: Art Topilow Trio

Doors at 6:45pm. Music starts at 7:15. $15 at the door. Bring a dish or drink to share. 

By day, Arthur Topilow, MD is Director of Oncology Research at the Meridian Hospital system in Neptune, New Jersey, however at night he is an ardent pianist.  He recently retired from the clinical practice of hematology and medical oncology.  

As a youth, Arthur began studying the piano with Nina Dobkin in his hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. He later studied jazz piano with Lennie Tristano and Morris Nanton. During summers in his college and medical school years, he played the piano for shows in Catskill mountain resort hotels.  In his medical internship year, he performed the Rhapsody in Blue with the Doctors’ Orchestra in Manhattan.   

His chamber music performances have included works by Brahms, Bach, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Bolling. In 1985, he performed the Schumann piano concerto with the Garden State Orchestra. He participated in the Count Basie centennial jazz concerts in Red Bank in 2004 and in the Jazz in the Park series in Red Bank in 2004 and 2005.  For the last seventeen years, his own jazz group has played multiple times at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, New Jersey, where his group has included such notables as Ken Peplowski, Ed Polcer, Randy Sanke, and James Chirillo.  Arthur has performed with Harry Allen and Warren Vache at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  

Dr. Topilow has participated in the 92nd Street Y’s jazz piano Master Class in 1998, 1999 and again in 2001 as part of the “Jazz in July” series with Dick Hyman and Derek Smith.  In July of 2003, he performed at the 92nd Street Y in their regular “Jazz In July” concert series.  In 2005, 2006, and 2009 he appeared with Dick Hyman in duo piano concerts at the Axelrod Theater in Deal.  For several years he has performed with the Red Bank Jazz orchestra for the Sinatra bash at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank. 

He has also appeared on many occasions with his clarinetist/conductor brother, Carl, at events in New Jersey, Ohio, and Colorado, including multiple times with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra (CPO) under Carl’s baton. In 2008 in Cleveland Ohio, he played with the Cleveland Pops orchestra for Bernadette Peters and later that same weekend for Sinatra impersonator, Steve Lippia. In 2009 the United States State Department sent the brothers to Italy for a State Department sponsored five concert tour.  

Arthur is a member of the Shore Area Music Educators Association where he recently performed Dick Hyman's Etudes for Jazz Piano in February 2016.  In April 2016, he performed and directed an all Gershwin concert at the Axelrod Theater in Deal, New Jersey and on another date performed with cabaret star, Ann Hampton Callaway.  In 2017 he performed with a big band with vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli.  He often performs locally at various venues in Monmouth county with guitarist Vinnie Corrao and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.  Vinnie and Gary are on Art's latest CD, "Doctor Jazz."

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9:30 AM09:30

Historic Jersey Journey: Patterson featuring Lambert Castle, the Falls & the Labor Museum

 Holiday fun and history in Paterson

     Our next Historic jersey Journey will be a triple play of attractions in Paterson, including waterfalls, a castle decked out in holiday splendor and a museum on Sunday, Dec. 17.

    Paterson's waterfalls, 77 feet high on Passaic River, are among the nation's largest. The site played a significant role in New Jersey's industrial development and today is the showpiece of Great Falls National Historic Park.

    Lambert Castle is one of our state's best hidden historic gems. Built by silk manufacturer Catholina Lambert in 1892, it mimics a British castle. The property includes Italianate gardens, art galleries and an observation tower with a spectacular view in Garret Mountain Reservation.

    The American Labor Museum Botto House National Landmark preserves the lifestyle of an immigrant family of the early 1900s. The home, once owned by a silk mill worker, became a haven for free speech and assembly of laborers. Today, it focuses on the history of organized labor and contemporary workers' issues.

    We'll meet at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, for breakfast at 10a.m., then head by bus to Passaic County. Cost is $50. Space is limited so advanced registration is required. Deadline for signup is  December 5 . Tickets available in the shop tab. For more info, visit the Society's Web site at or call (732) 291-1861. 

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Horror Movies at the Mansion: Don't Go in the House (1979)
to Oct 21

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

Admission: $15 per person

Description: Join us for a unique showing of the cult-classic exploitation horror movie filmed at the Strauss Mansion in 1979. 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. 

Please note there are 2 showings for this film. Please select tickets accordingly. 

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Nosferatu (1922), Featuring Live Music • Friday Oct. 6 • 8 pm & Midnight
to Oct 7

Nosferatu (1922), Featuring Live Music • Friday Oct. 6 • 8 pm & Midnight

2 Performance times! Please pick carefully when buying tickets in our SHOP section

Friday, October 6, 8:00 PM & Midnight

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 a showing featuring live music synchronized with the film, as it would have been seen when it first premiered. This showing will feature live music by Cody McCory and guests. (We Used to Cut Grass, Thank You Scientist, Acada Jazz ensemble, etc) 

Support for this series provided by Atlantic Cinema Five, 

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10:00 AM10:00

Historic Jersey Journey: Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Join us at an 1890s country fair

Once upon a time after harvesting seasonal crops, New Jerseyans gathered to celebrate at an old-fashioned country fair. Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park evokes that bygone era during Harvest Home Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Atlantic Highlands Historical Society plans an excursion to the fest as one of our Historic Jersey Journeys day trips. We'll meet at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, for brunch at 10 a.m., then head by carpool to the farm. We'll enjoy activities reminiscent of the 1890s, including games, wagon rides and live entertainment. Competitions will feature pie-eating, corn husking, bakedgoods and needlework. There will be time to explore the restored house and outbuildings on the nine-acre site and interact with interpreters in period dress.

Cost is $20. Deadline for signup is   . For more info, visit the Society's Web site at or call (732) 291-1861. 

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