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 ahhistory.org or call (732) 291-1861.
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."
Don a costume and join the fun! Bring a dish or drink to share. Tarot readers, psychics and a Seance will be part of the events happening at the Strauss Mansion Museum this night.
Tickets may be purchased online in our SHOP section or at the door.
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.
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,
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 ahhistory.org or call (732) 291-1861.
For vendor information call Bette at 908 902 8967 or email email@example.com.
he Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its 40th annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Ave.) on Saturday September 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Rain/Shine Date is September 23.
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 16th. Market spaces are sold out. Rain/ShinedateSat. Sept. 23.
The AHHS and Audra welcome to the Mansion for the first time the Bill Henry Trio.
Bill Henry (piano) is a pianist, organist, and keyboardist currently residing in Red Bank, NJ. A native of Perth Amboy, he studied with jazz piano with local legend Morris Nanton, and eventually formed his own trio. The trio performs regularly in venues in New Jersey and Manhattan, including the Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Silvana NYC, Bowery Poetry Club, Uvas in Bradley Beach, Café Improv, and the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival. The trio also appears with several local singers.
Bill works as the musical director and organist of the Shrewsbury Avenue AME Zion Church in Red Bank, where the trio performs an annual Jazz Christmas show. Bill appears regularly with the reggae band Random Test, is a member of the 9-piece Jazz Vanguard hard bop band formed by Harold Van Pelt, and plays in an organ trio with guitarist Jim Josselyn. For musical samples, visit the trio’s website at http://billhenrytrio.com.
Mel A. (vocals) is a native of the Jersey Shore and has been singing since the age of six when she started in the church choir. From there she sang in chorale groups in elementary throughout high school and went onto study Music Theory and Voice at Brookdale Community College where she received an Associates Degree. She attended the Red Bank Dance Academy and studied Ballet and Jazz with Rosemary and Bob Boross. She continued singing with local bands and began working with agencies in North Jersey, Manhattan and Long Island; singing at weddings, corporate affairs and conventions.
Mel A. has had extensive vocal training with Joe Szostak, Tom Rexdale to name a few, and has also had training in opera. Her influences are Prince, Sarah Vaughan, Chaka Khan and Billie Holiday. She controls many styles of music but Jazz is her niche. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben Cureton (drums) is an active performer in New York City and New Jersey. In 2015 Ben co-founded the jazz-rock group re: Groove in which he fills the drum chair and contributes compositions. In October 2015 Ben released his debut record with re: Groove entitled ‘Opening Statement’. He can also be heard playing drums with the Bill Henry Trio, the Tyler Wilson Band, Untraceable, and various other groups in New York and New Jersey. In addition to performance, Ben is an active private teacher in Central and North Jersey, providing lessons in percussion, drum set, and piano.
In 2014 Ben received his Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University. At Baylor he studied classical and chamber percussion with world-renowned performer and teacher Dr. Todd Meehan. He had the opportunity to perform in a myriad of different ensembles such as the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, the Baylor Jazz Ensemble, and the Baylor Percussion Group. In addition to studying classical percussion, he studied jazz drums with performer, composer, and theorist Dr. Edward Taylor. Ben quickly developed a passion for jazz and decided to further his music education in and around the New York Metropolitan area.
In 2016 Ben graduated with his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. While at Rutgers, he studied drum set with jazz drumming legend Victor Lewis, jazz improvisation with world-renowned saxophonist Ralph Bowen, and composition with composer and pianist Marc Stasio. For contact information, see http://bencureton.com.
Steve Peterson (bass), a native New Mexican, has been playing the double bass with the Bill Henry Trio for the past 9 years.
Join us for an evening of music starring the Wag. They are excited to raise some money to help repair the museum. This show is a ‘Thank You’ to the AHHS as The Wag filmed their 1st music video at the historic museum and that it will be released on the day of the show!
“If the Beatles and the Cowsills got it on backstage at Ed Sullivan, The Wag would totally be their love child.” -Wil Wheaton
The Wag Bio:
Got songs? Got harmonies? Got fun and unbridled enthusiasm? Then you’ve got The Wag! Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies, they will take you on a journey of pop rock delight!
“If the Beatles and the Cowsills got it on backstage at Ed Sullivan, The Wag would totally be their love child.” -Wil Wheaton (Actor, Author)
This upbeat high energy band are seasoned professionals. Whether performing in local establishments or opening for national acts such as Rick Springfield, John Cafferty and Jefferson Starship, you’re always guaranteed a ‘Class A’ performance filled with catchy melodies, beautiful harmonies, and exciting showmanship. Whatever the event, if you want a fun, exciting, family-friendly band, then you want The Wag! Visit them at www.thewagband.com.
Join us for our monthly Jazz at the Mansion series. $15 at the door, bring a dish or drink to share. July will not be a traditional jazz night but rather eclectic sounds improvising, and collaborating to create an hour of new music over the course of the evening.
VISITORS QUINTET - The Visitors Quintet is an apparational composers forum that performs an hour of brand new music once a year. Led by Cody McCorry, each of the project's performances features an eclectic collaboration of different composers with varying instrumentation for the purpose of generating new and experimental instrumental music in unique acoustic contexts. This second iteration of the Visitors Quintet will be written and performed by composers Tom Monda (guitar, shamisen, harp), Ben Karas (violin, erhu), April Centrone (percussion, oud), Sam Greenfield (clarinet), and Cody McCorry (upright bass, singing hand saw).
Join us for a viewing of the documentary ‘John Watson 1685–1768 America’s First Artist’
Accepting crafters. Please contact Ken Frantz at email@example.com
Our monthly jazz series, hosted by Audra Mariel, continues. June welcomes the Zach Westfall Collective to the Mansion. Featuring bassist, Zach Westfall, and guitarist, Yuto Kanazawa. Westfall will open with a solo set, playing some original jazz on his electric bass (with a small arsenal of pedals for a truly unique sound), and finish with a set of jazz standards with his trio.
Doors at 6:45pm. Music at 7:00pm.
Bring a dish or drink to share.
Join Ghost on the Coast's leader, Greg Caggiano, as he leads a paranormal investigations of the 121 year old establishment. Each evening will begin with a lecture and ghost hunting workshop presented by investigator and board member, Greg Caggiano, followed by a room-by-room tour. After that, it’s time to turn off the lights and conduct our investigation! YOU lead the way! Bring your own equipment, cameras, whatever you’ve got, and don’t forget a flashlight!
RSVP by email to Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited. Resvervations are REQUIRED.
No one under 16 permitted.
Click event to book tickets via the link: Space is limited!
Rick Geffken is co-author, with George Severini, of ‘The Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore’ just released by Arcadia Publishing in March 2017.
Here they bring together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States.
His talk will address the amusement park that once existed in Atlantic Highlands!
Did you know that one of the first rollercoasters in the country was at Highlands Beach and that D.W. Griffiths filmed movies there?
Rick has written numerous articles on Monmouth County history for The Two River Times, The Howell Times, the on-line Patch blogs, The Crown newsletter of Christ Church Shrewsbury, and The Monmouth Connection, the newsletter of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society. He is also the Publisher of The Monmouth Connection.
Rick has presented historical research topics at the New Jersey History & Historic Preservation in 2014 and 2015. He has participated in Symposia for the Navesink Maritime Historical Association and appeared on the New Jersey Cable TV show, Family Historian.
Rick has spoken about Monmouth County historical topics at dozens of historical societies. He has appeared as a featured speaker at the 2014 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference, the Trent House Museum, the Quaker Meeting of Shrewsbury, the Battleground Historical Society, and other organizations. Rick is the President and a Trustee of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House.
Rick retired from a career as a sales executive for Hewlett-Packard where he spent most of his computer industry career. Previously, he owned and operated several small businesses and taught secondary school mathematics earlier in his career. He was an Adjunct Professor at Ocean County Community College in the Physical Education Department.
A retired U.S. Army officer and Viet Nam veteran, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Peter’s University, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Monmouth University, and a Master’s Degree from Montclair State University.
Rolando Alvarado’s South of Mendoza
An evening of music featuring an interweaving of genres, with reinterpretations of songs old and new, classic, original and obscure. This formation of South Of Mendoza is presented as a hybrid jazz/chamber ensemble - one that draws deeply from musical traditions, yet is beholden to none…
Melody Chibnik - vocals, guitar & ukelele / Nick Esposito - guitar / Ed Soles - guitar / Max Carmichael - banjo, bouzouki, flutes, misc. / Rolando Alvarado - bass / Kurt Leon - drums
You can find him on the interweb at southofmendoza.com.
Doors at 6:45. Music at 7:00pm. $15. Bring a dish or drink to share.
On May 17th, 2017, at 7:30pm the Strauss Mansion Museum welcomes photographer Enid Farber ,one of the world’s top jazz photographers. Farber was nominated four times - in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 - by the Jazz Journalist's Association for Excellence in Jazz Photography, and was the first of her generation to win in 2002 for "Best Photo of the Year." Some of Farber's classic jazz images were selected for noted filmmaker Ken Burns' historic 20-hour documentary on jazz aired on PBS in January 2001 and its companion book. Bums acknowledges “an extraordinary group of the finest jazz art photographers in the country" including Farber, the sole woman alongside 14 legendary male photographers.
“The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society is thrilled to be able to welcome Enid to Atlantic Highlands. Her talk complements our popular ‘Music at the Mansion’ live Jazz night hosted by Audra Mariel, which is in it’s third season” said Lynn Fylak, President of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society. “She has captured images that speak to the energy and passion of the music ."
At the Strauss Mansion, Enid Farber will present her new photographic-musical slideshow, which covers over 30 years of photographs of the great musicians and vocal artists of the 20th and 21st century. Included in this presentation are such Jazz icons as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, Cassandra Wilson, Sonny Rollins, as well as musical legends Bob Marley, Charlie Watts, Macy Gray, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Diana Ross, etc.
Ms. Farber will share how she found her passion for photography , the challenges posed by working in a male-centric pack of photographers, the stark reality of earning a living, plus how she got her work published.
Ms. Farber specializes in hand-painted photography, and she will refer to some of these images in her presentation, discussing why she chose particular images to paint and what techniques she employs to achieve the aesthetic results she desires. Tips and lessons on the etiquette of performance photography will be covered, with recommendations on equipment needed to create technically and emotionally remarkable images. A Q & A will follow the presentation.
The Blue Bay Inn, Jean Howson and Steven Griffing are generous sponsors of this event.
Arturo returns! This month he's bringing Efrat and Kanttara Naba with him.
To remind you about Efrat:
She is a professional violinist, violist, singer, arranger and composer. At 10 she became the youngest person to play solo with the Oak Ridge Symphony, and at 11 was the youngest person ever admitted into the Knoxville Youth Orchestra. Accepted into and offered full scholarships by the top classical violin schools in the country, Efrat settled on Indiana University. While there, she toured with the Shira Festival Orchestra in Israel, conducted by Zubin Mehta under the direction of Lorin Maazel. She also studied with revered Jazz Educator David Baker. Afterwards, she studied at the University of Tennessee, from which she received a Master’s degree in Music Performance.
Efrat moved to NYC in 2006. Efrat (sometimes with JADE Quartet) has recorded for Ashanti, many jazz artists including Myrna Lake & Frank Senior. She was in Harry Whitakers band (Miles Davis and Roberta Flack) with notables such as Joe Magnarelli (Harry Connick Jr). The title track for her first CD, No Strings Attached, was included in the movie soundtrack for How To Seduce Difficult women and featured in its trailer that garnered more than eight million views worldwide. Her latest album, The Silver Lining, was released on the folk circuit and debuted at #14 with great reviews! It takes influence from many genres including folk, rock, jazz, classical, gypsy, latin, country, and more!
And introducing Kanttara Naba to you:
Kanttara is a Professional Jazz and Blues Singer, Songwriter and Voice Teacher.
Born in Israel and singing since childhood, she has travelled the world singing,
performing on national TV, theater productions along with renowned artists,
Rita, Doodoo Fisher, Oozi Hitman, Mati Caspi, Ze’ev Revach.
Performed with the “Sun Band” and the “Vin Cardinal Band” in Eilat, Israel.
Kanttara currently resides in the NY Tri-State Area as a solo artist and performs Jazz, Blues, R&B & Funk
Newark Museum is one of New Jersey's hidden gems. Our Society will visit on Sunday, Dec. 4, for a private guided tour of the 1885 Ballantine House, a National Historic Landmark, decorated to show how Christmas was celebrated in the Victorian era, blending English, German and Dutch holiday traditions. We'll also have time to see other exhibits on our own, including artworks from the U.S. (Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent) and around the world as well as a Buddhist altar consecratedby the Dalai Lama.
The trip begins at 10 a.m. with a brunch at Strauss Mansion before departure by carpool. Cost: $25, $20 AHHS Members.
The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society plans a day of fun and learning about maritime life and traditions on Barnegat Bay when we visit Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday, Nov. 5. We'll have a private guided tour plus timeon our own to explore the 40-acre site filled with original and replica buildings. Among them: Tucker's Island Lighthouse, a sea captain's home, fishery, hotel and a clam and oyster house. Exhibits showcase pirates, surf boards, duck decoysand the impact of Super-storm Sandy.
Cost: $25, including a light breakfast at Strauss Mansion at 9 a.m. before departure by carpool.