SOLD OUT! Psychic Ghost Tours of the Strauss Mansion Museum (Night 1)
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT! Psychic Ghost Tours of the Strauss Mansion Museum (Night 1)

Join the crew of "Ghosts on the Coast" and local psychic Lisa for in-depth 90 minute paranormal investigation tours with a new twist from previous years! 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. Who knows who YOU may talk to?! Admission is $20 per person. 100% of all proceeds benefit the AHHS.

SPONSORED BY KUNYA SIAM THAI RESTAURANT, MARY ELLEN SWEENEY OF RESOURCES REAL ESTATE, and the BLUE BAY INN.


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SOLD OUT! Psychic Ghost Tours of the Strauss Mansion Museum (Night 2)
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT! Psychic Ghost Tours of the Strauss Mansion Museum (Night 2)

Join the crew of "Ghosts on the Coast" and local psychic Lisa for in-depth 90 minute paranormal investigation tours with a new twist from previous years! 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. Who knows who YOU may talk to?! Admission is $20 per person. 100% of all proceeds benefit the AHHS.

SPONSORED BY KUNYA SIAM THAI RESTAURANT, MARY ELLEN SWEENEY OF RESOURCES REAL ESTATE, and the BLUE BAY INN.

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Music at the Mansion: Mike Flannery
Oct
31
7:15 PM19:15

Music at the Mansion: Mike Flannery

Though you might not know the name, there's a pretty good chance you're already familiar with Michael Flannery's sound and style. At the turn of the millennium, he was the guitarist, producer, and songwriter for Little T & One-Track Mike, an alternative hip-hop act that collaborated with Slick Rick, toured with OutKast, and landed on MTV with the hit "Shaniqua". As half of the Flannery Brothers, he's released three albums of award-winning and critically acclaimed children's music. He's scored independent films, lent his six-string skills to a panoply of New York and New Jersey groups, and produced albums for a growing series of fearless, idiosyncratic acts, including Chamber Band, Sara Hallie Richardson, and Tris McCall. Born in Oceanport to a musical family (his dad was a psychedelic rocker in the 1960s), Mr. Flannery has been chasing the brightly-colored butterflies of his imagination around ever since. His Rock opera, "Ringing the Changes" based on the Robert Aickman short story of the same name, was written specifically for Halloween at the Strauss Mansion. And, although he plans to record the entirety of it for his next full-length album, it's fair to say that this live performance might be the only one. Directed by the incredibly talented Audra Mariel, this production of an original zombie rock opera is not to be missed! It will be followed by a zombie dance party, obviously, so please come in costume! $15 at the door. Bring a dish or drink to share. Doors at 6:45 PM. Performance at 7:15.

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Fall and Winter Gardening Workshop
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Fall and Winter Gardening Workshop

Take a break from the spookiness of October and join us for a FREE gardening workshop on Saturday, October 19 at 1 PM taught by Leann Lavin, award-winning horticulturist and author. This program is titled "Tucking Your Garden Beds into Their Slumberous State" and will include hands-on instruction on how to: 1) Maintain a beautiful and ecologically-based garden throughout the autumn and winter, through watering, weeding and composting - and better prepare for the spring season, 2) Decide what to prune back or remove from ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs - along with edibles, and annuals 3) Help the pollinators during the winter season 4) Learn what will bloom until frost 5) Discover the beauty of the winter garden: exfoliating bark and architectural tree trunks, evergreens, winter blossoms. 6) Determine where in the yard to “Leave the leaves…”. While this program is free, we do ask people to register by emailing ahhistoricalinfo@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at this informational event!

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Movies at the Mansion: "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961)
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Movies at the Mansion: "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961)

Is there a better place to watch a Vincent Price & Edgar Allan Poe horror movie than a haunted mansion? In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister's death after she had married the son of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor, played by the “Master of Menace” himself. After the movie, feel free to wander the haunted 21-room Strauss Mansion Museum. $10 per person. Free popcorn with other refreshments available for purchase. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and can be emailed to Greg at gcaggiano91@gmail.com. Saturday, October 12, at 8 PM.

SPONSORED BY KUNYA SIAM THAI RESTAURANT and the BLUE BAY INN.

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SOLD OUT! Haunted Walking Tour of Fort Hancock
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT! Haunted Walking Tour of Fort Hancock

Get a taste of "Spooky Sandy Hook" by lantern light! Rich in factual history that stretches back to the American Revolution, Sandy Hook is also ripe with legends of ghostly apparitions and other mysterious phenomena. The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will cast a spotlight on Sandy Hook's eerie side during an exclusive, 90-minute guided walk with a National Park ranger at 6:00 PM on Saturday, Oct. 12 (rain or shine). Our group will visit the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the nation's oldest, built in 1764. Tales associated with this seaside sentinel include a secret chamber, where a skeleton was found seated before a fireplace; phantom pirates who search the beaches for Capt. Kidd's buried treasure; and a Revolutionary War soldier who lurks in the lighthouse after being captured and hanged by occupying British troops. We'll also visit old gun batteries at Fort Hancock. While the focus will be on their practical uses during two world wars, these shadowy ruins conjure a creepy atmosphere well-suited to a ghost-themed walk at dusk. Cost: $20. 100% of all proceeds benefit the AHHS.

SPONSORED BY KUNYA SIAM THAI RESTAURANT and the BLUE BAY INN.

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Movies at the Mansion: "Nosferatu" (1922) with Live Music
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Movies at the Mansion: "Nosferatu" (1922) with Live Music

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 two 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. Free popcorn with other refreshments available for purchase. $15 per person. Screenings at 7:00 (SOLD OUT) and 10:00 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and can be emailed to Greg at gcaggiano91@gmail.com.

SPONSORED BY KUNYA SIAM THAI RESTAURANT and the BLUE BAY INN.

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40th Annual Flea Market at the Harbor
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

40th Annual Flea Market at the Harbor

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will be holding its annual outdoor flea market on Saturday September 14th from 10AM until 4PM at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Ave.)   Rain date Sept.21st. Our 41st Annual Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crafts, new merchandise as well as those second time around goodies one and all can use. 100+ Vendors will be selling a variety of merchandise including household items, furniture, jewelry (vintage and new),  tools, toys, clothing, bottles, books,  postcards, fishing equipment (old and new,), and much more. There will be something for everyone. The Society will be selling refreshments, food and baked goods along with having a Chance Raffle Auction for 10 delightful baskets brimming with merchandise. All proceeds will benefit the AH Historical  Society and its efforts of restoration of the Strauss Mansion Museum at 27 Prospect Circle. So plan to join us for a great day browsing and searching for that special item. To register, call Bette 732-291-4313 or Carmen 732-291-9337.

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Jersey Journey: Sunset Cruise Aboard the Mariner
Sep
7
4:30 PM16:30

Jersey Journey: Sunset Cruise Aboard the Mariner

Join us for a sunset cruise with "Shore Lore". Monmouth County's past is a treasure trove of nautical history, beginning with Henry Hudson's visit in 1609. Learn more by sailing with the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society during a relaxing three-hour sunset cruise on Sandy Hook Bay on Saturday, September 7th (rain date Sept. 21st). Our narrator will be Muriel Smith, award-winning co-author of the new book, "The Hidden History of Monmouth County". Sandwiches and salad will be served, along with a cash bar. (No outside beverages or coolers are permitted.) Departure is at 4:30 PM (please be at dock by 4:15) on Classic Boat Rides' Mariner, a 41-passenger, open-air wooden boat docked at Atlantic Highlands Marina, Pier 1, Slip 5. Cost: $55. Reservations and advance payment are required. To sign up, email Ken at kfrantz46@gmail.com.

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Music at the Mansion: Rolando Alvarado
Aug
29
7:15 PM19:15

Music at the Mansion: Rolando Alvarado

Rolando Alvarado returns to this year’s Music at the Mansion series with a genre-bending program of new original compositions and curious interpretations, full of twists, turns, and the unexpected. Featuring special guests Ray Suhy, Kevin Grossman, and Audra Mariel. Studying with local bassist Bob Marriner beginning at age eleven he was introduced to a multitude of musical styles. Rolando earned his BA from NYU and spent two years in Santiago, Chile playing with many of the city’s jazz fixtures, most notably saxophonist/composer Diego Manuschevich. Bring a dish or drink to share. $15 at the door. Hosted by Audra Mariel. Doors at 6:45 PM. Performance at 7:15.

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Annual Porch Supper Pot Luck
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Porch Supper Pot Luck

Bring a dish to share as we dine pot-luck style on the newly restored wrap-around porch of the Strauss Mansion Museum. Free to all. Monmouth County non-profits and preservation organizations are welcome to join us to share ideas! This year will feature a musical performance by Audra Mariel and Tom Monda. BYOB. 6:30 PM.

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Vintage Baseball Game: Monmouth Furnace vs. Hoboken Club
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Vintage Baseball Game: Monmouth Furnace vs. Hoboken Club

Vintage baseball is back in Atlantic Highlands for the second straight year! The Monmouth Furnace return as the home team to battle the 1859 Hoboken Base Ball Club by 1860's rules at 11 AM. Gates open at 10 and will feature children's games and perhaps a visit from President Lincoln himself! The snack bar will be open. Music will be provided by Charlie Clark and Michael O'Keefe will emcee. Free admission. Interested sports and memorabilia vendors are welcome to sell their goods. Please contact Alice at alice2@kupperpe.com for more information and to register. Location: Fireman’s Field (Avenue C and West Highland Avenue).

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Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel featuring Timothy Ogunbiyi piano trio
Jun
27
7:15 PM19:15

Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel featuring Timothy Ogunbiyi piano trio

Timothy Ogunbiyi is a Nigerian Pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger. He was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria.

His earliest musical influence was in his parent’s local church where he learnt how to play the drums.

He always had a passion for music but never had a formal musical training until after high school when he decided to study music professionally against the wish of his parents who at the time wanted him to be an engineer.

He enrolled at the peter king college of Music Lagos where he studied jazz improvisation under the tutelage of peter king a renowned Jazz saxophonist and composer. After 2 years of studying, he was awarded a full scholarship into the Muson Diploma School of Music Lagos where he studied classical piano. He went on to acquire a Bachelors Degree in music from the University Of Lagos. During this time, he was very active in the Lagos jazz scene and was often seen playing with both local and international artists.

In 2016, he attended the NY Jazz workshop and had the opportunity of meeting other musicians from different parts of the world as well as playing in different jam sessions.

His first single Coast to Coast was released in 2017 and has since enjoyed air play on radio stations in Lagos, Kansas City and Australia. His music has been described by many as an eclectic fusion of Jazz and classical harmony with exotic underlying African rhythm.

In December 2017, Timothy moved to the United States where he is currently employed as a music director and also studying for a Masters degree in performance.

In March 2018, He gave a free recital at the Middle Town Arts center performing music from the classical and jazz repertoire as well as his own original compositions.

He is known to have a strong passion for community development which he shows by giving recitals and Master classes for free.

$15 at the door

Bring a dish or drink to share

This event is sponsored by Jean Howson

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AHHS Fundraising Sail aboard the Schooner AJ Meerwald: June 19
Jun
19
6:15 PM18:15

AHHS Fundraising Sail aboard the Schooner AJ Meerwald: June 19

Join us aboard New Jersey’s historic 91-year-old oyster schooner for an evening sail including wine, light food, and a bit of history. Tickets must be purchased in advance using the PayPal link on our homepage.

The schooner leaves the dock at 6:15 pm sharp. Tickets are not refundable. If the sail is cancelled due to the discretion of the captain a refund will be given.

Passengers names must be on the ship’s manifest.

Please call 917 817 4134 to confirm your reservation, which are limited and confirm your ticket purchase.

This event is sponsored in part by Ken & Doreen Frantz.

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Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

Architectural Walking Tour: Victorian Circle

Join tour guide, Lynn Fylak, around the circle to learn about the building styles prevalent in Atlantic Highlands during the Victorian building boom in town. The tour is approximately 45 minutes. Reservations are required by the Thursday night before the tour. Cal 917 817 4134 for a reservation. Tours are free for members of the AHHS, $10 donation suggested everyone else. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Sponsored by Lisa English / O’Brien Realty.

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Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel featuring Jon Francis and Steve Honoshowsky
May
30
8:00 PM20:00

Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel featuring Jon Francis and Steve Honoshowsky

$15 at the door
Bring a dish or drink to share

Private Furniture

Join Steve Honoshowsky and Jon Francis for a night of what composer Erik Satie coined, "furniture music."  Designed to interact ambiently with its surroundings, the music for the evening will be scarcely noticeable amid the ottomans and chaise lounges. 

Eleven themes will be traded, divided and improvised on using a variety of instruments before quietly being returned to a shelf on the third floor.

Multi-Instrumentalist, educator, and avant garde artist, Steve Honoshowsky has recorded and toured with internationally acclaimed performers such as Cyro Baptista and Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood. Equally fluent in percussion and melodic instruments, Steve has performed solo and recorded as No Use For Humans for over a decade.  He has also released a series of drum-centric albums entitled "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" with percussionists from around the world.

Jon Francis has been experimenting with sound for over three decades, writing for television, film, dance troupes, theatre companies, and even a blue whale. He has appeared on over fifty recordings, and has toured and performed with numerous artists of every genre. He currently performs with the synth-pop group Daughter Vision as the Viking rock god, Väl Challah. 

Here's a collection of his score samples.

He can also be found on Instagram.

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May
15
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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Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel featuring Full Disclosure of Music
Apr
25
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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Spring Into the Season: Learn Gardening Essentials from Design To Growing Gourmet to the Power of Native Plants
Mar
30
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: lynnfylak@gmail.com



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