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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Dec
16
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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Oct
26
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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Oct
20
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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Oct
20
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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Oct
19
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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Oct
13
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 nyr1199@comcast.net 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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Oct
12
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 nyr1199@comcast.net

 

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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Oct
5
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 nyr1199@comcast.net

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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Sep
27
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

$15 
Cabaret style. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks and/or drinks to share.
Doors at 6:45 PM.

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Sep
19
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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