Benefit featuring Audra Mariel and Acada Jazz

Supper provided by Andy Clurfeld

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The host of the popular monthly “Jazz at the Mansion” series will take center stage Thursday, Oct. 27 for a benefit performance at the Strauss Mansion Museum, 27 Prospect Circle.

Audra Mariel and Acada Jazz, featuring Andy Demos, April Centro, Dave Marion and Zach Westfall, will perform in a show benefiting the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society (AHHS). The series kicked off in April.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a supper donated by Andy Clurfeld and capped with cookies baked by Lily Mullen. Clurfeld, the longtime food critic for the Asbury Park Press and former artisan wine specialist for Buy-Rite and the Wine Academy, currently is practice manager for HerSpace Breast-Imaging Specialists in Eatontown.


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Mariel and her ensemble will perform starting at 8 p.m.

“We are honored to have such talent and generosity appreciating and supporting the town’s Strauss Mansion Museum. Audra has brought a new audience in to experience the mansion and the addition to our programming has broadened our ability to reach new residents and share the information about the rich local history of the area,” said Jean Howson, Vice President of the AHHS.

“Andy’s ideas, energy and talent generously donated to celebrate Audra and the mansion is an amazing gift and proper season-ending event for this wonderful music series,” added Lynn Fylak, President of the AHHS. The benefit will help fund the repair of the 1893 mansion’s wrap-around porches.

Price for the benefit evening is $50 per person, which includes the performance, a supper featuring hors d’oeuvres, appetizer, one-pot (gluten-free) entree and two types of cookies. A complimentary glass of wine also is being donated. Seating is limited; reservations and prepayment are required.

Tickets may be purchased at

The AHHS based in the Strauss Mansion Museum. For more information, email [email protected], call 732-291-1861 or visit

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...