ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Al fresco dining and a sunset cruise with a Shore Lore theme are on the agenda for end of summer celebrations sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society.
In addition to the end of summer variety, the monthly candlelit cabaret setting held the last Thursday of each month will feature Orlando Alvarado on Aug. 29 at 7:15 p.m. at the Strauss House Mansion. Hosted by Audra Mariel, acclaimed for unique sound and interpretations of standard music, the August program will feature Alvarado performing Afro Cuban Latin jazz. Admission is $15 plus a food or beverage to share.
the Porch Supper Potluck will take held on the newly restored first floor wrap-around porch of the Strauss Mansion on Wednesday, August 21 , at 6:30 pm. During this free event, the public is invited to share their favorite food and beverage while relaxing on the spacious porch and enjoying a delightful summer evening, a reminder of the past and a 21st century recapture of how the Strauss family would have entertained and relaxed.
Audra Mariel and Tom Monda will provide delightful musical accompaniment during the dining event. While dining during the Strauss Mansion era was a more formal, multi-course sit-down event in the sumptuous dining room, the Strauss’ would have frequently entertained their friends on the porch — most likely for afternoon tea — to enjoy the cooling ocean breezes wafting up to their hilltop summer cottage. Mimicking English Victorian society, afternoon tea was a pastime of the well-to-do, fulfilling the purposes of socializing, event planning, introductions and informal business meetings, as well as a perfect platform for gossip, a major pastime of the day. The four o’clock tea ritual became known as “low tea” and tea fare included items such as bite-sized sandwiches made popular by the Earl of Sandwich, as well as a plethora of sweets and pastries.
The Mariner is a Classic Boat Rides 41-passenger, open air wooded boat docked at the Atlantic Highlands Harbor on Pier 1.
Sandwiches and salad will be served on the cruise, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $55.. Rain date for the event is will Sept. 21.
All proceeds from fund raising activities by the Historical Society, go towards restoration of the historic mansion, completed in stages with the latest concentration on replacing the walkway and kitchen door and restoring the upper porch.