Visions of Shore life and more, as our signature summer event returns to the boards!
As generations of locals could tell you, the Asbury Park boardwalk is that special place where memories are made — and where ART happens, often in the most delightfully unexpected places. Once each year, and for the 17th time since we first pitched our tents along the seaside railing, the Asbury Park Historical Society transforms the stretch of herringboned hardwoods just beyond Convention Hall into a strolling, rolling, open-air gallery that spotlights the visual art and artisanal handcrafts of some very creative people, working in a myriad of media.
Going up on Sunday, August 21 (with a scheduled rain date of August 28), the Art on the Boardwalk event extends southward from the main entrance to the Grand Arcade at Fifth Avenue, with longtime event coordinator Teddy Chomko forecasting as many as 30 participating artists taking the opportunity to show and sell their unique wares. The event that was rebranded last year in memory of co-founder, APHS member and celebrated city-based painter Ray Sternesky runs from 9 am to 5 pm, with all works on display available for sale.
Whether you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind gift idea for that special someone, or looking to capture the soul and spirit of Shore living as part of your year-round decor, you’ve come to the right place — and if you’re an artistic person who’s looking to stake out your own booth on our boards, email firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details. An early reminder as well, that our popular NYC Holiday Lights Bus Trip makes its annual run on Sunday, December 4 — and that information on advance reservations can be obtained by contacting Teddy Chomko at the address listed above!
It hosted its grand opening in 1930 with events that boasted such stars of Hollywood and Broadway as Fredric March, Ginger Rogers, and the Marx Brothers…its floors and stages have featured many of the mightiest names in music, in addition to pro basketball, boxing, wrestling, roller derby, and countless sold-out trade shows and expositions. And, while its event spaces have remained “dark” here in 2022, the Convention Hall/ Paramount Theatre complex is ready to illuminate the Season of Lights, with all the glimmer and dazzle of an endless summer’s night.
Available now as a special limited-time fundraising item for the Historical Society, our exclusive Convention Hall Holiday Ornament is a keepsake that captures what is almost universally regarded as New Jersey’s most iconic building, in exquisitely detailed brass. The custom-designed ornament makes a perfect gift for anyone who carries a special place in their heart for our seaside city — whether their “home for the holidays” is a hearth far removed from our Shore, or right here in the place that extends GREETINGS to all, throughout the seasons.
Along with our Carousel House Holiday Ornament (returning for 2022), the new Convention Hall ornament can be ordered via PayPal for $22 each (plus $5 shipping and handling) from our official website. The ornaments can also be purchased at Asbury Galleria, open 7 days on the boardwalk at Second Avenue (adjacent to Splash Water Park); weekends at Gifts by Tina on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, and every day at Asbury Park’s downtown Fun House store, located at 704 Cookman Avenue. Watch for updates on additional retail outlets…and wait, there’s more!
In the works now… and scheduled to go on sale in September 2022… our all-new 2023 wall calendar Soundings from Asbury Park celebrates the amazing century-and-a-half soundtrack to our little but LOUD Music City by the Sea!
A fundraiser for the Historical Society’s ongoing slate of restoration work and public programming, the full color/ limited edition collectible assembles HUNDREDS of fun facts related to Asbury Park’s main cash crop and principal export to the world beyond: MUSIC from all genres, all sides of the tracks, and EVERY era of American popular culture. It’s a tuneful timeline that runs from the Gilded Age of march bands and operettas and the milestone moments of jazz ‘n blues, to the roots of rock, the Rites of Springsteen, the generations of talented townies AND touring acts who helped this 1.5 square mile municipality loom larger on the musical map than ANY other town of its modest size and monumental significance.
Written and designed by APHS trustee Tom Chesek as a “sequel” to our successful and sold-out Sesquicentennial calendar of 2021, it’s a “something for everyone” item that’s sure to resonate with anyone for whom our city was the setting for a life-changing musical memory. Whether it’s a birthday or memorial of a prominent person with a connection to the local music scene; a date commemorating a major concert event, festival, crucial recording or big broadcast…chances are excellent that you’ll find it here. Even if you thought you knew AP’s music history inside-out, it’s almost certain that you’ll learn something “new” and fascinating in this keeper item that’s worth keeping around, even after the year 2023 goes into the books!
Watch our official website, aphistoricalsociety.org, plus social media and other local news sources, for updates on ordering the Soundings from Asbury Park 2023 calendar, which will be available via PayPal for $19.99 each (plus shipping) — as well as information on participating retail outlets for this item, which together with our exclusive line of ornaments will make the 2022 holiday season a special one for those who love All Things Asbury Park!