Members, friends, and family members gathered at The Legend Lounge of Toms River on Monday, June 2, 2014 for the installation of newly elected Trustees, and to enjoy great food and entertainment. The Class of 2014 Trustees assumed the duties of managing OCHS tonight and will remain in office until 2017.
On May 7, 2014 more than 70 OCHS members and friends were treated to a fascinating panel discussion of Pound Fishing In Ocean County, presented in the Birdsall Room at the Museum. The panel consisted of 6 men who are life long Ocean County redidents, and who have been involved in fishing in the county all of their lives. Mr. Phil Hart, at 92, the oldest living Pound Fisherman in the county, told stories of the fishing industry as it was in the early 20th century, when he began to fish. His parents and grand parents were involved in the industry on Long Beach Island in the late 1800's. Mr. Ferd Klebold, the author of Pound Fishing, told many stories of creating of the pound, or fishing area, and maintaining the boats and equipment. Mr. Klebold is 91. All of the gentlemen told interesting and humorous stories of the very difficult lives of the pound fisherman of Ocean County. All quickly added that it was absolutely the best possible way to live on the shores of Ocean County NJ.
On July 16, 2014 OCHS held our second annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast to recognize many of our volunteers and thank them for hundreds of hours of hard work. Chefs (volunteers!) Vale Rebok and Marj and Kevin Neary prepared pancakes, sausage, scones and other delights for the volunteers who are the foundation upon which OCHS has been built. Thank You to all who help us to achieve our goal, which is "Telling The Stories Of Ocean County."
On Saturday, August 30, 2014 OCHS held our 28th Annual Antiques & Collectibles Faire. It was a beautiful day, and our Faire was a huge success! Hundreds of guests roamed throughout the Museum grounds and the Ocean County Parking Facility searching for the ultimate collectible and enjoying the music, fun, and food that made this a memorable event. Most of the guests then visited our Historic Pierson-Sculthorp house. Everyone at OCHS is grateful to Susan Schmeid and Kevin Neary and their team of volunteers whose efforts made this day so successful! Take a look at some of the day's highlights!
On Wednesday evening, September 17, Ocean County Historical Society hosted author Rich Garlipp. Guests enjoyed learning about the forty-five covered bridges that once existed throughout New Jersey, including one in Toms River. Participants eagerly purchased copies of Mr. Garlipp's book, "New Jersey's Covered Bridges" to learn more about covered bridges.
On October 24, 2014 approximately 70 OCHS members and friends decided to "commune with the spirits" as OCHS sponsored a walk to the Old Methodist Cemetery in Toms River for a tour conducted by Member Dale Cottrell. We visited the graves of some of the founders of Dover Township and Ocean County. We also learned that several Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans are resting in this 1828 cemetery. After the tour guests were instructed by our friends at NJ Paranormal in how to determine if the spirits of any of the deceased were actually with us that evening as we walked throughout the cemetery. At the completion of the cemetery walk all guests returned to the Museum where NJ Paranormal founders John and Barry Ruggiero and Brandon DeMattico discussed the science behind searching for the spirits of those who are deceased. Everyone at OCHS thanks event planner Betsy Dudas, as well as Dale Cottrell and NJ Paranormal for an interesting and informative evening. We also thank the Toms River Township Police Department for guaranteeing a safe walk to and from the cemetery as they stopped traffic for us on Washington Street.
On Saturday, Dedember 6, 2014 the Birdsall Room at the Museum was filled with OCHS members and friends as Maggie Wordsdale presented a wonderful Holiday program. Maggie opened the evening's performance with a reading of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. She continued with a fantastic selection of Christmas music, inviting the audience to sing along at times. The youngest member of the audience was asked to help present one of our all-time favorites, Jingle Bells! Everyone at OCHS thanks Maggie Worsdale for a fantastic show that put everyone in the mood for the 2014 Holiday season!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 was the date of our annual Victorian Christmas Tea. This year's tea was held at 600 Main, a Victorian Bed & Breakfast located in downtown Toms River. Built in 1898, the former home of NJ State Senator Thomas A. Mathis is now owned by Susan and Jon Notte, our hosts for the afternoon. More than 100 OCHS members and friends were welcomed to this beautiful home by Susan and our event planners, Barbara Reusch, Cynthia Smith, and Betsy Dudas. Everyone enjoyed wonderful sandwiches and desserts prepared by 600 Main's chef as well as an assortment of unique varieties of tea. Our Junior Historical Society, along with the staff of 600 Main served our guests. Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by Carol, pianist at 600 Main, and students from Ocean County College who performed many Holiday selections. Thank you to our OCHS event planners and to Susan and Jon Notte for a fantastic Victorian Christmas Tea at this beautiful and historic Toms River home.
Our annual Holiday Lunch for our members was held in our Birdsall Room on December 17. Everyone brought some item of food to share with everyone. There was fun, music, and plenty of good cheer as we gathered to wish each other a Happy Holiday Season. Why don't you go to our on-line membership sign up page and join OCHS right now. We'll be looking for you next year at our Holiday Lunch 2015!
In January 2015 OCHS members and friends gathered in the Birdsall Room at the Museum to learn about the history of the Ocean County Sheriff's Department Canine Unit. The program was presented by Tim Cagney of Island Heights who, along with his friend Homer, a bloodhound pup, established the Canine Unit. Working as volunteers, Tim and Homer found a lost child in the Shelter Cove area of Toms River in the early 1960's. Tim's guests for the afternoon were Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, Officer Ted Wielchoski, and Nash, a German Shepard currently working for the Canine Unit. Sheriff Mastronardy discussed the operations of the modern canine unit and answered many questions from our audience. Officer Wielchoski helped Nash to show off some of his skills as a member of the canine unit. OCHS offers a large thank you to Tim Cagney, Sheriff Mastronardy, Officer Wielchoski, and, of course, Nash for an interesting and informative afternoon!