February. Each year, the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce hosts a Girlfriends Weekend celebrating friendship. As part of Weekend, the Museum is open to the public and the HSOG hosts an Afternoon British Tea, with chamber music, beautifully set tables, and an environment that enhances charming conversation. Featured are assorted teas and delightful finger sandwiches, homemade scones, devonshire cream and jams, fruit tartlets, and other sweets.
Past Presentations and General Meetings ⇣
Great Storms of the Jersey Shore – June 22, 2020
Presentation. Margaret Thomas Buchholz and Scott Mazzella, two of the three authors of Great Storms of the Jersey Shore, Expanded 2nd Edition, will speak via Zoom as part of the HSOG Summer Presentations and General Meetings Series. Margaret and Scott will talk about the historic threat of storm events along the New Jersey coast with a slide presentation with images from the 1st and 2nd Editions of the book. They will include survivor and first responder stories and significant meteorological events of the past three decades.
General Meeting. Bob Waitt, HSOG President, with additional executive board members, will follow Margaret and Scott’s presentation with a General Meeting of the HSOG. Everyone is welcome to stay online and learn more about the nonprofit HSOG’s upcoming events, projects, volunteer opportunities, operations, and challenges
7 pm ET, Monday, June 22, 2020
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Authors. Margaret Thomas Buchholz, author, editor, and weekly newspaper publisher has written or edited many books about New Jersey Shore history, including the award-winning New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers’ Tales from the Jersey Shore. She grew up in Harvey Cedars, where her family has been coming since 1833 and where she now lives year-round in her childhood home.
Scott Mazzella, the author of the multiple national award-winning books, Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore (2013), wrote the new sections for the 2nd Edition and added unique weather events of the past quarter-century. He is an educator, former reporter, and passionate weather buff. With a long family history on Long Beach Island (and a summer home in Holgate that was severely damaged in Sandy), Scott lives in Matawan with his wife, two children, and dogs.
Book. Published by Down The Shore Publishing in August 2019, the expanded 2nd edition received a Gold Award on May 7, 2020, from the national Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. Seven years after Superstorm Sandy of 2012, the book has been reissued and completely redesigned with an additional book’s worth of stories and pictures from the past three decades. Greatly expanded to include Sandy and even more weather events, updated data, and record tides and storm tracks.
The expanded 2nd Edition is available at the Comfort Zone, Ocean Grove; and the Asbury Book Cooperative (formerly Words! Bookstore), Asbury Park, throughout New Jersey and the Shore at retailers that are open or offer curbside pickup. The book is also available in New Jersey Barnes & Noble stores or online at BN.com, Amazon.com, and direct from the publisher, Down-The-Shore.com.
A Weekend in Old Monmouth
May. The Monmouth County Historical Commission sponsors this annual two-day event when 50 Monmouth County history sites open their doors to visitors and waive their admission fees. The HSOG always participates and admission is always free. The event is a self-guided tour. View the Tour Booklet.
And you can also view the Tour online with a smartphone, tablet, or computer. View the Virtual Tour. The Monmouth County Division of Planning uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to generate the Story Map and created this virtual tour that presents all 50 tour locations in a linear, place-based narrative with photographs.
Each tour site is a story point on an interactive map using geolocation technology. You can click sequentially through the narrative, or you can browse one of the tour routes by interacting with the map. Visiting the multiple pages within the virtual tour will help you to learn more about each of the tour routes and clicking on each point will reveal more about the specific historic sites.
Ocean Grove History Day
July. History Day in Ocean Grove looks back at the fascinating men and women of early Ocean Grove, as well as the architecture that is renowned as an example of Victorian splendor. In the past, Lyndell O’Hara, HSOG historian, took a special look at the neighborhood on New York Avenue between Clark and Cookman Avenues. It has a storied history. Dr. O’Hara shared her research about this noteworthy area, which housed some of the most interesting people and homes in early Ocean Grove.
Annual Virtual House Tour
August 12, 2022. The Annual House Tour has been held every year since 1969. It is one of the most popular events of the year, when over 700 people visit Ocean Grove. We will have another Virtual House Tour this year to protect visitors and homeowners as there continues to be concerns regarding COVID.
Teddy Bear Picnic
TBD. This annual children’s program for ages 4-11 is a fun filled day, with a variety of activities which include story time, games, arts and crafts, a teddy bear scavenger hunt, and games.
Lunch is served to all, and of course, a sweet treat from Days Ice Cream completes the day. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear.
Christmas in Ocean Grove
December. Each year, the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Victorian Holiday Festival Weekend, with a Holiday House Tour, the Lights of Ocean Grove, and much more in local shops and restaurants.
As part of the Weekend, the Museum is open to the public and decorated for the holiday with a new, Christmas-themed mini-exhibition each year.