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Nov 17, 2021

MCHA Tavernfest Delights Guests with Historical Charm

Even a major downpour on Oct. 16 couldn’t dampen the spirits of revelers who came together after a year’s absence to attend the Monmouth County Historical Association’s (MCHA) much loved Tavernfest. Tavernfest is appropriately held at the 18th century Allen House Tavern Museum, which has a 300-year legacy as a gathering place for hearing news and sharing fun. 

“We love the convergence of the historic traditions with 21st century fun at this event,” commented MCHA Board of Trustees President Linda Bricker. “The MCHA was formed in 1898 to preserve and share the rich history of Monmouth County, so we open the evening by bringing guests in through what was in one of the building’s earlier iterations, the Blue Ball Tavern.”  Guests were greeted by costumed interpreters, then they explored the interior of the building while enjoying the colonial-era music of Tom and Maryanne Tucker.

The final stop was the big tent outside the backdoor where guests enjoyed a buffet dinner by Local Smoke BBQ and a variety of spirits including local craft ale from Carton Brewing, wine from Rumson Wine & Spirits, and a signature libation from historic Laird’s Distillery. The Kul d’Sak band kept the party rocking under a harvest moon. A silent auction was also held and featured a package that included a private dinner party at the newly improved Taylor-Butler House. 

Event Chair and MCHA Trustee Sara Poponak said, “Along with the fun, Tavernfest is also a great ‘friend-raiser’ for the association. It is an opportunity to showcase one of the five wonderful historic homes we own and care for, and hopefully increase knowledge and support for the important mission of the association.”

MCHA thanks the event sponsors and underwriters: Sara and Colin Bradley, Carton Brewing, Cooper Electric Supply Co., Sandy Jones, Pam and Ted Lacey, Fiordland Landscape Construction, Laird & Company, Vanessa and Sandy Mulheren, Sara and Noah Poponak, Rumson Management, and Rumson Wine & Spirits.

They also gratefully thank the Shrewsbury Towne – Monmouth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution whose volunteer members and their spouses worked furiously to restore the picket fence surrounding the Allen House in time for Tavernfest. The association has just completed an assessment of the needs of the building to apply for major funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission to undertake restoration of the circa-1710 structure.

To learn more about the mission and programs of the MCHA, visit or call 732-462-1466.