Jan 31, 2017

Special Events for February and March 2017

February 7

Rumson Garden Club to Present “Welcome Home George Washington” – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road, Rumson. Dean Norton, director of horticulture at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Mount Vernon Virginia, will present a public lecture entitled “Welcome Home George Washington: The History, Beauty, Use, and Importance of Garden Landscapes at Our First President’s Home.” The free lecture is open to the public.

Even as he led the new country through revolutionary war and took on the overwhelming responsibility as our first president, George Washington’s mind was rarely far from the lush gardens and majestic views at Mount Vernon. He was very interested in garden design, particularly the naturalistic style of 18th century English landscape designer Batty Langley. He oversaw all aspects of the landscape at Mount Vernon and designed walks, roads, and lawns and planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs. His gardens provided food for the mansion’s inhabitants and guests. All four of the principal gardens at Mount Vernon have been researched, restored, and replanted, including the upper pleasure garden, the lower (or kitchen) garden, the botanical garden, and the fruit garden and nursery. “Our goal at Mt. Vernon is to so accurately maintain and represent the gardens at Mount Vernon, that if George and Martha Washington were to return, they would feel right at home,” said Mr. Norton.

Reservations are not required for the lecture. Contact club president Liz Card at eetecard@verizon.net.


February 9 through 12

Deep Cut Orchid Society’s 20th Annual Orchid Exhibit – at Dearborn Market, Route 35, Holmdel. The largest show in the tristate area, featuring the world’s most diverse species of plants and thousands of spectacularly colorful flowers, is sure to brighten cold winter days.                 Exhibit hours are Thursday from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, experts will give free lectures on various species and tips on successfully growing orchids. There will be exhibits from orchid clubs in the mid-Atlantic area and vendors from across the U.S. Certified American Orchid Society judges will award prizes to the best exhibits and flowers.            Admission and parking are free. Lunch is available in Dearborn Market’s 11,000-square-foot garden center, where the orchids will be shown. Special group tours can be arranged by calling Carol Abaya at (732) 536-6215. The Deep Cut Orchid Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Monmouth Reform Temple on Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, at 7:30 p.m. Every meeting has a speaker, a show table, and refreshments. Meetings are open to the public at no cost. For more information, call Carol Abaya (732) 536-6215.


February 12

Monmouth County SPCA Annual Valentine’s Day Brunch – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon with friends and a terrific way to find that perfect gift for your sweetheart. This year’s event will feature a variety of new and exciting attractions, including a “Tunnel of Love” photo booth, jewelry chance auction, and chance basket items, plus much more. Every attendee will also be automatically entered to win a vacation to the beautiful Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean. The MCSPCA will be welcoming back DonnaLyn Giegerich as the event emcee this year. She is an award-winning business owner, life experience coach, and motivational speaker who has also been a dedicated foster home for the MCSPCA. Tickets are $85 per person and include a buffet brunch plus a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. 50/50 tickets can be purchased prior to or during the event for $10 each.  The winner will be drawn on Monday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the MCSPCA Homeward Bound Adoption Center in Eatontown (winner need not be present). Last year’s pot was over $25,000! Seating is limited for this very special event and typically sells out. Contact Jaimee Skidmore at jaimee@monmouthcountyspca.org, call (732) 440-1548, or visit www.monmouthcountyspca.org.


February 16

Fourth Annual Jazz Service “New Orleans Jazz Vespers”  to Benefit Family Promise of Monmouth County – 7:30 p.m. at Lincroft Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Everett Corner and West Front Street, Lincroft. A free will offering will support Family Promise of Monmouth County, which assists homeless families in Monmouth County. Light refreshments and nursery care will be provided. “This year’s jazz service continues the spirit of bringing people together and use the power of music to help families in need in our community,” says Reverend Diane Ford, pastor of Lincroft Presbyterian Church. Musicians slated to accompany the church’s music director and professional trumpeter John Morrison include: pianist Timothy Broege, a nationally renowned composer and music director at Belmar Presbyterian Church; guitarist Doug Clarke, an in-demand jazz sideman and a prodigy of Tal Farlow; drummer John Gronert, who has performed with The Drifters and Darius Brubeck, and was a student of Joe Morello and Sonny Igoe; and string bass and guitarist Robert Marriner, who has played with The Platters, Little Anthony, The Duprees, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Lincroft Presbyterian Church, a family-style congregation, offers a hands-on children’s Sunday School program, youth group, weekly adult discussion, women’s bible study and weekend retreat, a men’s group, an active choir, and more. Call (732) 741-8921 or visit www.lincroftpc.org.


February 26

“Love is in the Air” with Monmouth Civic Chorus – 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. The award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus celebrates Valentine’s Day and the season of love with this brilliant concert, a celebration of love songs from the Middle Ages to the internet age.  Concert goers will reflect on the many aspects of love through ballads, madrigals, popular songs, poems, and more. The music is sure to lift and inspire and is the perfect way to extend the spirit of Valentine’s Day.  Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, $25 for groups, and $5 for students.

Selections for the concert include Faure’s beautiful “Cantique de Jean Racine,” the traditional Irish folk song “Danny Boy,” several of Brahms’ entertaining “Liebeslieder Walzer” and Debussy’s stunning “Dieu! Qu’il la Fait Bon Regarder.” Rounding out the music programmed by artistic director Dr. Ryan James Brandau will be several performances by small groups of chorus members. More than 20 members will be featured in madrigals, vocal jazz performances, show tunes, and more. The ensembles will be interspersed between selections sung by the entire chorus. Supporters of the chorus have the opportunity to become a “Valentine Virtuoso” and can show their love of music by sponsoring MCC’s conductor, the accompanist, one of the ensembles, or the song or singer of their choice. Sponsorship opportunities range from $50 to $250 and Valentine Virtuosos will be listed in the concert program. Tickets and information are available at www.monmouthcivicchorus.org or (732) 933-9333.


March 18 and 19

Monmouth County Park System Bus Trip to Philadelphia Flower Show – departing each day at 8:30 a.m. from Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, and returning around 5:30 p.m. Need another reason to look forward to spring? Spend the day marveling at windmills, wooden shoes, bicycles, canals, and vibrant tulips as the show celebrates “The Wonders of Holland.” The cost of each trip is $63 per person; pre-registration is required. Visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call (732) 842-4000, ext. 1.