Shrewsbury’s Autumn Harvest Party

This year’s Autumn Harvest Party, sponsored by the Shrewsbury Historical Society, is scheduled for Sunday, October 27 at the Evelyn Bonanno home, also known as “Narrowgate Farm.” Recalled by locals as “The Horse Farm on Sycamore Avenue,” this lovely period home at 440 Sycamore Avenue was built by Francis Gilhuly in 1858. “It remains expertly maintained by the Bonanno family,” said Mayor Donald Burden, president of the Shrewsbury Historical Society since 2004 and a current member of the Monmouth County Library Commission. He added, “The place has so much charm.”

The stately home was once the residence of Alfred Beadleston (1912-2000), Shrewsbury’s mayor from 1941-1952 and a former Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly (1967) and Senate President (1973). He occupied Narrowgate Farm for 27 years before moving to Rumson in 1963. Mr. Beadtleson’s mother was Helen Hazard, daughter of the owner of the E C Hazard & Co. Shrewsbury Tomato Ketchup Factory.

The Autumn Harvest Party is open to members of the Shrewsbury Historical Society and their guests, along with those who might be interested in becoming members of the society. There is a donation of $35 per person. Confirmation of attendance and payment can be made upon entrance to the home. For more information, contact Mary Lea Burden at (732) 747-3635 or Wine, beer, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served, accompanied by piano music. Floral decorations will be provided by the Shrewsbury Garden Club and party supplies are provided by Paul David Partyware. Cover art for the invitation is by Penny Ticehurst, Shrewsbury Historical Society Trustee and local artist, who has created the art work for the invitation for over 20 years.

Red Bank October Events

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Waning warm weather events are taking their last breaths as fall firmly settles in. This month’s highlight, Girls Night Out, which happens only twice per year, is scheduled for 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17. It’s ladies’ night, when you and your female companions can stroll borough streets, stopping to take full advantage of exciting specials and discounts at many participating shops, restaurants, and bars. Details were being finalized at press time and can be found at

The Farmer’s Market at the Galleria continues 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays through November 17 at the Galleria, Bridge Avenue and West Front Street. Enjoy the best of New Jersey’s seasonal offerings from produce to foods, crafts, and holiday delights.

The final 2013 installment of the popular Food & Wine Walk welcomes foodies from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 20 throughout the business district. A wristband – $35 per person – allows participants to spend the afternoon strolling through town while sampling food and wine from Red Bank establishments. Wristbands go on sale at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event at Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, 11 Bridge Avenue; red Restaurant & Lounge, 3 Broad Street, and Teak, 64 Monmouth Street. (Valid ID required for purchase.) Paid guests will receive a map indicating participating businesses. Among the over 25 establishments are Buona Sera, The Bistro at Red Bank, Boondocks Fishery, Dish, The Downtown, Gaetano’s, Jamian’s, La Pastaria, Pazzo, Siam Garden, and Taste.

If it’s October, it must be time for the big finale celebration of Red Bank’s experiment in interspecies social interaction, the Dog Days of Summer. The series of outdoor fun for canines and their humans culminates with a Halloween event from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29. Monmouth Street will be closed from Broad to Drummond and filled with tables for take-out dining, dog-friendly stores, and pet-related vendors, including grooming options, boarding facilities, shelters, pet supplies, doggie wear, treats, food, and pet charities. All dogs must be secured with firm, not retractable, leashes. Vaccines must be current. Red Bank Veterinary Hospital will be on hand with water stations, cleanup areas, dog first aid, nutritionists, and behaviorists. Businesses on Monmouth Street and throughout town will have a pawprint decal in their window to welcome dogs and owners. This series has been hosted by the Borough of Red Bank, with the support and assistance of Red Bank RiverCenter and The Red Bank Veterinary Hospital.

Fall is an ideal time to explore the sights, sounds, and many entertainment and cultural offerings that are uniquely Red Bank. Whether in the warm sun of the day or crisp cool of the evening, surprises and memories await around every hip corner.