December - 350th ANNIVERSARY of MONMOUTH COUNTY
All Year- SEA SCOUTS
The 350th ANNIVERSARY OF MONMOUTH COUNTY
On December 7th and in mid-June 2014, NMHA with others will be running events to mark the 350th anniversary of Monmouth County.
SYMPOSIUM: "Searching for Land and Religious Freedom in Monmouth County, December 5-11, 1663".
For details and to REGISTER, click . HERE
350 years ago in December 1663, English settlers from Gravesende, Long Island, sailed across Raritan Bay looking to buy land from the Native Americans. Dutch settlers heard about this and set sail with the goal of preventing the English from establishing contacts with the Native Americans
More historical background . here
YEAR ROUND - SEA SCOUT SHIP NAVESINK
Sea Scouts are part of the Boy Scouts of America and are open to co-ed youth age 14-21. NMHA is pleased to sponsor and manage which has been in operation since 2011. Sea Scout Ship Navesink
Meetings are at at 255 Harding Road, Red Bank from Tower Hill Church on FRIDAYS 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.
Contact Skipper Gayle Horvath:
(732) 687-6715 or email her HERE .
Come to one of the meetings and find out what Sea Scouting and Sea Scout Ship Navesink are all about. Call Gayle at 732-687-6715 to confirm.
Sea Scouting is for co-ed youth age 14 - 21 who like the water and boating and who would like to expand their maritime horizons with activities such as small boat handling (both sail and power), exploring our local and regional marine heritage, and visiting local and regional marine oriented venues (ships, Coast Guard, environmental, etc).
Land based activities include improving marine skills and knowledge, and advancing through the Sea Scout ranks from Apprentice to Quartermaster (equivalent to Eagle Scout).
OCTOBER 23, 2013 - PUBLIC PRESENTATION
"Olsen Boat Works and Boatbuilding in Keyport".
Come join us at Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Ocean Ave, Monmouth Beach, on Wednesday, October 23rd.
7:15 PM - Light refreshments.
7:45 PM - Meeting starts.
Olav Olsen formed Olsen Boat Works in 1947 and built over 220 sea skiffs for inshore and offshore fishing during his career.
Many of his boats are still prized and maintained by fishermen from Long Island to New Jersey. John Olsen will talk about his father and his place in Shore boatbuilding. He will also discuss the construction of carvel wooden boats and a brief history of boatbuilding in Keyport
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 - PUBLIC PRESENTATION
" HANS PEDERSEN & SONS AND THE JERSEY SEA SKIFF"
Come join us at Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Ocean Ave, Monmouth beach, on September 25th 2013 .
7:15 PM - Light refreshments.
7:45 PM - Meeting starts.
For more than half a century “Hans Pedersen and Sons” was the name synonymous with the finest, biggest, most powerful Jersey sea skiffs on the water. Ned Lloyd has one of the best collections of information, memorabilia and pictures of the Jersey Sea Skiff and the local builders, and he will share this with us during the meeting.
CANOEING & BBQ on Sunday October 6th was a great SUCCESS!
Ninety three canoeists age from 5 to "older'(!) paddled the Swimming River on Sunday, starting at 9:45 in the morning. The weather was overcast but warm and dry, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, both the first-timers and more experienced boaters.
NMHA thanks everyone for coming and for participating in the Two River Theater raffle for tickets to "A Wind in the Willows Christmas"
October 6th, 2013 - BOATING & BBQ at CHRIS' RIVER PLAZA MARINA
, 483 W Front St, Red Bank for families, youth, and adults. Back by Popular Demand! OCTOBER 6th 2013 at Chris' River Plaza Marina
This is your opportunity to experience what experience, PLUS a BBQ! River Rangers
Canoeing from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM : All are welcome to paddle the Swimming River in colorful River Rangers canoes. NMHA will supply canoes, life vests and paddles for all. YOU bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray and water. Canoeing is FREE!
BBQ from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: After canoeing, have some lunch! NMHA will provide burgers, dogs and brats, water and sodas. Donations: $15 per adult, $6 for children under 12.
Email Michael Humphreys at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know you are coming for canoeing, BBQ, or both, number attending . Minimum age 10 for both activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult
NEW! The Two River Theater will be joining us to celebrate "messing about in boats" like the characters in . A Wind in the Willows Christmas - Raffle Tickets be sure you enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to A Wind in the Willows Christmas at Two River Theater. Sign ups will be at the Two River table alongside the canoeing registration.
Performances of A Wind in the Willows Christmas, Red Bank, December 7-29, 2013.
2013: RIVER RANGERS MEMORY BOOKS now AVAILABLE!
During each week of River Rangers the counselors take lots of pictures and create Memory Books. These hard cover books can be purchased . HERE Each book covers ONE WEEK of activity on and around the water.
RIVER RANGERS has completed a very successful and fun-filled 2013 season!
We will be starting up again next July and we will give you plenty of notice so that you can register early and get your choice of dates.
Learn more about River Rangers . HERE
Children too old for River Rangers? Consider becoming a crew member of for c Sea Scout Ship Navesink o-ed youth age 14-21 who focus all year on maritime activities on and off the water.
May 29, 2013 - Public Presentation
" OYSTER RESTORATION IN THE HUDSON-RARITON ESTUARY"
. Wednesday, May 29th The Hudson-Raritan Estuary in general and the Navesink River in particular, were, up to the 1900's, a major source of oysters for New York City and the surrounding area. After 1900 the oyster population declined to almost zero. Here is an opportunity to hear what a local organization is doing the bring the oyster back to our area.
Come join us at Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Ocean Ave, Monmouth beach, Wednesday, May 29th. Refreshments from 7:15PM, presentation starts at 7:50 PM
Meredith Comi, Oyster Restoration Program Director at NY-NJ Baykeeper, will describe the history and biology of the oyster in the Hudson-Raritan Bay Estury, including the Navesink. She will explain the reasons why the oyster population has declined and describe the baykeeper's efforts to restart the population through restoration projects in the Navesink and elsewhere.
After Sandy, the project was restated at NWS Earle, and she will describe progress to date.
March 24, 2013 PUBLIC MEETING
"JERSEY SHORE FOOD HISTORY"
The author Karen Schnitzspahn was the guest speaker at our Public Meeting at She gave an illustrated talk entitled Bahrs Landing on March 27th at 7:45PM. . "Jersey Shore Food History - Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats" After the meeting she signed her book of the same name, which can be purchased at Bahrs' store.
Twentyfour people came for dinner before the meeting and got to know each other.
January 23, 2013 ANNUAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS DINNER
The 2012 dinner was held at Bahrs Landing Restaurant on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23rd at 6:00 PM until approximately 9:00 PM. Over 50 members and friends came for food and drink and fellowship, and saw the amazing model ships collection that NMHA is curating.
M aster model builder Henry Schaefer, formerly of Atlantic Highlands, donoted over 30 model ships that he built over many years, and he was at the dinner, gave a short speech, and showed us his latest model ship project.
PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL MESSAGE 2012
Dear Members and Friends:
2012 has been an excellent year for our programs that engaged adults, youth, and children, and we have you to thank for your financial and participatory support.
We appeal to you to continue to be active in NMHA and to support our programs for 2013 by , renewing your Membership , or becoming a Member . Donating to NMHA Becoming a Member is preferred because it increases our membership base and indicates to external granting organizations the degree of our community impact. However, if you prefer to Donate instead, we are still very grateful. Either way, your contributions will help strengthen our finances and fund our programs. Our Officers, Trustees and Volunteers are unpaid, so all your contributions go directly to programs and activities.
I show below some or our many activities in 2012, followed by details of our and some goals for 2013. Annual Dinner
River Rangers - Our best ever year with almost 100 kids age 10-14 paddling the Navesink and Swimming Rivers while learning about the local marine environment.
Boat Building - In June, groups of adults, youth, and children build four wooden canoes over a weekend at Fair Haven Fire House.
Sea Scout Ship Navesink - Our sponsored Sea Scout ship for co-ed youth ages 14-21 expanded their maritime experience with boat handling, support of community boating events, and several field trips.
Public Meetings - NMHA invited the public to hear outstanding presentations on local boatbuilding and maritime history from knowledgeable presenters.
Model Ship Building at Bahrs' - A High School team, under the leadership of NMHA VP Rik van Hemmen, as been documenting Bahrs' model ship collection.
Ocean Fun Days - NMHA participated in the NJ Sea Grant Consortium's environmental event for the 4th year.
Willows-on-the-Water - a collaboration with The Two River Theater to promote their 2012 Christmas show Wind on the Willows. We provided River Rangers canoes and Sea Scout and River Rangers volunteers to ticket holders for an afternoon paddling the Navesink.
Establishment of a “Beachhead” at Chris’ Marina
– NMHA rented some land (above the storm Sandy flood line!) to store our boats and installed a 40 ft storage container there to house our equipment. We celebrated an eventful summer with an impromptu and happy BBQ.
Collaboration NJ Friends of Clearwater – NMHA and NJ Friends of Clearwater offered public sailings on the oyster Garvey “Adam Hyler”.
ANJEE Conference - NMHA exhibited at the Annual NJ Environmental Education conference and made connections with other like-minded organizations.
New Web Site – We finally opened our new web site in November and will expand its contents and capabilities so that you may interact with us and help strengthen NMHA through your ideas and comments.
For we plan to continue our core activities as shown above. Additionally, we plan to 2013, e to consolidate our boatbuilding workshop and tools, to conduct maritime training year-round for our Sea Scouts, and to finally house our River Rangers canoes and equipment all in one place. xpand our facilities at Chris' Marina at River Plaza We envision the space at Chris’ Marina on the Swimming River at River Plaza as the ideal location for these functions, with access for NMHA Members and Friends.
2013 Funding – In addition to membership fees and donations, we will search for public and private grants to help build our Chris' Marina facilities. Potential grantors look for great programs, solid revenues, and committed membership, so we are depending upon all of you to help build and expand our base support and revenue so that we can take the next steps in 2013 and beyond .
2012 ANNUAL DINNER
Due to storm Sandy, we had to postpone and relocate our dinner that was planned for December. We are now pleased to invite you to join us on at Wednesday, January 23 rd that has reopened in the Highlands in fine form. Bahrs' Restaurant Come and join members and friends for food, drink and fellowship. Make your reservations at . Annual Dinner
Thanks to all our friends and volunteers for the successes this year and for helping to build the future of NMHA.
Best wishes to you and yours for the Holidays and the New Year.
2012: RIVER RANGERS CANOES GET STARRING ROLE IN CHRISTMAS SHOW!
The Two River Theater Company of Red Bank used two River Rangers canoes in its Christmas show "WIND in the WILLOWS". One starred on-stage and the other was in the lobby promoting NMHA and its programs.
NJ CLEARWATER GARVEY NEWS
New Jersey Friends of Clearwater and NMHA have sailed the Adam Hyler every year since the early eighties. Oyster Garvey
The 2012 sailing season was uneventful and the 2013 season has not happened, and it has been decided that a NEW BOAT must be built as the existing hull is leaking and really difficult to fix. Discussions over designs will commence and you can visit this space for announcements.
Environmental Sail Program
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