OCEAN GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUCTION TO FEATURE ‘EXPERIENCE’ PACKAGES & AMAZING ITEMS
The Historical Society of Ocean Grove’s annual spring fundraising auction will feature everything from reclaimed architecture and vintage china to, for the first time, exclusive “experience” packages. All the experience packages will give fans of the community special access to nationally recognized homes and businesses.
“This is an especially exciting year for our auction,” said Kim Brittingham, recording secretary of the Historical Society and chair of the Auction Committee. “The auction promises to be fast-paced under the guidance of professional auctioneer Art Kravitz. As well, the experience packages offer rare and special opportunities for newcomers and those who have already fallen in love with our community.”
Similar to the past several years, the auction will include antiques and collectibles and a wide array of rare Ocean Grove and Asbury Park memorabilia. Items for auction this year – many with no reserve – will include a mirror from the old North End bath house etched with an advertisement for the former Homestead Restaurant, “Admission 50 cents” sign from the old Strand Movie Theater, several pieces of souvenir “Ocean Grove” ruby flash glassware circa 1890, reclaimed architecture gingerbread trim, 19th century printing blocks used for Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Annual Reports and vintage dishware from the North End Hotel.
“I’m also excited about the custom-designed, one-of-a-kind Ocean Grove beach towel exclusive to the auction,” said Brittingham. “The towel cannot be purchased elsewhere and the high bidder will own the only one. Bidders will also have the opportunity to experience Ocean Grove in ways few others ever will with the special ‘experience’ packages we are auctioning.”
One of the experiences will include dinner for four in the Tali Esen Morgan House (pictured), one of Ocean Grove’s most splendid Victorian private residences. The circa 1900 home has hosted notables from Enrico Caruso to Helen Hayes. Another dining experience will offer a candlelight dinner for two catered by Sea Grass Restaurant in the garden of the Centennial Cottage.
An additional experience package will give six lucky Ocean Grove lovers the VIP treatment during the July 4th Parade. The winner and friends will watch the historic parade from the shady raised porch of Centennial Cottage, enjoying a superior view, comfortable porch rockers, rest rooms and refreshments courtesy of DJ’s of Asbury Park (coming soon to Ocean Grove), plus a take-home flower arrangement provided by Wegman’s.
“The fourth experience we call ‘skip the line’ at Day’s Ice Cream on one of their busiest nights of the year, July 4,” said Brittingham. “After the fireworks the line at Day’s can stretch around the block but the winner of this auction item and three guests will be able to bypass the line and enjoy their ice cream at a reserved table on the dining porch.”
The auction will take place on Sat., May 28 at the Youth Temple of the Camp Meeting Association in Ocean Grove. Previews are 9 to 11 am. The merchandise auction will begin at 11 am and pause at noon for the experience auction packages. Advance and absentee bids will be accepted at the auction site beginning at 9 am, or via phone anytime at (732) 774-1869. Packages are numbered and available for preview at OceanGroveHistory.org/auction.