Past Events & Activities in 2020

OCTOBER 21, 2020: Life on the Monmouth County Frontier, a Zoom presentation from Michael Adelberg

A presentation by by Michael Adelberg, a noted local Revolutionary War historian. (Zoom presentation)

The American Revolution was fought between Washington's Continentals and the Redcoats of the British Army, but there was vigorous and sometimes violent disagreement between the settlers, especially in the early part of the War and especially at the frontier between the settlers and the Redcoats. This was true along the Bayshore and Monmouth County where the British had a major base at Sandy Hook and the New Jersey Militia held the high ground around Twin Lights. The British Navy had captured Sandy Hook in 1776 (three months before the Declaration of Independence) and held it until late 1782. In 1777 the British left Sandy Hook and landed near where the Twin Lights are today. The Battle of Navesink ensued.

OCTOBER 11, 2020: CANOE BUILDERS TEST THEIR CANOES ON THE NAVESINK

Canoe launch at Maple Cove, Red Bank, NJ. Organized and run by the NMHA Board and volunteers


NMHA invites you to Paddle the Navesink on Sunday. Check-in will begin at 10am and the last check-in will be at Noon. Canoes will be put back on the trailer at 12:30pm

You will be supplied with the four canoes that you built plus life vests, and paddles. Other canoes will be there as well to accommodate all. Small donations to cover insurance will be gladly accepted. 


Come in clothes and shoes that can get wet because they will!

SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2020: COMMUNITY BOATBUILDING WEEKEND 2020

Organized and run by the NMHA Board and volunteers to build canoes at Grover House for the River Rangers program

HELP BUILD A CANOE in ONE WEEKEND!

You will help build a cool wooden canoe starting with two flat sheets of plywood on Saturday morning and be paddling the new canoe on the Navesink on Sunday afternoon!  You will have fun and food as as well! Join a team  or bring your own team! Minimum age for participation is 12Teams will be organized on the first day depending upon age and experience. Family or other groups will stay together if possible.

NMHA will supply all the materials and tools and breakfast and lunch on both days for boatbuilders for $20.00 per participant for the two days. Lots of pictures HERE and HERE

SEPTEMBER 13, 2020: FAMILIES, YOUTH, ADULTS, PADDLE THE NAVESINK DAY

Canoe launch at Maple Cove, Red Bank, NJ. Organized and run by the NMHA Board and volunteers

Paddle the Navesink at Maple Cove in Red Bank in colorful wooden canoes FOR FREE! Canoes, life vests, and paddles provided. Come any time between 10:00am and 2:00pm and come in clothes that might get wet! Open to the Monmouth County community, to ALL families, adults, youth, and kids (under 12 must come with an adult). 

A donation of $5.00 per adult to cover insurance will be welcome.

AUGUST 10-14, 2020: RIVER RANGERS 2020 - SUMMER BOATING FUN ON THE NAVESINK

Up and down the Navesink and Swimming Rivers and on Shadow Lake. Organized and run by the NMHA Board and volunteers

The third and last week of this award-winning program in 2020 is under the direction of experienced leaders/counselors Courtney and Pierre. Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm each day. Age range is 10 to 14. Participant MUST be able to swim. More information HEREMaximum capacity is 20 paddlers each week on a first-come basis with payment confirming the registration. Price is $250 per paddler.  Includes five mornings with canoe, life vest and paddle and a River Rangers T-Shirt. Paddlers bring lunch, water, sun screen, etc. Exact start and end locations and joining instructions will be provided one week before the event date.

August 9, 2020: AN ADVENTURE CRUISE ARUND STATEN ISLAND!

Organized by NMHA and supported by Classic Boat Rides of Atlantic Highlands


Join NMHA for a day-long Cruise around Staten Island on the good ship Mariner. Departure is at 0800 from the dock in Atlantic Highlands and return is at approximately 1600 (4pm). Captain Dan and Leader Rik will offer comments on some of the places we will pass, including large commercial ports, forts and other historic places.


We will also disembark and tour the S.S. Yankee, an historic 1907 ferry located at the northern tip of Staten Island and that is on the National Register of Historic Places. She is in private hands and is fitted out as a Victorian Bread & Breakfast! 

Registration is $70 per person including coffee, tea, and snacks. Because of the coronavirus situation PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BREAKFAST and LUNCH. Water and other beverages will be available from the cash bar. Cruise and SS Yankee  pictures HERE


AUGUST 3-7, 2020: RIVER RANGERS 2020 - SUMMER BOATING FUN ON THE NAVESINK

Up and down the Navesink and Swimming Rivers and on Shadow Lake. Organized and run by the NMHA Board and volunteers

The second week of this award-winning program in 2020 is under the direction of experienced leaders/counselors Courtney and Pierre. Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm each day. Age range is 10 to 14. Participant MUST be able to swim. More information HEREMaximum capacity is 20 paddlers each week on a first-come basis with payment confirming the registration. Price is $250 per paddler.  Includes five mornings with canoe, life vest and paddle and a River Rangers T-Shirt. Paddlers bring lunch, water, sun screen, etc. Exact start and end locations and joining instructions will be provided one week before the event date.

JULY 27-31, 2020: RIVER RANGERS 2020 - SUMMER BOATING FUN ON THE NAVESINK

Up and down the Navesink and Swimming Rivers and on Shadow Lake. Organized and run by the NMHA Board and volunteers

The first week of this award-winning program in 2020 is under the direction of experienced leaders/counselors Courtney and Pierre. Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm each day. Age range is 10 to 14. Participant MUST be able to swim. More information HEREMaximum capacity is 20 paddlers each week on a first-come basis with payment confirming the registration. Price is $250 per paddler.  Includes five mornings with canoe, life vest and paddle and a River Rangers T-Shirt. Paddlers bring lunch, water, sun screen, etc. Exact start and end locations and joining instructions will be provided one week before the event date.

JUNE 21, 2020: JOIN US AT GROVER HOUSE FOR A SOCIAL BBQ AND HOUSE TOUR

Social event run by the NMHA Board and volunteers at Grover House 930 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ. 

Open from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Grover House is a c1730 farmhouse built by a descendent of one of the founders of Monmouth County in 1665, named James Grover. NMHA acquired a lease from Middletown Township in 2014 for its headquarters and is managing the exterior and renovating the interior rooms on the first floorEagle Scout projects have enhanced the grounds and provided porch seating. Come and relax, enjoy the food and friends and tour the finished rooms that our volunteers have been working on.


June 13, 2020: The NMHA ZEN RIVER CRUISE

Organized and run by NMHA and supported by Classic Boat Rides. Depart Atlantic Highlands Marina at 08:30am


Join NMHA for an early Saturday morning (08:30am departure) Zen River Cruise on the good ship Mariner. A voyage on a boat is always a search for deeper meaning, whether in the form of the Odyssey, the Heart of Darkness, or a tranquil cruise on the Navesink. River Zen Masters Captain Dan, History Rik, and Wildlife Chuck, will guide you into the deeper recesses of the Navesink River, whether related to the forces of nature, the march of time, or the search for deeper meaning between us and this fascinating estuary! Oh, and we might see some birds as well!

Refreshed and relaxed, we will return to the dock at Atlantic Highlands at 11:30.

May 5, 2020: THE MORRIS FAMILY, NEW JERSEY'S FOUNDING FAMILY. A Zoom Public Presentation from Rick Geffken

Organized and run by the NMHA Board

Because we cannot have physical gatherings at Bahrs for NMHA presentations, we will run our first Public Presentation via Zoom, and you are invited!

Morristown, Morris Plains, and Morris County are just the most obvious reminders of this influential and ubiquitous New Jersey family. From Governor Lewis Morris, our first Colonial head of the state (1738), to his grandson, Gouverneur Morris, who wrote the Preamble to the United States Constitution, the family’s legacy in New Jersey and New York is rivaled by no others.

The presentation will explore where the Morris family came from, where they settled in New Jersey (Monmouth County’s Tinton Falls) and New York, what they did, and why they are so little remembered today.

Rick Geffken, a popular speaker on historical topics, lives on land once owned by the Morris’s, and reveals little-known facts about the Morris Family and their New Jersey connections.

FEBRUARY 12, 2020: PUBLIC PRESENTATION Letting the Sunshine In

Presentation at Bahrs Landing Restaurant by Rik van Hemmen, President of NMHA

At a recent NJ Economic Development Agency conference a state solar expert told Rik van Hemmen: “If you can fit roof top solar you would be crazy not to do it” This may be one of the first times Rik was told he was not crazy, since his roof had already been solar for two years!

Rik will discuss his experience with rooftop solar and provide some tips from an Owner’s point of view with regard to purchase and operation of roof top solar and sustainable energy.

7:30pm: Coffee and Cookies. 8:00pm: Presentation. 9:00pm Close. 

FREE event, ALL are welcome.  Come early to Bahrs and enjoy a drink and snack at the bar or a meal in the restaurant

January 22, 2020: Welcome to NMHA's Annual Meeting & Dinner!

Join us for dinner at Bahrs Landing waterside restaurant in Highlands, NJ

For good food, renewing friendships, and hearing about NMHA's activities in 2019 and plans for 2020.

Dinner Buffet: Individual Member $45. Couple Member $80. Individual non-Member $50, Couple non-Member $90.

Pictorial Review of NMHA Activities in 2019 HERE

Appetizers: Assorted Entrees: Mixed seafood, Pasta, Chicken Desserts: Brownies, Coffee & Tea. Cash Bar

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