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Tavernfest to kick off association’s 120th anniversary celebration

Sometimes the stars just align. On Oct. 12, exactly 120 years since the founding of the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA), the annual Tavernfest will kick off a year-long celebration of the organization’s milestone anniversary.

The 18th century Allen House Tavern Museum, 400 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury, will welcome guests for a 21st century evening of music, food and merriment, according to a press release.

“We could not ask for a better convergence of traditions,” MCHA Board of Trustees President Linda Bricker said. “On Oct. 12, 1898, the MCHA was formed to preserve and share the rich history of Monmouth County. What better way to launch our salute to this vision than to welcome friends and supporters to this popular evening of modern day fun at the oldest surviving tavern in the county.”

A gathering place for hearing the latest news and sharing fun with friends and neighbors for more than 300 years, the Allen House will once again throw open its doors to host Tavernfest, according to the press release.

Autumn revelers will be greeted by costumed interpreters and stroll through and explore the restored tavern while enjoying the Colonial era music of Tom and Maryanne Tucker.

Once in the main tent, partygoers can enjoy a buffet dinner by Local Smoke BBQ and toast the MCHA anniversary with a variety of spirits, including local craft ale from Carton Brewing, wine from Rumson Wine & Spirits and the signature libation from historic Laird’s Distillery. The Sam Sims Band will keep the party rocking under a harvest moon, according to the press release.

The evening will also feature a silent auction and a live auction spotlighting a variety of fun and unique items, including experience packages with tickets to performances and sporting events, a variety of restaurant outings as well as opportunities to host catered private parties or dinners in MCHA houses, according to the press release.

“Tavernfest has become a favorite autumn tradition not only for Monmouth County residents, but friends from the whole tri-state area,” said event co-chair Sandy Mulheren.  “We are so excited that we have the opportunity to be the first to toast this momentous year for the MCHA at a location that has witnessed so much of the area’s history.”

Tavernfest will take place on Oct. 12 from 7-10 p.m. at the Tavern Museum at Allen House (c.1710). Tickets start at $85. All proceeds from Tavernfest will fund the work of MCHA to celebrate the history of Monmouth County for all through the historic houses, museum, research library and archives, and educational programing initiatives. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.monmouthhistory.org or call 732-462-1466, ext. 11.

The MCHA’s museum and library and archives are at 70 Court St., Freehold. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library and archives are open Wednesday through Saturday.

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