Everyone enjoyed the BOOTLEGGERS BALL!

Hope you were one of the over 100 people to attend the BHS’s first ever Bootleggers  Ball on November 7, 2015 at the Waterview Pavilion.1920's couple  The event was held  to support the preservation of Belmar’s history by enjoying a fun evening in beautiful Belmar! Proceeds from the event will go toward digitization of the remaining 26 years  of historical archives of the Coast Advertiser and the Coast Echo newspapers.

The Bootleggers Masquerade Ball  is themed in the 1920’s style as an ode to the Roaring Twenties.  Historically Belmar’s marina was a bootlegging port during prohibition and rum-runners would utilize the Shark River Inlet’s many covers and access points to serve Jersey Shore residents and summer tourists,  Ball guests were encouraged to dress for the part in 1920’s attire —  and arrived in outrageous attire from flappers to newsboys, gentlemen in tails, to scoundrels.

For more information about event and the many thank you’s our members would like to extend, read on….

The Belmar Historical Society would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who attended our  Bootlegger’s Ball.

  • Thank you to the Manasquan High School Jazz Band under the direction of Alan Abraham which consisted of MHS band members along with professional band members.    The music was fabulous and the dance floor showed it!   The music made the night and everyone is still raving about it.
  • Thanks to all our wonderful sponsors who contributed to this event:  Beach Haus Brewery; Beckman’s Deli and Grill; Belmar Paints and Decorating; Belmar Woman’s Club, Benny’s Bistro; Carter and Cavero of Wall; Change is Vintage and More; Dons Pizza King; Federici’s on 10th; Federico’s; Go Play; Hippie Chicks; Hanley’s; Jacks Tavern; Klein’s; La Dolce Vita; Oceanside Gallery; Pat Hutchinson; Pro Surfboard Shop; Robin’s Nest; Simply Flowers, Simply Southern; Stay Gold; Sunsations; Surf Taco, Sweet!; Taylor Hardware; The Coast Star; 10th Ave Burrito; Tulipanos. Special thanks to Brandl and Waves on Main who contributed a $100 gift card for best female and male costumes.
  • Thanks to our Chairperson, Christine Read, for the 1920s theme idea and all her hard work in organizing this event.  Special thanks to Pat Tecza, owner of Nostalgic Nonsense for promoting our event among the local businesses and soliciting gift cards for the gift basket raffles and prizes. She also donated 10% of attendee’s purchase at Nostalgic Nonsense to the BHS.

The funds raised will help the BHS to continue our Coast Advertiser newspaper preservation project, a portion of which is available to the public through this website .

This was the BHS’s first ever fundraiser and it couldn’t have turned out better.     Our thanks to all our members, volunteers and friends who made this a memorable event.

For more information on BHS on-going events visit at the Belmar Museum, 900 E Street (Union Fire House annex), call the Museum at 908 309 3380 or email info@Belmarhistoricalsociety.org.