Beach Haven — The 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition is the theme for the New Jersey Maritime Museum’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m. The museum is located at 528 Dock Rd. in Beach Haven.
Special guest is Jeffrey Brown, Southern Regional High School history teacher and historian for the Military Technology Museum at InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township. Brown will give an overview of the Prohibition Era and its effect on the Jersey Coast.
“Prohibition didn’t lessen the desire for alcohol,” he said. “If anything, it increased. Local fishermen and baymen could help the smugglers because they probably knew more about the back bays and the creeks more than the Coast Guard did.”
The indoor-outdoor event features a full-service cash bar, pig roast and pulled pork stations, salads, seafood and dessert station. Tickets are $55 per person and $50 for museum members. DJ Troy will provide entertainment.
Gift donations from businesses for a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction are being sought. The donations can be brought to the museum; also, arrangements can be made to have them picked up.
Deborah C. Whitcraft, museum president and founder, said the Chinese auction would feature baskets of theme prizes consisting of items donated by the business community. For example, a getaway basket would include a weekend stay at a bed and breakfast, dinner for two at an area restaurant and gift certificate to a local store.
Other themed baskets include beauty care, fun in the sun, car care, fine dining, books, nautical gifts and more.
She said the silent auction would consist of items of a higher value for which guests would submit a bid on each item. Suggested donations include paintings, prints, ship models, sports tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, decoys, bicycles and private cruise and fishing charters.
The drawings for the auctions and raffle will take place at approximately 9 p.m.; winners need not be present. Winning numbers will be posted as called and will appear on the museum’s website.
Upon admission, each guest will receive a goody bag, which includes smaller promotional items provided by local businesses.
Assorted foods, including steamed clams, u-peel shrimp, corn on the cob, homemade vegetarian dishes, roast pig, pulled pork, crab balls, salads and desserts will be available buffet style from 5 to 8 p.m.
A full cash bar offers an assortment of spirits, wine and beer. Prices are beer $4, wine $5 and mixed drinks $6. Non-alcoholic beverages, soda and water are provided free of charge.
New this year is an interactive photo booth, which will feature six Prohibition-era settings.
“People can dress up like they’re in a speakeasy or rum runners,” said Whitcraft.
Funds raised at the event are earmarked for the development of the museum’s educational programs, monthly guest presentations during the offseason and the establishment of new exhibits as well as facility upkeep and maintenance.
To purchase tickets or to make a donation, call 609-492-0202 or visit njmaritimemuseum.org.