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Monday, December 19, 2011

New Years Eve Plans

2012 is coming to a close in a few weeks, and Jackie and I are starting to make plans for the New Year's celebration. Since we don't like to travel on New Year's Eve, we are planning to stay in town. The New Grena Minstrels are planning a New Years Eve gala and that seems to be just the ticket. Front row reserve seats are only 50 cents! If your budget is tight in this economy, general admission tickets are only 25 cents. What a bargain! Perhaps, you would like to join us.

Does anyone out in the Blog-O-Sphere have ancestors who are listed in the program? Also, do you know the first names of H.Z.; J.S.; and C.G. Mathis? If so, let's hear from you!

I picked up our tickets the other day at Howard Mathis' store on New York Road, now Rt. 9, so that we would have them well in advance of the New Year celebration. 

Howard Mathis' store

If you want a good seat you had better see Howard soon, as the tickets are going fast. As the minstrel's interlocutor, he can also answer any questions you may have regarding the upcoming performance.

Howard Mathis

I'm not sure if the following New Gretna Minstrels photos are of the performers in the advertised New Year's show, but I suspect that many of them are. Perhaps, someone out in the Blog-O-Sphere can match the names from the above program with the performers in the photo.

New Gretna minstrels

The New Gretna Minstrels perform at Tuckerton High School.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all on New Years Eve! Now, if I can just find the Knights of Pythias Hall.

Pete S


  1. Liked your idea for a New Gretna New Year's celebration. A clever piece of writing. Do you think MapQuest can send me the route to Knights of Pythias Hall?? Phyllis

  2. H.

    H. Z. Howard Zebulon ?
    C. G. Clarence Garrabrant ?
    Earl Cramer is the husband of my grand aunt Ida E. French and we have a connection with the Lovelands too but I cannot find a Kirk Loveland.
    Beverly Mathis Robinson

  3. Are there any speakeasys in town for a drink afterward?

    John Yates

  4. John,

    How about we meet in the Jersey Devil Room at the New Gretna House for drinks after the Minstrel Show on New Years Eve? If we talk quietly, could we call it a speak easy?

    Pete S