Saturday, October 25, 2008

Beaux Eaux Ball 2008

Tonight was the latest edition of the Beaux Eaux Ball, the annual costume party and fundraiser that we do every year around this time of year. Despite the stormy weather early in the evening, there was a huge crowd there at D'Jais to enjoy the party. There was a hot and cold buffet, a silent art auction of work from our members, prizes from local businesses, and local legend Holme was there to play crowd favorites for dancing.
We would like to thank our sponsors and patrons:
Gold Pumpkin
D'Jais Oceanview Bar and Cafe
The Bruce Whitehead Family
Silver Pumpkin
Birdsall Service Group
Bronze Pumpkin
Gerard Stankiewicz
McManimon & Scotland
Pringle, Quinn, and Anzano
Nancy & Chris Lucas
Miss Belmar
Tino's Family Auto Center
Patricia's Boutique
Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy
Lisa & Richard Mansefield
Connelly Station
The Melting Pot
Housen Financial Group
Artifacts Boutique
World Images
Klein's Restaurant
Veronica Lake
Leonia Mroczkowski
Foodtown of Wall
The Pizza Shop
Abraham & Susan Chasnoff
Thomas Ritchie Landscaping

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Night

The warm days of summer have finally given way to the cool of autumn, making a perfect day for the BAC Pumpkin Carving Contest. A nice crowd gathered late in the afternoon at the Boatworks. Our carvers got busy with knives and other implements, and the designs quickly took shape. When people were ready for a break, there were crock pots full of tasty hot homemade soups and chili provided by some of our members. At 7:00 pm all the entries were put together on the platform, lit with candles. (you can see them above with lights on, and glowing in the dark) All those present got to vote for their favorites, and the winners were announced. The winning pumpkins can be seen in the photo of the three lit jack-o'-lanterns: in order, left to right, 1st place Wendy Green, 2nd place Paul Bonelli, 3rd place Dolores Green.
As a special treat, following the awards, the room was quickly transformed for an improptu cabaret, with our own Tim McCorry performing solo with his keyboard. Next time we see those tables, they'll have art on them.

Friday, October 3, 2008

BAC Goes To Hot Sand

A dozen BAC members attended the October meeting, held at Hot Sand on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. After a brief general meeting, Paul Elyseev hosted and demonstrated glass casting techniques. First some of our members helped create a sand mold by pressing objects into loosely packed sand. Interest mounted and eyes opened wide as Paul gathered a ball of molten glass from his 2000+ degree furnace and poured it into the sand mold. The resulting glass sculpture must undergo an annealing process, a gradual cooling process necessary to keep the glass from cracking under stress. (photos courtesy Joe Villa)