5.23.2019

Old Bridge, NJ –  May 23, 2019 – Residents will have an opportunity to explore NJ’s vintage treasures, test their classic rock trivia knowledge, and learn about a largely-forgotten WWI tragedy during programs at the Old Bridge Public Library in June. All programs are free and open to the public.

Retro Roadmap with Mod Betty: Sat. June 1st @2pm. This program will explore all the vintage treasures the Garden State has to offer. Author and blogger Beth Lennon, AKA Mod Betty, shares where to find NJ’s best retro movie theaters, restaurants and other nostalgic roadside    attractions. Lennon is the creator of the Retro Roadmap® Roadbook series, based on her popular travel website RetroRoadmap.com, the online source for “Cool Vintage Places & Retro Fun!” She has written for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, hosts vintage-themed weekends and leads presentations across multiple states.

Explosion at Morgan: Sun. June 9th @1:30pm.  While WWI raged in Europe, America scrambled to supply the Allies with ammunition, and several munitions plants were constructed near the Jersey Shore. The hastily-built and inferior plants caused tragedy on the night of October 4, 1918, when a series of explosions killed 100 people. Firemen and other volunteers were powerless to stop the destruction as it devastated the Morgan-South Amboy area and terrified the surrounding region. Local historian Randall Gabrielan will examine how this woeful disaster has largely been forgotten by history. Gabrielan is a member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and the County’s officially appointed historian. He has authored numerous books about Monmouth County.

Adult Trivia Night: Tues., June 11th @7pm.  The Library’s popular Trivia Night returns, offering a fun night of trivia, snacks and prizes in a game show atmosphere. The theme this month is Classic Rock. Players (ages 18+), can form their own team of up to six players, or be placed on a wild-card team once they arrive. No registration necessary.

The Old Bridge Public Library has consistently been voted one of the three Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about these and other Library programs is available at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.

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