MCHA to hold holiday boutique, Victorian party

The second annual Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) holiday boutique will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Taylor-Butler House, 127 Kings Highway, Middletown. Admission is $5 per person.

The boutique will feature gifts from Add-On Patio Showcase, Middletown; Beacon Fine Arts, and Society Paige, both Red Bank; Essenza, Tinton Falls; Janicia Imports, Devon, Pa.; The Northshore, Sea Bright; Le Papillon, Rumson; and So Pretty, Shrewsbury.

The MCHA’s Gracious Homes and Gift Shop will also be open for business, and Suzette O’Brien’s Gourmet Picnic will serve lunch, dinner and baked goods.

Items available include clothing, artwork, spa gifts, and children’s items. Proceeds will benefit the MCHA’s historical properties. The boutique will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual “Victoria Holiday Party,” scheduled for Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Taylor-Butler House.

Tickets are $150 per person for the black-tie affair, with Connie Chung and Maury Povich serving as honorary chairpersons. Sponsorships are still available for the affair, priced at $1,000 each. The party will feature hors d’oeuvres by Mumford’s, Tinton Falls; music; a silent auction; and estate jewelry for sale from Gem of an Idea, Fair Haven.

The house will be adorned with wreaths, live poinsettias, mantle trimmings, and table-top theme trees decorated by local garden clubs including the Village Garden Club of Middletown and the Shrewsbury Garden Club. For the first time, the displays will be judged, and an award will be presented for the most spectacular display. Area businesses donating include Add-On Patio Showcase; Guaranteed Plants & Florists, Locust section of Middletown; Sue Kozel/SK Visions, Cream Ridge, Upper Freehold Township; Sickles Market, Little Silver; Bee’s Knees, Red Bank; and Kara Homes.

For more information, call the MCHA at (732) 462-1466.