Past Events Archive
The Bicentennial Ball
Ball was not only the social highlight of Jefferson's Bicentennial
year but also the first of many exciting activities to celebrate
the township's 200th anniversary.
Jefferson Township Councilman Brooke Hardy was the Master
of Ceremonies, and Rev. David Muyskens led the Invocation
whle Rev. Linda Prinz led the Benediction. Guests were formally
attired or in period costume and enjoyed a delcious buffet
dinner that replicated the cuisine of the time period. Entertainment
during the cocktail hour included classical music performed
by Tim and Judy Adriansen, choral selections by the Jefferson
Township High School Men's Ensemble under the direction of
James Wynne, and a dance performance of the Virginia Reel
by the Morris County School of Dance and members of the Bicentennial
Committee. The band Scoot on Down performed dance music and
entertainment later in the evening.
Following a Bicentennial Toast by the Honorable Russell W.
Felter, Mayor of Jefferson Township, proclamations/resolutions/and
congratulatory letters from numerous New Jersey municipalities
The oldest living native-born residents were acknowledged
as were the township's oldest families. Alma Moran (age 96)
was recognized as the oldest living female native in Jefferson
Township while Charles "Wesley" Ackerson (age 88)
was named the oldest living male native. Wilhelmine "Minnie"
Hammer (age 98) was recognized as the olest living non-native
of the township while Herman Eck (age 95) was acknowledged
as the oldest living non-native man.
Guest speakers included Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen,
Senator Anthony Bucco, and Freeholder John Inglesino.
The event's corporate sponsor was Courter, Kobert and Cohen,
P.C. with support and donations from Gig the Florist, The
Bicentennial Committee, The Jefferson House, Jefferson Highlights
Community TV, Jefferson Girl Scouts North, Jefferson Girl
Scouts South, and West Photo Imaging.
Special thanks to the Bicentennial Ball Committee chaired
by Ada Felter and her members Laurie O'Shaughnessy, Frances
Slayton, Richard Willis, Christine Wiliams, Rose Kelly, Jack
Kelly, Richard West, Thomas Kieran, and Julie Mastricola.
Photos from the Event
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