The Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer a series of special programs in February to celebrate Black History Month. The programs include a month-long exhibit called “A Pictorial of Club Harlem and the Way We Were,” which will highlight, through photos and memorabilia, the legendary A.C. club and the local African-American community during the mid-1900s. The grand opening for the exhibit, presented in conjunction with the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSJ), will be held Monday, Feb. 1, 6pm, in the library’s second-floor meeting room (1 N. Tennessee Ave.) in A.C. The exhibit is free and will remain open for public viewing during normal library business hours. Guest speakers will include AAHMSJ founder Ralph E. Hunter Sr. and former Club Harlem dancer Pattie Harris. “Since I started here in Feb. 2006 we’ve always done a lot for Black History Month, and this is at least the third straight year we’re honored to have Ralph Hunter as part of the exhibit,” says A.C. Library public information officer Don Latham. The exhibit will feature approximately 110 photos — 80 from the AAHMSJ, and 30 from the library’s Alfred M. Heston Collection of Atlantic City history. The Heston Collection dates back to 1944 and includes images of the A-list entertainers who helped make Atlantic City and Club Harlem famous, including paintings of Sammy Davis Jr. and club owner Leroy “Pops” Williams. Call 345-2269, ext. 3115, for more information about the exhibit.
The library will also offer a Hip-Hop Writing Workshop designed for teenagers and adults at 6:30pm Wednesdays, Feb. 10 and 17, hosted by AC Weekly columnist Raymond Tyler. Every Thursday in Feb., Marvel Comics illustrator Joe DelBeato will teach youths ages 8 to 16 some of the history of African-Americans in comics, and how to draw superheroes. Please call 345-2269, ext. 3051, for these programs.
A.C. ‘Roadshow’ Hits Small Screen
The first of three Atlantic City episodes of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow aired Monday, Jan. 25, on WHYY TV-12, and Parts 2 and 3 will air the following two Mondays, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, on WHYY. PBS’ New Jersey affiliate, NJN, will air the first episode on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 8pm. The Roadshow visited A.C. in June 2009 as part of a six-city summer tour. It was the first time the show ever visited the resort (and only the second time in 16 years it visited New Jersey), filming the episodes at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The first A.C. episode features a Walt Whitman memoir inscribed by the poet; a bronze-and-marble statue by French sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse (1824-87); and an oil painting by 19th-century artist Cornelius Krieghoff. For more info: pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow.
Phillips’ Fab $4 Happy Hour
Phillips Seafood in The Pier Shops at Caesars has a bar-only daily happy hour. Beer, wine and select cocktails are all $4, as are appetizers like sliders and wings. It’s all day Sunday, 4pm-close Monday, and 4-7pm Tuesday through Friday.
Everyone in attendance agreed that the talent was spectacular and often informative, and we’re all looking forward to next year’s event.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey are offering several programs in celebration of February as Black History Month.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will now be operating the Atlantic City Historical Museum located across from Revel on the Garden Pier.
Mrs. Elaine Milan is the perfect match for her husband, clearly intelligent, thoughtful and attractive. She had already graduated from Hampton University when she arrived in A.C. in 1964 to work at Indiana Avenue School, and later, she earned her master’s degree at Glassboro.
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