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The reception room of the Atrium at Navesink Harbor was packed with river rats and history mavens old and young Thursday night for short program on the history of our beautiful Navesink as a playground for recreational boaters and iceboaters.

The event included an overview by Navesink Maritime Heritage Association president Charlie Ladoulis, who organized the event, on the river’s transition from an avenue of commerce to one of recreation.

Other highlights included Irwin Marine owner Chan Irwin’s backgrounder on a silver Tiffany cup in the possession of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, and a screening of rarely seen footage of Navesink iceboating shot by Thomas Alva Edison, or under his direction, between 1901 and 1904.

A modified version of the program, tailored to focus exclusively on ice boating, is scheduled for February 24, Ladoulis says. No location has yet been chosen, so stay tuned.