FAIR HAVEN: FROM WHITECAPS TO BEER FOAM

Rowers from Christian Brothers Academy headed landward at Fair Haven Yacht Works, above, after winds of 23 miles per hour prompted the cancellation of what was to have been Fair Haven’s first regatta for high school crews Saturday.

Still, the final event of the borough’s centennial celebration went off as planned that night. An Oktoberfest celebration, held at the Smart School Preschool on River Road, prompted one attendee to don his lederhosen, above right, and other displays of civic mirth. More photos after the jump.  (Click to enlarge)

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BOATERS MARK RIVER TOWN’S CENTENNIAL

Fair Havenites took took to the beautiful Navesink River for a day of celebratory boat races in honor of the town’s nautical heritage as part of its ongoing centennial Saturday.

Photographer Peter Lindner was out on the water for redbankgreen.

CENTURY-OLD FAIR HAVEN SETS SAIL

The regatta will feature races with Optimist Prams, which are small one-person sailboats (below), for all junior sailers. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Sandwiched between the Navesink and the Shrewsbury rivers, residents of the Green can hardly complain that there’s nothing to do during the scorching summer hot months. And in Fair Haven, one of them is Saturday’s Fair Haven Regatta, part of the borough’s year-long centennial celebration and an opportunity for people to get out and take pride in the waterfront heritage of their hometown.

The regatta came about from a desire to “honor Fair Haven’s nautical heritage and spotlight the beautiful Navesink River we all enjoy,” said Joe Malik, a member of the committee that organized the event.

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CELEBRATING A CENTURY IN AMERICAN STYLE

FAIR HAVEN CENTENNIAL

On a perfect summer day, Fair Haven celebrated its first century as an independent borough in classic American style Saturday: with a parade, a townwide picnic, and a breathtaking fireworks show that capped it all off in electrifying color and sound.

“Eat your heart out, Red Bank,” one man shouted during the finale at Fair Haven Fields.

Here are 100 photos from the daylong event by redbankgreen. And here’s to a great second century, Fair Haven.

HISTORY DAY: CENTENNIAL AND ANTIQUES

The crew from Paul Davis Partywares in Shrewsbury setting up the tent and tables at Fair Haven Fields Thursday for Saturday’s celebration of the town’s centennial. Below, Riverbank Antiques in Red Bank, which will host an open house. (Click to enlarge)

After the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank Saturday morning, there’s plenty for locals and visitors to do hereabouts on the Green. And the weatherbot says Mother Nature will cooperate, providing ample sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s.

Here are two diversions, one indoors, and one out, both steeped in the richness of the past: Fair Haven’s Centennial, and a celebration of the reconstituted Red Bank Antiques district.

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CONFUSION OVER FAIR HAVEN TIME CAPSULES

Town officials are hoping to determine if a time capsule featured in a 1976 celebration of the nation’s 200th anniversary at Fair Haven’s Bicentennial Hall was buried or misplaced. (Click to enlarge)

Closing in on a celebration of its centennial, Fair Haven is having some trouble tracking historical time capsules, the Asbury Park Press reported Wednesday.

With food, fireworks, music and other details of the June 16 public celebration squared away, borough officials are trying to determine whether to assemble a time capsule for posterity, and wondering past time capsules are accounted for, the Press reports.

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FAIR HAVEN LAUNCHES LOOKBACK IN STYLE

Kicking off its centennial year, the Borough of Fair Haven hosted a fundraising gala at the Raven and the Peach restaurant that attracted 300 revelers Saturday night.

The $20,000 raised will help cover the cost of a daylong celebration on Saturday, June 16 that will feature a parade, a community picnic and a fireworks show at Fair Haven Fields. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN ADDS FEMALE VOICE IN YEAR 100

Mayor Mike Halfacre swore in new Councilwoman Susan Sorensen, below, at the freshly refurbished Bicentennial Hall, also known as Fisk Chapel. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

[UPDATE and CORRECTION: After this story was published, borough Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana sent us a list of all council members through Fair Haven’s history, which confirms Mayor Mike Halfacre’s comment that two women served on the council after Alison Dale. The most recent was Wendy Jones, in 2004.]

It’s been nearly 14 years, but Fair Haven again has a woman on its governing body – just in time for its second century.

Susan Sorensen, who was elected in November, was sworn in as a member of the borough council Sunday. And the event occurred as the town kicked off one of her pet projects: celebrating its first century as an independent entity.

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