RED BANK: PAST, FUTURE AND A NICE PRESENT

front_cover_2015_dorn's_calendarFrom press materials furnished by Prown’s and Dorn’s Classic Images

It’s that time of year again — that time when thoughts start creeping toward next year, and another 12 months’ worth of little numbered boxes to fill with appointments, commitments, resolutions and reminders.

As has become a recently minted tradition, two of the most time-honored names in the Red Bank community have announced the 2015 editions of their sought-after custom calendars — daily datekeepers that are designed to kindle warm-‘n-fuzzy feelings for anyone with a nostalgic spot for the towns of the greater Red Bank green; even as they help some of the area’s hardworking nonprofits fulfill their mission in the here and now.

Available online and in-store now at Prown’s Home Improvements, the sixth annual Prown’s Olde Tyme Red Bank Area Calendar collects 14 priceless images of local life — this year organized around the theme “Remembering Places of Entertainment.” As David Prown — third-generation steward of the family business that will mark its 90th anniversary next year — put it, “memories will come flooding back” to all who gaze upon the images of good times across the decades. The calendars, which tend to sell out each year, are priced at $12, with proceeds dedicated to the “Number One non-profit entertainmen charity organization,” Holiday Express.

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PROWN’S 2011 CALENDAR: A WEST SIDE STORY

d-prownDavid Prown poses with the January 2011 photo from his store’s calendar. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As soon as he set out the stacks of last year’s inaugural Prown’s Remembers Red Bank calendar, David Prown realized that he had a long-lasting project on his hands.

“We knew from day one last year it was a hit. It was received so well,” said Prown, owner of Prown’s Home Improvement on Monmouth Street. In fact, he’s already roughed out the next 10 to 15 years’ worth of calendars, he says.

But let’s focus on 2011.

This edition showcases Prown’s favorite place in Red Bank — the West Side.

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