Valerie Vaughn to Perform Songs of History, Mystery, Science at Ocean County Museum
Catch a special performance by “New Jersey’s Troubadour” Valerie Vaughn and soak in some history at the same time, on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., at the Ocean County Historical Society Museum in Toms River. Admission is a $5 donation; call to reserve a seat, 732-341-1880.
Vaughn will sing and play her original songs of New Jersey history, mystery and marine and coastal science – old favorites and new, including “Tucker’s Island,” “Mrs. Leeds,” new songs about Superstorm Sandy and “Tale of the Shark” about the coastal attacks 100 years ago. Her music celebrates the spirit of the people and places that make the Garden State unique. Vaughn lives in Little Egg Harbor and is a resident artist at the Tuckerton Seaport, where she is a “singing docent” inside the re-created Lighthouse museum in the summer. She also performs at festivals and in schools all over New Jersey as part of the Seaport’s educational programs.
Vaughn has been selected to receive the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s Special Award of Merit for giving voice to the stories of Ocean County. She will be presented the award on April 4 at the county’s sixth annual “Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage” at Ocean County College, an event that honors outstanding cultural organizations and recognizes exceptional local artists, historians, preservationists, educators and government leaders. —V.F.