(Mon Nov, 2 2015)
After three seminar type events about Closter 's history at the Library were well attended and enjoyed by the audiences, a number of members of the Historic Commission, the Library and the Senior Citizens Club decided that much of the information offered by the senior citizens was quite valuable and needed to be recorded for posterity. The group with representatives from each organization came up with the idea for "Talks With Toby".
The title came from the natural leader, a senior involved, 84 year old, lifelong Closter resident Orlando Tobia, (fondly known as Toby) who possesses an incredible and detailed memory and spews forth tons of information in an engaging, humorous and charming style. His comments encourage other seniors to chime in and younger folk to ask questions.
The "talks" are scheduled at 1pm at the Closter Senior Center as daytime events bring out more seniors.The talks are recorded, edited by Don Farrell of the library and stored in the archives there, available to students of Closter history forever.
Each talk has a topic and the topic for March is" The Farms of Closter". All Closter residents and anyone interested in life in days gone by is invited to attend. Those with information on Closter's old farms are especially welcome. Talks are free, held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, refreshments are served and all are welcome.
Contact...Irene Stella 201-768-2935
Closter Historical Society
Closter Senior Citizens Club
Closter Historic Preservation Commission
(historic photos available)