Sea Fleas

Over the years, the footwear has changed, but beach, surf, salt air and sea glass are still the main draws for summer visitors of all ages.


Talent Show 2009  (7 years ago)

(How big are they now?!)

Many superb acts have graced the Prouts Neck Stage, from Sea Fleas, to Opera Divas, to Vaudeville Comics, great musicians and mostly just a lot of folks having good, silly fun. With schools starting earlier, and August so packed with events, it's hard to pull together.  

But, yes folks, this year the Gould Sisters will once again be bringing you the Sea Stars - Friday, August 12.  It's better (and cheaper!) than Broadway!

August 24, 1899 (117 years ago)

'A Scrap of Paper' performed at the Jocelyn Hotel.

Among the cast are members of the Gates family, Pratt family, the Putnam family (Alice was first president of the Women's Aux in 1902) and Holland family (James created the 1910 map of Prouts - a large copy hangs in the PNCC, and his son, Rupert wrote "The Story of Prouts Neck" in 1924.

Before Netflix, before Television, before Radio, summer visitors to Prouts provided their own entertainment.  Weekly events were held at the larger hotels.  The desire to have a community stage was one of the driving factors in building of the Prouts Neck Country Club and Club House in 1907.

In more recent times, it is the Sunday Sing that most closely recreates the sense of community and participation that was such a natural part of Prouts life in times gone by.

The Sing "From 8:15 till nearly time for bed."

Chip leading song, and fashion, in plaid,1973 (43 years ago)

Chip Willauer remembers Sings from 1955:  (61 years ago)

"In early July l955, Charlie Homer died and Mrs. Wm P.Coues (Millie) got the idea to start the sings again in his memory. She discussed it with Charlie’s wife, Dorie, and his daughter Allie, who both liked the idea.  Dorie felt it should be at the PNYC, because Charlie loved it so, and because before it was the Yacht Club, it was owned by his father Arthur Benson Homer, who kept boats there, which he rented to people at Prouts.   Millie called upon the Black Point Inn to see if the person who played the piano in their trio would do it.  The Inn at that time had a trio that played music at the pool during lunch. They also had music in the evening in the large room, which overlooked the western beach. (This room was taken down in the renovation of 2005.) The Inn agreed and Millie went to the Country Club and found the Red Books in their boxes behind the stage, and she organized the club, and we all went. The piano was a large upright stored in the corner.

I recall being there with Dorie and Mom (Allie Homer Willauer). Either that night or at the next Sing, Millie asked me to come and help her lead. My recollection is that I was very nervous and that I was happy that there was a big piano, so I could stand half behind it and then step out and give the number of the song. The pianist was quite accomplished and kept the beat. After a while I got the hang of it and Millie let me do it all."

Chip went on to lead the sing for an amazing 58 years!  Though no mortal could fill his shoes, today we have several volunteers who wave his wand and lead new generations in songs that have been sung for many, many years.

Join us each Sunday from June 26 to Labor Day... 

Movie: 'The Checkley Incident', 1944  (72 years ago)

The Checkley Incident (1944, Narrated by David McGovern)
The first in our 'crime' series..... Can you guess who else was there? (2min:21sec)

Please send names and excuses to my private email  :)....
Not to worry, statue of limitations long expired!
History Presentation, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Join us at the Yacht Club for an evening of History, Food and Folk Music. Phil von Stade will give a talk (6:30-7:00) on our latest publication - Prouts Neck History Highlights - Some People of Prouts”.  We’ll go beyond the pages to see and hear about many of the fascinating characters that helped make Prouts special. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

After the talk we'll have a 'pot-luck', so please plan to stay and bring a dish to share with others. RSVP to so we can coordinate and get you details. We’ll hopefully have some folk music sing-along time -- bring your voice and an instrument, if you like.
You can also purchase the books at the Charles E. Thomas Memorial Library. Order online, click the book, or here ; or by check (address below). Cost is $49 + $10 Shipping, Handling & Tax.
Got History?

Polly Larned gets a history lesson from grandson, Andrew Price.

Want to learn more about Indians, Hotels, Early Transportation, or your own family?!  Join us at the Library, every M,W,F 10-1pm.   Meet young historians like Andrew Price above (ask him about his ancient Roman coins!). Phil or Seth Jackson, our 2016 History Intern, will be happy to help you with everything from research to technology to simply learning cool facts about Prouts.

We want YOUR Prouts photos - people, places, events, things, animals..... We'll help you do it yourself, or you can send us material to digitize - even your old home-movies!  We are here to help you preserve your family history. Drop us a line, call - yes, we even make house calls!

Lots more history waiting for you on the website! Click the cricket!

The Prouts Necker is a monthly magazine devoted to Prouts Neck History - past, present and future!  This eMagazine, the books, the website and all our work are made possible by your contributions. Thank you! 

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