Summer Adult Enrichment Series
Inspired by Downton Abbey

Join us for community summer reading of the Daisy Goodwin novel, The American Heiress. This novel, based on the life of Consuelo Vanderbilt, the American-born Duchess of Marlborough follows a storyline similar to BBC's "Downton Abbey."

Avon-by-the-Sea Foundation hosts events to further discuss and enjoy The American Heiress and "Downton Abbey." The book discussion and history talk are free and open to the public, but seating is limited so registration is requested. Events will be held rain or shine.
Please call 914-572-6988 or 732-925-4974,
or email info@avonbytheseafoundation to register.

  • July 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
  • WWI History Discussion Presented by Prof. Paul Zigo
  • Avon Public Library; Reception to follow


  • August 4, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • American Heiress Book Discussion, with Prof. Olefsen
  • Avon Pavilion Boardwalk; Reception to follow


  • August 21, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Trip to Winterthur, "Costumes of Downton Abbey"
  • Trip includes charter bus, museum and garden admission. Lunch is on your own.$45.00 per person.





Avon-by-the-Sea Education Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization organized exclusively for charitable purposes. The purposes of the corporation are to:

  • Promote the advancement of community and public education for those who reside in the borough of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey.

  • Secure and distribute grants and contributions from individuals, estates, government, corporations, foundations, and any other source for the educational benefit of the residents of the borough of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey.

Your support will help bridge the gap between the educational needs of our community and currently available resources.