Tour House Volunteers Needed!

I hope that you are enjoying the approach of spring.  The popping of green indicate that Proud Neighbors’ planning for our upcoming  house tour fundraiser is fast approaching!  We need your suggestions for tour houses quickly !

 May I ask if you could suggest any prospective houses for our annual tour event?  Proud Neighbors Tour fundraiser is May 20, but  we need more house or garden tour commitments by March !

I would welcome your suggestions!    If you care to accompany me to visit prospective tour homeowners for this tour search, your assistance or presence would be greatly appreciated, . House visits are prearranged appointments to talk about Proud Neighbors’ House Tour, answer questions about the event & encourage their participation?  Previously Bunny Hare was Proud Neighbors tour search partner, but she relocated to Florida.

Please suggest tour houses.  Consider helping to recruit houses or gardens for Proud Neighbors 2018 tour.   It would be preferred if we could secure four more house commitments. Gardens are welcome too.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions. Please call Marlene at 609.707..3684 or email

418 Woodlawn Avenue

Repairing plaster in your home or want to learn? Come to our next lecture March 29th with Bob Engkeke!

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood presents
“Restoration Clinic”: Plaster Repair

At Collingswood Library

On Thursday March 29, 2018 beginning at 7pm

Collingswood, N.J. — Proud Neighbors of Collingswood will sponsor a restoration clinic on plaster repair, 7pm-8:15pm on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Collingswood Library, Collingswood, NJ. This Clinic will feature professional, Robert Engelke, Architectural Millwork Inc, reviewing plaster repair topics:

• Assessment of plaster. Can it be salvaged?

• Compatible materials for long term plastering

• The tools of the trade for the best plaster repair job

How many times have you had a plaster crack or repair failures year after year? How do the pros make plaster smooth and sound? That rock-hard substance, which was applied to the walls and ceilings of nearly every house in this country until the 1950s, gives us surfaces that are seamless, mold resistant, fire resistant, and noise deadening. But what to do when plaster cracks, buckles, and pops loose? It’s a perplexing question for many of our residents whose homes are filled with blemished plaster.  “How do I patch 100 years of gouges, cracks, and screw holes so the walls look flat and clean when painted?” Bob Engleke will show how proper plastering techniques of old walls back can make them look as good as new.

Proud Neighbors Restoration Clinics are $5 and open to the public. Proud Neighbors members are Free. Space is limited. Please Reserve in Advance:

Contact: 609.707.3684 or e-mail:

Our Web site is

Saturday Feb 24, Proud Neighbors Restoration Clinic: Front Door Repair.

Saturday Feb 24, Proud Neighbors Restoration Clinic: Front Door Repair.
Instructor: Bob Engleke, @715 Taylor Ave, 10am-Noon.

Free to Proud Neighbors members; $5 per person non-members.
See for upcoming 2018 repair topics & dates.

Advance reservations requested; space is limited. 

E-mail: info@

Pot Luck Supper – Friday, November 10

Friday, November 10@ 125 Harvard Avenue, 7pm – 10pm
Enjoy an evening with neighbors on Friday November 10, 2017 at Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Pot Luck Supper, 125 Harvard Avenue. Hosts are Al & Gayle Richardson. Please bring a “covered dish” appetizer, or salad to share. Pot Luck supper is free & open to the public. Tell a friend. Invite a Neighbor.

Successful Restoration Clinic with Bob Engleke

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Furniture Restoration Clinic, held Saturday at Collingswood Architectural Millwork, Inc., 715 Taylor Ave featured owner Bob Engleke demonstrating what attendees can do at home to repair a chair in time for Thanksgiving guests.

Bob, who started his career working for a furniture restorer at $4 per chair rebuilt, showed us his technique. First, label all parts and joints to assure you know how to reassemble the chair. Second, take apart the chair using a rubber or plastic hammer to help loosen the doweled or mortised joints. Third, clean all the old glue using a chisel or knife (new glue will not adhere pieces with old glue still on the joints). Fourth, dry fit matching pieces to assure they will be tight. Have a plan for how pieces go back together (finding out near the end that you forgot an interior part means disassembling the chair again). Fifth, use a high-quality wood glue – not Gorilla glue, etc. Sixth, apply glue to all mating pieces for the stage of reassembly you are working – work slowly and carefully. Seventh, use clamps, straps, etc. to hold pieces together until the glue dries. Use a damp rag to remove excess glue while it is still wet. Enjoy your rebuilt, sturdy chair!

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Restoration Clinic is made available through the generously of Bob Engleke, and volunteers of Proud Neighbors, a non-for-profit civic organization.

Proud Neighbors hope you will join us for the upcoming clinics in January, February, March & April 2018.  Volunteer efforts, restoration clinics and workshops help to raise awareness about maintaining the historic character of our town.




 “Restoration Clinic”: Furniture Repair Sat. October 28th

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood presents
“Restoration Clinic”: Furniture Repair
Collingswood Architectural Millwork, Inc.

715 Taylor Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08107

Saturday, October 28, 2017  10AM – Noon

The clinic will focus on demonstrating what the attendees can do at home to repair a chair or table in time for Thanksgiving guests.

Free to Proud Neighbors members; $5 per person non-members.

Space is limited. Please Reserve in Advance: or 609.707.3684

(Factory facility: 18 steps; not ADA accessible).


Proud Neighbors Architectural History Walking Tours on Sunday, October 15th

Three New Exterior Architectural Tour Routes for 2017!


Have you ever wondered about the history behind the architecture that gives our town such great character? Join Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s second annual docent-led Architectural History Walking Tour of three residential areas on Sunday, October 15 (Rain date: Sunday October 22.) Learn more about how our great town has changed, yet saved distinctive architectural elements. (All homes are privately owned and not open to the public.)

Spend the afternoon discovering something new about our town and meeting your neighbors! Three exterior tour routes spotlight architectural historical elements in residential areas along Lakeview Drive, plus Park, Stokes and Collings Avenues. Some of the sites are in the Collingswood Residential Historic District and on State and National Registers of Historic Places. Enjoy one route or all three; just show your Proud Neighbors wristband.  

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If you enjoyed walking with our docents on last year’s tour, this year you can discover three new tour routes. Enjoy all three routes for one price of $10 per person for a wristband. Docents will provide an enlightened overview of architectural style and history of exterior sites along the walking tours.

Starting locations are at Park & Dayton Avenues (BLUE ROUTE), Lakeview Drive & Park Avenue (GREEN ROUTE) or Collings at Bettlewood Avenue (RED ROUTE).  Please meet us at your starting location and time indicated on your ticket. Bring your ticket to exchange for a wristband.

Each tour segment is 45 minutes. After your starting tour is finished, proceed to another tour route on your map i.e. BLUE, GREEN, or RED to start another segment.  Tours begins on the hour from noon to 3pm. Capacity is limited to 15 for each route.  Please join another route if yours is too crowded.

Devils Creek Brewery (1 Powell Lane at Haddon Ave.) will be a final gathering spot to share your tour experience.  (Participants are responsible for any purchases.) All tour registrants are welcome to visit Devil’s Creek Brewery until 6p.m. on Sunday, October 15 or the rain date of October 22. 

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is a public charity with IRS 501 (c)(3) status, so donations are tax deductible. Its mission is to promote awareness about historic preservation in the Collingswood community and work to maintain the historic character of Collingswood.

Buying Tickets

Your $10 donation for the Proud Neighbors ticket gives you the flexibility to hear all three docent-led walking tours.You must show your Receipt, Ticketleap Selfie Ticket*, or previously purchased wristband to the Proud Neighbors Walking Tour docent to receive your wristband and join the tour.  Please wear your wristband during the entire tour.  Space is limited to 15 per session. 

Call 609-707-3684 for tickets, or buy online at Ticketleap.*

*There is a convenience fee paid to TicketLeap for tickets purchased online.

Note: All sales final. No refunds in case of rain on the original date.  In the event of inclement weather on Sunday, October 15, please check Facebook, , and your e-mail for updates on rescheduling.  Rain Date October 22, 2017.