The Friends to Preserve the Shady Rest foundation announced a second showing of the documentary film, “A Place for Us."
This film tells the history of the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club and golf pro John Shippen. It will be shown on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Baptist Church. Because the first showing of the film in August at the Scotch Hills Country Club was so popular, a second showing of the film was needed at a larger venue. St. John’s has agreed to host the screening in their Fellowship Hall. The Shady Rest was the nation’s first African-American owned golf and country club. The clubhouse is now owned by Scotch Plains Township and is known as the Scotch Hills Country Club. The foundation has endeavored to preserve the historical accomplishments of John Shippen as well as the memory of Shady Rest, currently the Scotch Hills Country Club. John Matthew Shippen, Jr. earned the status of first American-born professional golfer to enter the United States Open Championship. The Friends to Preserve the Shady Rest and the town have started a project to restore the club house and list the Shady Rest as a historical landmark. They invite you to see the film “A Place for Us” and meet the director and producer Lawrence Landino along with local historians.
For more information, please contact Joanne Glover at 908-490-1577 or Sylvia Hicks at 908-322-9328.