- The Commonwealth Club -
THE BEST CLUB IN NORTHERN NJ
- Private Social Club -
100+ Year Old Social Club
The Commonwealth Club is one of New Jersey's oldest social clubs, established in 1904 by Benjamin Moore (yes, that Benjamin Moore), among other community leaders. Located in Upper Montclair, NJ we are one of the most down to earth, friendly and affordable private clubs in the country.
- Bowling -
100+ Years of Bowling
We’re not sure, but this could be the longest continuously running bowling league in the nation. It is most probably the longest running one in the state. And definitely the longest running game in Montclair. What we know for sure is that our six lanes have seen a lot of bowling and even more good times.
- Facilities -
Rent the Club
Located in the heart of Upper Montclair, the club is a great place for parties and events. Whether your invitations are going out to 25 — or 250 — consider the Commonwealth Club for your next event. After the most extensive renovations in its 117-year history, including a new air conditioning system, the club remains one of the best and most reasonably priced gathering options in the area.
- Commonwealth Club News -
Annual Dinner Highlights
The Club's annual dinner was held on June 2nd and was a success on many levels. We discovered that the Club's finances and membership roster have significantly improved over the last year and that an upswing in rentals has greatly contributed to this rosy situation. Craig Mohr was introduced as a new board member; James Cousins takes over from Trip Dixon (thank you, Trip!) as chairman of the Entertainment Committee; Avi Shvetz assumes control of the House Committee (Thank you, Rich McMahon!).
Among the honors that were distributed were trophies for individual Club Champion to Steve Ducey with an astounding 196 average; and to league champions, The Lil Cocks, junior members all, who defeated the Gamecocks in a spirited finals.
Also, a shout out to Keith McKune for his 25+ years of service as our bowling chairman/statistician/POBC. He was presented a plaque of honor from a grateful membership and we wish him well in his well-deserved retirement.
Finally, one of our three annual bowling tournaments has been renamed in honor of our oldest, longest standing and most honored member, the legendary Jack Anderson. A spiffy new trophy has been created for the Jack Anderson Turkey Shoot to finally honor those who have won this heretofore inexplicably undervalued event. No more!
Upcoming Events at the Commonwealth Club 6/22/22
Happy Summer! There are several upcoming events that you should be aware of and most have call to action necessities over the next week or so, so here goes: There is a public community action opportunity that is coming up this Saturday, the 25th in Brookdale Park, courtesy of the Brookdale Park Conservancy, which is […]
RIP Dewey Storms
Harry Duane “Dewey” Storms, 86, of Glen Ridge, NJ, until very recently a long-time resident of Montclair, NJ, passed away peacefully on June 1st, 2022 at Mountainside Hospital, Montclair. He was born on December 29th,1935 in Hackensack, NJ to the late Kenneth and Rosalie Carr Storms. He is survived by his 3 children, Rebecca Mitchell […]
RIP Eric Boehlert
Long-time member and nationally known journalist, Eric Boehlert tragically died last month in an accident near his home in Montclair. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Tracy and his children, Jane and Ben. It is likely that few members of our 100+ years old social club had any idea of the enormous stature […]
Upcoming Events at the Commonwealth Club
It’s May and things are heating up! Below is a listing of the many events that are rapidly coming up over the next month. Saturday, May 7th is the inaugural Roll for the Roses, an innovative new bowling tournament-an elimination endurance event for league bowlers, combined with a party for the Kentucky Derby. Details in […]
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY The No Frills But Still Super Super Bowl Party will shimmer into existence this Sunday, February 13th. We’re opening the doors at 5pm this year to eliminate 16 hours of pre-game coverage. For the paltry sum of $25 per person (kids under 13 are free), there will be home cooked burgers and […]
1960s BOWLING PINSETTERS
They Be Old But We Love Them
Member since 1957
Jack "King of the Machines" Anderson may be old as the Club itself, but he still gets around. Here he is on top of the pinsetters one night, "fixing" them. We're not sure, but we think he used bubble gum and a shoelace to fix them this time. In many ways, he remains the heart and soul of the Commonwealth Club and is still a regular league bowler at the age of 95!