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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TAVERN TOUR TYPO AND UPCOMING SPECIAL PARTNER EVENTS

Some of you noticed that the last blog detailed our October 11th Tavern Tour at the National Hotel in Frenchtown with tickets going on sale 16 days after the event (October 27).... sorry about any confusion -- but of course that was a typo!  Tickets are going on sale this Saturday, September 27, at 9:30 am at the Flemington Choir School, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington Borough.  No credit cards please for this purchase.  FYI, that 9:30 is firm -- we're really not going to be there early!

Weekends in October are extra special with our special municipal partner events!  mark your calendars now -- What better time of the year to do a self guided tour of Alexandria's great barns, stroll the streets of historic Lambertville or Annandale or visit and tour the magnificent indoors of some of Flemington's most historic homes?  Califon is also having a full day celebrating their history!  You can visit a historic tavern in Delaware Township, walk the hamlet of Mount Airy and then relax with a nice cuppa and some refreshments on a lovely porch, check out the interesting graves in the Town of Clinton!  Plus there is Flemington Speedway Days down at South County Park!  go to our October Calendar at our website www.hunterdon300th.org for all of the details!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OCTOBER TICKETS! OCTOBER TAVERN TOUR! AND MORE!

HERE'S THE "AND MORE" PART FIRST:  Check out the fabulous options we are offering on Saturday, September 20th!  Municipal Partner Glen Gardner is offering an amazing TAVERN TOUR at the Glen Gardner Inn -- TWO SEATINGS -- ONE AT NOON AND ONE AT 1:30 GETS EVERYONE IN FOR FINE DINING AND A LARGE BIT OF GLEN GARDNER HISTORY! then head over to their municipal building for a display on Glen Gardner history.  See our website for ticket information for the Tavern Tour.

PLUS we've got two fabulous  WALKING TOURS:  choose from RINGOES (a small donation is requested -- see our website for information) or QUAKERTOWN (FREE!) (OR SELECT THE AFTERNOON RINGOES TOUR AND DO BOTH)!

FINALLY, for your little ones, we still have a few seats left for our FREE CHILDREN'S HISTORIC CRAFT PROJECT ON PUPPETRY.

OCTOBER TICKETS ARE HERE!  And what an array we have in store for you for October!

VOUGHT HOUSE REDUX! whether or not you joined us in February for our 3-Parter on All Things Vought, you don't want to miss this rare opportunity on Sunday afternoon OCTOBER 5:  The results of this summer's archeological adventure at the Vought House will be revealed and discussed by an historian, an architect and an archeologist!  The lecture is followed by small groups getting that long awaited tour through the inside of the 1759 Vought House!  A small donation to the Vought House is requested to help continue the important work of the house's restoration.

NEW LECTURE!  FIRST TIME PRESENTED IN HUNTERDON COUNTY! The history of Hunterdon's roads will be given by Historian Frank Curcio who has been researching this topic for some time.  His companion book will be coming out later this year through Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  We love image of "RIBBONS OF HISTORY" for those roads that include both the King's and Queen's Highways.  Hear it with us first as part of the 300th's celebration of Hunterdon History on OCTOBER 7TH.

The third in our three-part series "YOUR LIFE IN HUNTERDON" takes us to the 200TH CELEBRATION (NOT a typo!) of Hunterdon County with new research and a new lecture by County Historian Stephanie Stevens on life in Hunterdon in 1914 on OCTOBER 9TH.

NEW EVENT!  We've chartered the Raritan Valley Community College's Planetarium for a special star-gazing treat on OCTOBER 10TH when some of the biggest dates in Hunterdon's history will be viewed looking up!  Join us for AN ASTRONOMICAL VIEW OF HUNTERDON'S HISTORY.  If it's a nice night, the 3M Observatory will be open for real looks at real planets and stars following the planetarium show!

OCTOBER 13TH is a wonderful powerpoint presentation by historian and photographer Frank Greenagel who will present some of the best examples of historic Hunterdon churches -- important historically and/or architecturally. T he lecture is the companion to Saturday, OCTOBER 18TH's HUNTERDON HISTORIC CHURCH TOUR.  Join our bus tour in Raritan Township and travel with us throughout the day visiting some of the most splendid architectural examples of church construction in Hunterdon County.  $15 per person, lunch and comfortable coach bus ride included!

It's October and our thought turn to both Autumn colors and.... Halloween!  The 300th is presenting our own twist on spooky graveyards with a most interesting scavenger hunt!  Join Hunterdon cemetery experts Bob and Leslie Leith on OCTOBER 14TH as they unveil the rules for this historical hunt for Hunterdon's history on gravestones -- your pun-loving blogger affectionately named this one HUNTERDON'S BURIED PAST -- LITERALLY.  On NOVEMBER 6TH, those of you who participate in the scavenger hunt will come back together to receive PRIZES and share your "gravest" experiences with the group.

OCTOBER 21ST we get an in-depth look into the life of one of Hunterdon's Hometown Heroes, GENERAL DANIEL MORGAN -- born in Bethlehem Township and, after an illustrious career in the military, went onto becoming a member of the House of Representatives.  Kingwood Township Historian and Daniel Morgan expert Sal DeSapio will be giving this most informative lecture.

A talk on GOVERNOR JOHN READING will be given by his "great times 8" (or maybe 10!  we'll have to check with David) grandson, David Reading on Saturday afternoon, OCTOBER 25TH.  A companion lecture on Governor Reading's father will be held on Sunday afternoon, November 16th (moved from September 28th); more about that lecture next month.

The final official event for the 300th in October is a special Halloween presentation on OCTOBER 29TH by Story Teller Gordon Thomas Ward, author of Ghosts of Central Jersey.  Gordon will tell spooky, creepy and scary tales of HISTORIC HAUNTS OF HUNTERDON  COUNTY.  Gordon cautions that some of the stories may be too scary for children under 13.

NEW COMMEMORATIVE SALES ITEM!:  AND JUST IN TIME TO CELEBRATE YOUR TRICENTENNIAL OCKTOBERFEST, BEGINNING OCTOBER 5TH WE SHALL BE SELLING OUR BEAUTIFUL GLASS BEER STEIN ENGRAVED WITH THE 300TH LOGO FOR ONLY $5 APIECE. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THEM -- YOU'LL AGREE THEY ARE WUNDERBAR!

TAVERN TOUR -- EVERY THING YOU WANT TO KNOW INCLUDING WHEN THE TICKETS ARE GOING ON SALE!: OCTOBER 11TH at the NATIONAL HOTEL in Frenchtown.  Following a very special menu designed just for the 300th, a special lecture using both audio and video on the History of Frenchtown will be given by Kingwood Township Historian Sal DeSapio.  This is NOT the same lecture that you Tavern Touristas heard at our first Tavern Tour at the Frenchtown Inn.  Tickets are $40, includes lunch and program with a cash bar available.  TICKETS ARE GOING ON SALE, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, AT THE FLEMINGTON CHOIR SCHOOL, 3 CHORISTER PLACE, FLEMINGTON ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH AT 9:00 A.M.  NO ADVANCE RESERVATIONS TAKEN!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

ALL ABOARD FOR THE TRICENTENNIAL TRAIN CHARTER -- AN AMAZING EVENT!

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT IF YOU LOVE TRAINS, IF YOUR KIDS LOVE TRAINS OR IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GREAT WAY TO SPEND AN AFTERNOON WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE!  
LIVE MUSIC!  FOOD!  MUSEUM TOUR! EXCLUSIVE LECTURE! DESSERT! AND A TRAIN RIDE!!
On Saturday, September 13th, the historic Black River and Western Railroad will take a ride back through Hunterdon’s rail history with a special Tricentennial chartered excursion.  Leaving Flemington from the Liberty Village Platform at 11:30 am, passengers will have a leisurely train ride to Ringoes where they will be greeted by the Red Oak Country Boys playing music from a century ago. 
The Red Oak Country Boys, a four piece country & western band based in Hunterdon County, will be featuring music nearly lost to time  -- mostly songs about railroad building and history.  Songs include The Wreck of the Old 97 and Wabash Cannonball (both from the late 1920s) which were among the first of the genre, and Casey Jones which was first written about 1900 right after the train wreck and was popularized in these 1920's.  The songs reflect the impact of the railroads on the lives of people at the times they were written during the 20th century.  Some railroad songs were interwoven with religious themes such as Glory Train and Life's Railway to Heaven.  Although most trains originated in the South or Midwest, a New Jersey railroad song, "The Jersey Central Special", is set to the tune of Wabash Cannonball and was popularized by Shorty and Smokey Warren, Max Sullivan and Hunterdon's own Burd Boys in the heyday of Country Western music in New Jersey in the 1950s and 60s.  Len Rambo, a resident of Califon, one of the  original Burd Boys and a frequently featured artist on WDVR's live "Heartland Hayride", is one of the Hunterdon-based Red Oak Country Boys.  The band members include Rambo on  bass guitar, Dave Loth on electric guitar, Jim Hebson on banjo and John McKay on acoustic guitar. 
A picnic lunch supplied by Shop Rite will be enjoyed while listening to the music.  Following lunch, time will be allowed to visit the special restored rail cars and the Black River and Western museum – also in a rail car.  Returning to the picnic area, guests will enjoy a special dessert and a lecture with Frank Curcio – Hunterdon County’s foremost expert on the history of rail.  The lecture, on the development and demise of railroads throughout Hunterdon, will be exclusively given as part of this excursion.  Following the lecture, passengers will board the train and head back to Flemington, arriving around 3:30 pm. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children between 5 and 17 years old, and free for children under 5.  They may be acquired from the Black River and Western website by credit card www.flemingtontrain.org, or through the Hunterdon Tricentennial by check or cash.  For more information please go to www.hunterdon300th.org or call the Tricentennial Committee at (908) 788-2030.