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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

OUR APRIL LECTURE COMING SOON! PLUS IN VINO, VERITAS?!

THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS PROUD TO CONTINUE OFFERING HERITAGE/HISTORICAL LECTURES AND EVENTS SURROUNDING AN ANNUAL THEME -- 2015'S THEME IS "HUNTERDON'S AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE".  OUR NEXT OFFICIAL LECTURE IS NEXT WEEK, APRIL 29TH AT 7 PM AT THE NORTH BRANCH OF THE COUNTY LIBRARY IN CONJUNCTION WITH LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER ANNE M. FREEMAN:

“Rural Landscapes: Four Views” Art Exhibit and Lecture

Four area artists working in four media will put on an exhibit of rural landscapes in the four seasons, including many from right here in Hunterdon County.  View the show during April 2015 at the Hunterdon County Library - North County Branch in Clinton, NJ.  Artists include: Anne M. Freeman of High Bridge (Photography), Katalin Luczay of Milford (Oils), Anne Rogers of Phillipsburg (Acrylics), and Denise Saldutti Egielski of Milford (Pastels).  Vote for your favorite landscape to participate in a Free Drawing for a landscape artwork by one of the artists to be held during the Artist Reception on April 29, 6 - 9 pm in the library’s first floor meeting room.  You do not have to be present to win.  Artworks will be available for purchase.

A special Hunterdon 300th Lecture, “Changing Landscapes of Rural Hunterdon,” by Raritan Township Historian Peter Kinsella will be held during the artist reception at 7  pm.  This lecture explores how our county, vastly rural for nearly 300 years, changed quickly with suburban development from the late 1970s until recently.   And yet, so much of our landscape remains in agriculture, open space and preservation.  In the most congested state in America, Hunterdon County's 50,000+ acres of preserved land are interjected with subdivisions, towns and hamlets.  Rather than mourning the loss of our agricultural acres, Pete celebrates what survives, thrives and gives Hunterdon residents such a high quality of life. 

The Artist Reception and Lecture are FREE.  Refreshments will be served.  Reservations are required for the Lecture -- see our website at www.hunterdon300th.org.  Handicapped Accessible.  North Branch of the County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ, 08809.  

IN VINO, VERITAS -- WHERE ELSE CAN YOU FIND SUCH A BAD PUN AS PROMISING YOU CHAMPAGNE WINE AND SOJOURNER TRUTH?!!?

LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO ANNIVERSARY CHAMPAGNE DINNER TO BENEFIT THE SAMUEL FLEMING HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH:


The 10th Anniversary of the Samuel Fleming House Museum and Gardens will be celebrated with an Anniversary Champagne dinner hosted by the Friends of Fleming Castle.  Enjoy  passed hors d'ouevres, sushi, assorted cheeses and crudité at 6 pm.  Guests may choose an entree of roasted vegetable lasagna, herb crusted chicken finished with a Madeira demi-glace, or salmon fillet with Dijon cream.  A spectacular Tricky Tray Auction featuring many unique and valuable items will be available for bidding. 

Following dinner, there will be an historical interpretation by Dr. Daisy Century, an actress, speaker, educator, author and radio talk show host of the the life of Sojourner Truth (1797-1883).  Born in to slavery, this s the story of Ms. Truth's trials and triumphs as she seeks freedom, and her struggle as an abolitionist and women's rights activist.  During her quest, she met several influential people of her time including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Susan B. Anthony.  This is Dr. Century's first appearance in Flemington and is not to be missed!  The event will benefit the Samuel Fleming House Museum and Gardens and is priced 25% less than last year!  A great bargain!
$65 per person; $120 per couple.

Tickets may be purchased at the Samuel Fleming House Museum, 5 Bonnell Street, Flemington, TODAY (Tuesday) and this Friday from 9 am to 1 pm; or at Raab Coins, 56 Main Street, Flemington.  Tickets can also be purchased on the Events page of the Museum's website www.fleminghousemuseum.org.  For more information, please call the museum at (908) 782-4706.

Copper Hill Country Club, 100 Copper Hill Road, Ringoes.
6 pm Cocktail Hour (cash bar) & Tricky Tray
7 pm Dinner
8 pm Sojourner Truth


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

APRIL HUNTERDON HERITAGE HAPPENINGS

SPRING seems to finally be here!  the birds and bees are humming, the buds look like they are about to burst, and this Blogger saw her first hyacinth this morning!  Your friends at the Hunterdon 300th hope you'll leave your nest for one of these fine offerings from around the County's historical and heritage organizations -- of course, you can find out all about ticketing and reach various websites linked through our website at www.hunterdon300th.org.


On View From April 1 to April 30th: 

RURAL LANDSCAPES: FOUR ARTISTS -- FOUR MEDIA -- FOUR SEASONS -- FOUR VIEWS
Visit the North Branch of the County Library at 65 Halstead Street in the Town of Clinton to take in images in four different media, including paintings, drawings and photography of rural images from Hunterdon County and throughout New Jersey.  See our last listing for a special companion lecture presented by the Hunterdon 300th!


On Sunday, April 12th:  

THE DUTCH ARCHITECTURAL INFLUENCE OF NEW JERSEY

Historical Architect Christopher Pickell delivers a talk about the history of Dutch architecture in New Jersey including the 1741 Bouman-Stickney Farmstead.
1 pm at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road, Stanton (GPS use Lebanon).
This event is FREE; donations are gratefully accepted.  For more information call (908) 236-2327 or email the Museum from the 300th's website's link.


ALL ABOARD THE BLACK RIVER AND WESTERN RAILROAD - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Make sure to get on the fast track for this week’s program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Black River and Western Railroad.  Scott Kwaitkowski, president of the Black River Railroad Historic Trust will discuss the fascinating history of the railroad and will show lots of terrific photographs and artifacts covering the restoration and running of the historic passenger train line.  For more information, download the flyer from the East Amwell Township's Historical Society from the 300th's website's link.  
2 pm
East Amwell Township Municipal Building, 1070 Route 202/31, Ringoes
A $5.00 donation at the door is appreciated.

On Saturday, April 25th:  

ANNIVERSARY CHAMPAGNE DINNER TO BENEFIT THE SAMUEL FLEMING HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE LIFE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH BY DR. DAISY CENTURY
The 10th Anniversary of the Samuel Fleming House Museum and Gardens will be celebrated with an Anniversary Champagne dinner hosted by the Friends of Fleming Castle.  Enjoy  passed hors d'ouevres, sushi, assorted cheeses and crudité at 6 pm.  Guests may choose an entree of roasted vegetable lasagna, herb crusted chicken finished with a Madeira demi-glace, or salmon fillet with Dijon cream.  A spectacular Tricky Tray Auction featuring many unique and valuable items will be available for bidding. 
Following dinner, there will be an historical interpretation by Dr. Daisy Century, an actress, speaker, educator, author and radio talk show host of the the life of Sojourner Truth (1797-1883).  Born in to slavery, this s the story of Ms. Truth's trials and triumphs as she seeks freedom, and her struggle as an abolitionist and women's rights activist.  During her quest, she met several influential people of her time including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Susan B. Anthony.  This is Dr. Century's first appearance in Flemington and is not to be missed!  The event will benefit the Samuel Fleming House Museum and Gardens and is priced 25% less than last year!  A great bargain!
$65 per person; $120 per couple.
Tickets may be purchased at the Samuel Fleming House Museum, 5 Bonnell Street, Flemington, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm; or at Raab Coins, 56 Main Street, Flemington, Tuesdays through Wednesdays from 10 am to 5 pm or on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.  Tickets can also be purchased on the Events page of the Museum's website www.fleminghousemuseum.org.  For more information, please call the museum at (908) 782-4706.
Copper Hill Country Club, 100 Copper Hill Road, Ringoes.
6 pm Cocktail Hour (cash bar) & Tricky Tray
7 pm Dinner
8 pm Sojourner Truth


On Wednesday, April 29th:  

RURAL LANDSCAPES: FOUR ARTISTS -- FOUR MEDIA -- FOUR SEASONS -- FOUR VIEWS
Artist Reception 6 pm, North Branch of the County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton

300TH LECTURE:  CHANGING LANDSCAPES OF RURAL HUNTERDON
As part of a special reception for the"Rural Landscapes: Four Artists - Four Media -- Four Seasons - Four Views" show at the North County Library, join Raritan Township Historian Peter Kinsella for a special lecture on the Changing Landscape of Rural Hunterdon.  This lecture explores how our county, vastly rural for nearly 300 years, changed quickly with suburban development from the late 1970s until recently.   And yet, so much of our landscape remains in agriculture, open space and preservation.  In the most congested state in America, Hunterdon County's 50,000+ acres of preserved land are interjected with subdivisions, towns and hamlets.  Rather than mourning the loss of our agricultural acres, Pete celebrates what survives, thrives and gives Hunterdon residents such a high quality of life.
Free.  Refreshments served.  Reservations Required. 
North Branch of the County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton
7pm to 9pm