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Friday, May 22, 2015

MAY 30TH: A BIG DAY IN THE CLINTONS AND OUR JUNE CALENDAR!

SATURDAY MAY 30TH marks the 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TOWN OF CLINTON with a huge BLOCK PARTY!  Party goers will find fun aplenty, rain or shine, from the Red Mill Museum all the way to the Clinton Fire Department.  Come and enjoy music, vendors, tethered hot air balloon rides, magic shows, face painting and pony rides for the youngsters and a beer garden for the young at heart!  And a ton of food, food, food!  And a rare opportunity to tour the traveling NJ Hall of Fame!   The block party begins at 11 am with activities throughout the day into the evening.  For more information check out the Celebrate Clinton website at www.clinton150years.com.

Also on MAY 30TH and just over the border in the Clinton Township, our great friends at the VOUGHT HOUSE are presenting THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ON THE HOME FRONT.  In partnership with the NJ Historical Commission, the 1759 Vought House is holding a day-long conference at the Clinton Township Middle School featuring a keynote by James Gigantino, author of The Ragged Road to Abolition:  Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865.  In addition, there will be morning and afternoon panels.  Registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunch, the panels, keynote lecture and an interpretive tour of the Vought House!  For more information see their website at www.1759VoughtHouse.org.

BIG HAPPENINGS IN JUNE ON THE 300TH'S 2015 THEME, "HUNTERDON'S AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE":

On TUESDAY, JUNE 2ND, we kick off the month by joining our great friends at the Hunterdon County Library for a lecture by food historian Judith Krall-Russo at 7 pm at the Main Branch on Route 12 entitled "NJ AGRICULTURAL INVENTIONS, INNOVATIONS AND DISCOVERIES".   New Jersey produces an abundance of crops ranging from blueberries, cranberries and peaches, and of course, the renowned Jersey Tomato. Agriculturally speaking, NJ is known for developing the cultivated blueberry from the wild swamp huckleberry, perfecting wet harvesting for cranberries, and patenting the famous Deats Plow (invented by Hunterdon's own, Hiram Deats).  Come and learn about other agricultural inventions, innovations, and discoveries made in the Garden State.  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by contacting the Hunterdon County Library at (908) 788-1434 or on their website at www.hclibrary.us.

Join us at the Dvoor Farm as part of our special partners at the Hunterdon Land Trust on SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH for a special event at the DVOOR HOUSE.  The Farmers' Market will be open and so will the house!  We are pleased to provide guests will be provided with a guided tour through this historic 1789 home.  The farmstead was originally purchssed by Johann Philip Kase in 1738.  Kase was famously befriended by Lenape Indian Chief Tuccamirgan who is buried in the Kase Family Cemetery on Bonnell Street in Flemington Borough.  Following the tour, artist and author Emily Schalk, a talented Girl Scout Gold Award Candidate who the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee sponsored last year, will read her new book, "Addie Dvoor and the Farm", published by Hunterdon County for the 300th, about the Dvoor House and the history of the farm's settlement by the Kase Family.  The book will be available for puchase with all proceeds going to the 300th.  The picture book is a stunner!  The tour starts at 10 am; reservations are recommended through our website www.hunterdon300th.org.

If you don't get a chance to meet Emily Schalk or purchase her book on June 7th, you get another chance on SATURDAY, JUNE 13TH.  Emily will be joining Hunterdon 300th volunteer and 4-H leader Carol Weisembacher for another CHILDREN'S HISTORICAL CRAFT PROJECT at the North Branch of the County Library in Clinton at 10 am -- this one is reviving an old 4-H craft of making embellishments for tea towel.  These embellishments, fabric "yo-yos", is a relatively simple sewing project with button decorations.  Yo-yos have been around for many years and were especially popular in the United States in the 1930's and 40's.  This event is free and is suggested for children 9 and up with a limit of 12 children.  Emily Schalk will be on hand to read her book, "Addie Dvoor and the Farm", to all children of all ages during the craft project.  Reservations should be made in your child's name(s) -- adults are welcome with no need to register.

At 1:30 pm on SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead in Lambertville provides an extremely interesting lecture presented by the Delaware Valley Herb Society entitled "Medicinal Plants of the Civil War."  The Herb Society calls H-J home and you will be able to tour their Herb Garden, the grounds and the Farmstead buldings following the lecture.  A donation to the Farmstead of $10.00 is requested.  For more information see the Delaware Valley Herb Society's website at www.delvalherbs.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH will be a special night in Readington Township at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead Barn in Stanton with the program REMEMBERING DOROTHY:  AN ORAL HISTORY RETROSPECTIVE.  Barbara Krasner, the Museum's history intern, will present the program on Broadway Actress Dorothy Stickney, former owner of the Farmstead.  The program runs from 7 pm to 8:30 pm; refreshments will be available and donations are gratefully accepted. For further information call (908) 236-2327 or email readingtonmuseums@gmail.com.

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR AMAZING HAPPENINGS AND EVENTS THIS SUMMER!  HUNTERDON'S AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE IS A RICH ONE AND WE HAVE MANY SPECIAL LECTURES AND EVENTS SCHEDULED IN JULY AND AUGUST AND THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF 2015! www.hunterdon300th.org.

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