Monday, February 3, 2014

March Events -- Happy Birthday, Hunterdon County! We Love a Parade!!

March events are now ticketing!  We have some very amazing talks and events scheduled. 

If you have children, the March 1st History Hunting for Hunterdon's Young Historians is really going to be exciting.  County historians will have real, authentic County artifacts for children to touch, use, work and learn from!  This event is limited to only 25 children ages 6 to 10 -- and yes, in anticipation of "selling out" of this free event we are already planning an Encore!

On March 18, a very special free lecture will be given just for the 300th.  County Historian Stephanie Stevens researched and wrote "Your Life on March 22, 1714" -- new research as to how we would have worked, lived, played, dined if we lived in Hunterdon 300 years ago.  It is going to be a fascinating exploration back in time.  Later in the year, Stephanie is going to present 2 companion lectures:  "Your Life on March 22, 1814" and "Your Life on March 22, 1914."  Attending this series will give real insight as to what a difference a century can make.... sometimes.

Our first in a series of five lectures on Immigrant Settlement Patterns happens in March; we have two great talks on Revolutionary War history and Hunterdon, our second historic craft project for children and the first of a three parter by Surrogate Susan Hoffman -- she has really interesting stories about old, historic wills she's found and read.  Tickets required but all free!

We also have a lecture on lime kilns on a Saturday and then the next day, our first bus tour -- to see, what else?  lime kilns!  Those details are being worked out, but we are taking limited reservations, no obligation, on a first come first served basis.

We have to point out a special day in Flemington:  a free workshop and lecture, which, if you live in an old house, may be of real interest to you or someone you know.  County Clerk Mary Melfi and her staff will teach 30 people how to search the Search Room for old deeds and documents on your property.  You can end your day there or take a nice lunch break at a Main Street café and then attend Historian Marfy Goodspeed's discussion on how to read these old documents and glean information from them.  If you just want to attend Marfy's lecture, that's fine, too.  Space is limited.

One event to check your calendar for is March 26's historical music performance by Ridley and Anne Enslow.   The Enslow's will play for 85 lucky people who score these free tickets:  historical music from the period of the Civil War, on period instruments, and they will be dressed in appropriate historical attire.  Our good friends from Teaberry's Tea Room are going to make authentic treats from mid 19th century recipes for our guests to enjoy!  And yes, it's another great, FREE event!

And, because it is our birthday month, on our actual date of incorporation, March 22, we celebrate with perhaps the biggest parade in Hunterdon's history, down the main drag in the County Seat.  Floats roll out at 4 pm.  If you have an organization or group that would like to participate please go to our website to register.

Following the parade (and perhaps a downtown Flemington dinner), at the Intermediate School on Bonnell Street the first 2,000 people will receive free cake and hot chocolate courtesy of our super friends at Shop Rite.  And if that isn't enough, we're topping the day off with a fantastic free fireworks show!

If you want to keep the celebration going, on March 29th, the 300th presents the Tricentennial Gala at the Grand Colonial.  A night of great food, fun, a silent and live auction, live band and dancing awaits.  250 tickets available -- sorry, not free -- it's another great fundraiser to help provide hundreds of free events. Please check our website's link to the gala for details.

Spend some time looking over all the possibilities in the month of March -- it's a month rich in history, fun and celebration.  Surely a calendar that has something for everyone!

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