Sunday, March 9, 2014

April Events: Lindbergh, Quilts, Poetry and More!

It's hard to believe we are moving into the 2nd quarter of 2014!  Three months down, nine more months of fabulous events, lectures, tours, performances and activities to go!

April showers bring more than flowers to Hunterdon County in 2014!  Here's a line up of what we have in store for you:

Migration Pattern SeriesWe started in March with the Irish; now we move on to the English (April 5 with Founding Family descendant David Reading) and the Palantines (April 12 with County Historian Stephanie Stevens).  Follow David Reading's lecture on April 6 with a house tour of Governor Reading's Georgian-style Mansion.

National Poetry Month:  Come and join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month.  The Historic Courthouse is a dramatic back drop for 13 local poets who have spent the last year working on poetry in honor of our county's 300th birthday. 

Common Threads: Quilting Traditions in Hunterdon County:  the line up of events include a wonderful exhibition for 10 days at the Assembly Space (Building 1, Route 12 Complex) -- wait until you see the program book for this -- it is a real WOW!  On April 8th, join fabric expert Judy Grow in a companion lecture on the exhibition.  And there are still tickets available for the day long Quilt Symposium (check our website for registration information)!

Childrens' Crafts:  A companion craft project for the Quilt Exhibition -- children will learn to quilt next door of the exhibition at the Extension Center and then take a short walk over to see the adult quilts.  How fun and educational!  We also have added a special, just-in-time-for-Easter craft -- Pysanky -- the art of Ukranian egg dying!

Two Weeks (Plus!) of Lindbergh:  Lucky Lindy's not so luck life put Flemington on the map during the Trial of the Century.  Join historian, author and Lindbergh expert, Jim Davidson, for a series of five lectures that explore Lindbergh's controversial life as well as the kidnapping of Charles, Jr., the trial of Bruno Hauptmann and the havoc in our small towns created by both events.  We have ticketed all 5 lectures -- including May 1.

Our Two Weeks of Lindbergh culminate on May 2nd and 3rd when the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee presents a One Man Show "The Lone Eagle" -- a production we have brought up from Florida just for the Hunterdon 300th!   Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and veterans and $5 for students and all children 17 and under.  Reservation forms should be up on our website in the next week or so.  To make reservations, please print out a reservation form and mail it with your check to the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee, the Flemington Choir School, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822.  If you wish to pay by credit card or cash, you can stop by our headquarters at the Flemington Choir School any Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm or call us at (908) 788-2030. 

Please note:  we are still putting together a Lindbergh exploration  -- two days of Lindbergh tours -- house, grounds, famous places from the kidnapping with Tour Guide Jim Davidson... these tours are still being created.  You will be the first to know of any additions to the calendar because you receive this.

FYI:  we still have tickets available for some of our great lectures in March including the Civil War Music with authentic period desserts on March 26, the newly researched lecture on life in Hunterdon 300 years ago on March 18, the fascinating story of the Road Along the Rocks in South County on March 25, the beautiful slide show of Hunterdon's most gorgeous photographs on March 20, an amazing powerpoint and lecture of historic lime kilns on March 15, provocative stories about Hunterdon's historic wills that may leave you laughing, shaking your head or mystified on March 12, and our childrens' craft project on March 29.

And don't forget the Revolutionary War drilling and musket practice at Deer Path Park at 10 am on Saturday, March 22nd followed by our birthday Parade, cake, hot chocolate and fireworks in our County Seat, Flemington Borough.

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