CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!? Our year is almost over! But we're going to go out in big style!
Start our festive month with a fun talk on the history of Flemington Cut Glass. Bring in your treasures and show our speaker, glass expert George Muller, will take a look at it and tell all! At the Main Branch of the County Library at 7 pm on December 9th.
We have a quadruple feature on the Revolutionary War.... why? well, if you don't know by now that Washington crossed the Delaware from Bucks County, PA into Hunterdon County, NJ, you'll never know!
First, take a walk with South County historians John and Barbara Hencheck on the Road Along the Rocks... we meet at the West Amwell Municipal Building and board a bus for a short ride to the road. John and Barbara will let you know who's famous footsteps you walk in! This event is free, but because space is so limited we ask that you don't take tickets unless you know you are going to use them. The walk is being given twice, once at 11 and once at 1 on December 7th.
Second, we have a lecture on Washington's Crossing State Park by expert Peter Osborne. Peter is the author of the definitive books on both the PA and NJ sides of the river. Main Branch of the County Library on December 10 at 7 pm.
Third is Kingwood Historian and Revolutionary War expert and Militiaman Sal DeSapio's talk on the Crossing. Sal's passion for what our war heroes went through for liberty is legendary. Main Branch on Saturday December 13 at 2 pm.
Finally, historian Spencer Peck will talk about Hunterdon County in 1776 at the North Branch on December 17 at 7 pm.
On the 20th of December, we have an all day Open House at the Main Branch of the County Library. Our sales table will be set up at 9:30 am and be open until 4 pm. We have many treats in store for the day including 2 Childrens' Historical Craft Projects where they can make two different Victorian Style Christmas Tree Ornaments, learning decoupage in the process. You can sign your children ages 7 to 12 up for both and escape for a some local Holiday shopping! The crafts run 9:30 to 11 and 11:30 to 1 pm. Later in the afternoon at 2:30 pm, we also have the historical musicians, Anne and Ridley Enslow, returning to play music heard at the time of Washington's Crossing during 1776. The Enslows play period music on period instruments dressed in period attire. There will be other surprises all day and we'll be blogging about this special day later in the month of December.
On Sunday, December 28th, mothers, grandmothers, nieces, aunts, goddaughters and daughters are invited to a Victorian Holiday Tea at Teaberry's Tea Room. We're not banning the other gender, but are gentle discouraging them..... Women, please wear hats and proper tea attire; children under 12, please dress in Victoriana..... there will be a Girls Fashion Show and a judging of both best Lady's Hat and best Girl's Victorian Attire with prizes! We'll also have special visitors throughout the tea to delight young and old alike! Make your reservation through our reservation system Eventbrite and please drop off or mail a check within three days of your reservation. There are 2 seatings, one at 1 pm and one at 4 pm. The cost for the lovely 3 course tea is $25 for adults (18 and older) and $15 for children.
Finally our finale: High Noon on December 31 we shall be burying our Time Capsule with a flourish in the county park behind the Historic Courthouse. Our current plans are to start at 11 am grilling and serving hot dogs to all comers courtesy of our super sponsor Shop Rite; there will be lots of fun along the way and we hope you'll join us to see the history of the 300th be laid to rest..... just like us on January First!