Friday, December 19, 2014


On Saturday, December 20th, the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee is offering a whole day of events and activities for all ages at the Main Branch of the County Library on Route 12 in Raritan Township including having people write letters to the future.  And just in time for the last shopping weekend before Christmas, there will be a blow out sale of most of the commemorative items and books that have been offered.

Most merchandise including the Tricentennial Committee’s woven throw, various books, t-shirts, glass mugs, and other items will be reduced to sell; the sale begins at 9:30 am and ends following the last event of the day – around 4 pm.  Some of the items have very limited quantities available.

Two historic children’s craft projects will be offered in the morning, both for children between the ages of 7 and 12.  Each project will make a different shaped Victorian style Christmas tree ornament.  The first project is from 9:30 am to 11 am; the second is from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  Although these events are free, they are limited to 20 children per craft and the Tricentennial Committee requires reservations.  Snacks will be available during these projects. 

For older children and adults who wish to stay at the Library, there will be on-going craft projects making cat and dog toys for sheltered animals.

At 1 pm, students of piano teacher Margaret Sheneman will play holiday music for people looking for a break from shopping.

At 2:30 pm, Anne and Ridley Enslow, historical musicians, will perform a one hour program entitled History Thru Music:  A Revolutionary Christmas.  The Enslows are musicologists who recreate the music of American history.  Dressed in historically accurate clothing, this program includes music that General Washington, his soldiers and their families would have been familiar with in the winter of 1776.  The Enslows perform on historically accurate instruments and in 18th century attire -- a feast for both the eyes and ears.  The program is free but requires reservations.

There will also be a raffle for a basket of 300th goodies, including a one of a kind woven throw and the very popular and long sold out handmade Sunflower Bowl.  Anyone who stops by the 300th’s sales table on Saturday may enter the raffle; no purchase is necessary (must be 18 to enter); the winner does not have to be present at the time of the drawing which will be at the end of the Enslow’s performance.

Father Christmas will be on hand giving out Holiday gifts to everyone who stops by and reading children’s Christmas stories. 

Refreshments will be available all day courtesy of Shop Rite of Flemington.

People will also be invited to sit down for a few minutes and write a letter about their lives in Hunterdon in 2014.  These letters will be placed inside the Tricentennial time capsule to be buried at a free event on December 31st at noon in the park behind the County’s Historic Courthouse; the time capsule will be dug up and opened in one hundred years.

Finally, you still have time to make your reservation for the Victorian Tea with the 300th at Teaberry's in Flemington on December 28th.  Limited space left.  BOOK NOW!  At $25 per adult and $15 per child (under 18) this is a great Holiday gift!

For further information or to make reservations to any of these events, contact the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee at (908) 788-2030 or visit their website at

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