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Sunday, December 9, 2018

OUR HOLIDAY FUN THIS SATURDAY, NEXT YEAR'S THEME AND MORE FROM AROUND THE COUNTY!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

OUR LAST EVENT OF 2019 WITH OUR THEME "WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE" CONCLUDES WITH A SPLASH (😀) THIS 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH:  HOLIDAY FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!  Come with the kiddos or just yourself!  

10 AM TO 2 PM: CHILDREN, TWEENS, TEENS (AND YES, YOU, TOO, MOM/DAD) CAN MAKE A BRACELET WITH THE HISTORIC ROPE MACHINE:  choose different colors of yarns and make an amazing bracelet to keep or give as a gift!  You pick the yarn and turn the crank handle and the machine twists and turns and knits the yarn into a colorful and interesting piece of jewelry!  FREE.

11 AM TO NOON: Teacher and Historian Janice Armstrong will be with us for CHILDREN'S HISTORICAL CRAFTS AND GAMES: Corn Husk Toys, Lenape Medicine Pouch and more…. your children can create a toy out of corn husks just like children would have in the 1800’s. They can make their own Lenape Medicine Pouch to fill with tiny treasures. For children ages 6-12 years old.  FREE.

10 AM TO 4:30 PM:  Meanwhile, adults can shop their hearts content with OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE where we offer blowout prices on merchandise and have items that are classics for holiday gifts.  
We will be offering specials on
  • books
  • rain slickers
  • umbrellas
  • t-shirts
  • note cards and more!
We still have our woven throw in stock as well as our beautiful watercolor print "Blue Skies" of the Hunterdon Historic Courthouse painted by Dan Campanelli -- an amazing gift for someone you love who has a special place for this painting in an office, den or family room.

An AMAZING goody basket will also be up for grabs that day, and 

We will be serving FREE hot chocolate, lemonade and fabulous cookies and snacks all day!!


2PM:  MOVIE SHOWING "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE":  Following our festivities, join us for a special holiday showing of "Its a Wonderful Life" starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in Frank Capra's classic.  "Water, Water Everywhere" indeed! -- this classic film opens up with our hero pondering if his life is worth living on a historical truss bridge over churning water in a small town called Bedford Falls.... The inspiration for this was our very own Califon Borough and their gorgeous, restored historic truss bridge!  The villain of the story, Mr. Potter, creates a depressing vision of a residential development called "Pottersville" -- perhaps taken from nearby Potterstown.... Free hot chocolate, lemonade and treats will be available.  FREE.

Come for the sale, goodies, music and crafts and stay for a holiday classic with deep Hunterdon roots!  Our holiday gift to you!

Main Branch, Hunterdon County Library, Route 12.  Festivities start at 10 am and end at 4:30 pm.  No reservations required.

ANNOUNCING OUR 2019 THEME:
 2019 ushers in Hunterdon County's 305th anniversary! Can you believe that it's been 5 years since our big year in 2014?!  Well, we have designed a special them around such a special year!  Join us in "CELEBRATING 305 YEARS OF HUNTERDON'S HISTORIC HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS":

The 300th is partnering with all of our local historical societies, commissions and committees, local museums, and special friends to bring you:
  • walking tours of towns and hamlets;
  • local museum open houses;
  • talks about the history of our local hamlets and small towns; 
  • historical talks covering the settlement patterns of different nationalities that have made Hunterdon what it is today;
  • special, fun events including a Hunterdon History Bowl with prizes for audience participation!; 
  • a special bus tour that will zigzag and touch all 26 of our municipalities - with stops - in one day!; 
  • 305 Fun Facts About Our Municipalities; 
  • A special talk on what makes a hamlet a hamlet (Alas, poor Yorick, this has nothing to do with Shakespeare!);Image result for hamlet
  • and so much more.  
WE HAVE ALREADY BOOKED MORE THAN 40 TALKS AND WALKS WITH SOME OF OUR MUNICIPAL PARTNERS and we are planning, in total, about 60 walks, talks and events that cover our municipalities' history!!  

And we have really fun merchandise:  our new 305 FUN FACTS ABOUT HUNTERDON'S HISTORIC HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS One-a-Day tear-off calendar is available now!! at $6 each OR 2 for $10, it is a terrific stocking stuffer, desk calendar or gift!  We also have a new t-shirt coming out that really celebrates our hometowns and hamlets!  Expect our (mostly complete) calendar to hit your inbox by mid to late January.  It's going to be a really exciting, fun and packed year!

THE 2019 305 FUN FACTS TEAR OFF CALENDAR IS AVAILABLE AT ALL THREE BRANCHES OF THE HUNTERDON COUNTY LIBRARY AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE ALL DAY ON THE 15TH OF DECEMBER. 

 PLEASE WATCH FOR FUTURE E-NEWSLETTERS AND OUR CALENDAR AT 

 DECEMBER HISTORY AND HERITAGE EVENTS FROM OUR PARTNERS AROUND OR ABOUT HUNTERDON COUNTY


EAST AMWELL TOWNSHIP MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT:  This show runs on Saturdays and Sundays thru December 30th:  East Awmell Museum.  Come explore the art of N. Frances Parker in a new exhibition at the East Amwell Museum!  Free, but donations are gratefully accepted. 1pm to 4pm 
For more information visit the East Amwell Township Historical Society's web site

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH:  CHRISTMAS OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WITH RIDLEY AND ANNE ENSLOW:  Anne and Ridley Enslow return to the North County Branch Library in Clinton at 2pm, where they will sing songs about Washington Hamilton, Lafayette and other founding fathers, talk about Christmas traditions in the 18th century, and of course, end the show with Christmas carol sing-alongs. Some of the program would would focus on New Years and Twelfth Night, which were bigger holidays than Christmas in the 18th century.   Free. Reservations strongly recommended.  CONTACT: Reference Librarian Dana Neubauer, 730-6135.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH:  PRALLSVILLE SPEAKERS SERIES:  NEW JERSEY'S COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE TOLD IN 100 BUILDINGS, 7 PM:  In this the most crowded and developed state in the union, a substantial number of buildings remain from our colonial past, including the Royal Governor’s Mansion in Perth Amboy, the still functioning Black Horse Inn in Mendham, the meetinghouse style Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Salem County, to Nassau Hall on the grounds of Princeton University, to Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, to the Sandy Hook, Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the country.
And the past isn’t really dead, several of our contemporary architectural styles can trace their roots to the Colonial Era.
 
Sandwiched between Philadelphia and New York City, Benjamin Franklin’s proverbial barrel tapped at both ends, New Jersey often doesn’t get due credit for its contributions to colonial and early American life, including its rich and diverse architectural heritage. This diverse architecture reflects its early settlers who were the most varied in all the colonies, except perhaps for New York City, coming from The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Scotland, and a number of English regions, with each group bringing their building traditions with them.
Join David Veasey to learn more about these diverse architecture styles and influences on Friday, January 11th at 7PM at Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler Street, Stockton, NJ.

David Veasey, the speaker, is a life-long New Jersey resident and has given illustrated talks all over the state. He has also written other books about the state. Veasey  lives in Morris Plains, and was graduated from Drew University, Madison, and holds a Master’s Degree from New York University. Veasey has worked as a writer his entire career.

The Prallsville Mills complex in Stockton, NJ, is considered a significant example of early American industrial architecture that was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the Mill proudly features cultural and historic events for the entire community.  You can find the Mills online at www.prallsvillemills.org.

NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE RED MILL MUSEUM VILLAGE:


Clinton, NJ: The Red Mill Museum Village is proudly announces the opening of our brand new exhibit: The Sound of the Times: The Michael Molnar Collection
This new exhibit highlights the radio, one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. A collection of antique and vintage radios is on loan to the Museum from collector and radio enthusiast Michael Molnar, who has been collecting for over 30 years. He has co-curated this very special exhibit which traces the evolution of radio and shares stories of the cultural impact it had on society.
For enjoyment, visitors can listen to a radio from over 70 years ago, hearing the sounds of the time. Ever wonder how was radio different from today? Try to tune a radio from a hundred years ago and find out for yourself!  Relive the Golden Age of Radio by visiting this amazing collection, currently on display on the 2nd floor of the Mill through March 2019.
This exhibition was made possible thanks to funding generously provided by the Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation.
For more information including hours and admission, please visit https://theredmill.org/

LOOK FOR THE HUNTERDON 300TH'S (almost complete) 2019 CALENDAR EVENTS TO HIT YOUR IN-BOX IN JANUARY!!!  

HAVE A BLESSED, SAFE, HEALTHY AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!