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Thursday, July 20, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/22/17 - 7/23/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday - Saturday, July 22- 24 - Paterson, Passaic County
Shakespeare at Lambert Castle

Visitors to Lambert Castle on Friday and Saturday may find themselves transported to Elizabethan times. The Passaic County Historical Society will host ATC Studios’ Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for two performances at Lambert Castle on Friday at 7:00 pm in the Gallery and Saturday at 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the Castle lawn.

The production is the culmination of a 4 week program at Clifton’s ATC, and features “A (Mini) Midsummer Night's Dream” an abridged version of Shakespeare’s famous comedy. The performance, which will last less than an hour and a half, is definitely user-friendly: a great way to introduce someone to the Bard, and a wonderful treat for those who know the works well. 

For the Gallery performance on Friday, tickets are $10, general admission. There is limited seating. Call 862-243-ATCS (2827) for reservations. Lawn performances on Saturday are FREE and donations are gratefully accepted. Royalty Seating for Saturday's performances (reserved prime lawn space): $10. If you are attending the lawn performance, please bring beach chairs, lawn chairs, or a blanket.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/21/17 - 7/23/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Collectibles Galore
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Saturday & Sunday

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dream a Little Dream: Transforming Oakes Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church into a Theatre and Home for Non-profits

Dream a Little Dream: Transforming Oakes Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church into a Theatre and Home for Non-profits
Written by Connie McNamara

Native American cultures believed that the night air is permeated with both good and bad dreams. In order to permit only the good dreams to penetrate  the  psyche, the Ojibwe tribe designed a webbed hoop decorated with feathers to hang over their beds. Called “dreamcatchers,” these defvices were thought to ensnare bad dreams which would then be burned off by the next morning’s sunlight. Good dreams filtered through the web and made their way to the sleeper.

In 1994 when Laura Ekstrand and Janet Sales founded their theatre group, Dreamcatcher seemed a perfect name for their company of actors. Like its eponym, the ensemble works a little theatrical magic. According to Ekstrand, “it focuses on telling stories about the essential goodness of all people. We want to send our audiences on their way filled with hope.”

Laura Ekstrand in front of Oakes Center, Summit, NJ

Summer Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage: Songs of Nature - July 23, 2017

Summer Concert at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage: Songs of Nature
Sunday, July 23, 2017

On Sunday, July 23, beginning at 1:30 pm, balladeer Linda Russell will perform historical music at the Old Dutch Parsonage historic site.

Monday, July 17, 2017

"From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861-1964" - July 12 - October 1, 2017

From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861-1964
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Passaic County Historical Society would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861-1964. On exhibit from Wednesday, July 12, 2017 until Sunday, October 1, 2017, the display showcases some of the military photographs from the Society's permanent collection. Over thirty photographs have been selected for this exhibit to demonstrate the common experience of American servicemen, from the American Civil War to the conflict in Vietnam. Their uniforms, equipment, and weapons changed over time, but their fears, triumphs and trials remained constant.

Photo Credit: Passaic County Historical Society

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Cape May County" July 2017 Book Giveaway

Thursday, July 13, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/15/17 - 7/16/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, July 15 - Montclair, Essex County
The Magical History Bike Tour

Roll up! The Magical History Bike Tour is coming on Saturday! Away to times long ago when Crane was the name and mills, quarries, and dairies were the game. Bike&Walk Montclair has partnered with the Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens to bring you this special tour of our town – by bike. On Saturday, the tour will begin and end at the Israel Crane House at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ and have brief guided discussions at places like historic Anderson Park, Presby Gardens, Montclair’s “Little Italy”, Avis Campbell Garden and a private Trustee’s Tour of the Israel Crane House. Bring some cash and a backpack for surprise bakery and market stops. The tour starts at 7:45 am from the Israel Crane House, 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. This 10-12 mile Magical History Bike Tour is being offered by volunteers and is free of charge. However, a donation of $10 per person to benefit the Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is strongly encouraged. Bike&Walk Montclair, Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens rely on your membership to function. Please become a member of these indispensable community organizations today. For more details about this or any other guided bike tour see www.bikewalkmontclair.org or contact Deb Kagan, Board Member, info@bikewalkmontclair.org.

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Saturday, July 15 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/14/17 - 7/16/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antique Furniture
Whippany, NJ  07981
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Unfurling Femininity" Exhibit at the Morris County Historical Society - July 16 - August 13, 2017

Unfurling Femininity  
New Exhibit Opening at the Morris County Historical Society
Sunday, July 16 through Sunday, August 13, 2017

In the many centuries pre-air conditioning – or even electric fans, woman relied on their own energy to cool themselves. But their “appliances” of choice were far more eye-catching than any electric air cooler invented since: fans and parasols.

Beginning Sunday, July 16, and running through August 13, Morris County Historical Society’s (MCHS) Unfurling Femininity exhibit at Acorn Hall will display a variety of 19th and 20th century fans, parasols, and feminine accouterments decorated in American, European, and Asian motifs.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/8/17 - 7/9/17

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Saturday, July 8 - Tabernacle, Burlington County
89th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service

The 89th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 pm. Captain Emilio Carranza has been called "Mexico's Lindbergh." In 1928, while flying a goodwill mission from New York City to Mexico City, his plane crashed near Tabernacle, New Jersey during a thunderstorm. Since his death, members of American Legion Post 11 in Mount Holly have continued to promote his goodwill mission by honoring the pioneer aviator Captain Emilio Carranza. The Ballet Folklorico Dancers from New York City have been invited to dance in full authentic costumes.

Guest should arrive around 12:30 with a folding chair so that you can find a shady place to view the event and a close parking spot. There is no rain date and the event will be held even during inclement or severe weather conditions. For more information, visit http://post11.org/carranza/index.html.

Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market History Day - July 9, 2017

Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market History Day
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Celebrate local history at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market on Sunday, July 9 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township. HLT’s History Day will feature tours, a presentation about life in Hunterdon County in the 1870s, and a visit by several local historical organizations.

The event begins with a tour of the barns on the Dvoor Farm at 9:30 am with Chris Pickell, the principal architect at Pickell Architecture in Flemington. He will lead a walking tour and discuss the farm’s bank barn, north and east el barns, horse barn (with the iconic Dvoor Bros. advertisement painted on the roof) and wagon house. Pickell specializes in upgrading antique buildings, historic design, and timber and stone barns. He’s also a trustee of the Hunterdon County Historical Society.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/7/17 - 7/9/17

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Mid-Century Furniture
Ridgefield, NJ  07657
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
Saturday