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Thursday, April 15, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/17/21 - 4/18/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, April 17 - Union Township, Union County
Family Fun Day: Arbor(etum) Day!

Join New Jersey's newest Arboretum for some fun and exciting Arbor Day events this April! To celebrate Arbor Day and kick off their Arboretum, Liberty Hall invites you to our Family Fun Day: Arbor(etum) Day on Saturday at 11:30 am. Liberty Hall enjoys the benefit of lots of trees – even before William Livingston moved to the property, he was ordering trees to be planted for enjoyment and study. Although so much has changed at the property over the last 250 years, our love of trees has not! Join us for activities, games & crafts on the grounds as we open our new arboretum and continue what the Livingston family began!

Adults and 1 child are $10. Additional children are $4 each. Register here.

Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ. For more information, call 908-527-0400 or visit https://libertyhall.kean.edu.

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Saturday, April 17 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel and stop in the farmhouse to hear melodies from the 1890s played on the accordion. This free events run 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: 4/16/21 - 4/18/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/10/21 - 4/11/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Friday - Sunday, April 9 - 11 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
Mount Tabor Tag Sale: Attic Treasures and Trinkets

Members and Friends of the Mount Tabor Historical Society have scoured their attics and closets to donate to this huge sale! You will find unusual and interesting items, something for everyone including those helpful, handy, and that precious treasure you can’t live without!
Proceeds help the Mount Tabor Historical Society restore the Richardson History House and to fund programs concerning the importance of preserving the historic community.

This year the Tag Sale will be OUTDOORS in Mount Tabor, along Simpson Avenue across from the fire house. Use 31 Simpson Avenue, Mount Tabor, NJ for GPS. For the safety of our visitors and volunteers, MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED.

Friday, April 9, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 11, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Directions: Turn off Route 53 onto Dickerson Road or St John’s Avenue and follow the signs. Park near the Mt. Tabor post office along Simpson Avenue. After the sale, feel free to take a walk in Trinity Park, circled by the oldest Victorian cottages in Mount Tabor. For information call 973-975-0001 or visit www.MountTaborNJ.org.

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Saturday, April 10 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
Flea Market

The Historic Village at Allaire is hosting a Flea Market as a fundraiser on Saturday from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. The event is held in the Show Field of Allaire State Park. There is $5 per person admission fee for the event. Includes free admission to the Historic Village at Allaire. Pilsen Gourmet Food Truck, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well. With vendors displaying new, used, and collectible treasures of all types, there will be something for everyone.

Shop all day, visit the on-site food vendor, or spend some time in the Historic Village. The General Store and Bakery will also be open beginning at 11:00 am. This event is a fundraiser, benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at the Historic Village at Allaire by the non-profit organization, Allaire Village, Incorporated. The rain date is Sunday, April 11.


- Patrons and vendors must wear a mask.
- Please use hand sanitizer after every transaction or handling of items.
- Please practice social distancing and maintain 6’ from you and other individuals at all times.
- NO SELF SERVICE! Please allow vendors to assist you with your purchase.
- Please be efficient with your shopping and greet and go. We are not encouraging gathering.
- Please keep your shopping party small.
- There will be a “ONE-WAY” ONLY patron traffic flow at the FLEA MARKET FIELD.
- Allaire Village and its staff will NOT be facilitating the transport of people or products from customers. Vendors and patrons need to coordinate pick up of any items purchased.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/9/21 - 4/11/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/3/21 - 4/4/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, April 3 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Yarn Bee
Ages 10+

Whether starting a new hobby or working on an old project, all are welcome to this gathering on Saturday at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel! The relaxed atmosphere means no pressure - you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and farm staff will be on hand to assist those wanting to learn a new skill. Bring your own supplies or borrow ours for the session. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only. This event run from 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm.

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

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Saturday, April 3 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
19th Century Easter Celebration

On April 2, 1822, the village's founder James P. Allaire purchased 5,000 acres of land in Monmouth County and transformed it into the Howell Iron Works! Almost 200 years later, many of the village's buildings still stand and its history is still memorialized today.

Help us celebrate the opening of the village for 2021 and experience the villagers welcoming the Spring Season! Visit each of our historic buildings, explore life at an early 19th century industrial village, and witness a variety of 19th century demonstrations such as blacksmithing, woodworking, hearth cooking, Easter egg dying, and more!

Also, participate in a plethora of Spring and Easter activities such as an egg roll competition, egg toss, bonnet decorating, story-telling, a scavenger hunt, and more! Visit the Garden Bubble Fairy (performances throughout the day!), Easter selfie stations throughout the village, live animals at the Carriage House, and live music for entertainment.

Be sure to grab lunch at the Pilsen Gourmet Food Truck!

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance! Tickets are limited! Admission: $8 per person, 2 & under is free. Mask must be worn for EVERYONE over the age of 2.

COVID-19 VISITOR RULES
*ALL VISITORS MUST WEAR A MASK inside the historic buildings and throughout the village grounds.
* Please practice Social Distancing and maintain 6’ from you and other individuals at ALL times.
* Please follow all directional signs and guidance from our event staff when entering the event.
* All guests must adhere to proper hand washing practices. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the village.
* Any visitor or vendor who violates any of these rules or regulations will be asked to leave the event.

No refunds on tickets purchased. Tickets on non-transferable.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/2/21 - 4/4/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/27/21 - 3/28/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, March 27 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
"Remembering Poe"

This event is in honor of Poetry month. As an actress and playwright, I have performed as Edgar Poe and Poe’s one-time fiancĂ©e, Helen Whitman since 1999. First “Poe-sessed” in high school when, for an acting class, I memorized “The Raven,” I fell in love with Poe’s poetry. Eventually, I came to love almost everything that Poe has written, so my repertoire expands.

My first appearance as Edgar was at the Ritz Theater of Oaklyn, NJ. Bruce Curless, founder of the Ritz Theater, directed my performance as (Sarah) Helen Whitman in “Remembering Poe”. I had written “Remembering Poe” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Poe’s death.

Mr. Curless offered me the opportunity to play Helen Whitman for act one and, after Intermission, to return as Poe for act two. As an actress, I’d always longed to perform as Poe, but, of course, felt intimidated by the idea of performing as a man. So Bruce’s offer was a dream come true - a dream that I hardly dared to dream! Thank you, Bruce! Women performing as male characters occurs more these days, but it was not so prevalent in 1999. Since then I have performed as Poe on stage, radio and television. It is a joy for me to stretch my acting and writing skills in this way. Each performance is an opportunity to attempt to almost channel the great writer.

Tickets are $28 per person. Advance registration required. This is a fundraiser for the Historic Village at Allaire.

Patrons will be required to adhere to social distancing and must wear masks while within the Historic Allaire Chapel at the performance.

Purchase tickets via EventBrite, print your tickets out and bring them with you on the night of the performance. Park in the Main Parking lot of Allaire State Park and follow the lanterns to the "Check-In" area by the Allaire Chapel.

NO REFUNDS ONCE TICKETS ARE PURCHASED. TICKETS ARE LIMITED!

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 3/26/21 - 3/28/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Full moon climbs in 2021 at Cape May Lighthouse

Full moon climbs in 2021 at Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) offers rare opportunities for nighttime climbs up the spiral steps to the Watch Gallery of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse during select full moon dates each year. A full moon climb up the 199 steps is a special chance on clear nights to see the spectacular full moon in all its glory. 

Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs are offered from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, May 26, Thursday, June 24, Friday, July 23, and Sunday, Aug. 22, with additional dates possible. Visit www.capemaymac.org for updates.

Since it opened to the public in 1988, more than 2.5 million people have climbed the 199 steps to the Watch Gallery at the top of the Cape May Lighthouse during the day. Fewer have seen the grand vista of the evening sky and the full moon from atop this majestic beacon at nighttime.

The lighthouse is in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township (next to Cape May Point Borough Hall at 215 Lighthouse Ave. in Cape May Point), and normally closes at dusk. Admission for these special nighttime climbs is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-12). The Cape May Lighthouse is open regularly for visiting and climbing during daytime hours. Visit www.capemaymac.org for current schedule.