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Saturday, January 18, 2020

‘Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson’ Film Screening at Stone Harbor Theatre

‘Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson’ Film Screening at Stone Harbor Theatre 
Friday, February 21, 2019

Join filmmaker Bill Nicoletti and the Friends of the Cape May Music Festival for a screening Friday, on February 21 at 9:00 pm, at the Harbor Square Theatre, of the documentary film, “Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson.”

“Once in a Hundred Years” is an award-winning film that tells the story of contralto and civil rights activist Marian Anderson, of Philadelphia, who reached the pinnacle of professional achievement, attaining worldwide fame and an honored place in classical music history, as one of the greatest opera singers of all time.

“When I sing, I don’t want people to see that my face is black, I don’t want them to see that my face is white, I want them to see my soul which is colorless.”
Marian Anderson

The film runs 50 minutes and the screening will include a Q&A with the filmmaker and panel discussion after the film. This documentary is the directorial debut of Nicoletti, of Ocean City, NJ, founder of Going the Distance Films, Philadelphia. The film was released in February 2018 and premiered at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to a sold-out audience, was featured at The Kennedy Center in New York in September, and will be airing on PBS. Nicoletti has over 75 national industry awards for professional excellence and holds a master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University. The film has garnered awards including Best Documentary Feature 2019 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and First Place, Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Marian Anderson

Thursday, January 16, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/18/20 - 1/19/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Sunday, January 18 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Absecon Lighthouse Turns 163!
Children Friendly

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest, will host a Birthday Celebration to honor the 163rd birthday of the lighthouse on Saturday with free climbs from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm.

If you truly want to "DO AC," then don't miss this opportunity to experience a 360-degree view of Atlantic City's sparkling skyline, and wish a Happy Birthday to Atlantic City's oldest historic structure, as well as the country's third tallest lighthouse.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/17/20 - 1/19/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/11/20 - 1/12/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, January 11 - Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County
Lebanon Township Museum Art Display Opening Reception
Children Friendly Event

Join the Lebanon Township Museum this January when the walls of the historic schoolhouse will once again be adorned with student artwork! Third graders in Nicole Newcomb's class have created magical Northern Lights landscapes that will fascinate and delight. Alex Maxwell's Woodglen Art Club students have masterfully created Teachers' portraits out of colorful M&M candies. You can look, but don't taste!

An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Meet the young artists and enjoy their talented works of art. Light refreshments, including M&Ms, will be served. The Lebanon Township Museum is located at 57 Musconetcong River Road, Lebanon Township. For more information, call 908-638-8523 x405 or email museum@lebtwp.net.

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Saturday, January 11 - Cape May, Cape May County
Emlen Physick Estate Tour
Family Friendly Tour

Take a guided tour of Cape May's Emlen Physick Estate, the magnificent Stick Style mansion attributed to renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness. A tour of the 15 beautifully restored rooms gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Victorian-era Cape May family. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes and end with a visit to the 1876 Carriage House where you can see the current exhibit in the Carroll Gallery. Tours will be at 1:45 pm on Saturday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/10/20 - 1/12/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/4/20 - 1/5/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, January 4 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Battery Gunnison/New Peck Restoration
Children Friendly Event

The Army Ground Forces Association volunteer group will be dressed in WWII era uniform performing restorations projects and interpreting Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns at Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Visitors are invited to stop by on this work and training day to chat and learn more about the historic time period of March 1943, the preparation for the May 1943 reactivation of Battery Gunnison/New Peck, and the restoration and preservation projects currently underway. This free event will be held from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm at Battery Gunnison, Lot G Beach Plaza. For more information, call 718-354-4606 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

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Saturday - Sunday, January 4 - 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Historic District Trolley Tour

Enjoy a 45 minute guided tour with entertaining and enlightening stories about the nation's oldest seaside resort and how it survived. Accessible trolley available with advance notification. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Adults $15 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Tours on Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/3/20 - 1/5/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/28/19 - 12/29/19

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, December 28 - Trenton, Mercer County
Saturday's Patriots Week Events
Family Friendly Events

In 1776, the tide turning Battles of the American Revolution were waged on the streets and in the fields of downtown Trenton. Join the salute to Trenton’s past, commemorate the passion of the patriots who fought for American Independence, and honor the spirit of revolution and patriotism that flourishes today. Concerts, tours, performances, presentations, exhibits, hands-on activities, and book signings bring Colonial history into the modern age and draw a dynamic mix of families, history buffs, reenactors and culture seekers to New Jersey’s Capital.

Patriots’ Week is produced by the Trenton Downtown Association, in partnership with the Old Barracks Museum, which has been staging the Battle of Trenton Reenactments for more than 20 years. A collaboration of both city and state cultural and history organizations, Patriots’ Week programming reflects the quality of the Capital’s resources and provides a public showcase and interactive opportunities to experience its many treasures. For information and additional details for all events, visit www.patriotsweek.com.

The Old Barracks Museum will be open on Saturday and is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Parking is free, close, and plentiful, available in the small lot next to the museum as well as the lot next to The War Memorial. Entrance onto the museum grounds is $5 per person (children 5 and under are free).

Civil War Flag Unveiling - 10:00 - 11:00 am
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street
FREE
Enjoy a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling the latest rotation of historic flags from the NJ Civil War Flag Collection, one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. With flag historian David Martin and State Museum Curator Nicholas Ciotola.

1st Battle of Trenton - 11:00 am
N. Warren St. Battle Monument Park to Mill Hill Park
FREE
After the crossing of the Delaware River and marching to Trenton, the American rebel forces-exhausted, dressed in rags, ill from the cold and lack of sleep and decent food had accomplished the impossible by inflicting a crippling blow to the world's greatest British army. Follow the action from the symbolic first cannon shot fired at the Battle Monument to Mill Hill Park. Troops rally at the Old Barracks Museum prior to marching off to meet at the Battle Monument at 11:00 am.

The Trouble with Trenton Puppet Show - 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Warren Street Plaza, Trenton, North Warren and West Hanover Streets
FREE
A "mini" historical look at an amazing piece of our history presented with marionettes & rod puppets - and lots of help from the audience! Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, and see the action as it has never been seen before. Show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of "revolting" action.

Trenton in 1775: Historic Tour Led by Dr. Sharon Ann Holt - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
St. Michael’s Church, 140 North Warren Street
Washington’s army and the Hessian occupation each brought 1500 men into Trenton, then a town of only 500 souls and two major streets. Thanks to Hunter Research, we now know a lot about those Trentonians. Trenton Friends Meeting invites you to walk the early streets with Penn State historian, Dr. Sharon Ann Holt, meeting Trenton’s artisans, entrepreneurs, families, Loyalists, political movers and shakers, and two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Dress warmly, and be prepared to walk about 10 blocks in total.

Hogmanay Celebration - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street
FREE
Closing out the 300th year since the construction of the 1719 William Trent House will be the celebration of Hogmanay in honor of Trent’s Scottish heritage. Hogmanay is a celebration of the new year in Scotland. Traditionally, friends and neighbors cross the threshold and receive food and drink, and good luck, too. Join us for hot mulled cider, Scottish sausage rolls, shortbread, and other light refreshments while listening to bagpipers. Tour the Trent House decorated for the holidays. End your visit by tossing your wishes for 2020 into the bonfire! No reservations required, donations accepted. More information at www.williamtrenthouse.org or call 609-989-3027.

Musket Demonstrations - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
Soldiers of the 17th Regiment of Infantry will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. Included in $5 admission with unlimited re-entry.

The Trouble with Trenton Puppet Show - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Warren Street Plaza, Trenton, North Warren and West Hanover Streets
A "mini" historical look at an amazing piece of our history presented with marionettes & rod puppets - and lots of help from the audience! Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, and see the action as it has never been seen before. Show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of "revolting" action. No admission fee.

"My Brave Fellows" - 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
With enlistments about to end, Washington's officers compel the Soldiers of the Continental Army to stay on six more weeks beyond the end of their enlistments. Free with $5 Barracks admission (unlimited re-entry).

2nd Battle of Trenton - 3:00 pm
East State Street to North Warren Street to Mill Hill Park
FREE
Having abandoned Trenton shortly after the battle on December 26, Washington re-crossed with a much larger army later in the week upon learning the British had not re-occupied Trenton. On the morning of January 2, 1777, he dispatched a small brigade up what is now Route 206 toward Princeton. They were met by a very strong column of British, Hessians, and Highlanders under General Cornwallis and driven back along a bitterly contested, afternoon-long retreat into Trenton.

Assunpink Firewalk - 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Mill Hill Park (Corner of Broad & Front Streets), 165 E. Front Street
Join Mayor Gusciora on the Iron Bridge in Mill Hill Park and a colorful cast to usher in a new holiday tradition in the city of Trenton. As darkness fall, watch Continental Soldiers light 13 torches along the south bank and hear a dramatic reading of Thomas Paine’s “The American Crisis”. The City of Trenton in collaboration with The Old Barracks Museum and Trenton Downtown Association will be hosting the 2nd Assunpink Firewalk. The Firewalk begins at 4:00 pm in Mill Hill Park at the Iron Bridge.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/27/19 - 12/29/19

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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