Friday, December 21, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/22/12 - 12/23/12

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Saturday-Sunday, December 22 - 23 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
A Victorian Christmas

Enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas at historic Longstreet Farm on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Children can visit with Santa, then take a walk to the farmhouse and have a cup of cider. Be sure to bring your camera!

Also on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, enjoy tranquil Christmas carols as Larry Moser and Mary Nagen play them on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road in Holmdel.

Saturday-Sunday, December 22 - 23 - River Edge, Bergen County
29th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts and Tavern Fare

The Bergen County Historical Society celebrates their 29th Colonial Christmas Concerts, at the Steuben House. You must make reservations. Tickets are already selling, as many people make it part of their holiday celebration every year. There will be two concerts each night: Saturday night at 7:00 and 8:30 pm and Sunday at 6:00 and 7:30 pm. The gift shop, out-kitchen, and Demarest House will be open. 

The Black Horse Tavern in the Campbell-Christie House will be open for light tavern fare. Choose from soup and herb biscuit from the Rolling Pin Cafe in Westwood, ploughman plate, bread pudding, hot mulled cider and more. Additional cost. The tavern will be open Saturday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on Sunday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come before or after your concert for light tavern fare. Seating is limited. 

Tickets for the concert are $25 per person (BCHS members, $20). Seating limited. Also this weekend see open-hearth cooking in the Dutch out kitchen, browse the gift shop, and tour the Demarest House. Concerts in the Steuben House are a separate admission. No refunds or exchanges. Parking can be found in parking area at the corner of Main Street and Hackensack Avenue, River Edge. A new ADA compliant stonedust path connects the three houses and parking area! No parking will be available at the Steuben House.

Sunday, December 23 - Union Township, Union County
Breakfast with Santa!

Naughty or nice, all are welcome when Liberty Hall hosts Breakfast with Santa on Sunday from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. A hot breakfast buffet will fill you with Christmas cheer and put you in the holiday spirit. Then take a photo with the jolly old man himself in Santa's sleigh. A tour of Liberty Hall decorated for holidays will follow breakfast.  Program Fee: $20.00 per child, $25.00 per adult.  Reservations are required. Call 908-527-0400 (Recommended for ages 7 to 12). Liberty Hall is located 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. For more information, call 908-527-0400.

Sunday, December  23 - Montclair, Essex County
Holiday House Tours

Tours at the Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road and the Charles Shultz House-Evergreens, 30 North Mountain Avenue between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Sunday. See the houses bedecked in their holiday finery. These special tours incorporate the holiday traditions as well as the stories of the houses and the people who lived there. Begin at the Nathaniel Crane house where the less "foppery" reigned; then see the Israel Crane house decorated by the Garden Club of Montclair; then move forward in history to the Charles Shultz House, featuring Molly Shultz's own collection of Christmas decorations and antique toys. Tours are $8 for adults, $5 for children, with special holiday pricing of a max of $25 per family.  Members are free. Call 973-744-1796 for information or e-mail

Sunday, December 23 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
History of Film: 1890-1960

View the exhibit "Lights! Camera! Action! History of Film: 1890-1960" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through December 31, 2012.

The Cornelius Low House, built in 1741, was the home to its namesake and is only one of two remaining buildings from historic Raritan Landing. This high-style Georgian mansion is listed on the National Register and operated by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ . For more information, visit

Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey


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