Friday, January 4, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/5/13 - 1/6/13

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Saturday, January 5 - North Plainfield, Somerset County
Photography Exhibition

The Fleetwood Museum  of Art and Photographica is pleased to present an exhibition, "Dependent on Chance: The Magic of Smoke Trails" by Vivian S. Bedoya. The exhibition features abstract photographs created by photographing smoke. The images, ethereal formations rendered  in both color and black and  white, are stunning examples of this arduous photographic process. This unique exhibition is on view through the end of January.

Ms. Bedoya is a writer and photographer residing in  Somerset  County. She currently has four works of art in the Gallery 27/7 Art on Traffic Control Boxes throughout  Somerset  County.

The Fleetwood  Museum of Art and Photographica is located inside the Vermeule  Mansion located at 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, New Jersey  07060. The Museum is open Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and the second Sunday of  every month, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

Saturday, January 5 - Lawrenceville, Mercer County
Open House Tours

Tour the 1761 Brearley House this Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon with members of the Lawrence Historical Society. The Brearly House is located at 100 Meadow Rd Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Sunday, January 6 - Montclair, Essex County
The Bergen County Historical Society's Twelfth Night Party

In olden times, festivities surrounding Twelfth Night were the most lavish of the year, featuring a great feast with bonfires, plays, music, dancing, and wassailing. The ancient custom of wassailing involved making twelve fires of straw and drinking toasts of cider or ale. A mock king, called the King of Beans, or Lord of Misrule, was elected by lot: The guest who discovered a bean in his or her slice of Twelfth Night Cake was elected sovereign for the revelries. In some places, these kings and queens placed white crosses in the rafters to exclude hobgoblins, witches and bugs for the remainder of the year. Join the Bergen County Historical Society on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 pm as they celebrate Twelfth Night. The event takes place in Campbell-Christie House at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661. You could be King or Queen for a day if you find the bean. Suggested donation: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. Bring a favorite food or drink with ingredient list to share.

Sunday, January 6 - Montclair, Essex County
Molly's Twelfth Night Party

Molly Shultz, who bequeathed her home and contents to the Montclair Historical Society, loved to throw a party on the 12th night of Christmas. Join the Society on Sunday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm as they celebrate in her honor, in her home with her own holiday ware and antique toy collection. Wine and wassail will be served. The Charles Shultz House, 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair. $25 per guest; $20 for MHS members. Call 973-744-1796 for information or e-mail

Sunday, January 6 - Madison, Morris County
Harp Ensemble

Join musician Odarka Stockert and the Harpantics on Sunday at 2:00 pm as they gather  together for one unbelievable afternoon of music. Be swept away with the beauty of the ensemble's sound at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Admission is $10 for non-members & $5 for members. Call 973-377-2982 x14 for reservations. The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison.

Sunday, January 6 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Going from This Old House to Home Sweet Home

The Lambertville Historical Society will host a program on how to tackle home renovations on Sunday, January 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Justice Center (Acme), 25 South Union Street, Lambertville. This event is free to LHS members and $5.00 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

Owners of three different Lambertville homes previously on the society's Autumn House Tour will present personal experiences with a major home renovation. Panel members will address the high and low points of their projects, as well as their dos and don'ts for attempting a restoration or upgrade to an older house. Photos and plans of their projects will be shared. An audience question and answer session will follow.

Tickets are not needed for this LHS event, but seating is on a first-come, first served basis. For information about the Lambertville Historical Society and this program, visit the LHS website at or call 609-397-0770.

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


I just came across this wonderful announcement about "Dependent on Chance" and wanted to thank you for posting it! Best wishes!

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