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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Cape May MAC Announces Cancellations; Offering Virtual Tours of Physick House Museum, Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May MAC Announces Cancellations
Offering Virtual Tours of Physick House Museum, Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture), previously known as the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), announces that its tours, activities and events have been cancelled until further notice, in view of the continuing effect of COVID-19 restrictions on travel to the Cape May region and on the organization’s operations.

“We view the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and business partners as the highest priority as we all respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Director and CEO Jody Alessandrine. “We look forward to resuming our regular schedule of tours, activities and events once we can safely open our doors to the public in good conscience. Cape May will be surely ready for visitors when that time comes.”

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) announces name change to ‘Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)’

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) announces name change to ‘Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)’ as cornerstone of organization’s new brand

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) announces that beginning March 27 and culminating with a new website on April 1, the organization will launch a new brand that includes a new name, logo, and website.

Part of its 50th anniversary year celebration, MAC announces its new name “Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)” March 27 and will continue to launch elements of the new brand in the subsequent days, culminating in the launch of the organization’s new website on April 1.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/14/20 - 3/15/20

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Saturday, March 14 - Somerville, Somerset County
Caesar, Cincinnatus and Gloriana: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
Rescheduled to Saturday, June 13

Classical Greece and Rome were part of the popular culture of Revolutionary America just as they were in Elizabethan England when Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar. We’ll consider the resonance of this play in the Elizabethan era as Shakespeare’s contemporaries considered the loss of a long-reigning monarch and again in the Revolutionary War as General Washington eschewed a potential military dictatorship in favor of civilian rule by Congress. This program begins a series of play discussions in conjunction with author Ian Doescher's Shakespeare 2020 Project. The program begins at 10:30 am. Free admission. Register at 908-725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov. The Wallace House State Historic Site is located at 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ.

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Saturday, March 14 Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
WWII Women on the Home Front

Women played important and varied roles here at home in WWII. Our speaker will share that local history and display her wide collection of associated items for all to enjoy. Learn how this period in history began an era of change we still experience today. This free program runs from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 3/13/20 - 3/15/20

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/7/20 - 3/8/20

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Saturday, March 7 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
P.T. Barnum, the Master Showman

Neill Hartley portrays master showman P.T. Barnum in this exciting and entertaining look at one of the most colorful and well-known personalities of all time, who brought high and low culture to all of America.

A brilliant and shameless promoter, Barnum gave the wise public of the 19th-century shameless hucksterism, peerless spectacle, and everything in between -- enough entertainment to earn the title "master showman" a dozen times over. Barnum weathered accusations of fraud with the attitude that there was no such thing as bad press, and he became one of the richest men in America. Audiences will watch his fame grow with a parade of freaks and oddities from “The Fejee Mermaid,” the tiny General Tom Thumb to Jumbo the elephant and then share his crowning success: “The Greatest Show on Earth!

Following the performance, there is a short informational section about the history of the circus, and of P.T Barnum’s life outside of the entertainment world, including a short reading from his book “The Art of Money Getting.” A question and answer will conclude the presentation.

This event will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Tickets are $20 per person. Seating is limited! You must pre-register for this event. 

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.

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Saturday, March 7 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see what is cooking on the woodstove in the out kitchen. Discover how food, receipts, cooking techniques, and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s. This free events run from 11:00 am - 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: 3/6/20 - 3/8/20

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/29/20 - 3/1/20

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Saturday, February 29 - Trenton, Mercer County
African American History in Quilts – The Sankofa Stitchers

The Trent House Association presents African American Artistry in Quilts, a talk by members of the Princeton Sankofa Stitchers Modern Quilt Guild whose work is currently on display at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. The Trent House program, which will include displays of additional quilts accompanied by poetry, will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday at the William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street (across from the Hughes Justice Complex), Trenton, NJ.

Mada Coles Galloway, Juandamarie Gikandi, and Gail Mitchell, members of the Sankofa Stitchers, will speak about the art and craft of quilting, the history of the Guild and their personal background in quilting, and what inspires their work. The guild takes its name from a symbol of the Akan people of Ghana, which means, “return and get it.” This phrase aptly describes the use of an old craft to bring African American history and experience to light in an innovative way.

Mada Coles Galloway is a retired educator and is accomplished in various needle crafts, with quilting being her special passion. She favors modern traditional and improvisational quilting styles and uses her own patterns. Juandamarie Gikandi is also an educator and textile artist. She uses a wide range of fabrics into new and original patterns in her quilts to highlight the importance of material culture in the African American community. Gail Mitchell’s specialty is photo transfer and signature quilts, with an extensive collection signed by actors and actresses, politicians, poets and colleagues. A published poet, she is also a public school educator.

Tickets are $8 for Association members and $10 for non-members and include light refreshments. For more information, visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/29/20 - 3/1/20

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Free Historical Program in Paterson in Honor of Black History Month - 2/29/20

Free Historical Program in Paterson in Honor of Black History Month
February 29, 2020

Join us on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Paterson Museum as we welcome Public Historian Sue Kozel. A researcher whose area of study focuses on the areas of power and equality, Kozel will present "Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a NJ Slave in 1784."

Photo courtesy of Sue Kozel.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/22/20 - 2/23/20

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Saturday, February 22 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
George Washington's Birthday

Come celebrate George Washington's 288th birthday at Rockingham on Saturday. While Washington will be present only in spirit (and in the form of a wonderful life-sized mannequin in an exactingly recreated uniform), visitors who tour his last wartime headquarters will learn about his life and times, before, during and after his careers as commander of the Continental Army and first president of the United States.

Visitors can listen to fiddle music, courtesy of James Kurzenberger, and perhaps dance a step or two; participate in a mini scavenger hunt and count the Washington (George and Martha) tchotchkes; pick up a child’s activity pamphlet to go. After the tour, enjoy cake and punch in Rockingham's kitchen.

Tours will be offered from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on the hour and, possibly, half-hour if needed. (The last tour will be at 3:00 or 3:30 pm, accordingly). Because the size of tours will be limited, reservations will be necessary to guarantee admittance. Please call 609-683-7132 for reservations. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Please note that the regular history of the house will not be emphasized during these special tours, but visitors are always welcome to visit the house on another day for a normal tour. Washington, commander in chief for the Continental Army during the American Revolution, stayed at Rockingham from late August to early November in 1783. It became his final wartime headquarters when the Treaty of Paris was formally signed while he resided there.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Ave./Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/21/20 - 2/23/20

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/15/20 - 2/16/20

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Saturday, February 15 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Presidents Day in the 1830s

Help us salute the Presidents of the past by visiting the Historic Village of Allaire for this special day of patriotic activities and surprise historical challenges. From 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, we'll have cooking in the Manager's House and the Allaire Residence, blacksmithing and carving demonstrations, toasts to our great President Jackson, a village-wide "name that President" contest, and patriotic rocket balloons for the kids! There is no admission to the Village for these events.

At 2:00 pm in the chapel, meet Mary Todd Lincoln and get the woman's point of view on life in the White House. This theatrical performance is $20 per person - register hereThe program will begin at 2:00 and end at 3:30 pm

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: 2/14/20 - 2/16/20

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/8/20 - 2/9/20

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Saturday, February 8 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Tory Jack Day

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is proud to present its 18th edition of the award winning "Tory Jack Day" program.

The annual event in honor of Black History Month celebrates the contribution and sacrifices of Afro-Americans in the foundation of our nation. This year’s presenters are Joseph Becton and Antoine Watts. Their program, “Music of the Civil War,” illustrates through words and performance the development of this American art form.

Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now directs Joe Becton Tours and Historical Services and most recently has been proclaimed a Certified Master Guide by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides. During the one-hour presentation, Joe Becton plays and sings his favorite blues songs and composers. You have never heard him like this since the Cobalt Blues band.  He has played guitar and harmonica for 40 years.  Group participation is encouraged.

Mr. Becton will present at 11:00 am on Saturday at the historic Abraham Staats House located at 17 Von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ. Seating begins at 10:30 am. Advance admission is $10 per adult or $15 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Following the program, tour the rooms of the historic Abraham Staats House until 1:30 pm.

For more information, call 732-469-3198, e-mail info@staatshouse.org, or visit www.staatshouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 2/7/20 - 2/9/20

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Black History Exhibit Explores the Achievements of Patersonians - 2/5/20 - 3/28/20

Black History Exhibit Explores the Achievements of Patersonians
February 5, 2020 through March 28, 2020

The Paterson Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest changing exhibit, “Thus Shall They Upward, Onward Press:” An Exploration of the History of African Americans in Paterson from 1600-Present. Installed in honor of Black History Month, the exhibit is a survey of the accomplishments of many of Paterson’s African American citizens. The exhibit will feature some familiar citizens, such as Larry Doby, but visitors will also learn some individuals like Dr. Norman Cotton, Minerva Miller and Henry Otis Harris who also made an impact on our community. The exhibit will be in place from Wednesday February 5th through Saturday March 28th in the Hannah Memorial Gallery.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/1/20 - 2/2/20

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Saturday, February 1 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Annual Groundhog Day Dinner - SOLD OUT
Family Friendly

The Harrison Township Historical Society’s Annual Groundhog Day Dinner and Silent Auction is set for Saturday at 6:00 pm at Ewan Fire Hall, 312 Ewan Road, in the village of Ewan near Mullica Hill, NJ. This annual event features “Down Jersey” sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, candied yams, fried apples, green beans, and a dessert buffet. Now in its sixteenth year, the supper is a revival of a century-old Harrison Township tradition.

The first local groundhog day dinners took place in the early 1900s. Farmers belonging to the Richwood Men’s Bible Class made the sausage and prepared supper for the entire congregation of Richwood Methodist Church.

The event is a fun-filled evening for the entire family. In addition to the home-cooked menu, the program includes a popular silent auction and perhaps the only opportunity in South Jersey to sing Groundhog Day songs. Tickets for the event are $15 and available at Yellow Garage Antiques, 66 South Main Street, Mullica Hill, open Wednesday thru Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Advance purchase is recommended since seating is limited.


All proceeds benefit the Society’s exhibitions and educational programs at the Society's Old Town Hall Museum, located at the intersection of South Main Street and Woodstown Road. For more information, visit www.harrisonhistorical.com.

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Saturday, February 1 - 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: 1/31/20 - 2/2/20

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/25/20 - 1/26/20

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Saturday, January 25 - Montague Township, Sussex County
Winter Festival - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 
Family Friendly Event

Bring the whole family for a day of winter fun at High Point State Park. Activities will include winter-themed crafts, a story corner, guided winter hike, sing-along, hot cocoa and cookies by the fire, winter weather program, sled dogs, curling, snowshoeing, and ice-fishing demonstrations (conditions permitting). Please park in the gravel lot and walk up to the Interpretive Center.

The New Jersey Dog Sled Club will attend and present an education program and sled dog demonstration.


The Plainfield Curling club will share their love of curling on Lake Marcia so be sure to stop by for a demonstration and to tryout the sport for yourself.
  
Interpretive Center:
Bird Feeder & Winter Themed Crafts for Children
Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Beignets by the Fireplace
Storytime & Sing Along
Guided Winter Hike
Winter Weather Talk with Nick Stefano
Snowshoeing*
New Jersey Sled Dog Club Education Program & Demonstration

Lake Marcia:

Plainfield Curling Club Demonstration*
Ice Fishing Demonstration*
(*Ice and snow conditions permitting)

These programs will be held at the High Point State Park Interpretive Center and Lake Marcia. This event is FREE but a donation of $5 or more per family appreciated. For more information, visit www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 1/24/20 - 1/26/20

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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

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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.