Saturday, April 2 – Cumberland County

Join us for a fun day for the entire family!  

(no rain date)     

Port Norris Rotary Club’s 19th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run

Pre-Registration Deadline: March 31

On Site Registration: 8:00 a.m.

Start Time:  9:00 a.m.

Bayshore Center at Bivalve

2800 High Street, Port Norris, NJ 0834


$20   Deadline: March 31th  

First 100 will receive receive free “Run for the Schooner” T-shirts

$25   After March 31th ~ ONLY available Day of Race

INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISING PRIZES INCLUDE: Raise $50 and win 1 ticket for a sail aboard the Schooner AJ Meerwald; raise $100 and win 2 tickets for a sail aboard the AJ Meerwald.


Church groups, birders, scout troops, walking clubs of two or more walkers which raise $1,500 or more win a private charter sail for up to 41 passengers on the Schooner AJ MEERWALD!  Schools: Raise $825 or more to win an education Sail for up to 41 students and chaperones.   Groups must pre-register for the event by Thursday, March 31. Please call 856-785-2060 Ext. 108 to register a group.

     The first 100 participants who contribute at least $15 will receive free “Run for the Schooner” T-shirts.On Saturday April 2nd, walkers, joggers, kids on bikes, babies in strollers and dogs on leashes will enjoy a peaceful 5K route among quaint streets and Victorian homes, country lanes, a bike path and a paved walk in the salt marsh.

Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High Street, Port Norris, NJ 08349; 856-785-2060;

Saturday, April 2 – Burlington County

Everything Grows at Peachfield — Natural Dyeing

11:00 a.m. at Peachfield, 180 Burrs Road,Westampton, NJ 08060

     Next in our series, “Everything Grows at Peachfield” is making dyes from Peachfield’s plants and berries.  Bring color to your world the Colonial way by harvesting dye materials such as Lily of the Valley, acorns, black walnuts and pokeberries. Then cook your harvest in water over an open pit fire.  Newly sheared sheep’s wool will then be dyed in these naturally brewed colors.

Activities begin at 11:00 a.m. and will last about an hour.  Cost is $5.00 per family.  Reservations are required.  Please call 609-267-6996 or email us at


Saturday, April 2 – Monmouth County

Seminar on Chairmaking in Monmouth County

FREEHOLD – On Saturday, April 2, Monmouth County Historical Association will hold a day-long seminar on eighteenth century chairmaking in Monmouth County. The program will be led by Joseph W. Hammond, Curator of Museum Collections for the Association.

Focus will be placed on locally produced bannister-back, fiddle-back and slat-back chairs of several different types. Approximately twenty examples with histories of ownership among the old families of Monmouth County will be studied in detail. They will be drawn from the Association’s extensive collection of documented local furniture, and also from private collections.

Chairs that have been attributed since the 1930s to the Maps family of West Long Branch will be closely scrutinized. That investigation will take advantage of a series of photographs taken about 1933 of many chairs still owned at the time by Maps descendants. Using a variety of analytical techniques, participants will be asked to sort all the chairs on display into groups possibly attributable to individual craftsmen even though their names are not at present known.

The seminar, to be held at the Association’s museum at 70 Court Street, will begin at 10:30 a.m., and end at 3 p.m. The program will be of interest to serious collectors and students of New Jersey furniture, as well as those individuals who wish to learn more about the techniques of furniture connoisseurship. Because this is a very hands-on session involving close examination of authentic eighteenth century chairs, registration will be limited to fifteen participants.

Lunch and beverages will be served. Advance registration required. $75 per person. To make your reservation call 732-462-1466 x11 or email


Saturday, April 2 – Burlington County Spring Fling!

2-4 p.m.

$5 per child. Children under 2 and adults are FREE.

Celebrate the warm weather with us! Meet the fuzzy friends of the 4-H Club “Crazy Critters,” including rabbits, guinea pigs, and feathered friends. Decorate a real egg for you to take home. Get a chance to explore our colonial playhouse. Make spring themed crafts and more!

Programs are held at the Burlington County Historical Society. Entrances to the building can be found on 457 High Street and 454 Lawrence Street, Burlington, NJ. We are expecting these programs to fill up quickly so please RSVP to (609) 386-4773 or to save your spot.


Saturday, April 2 – Ocean County

Rain Barrel Workshop Instructor: Jessica Blanchard   1 p.m.-3 p.m. Fee: $30 members/ $35 nonmembers

Take advantage of those April showers with your own rain barrel for your home! Rain barrels collect storm water for reuse in gardens and on native landscaping. At this workshop you will learn the benefits of rain barrels and construct and learn to install your own rain barrel. Pre-registration is required by March 30, 2016.

To register for a class, give us a call at 609-296-8868. 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton;


Sunday, April 3 – Somerset County

     Delaware and Raritan Canal Narrated Bus Tours

Join Linda and Bob Barth, authors and canal enthusiasts, on a tour of one of Somerset County’s historic treasures. You’ll visit locks, bridges, and other structures along the canal and learn how it was built by local workers and immigrants.

This tour will visit some of the picturesque villages that grew up alongside the canal. Learn about the many industries that developed along its route. This is a perfect outing and a unique educational experience for the entire family.

The bus tours will leave from the parking lot of the former Rhythms restaurant, 729 South Main Street (Route 533), Manville, at the corner of the Weston Canal Causeway (Route 623)/Wilhousky Street. The cost is $20 and reservations are required.

To reserve your place, please call 732-356-8856 or sign up online at Please indicate your choice of tours: 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.


 Trips to New York and Philadelphia – April 5 and May 19

Spring Trip Schedule: Time for our Spring Trips! 

Join the New Jersey State Museum Foundation for trips to Philadelphia on April 5 and 

New York City on May 19. 

See the world’s largest collection of outdoor public art during an official Mural Arts Program tour on April 5, 2016.  A guided bus tour will include details about the murals, the artistic process, the artists, and the history of the diverse communities that serve as the backdrop for this unique art form. Our trip includes lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy. For more information about the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, visit The cost for this trip, including admission, taxes, gratuities, transportation and lunch is $105 for members and $120 for nonmembers (alcoholic beverages are not included). The bus will leave Lawrence Shopping Center at 9:00 a.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m.

On May 19 visit the Rubin Museum of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian with lunch at historic Fraunces Tavern.  Enjoy a self-guided audio tour of a world-renowned collection of Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum. Included are works of art of great quality and depth from the Tibetan plateau, with examples from related surrounding regions including Nepal, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Mongolia. Lunch at Fraunces Tavern will follow. We will finish our trip to New York with a visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which explores the diversity of the Native people of the Americas. Visit, and for more information on our destinations. Registration which includes admission, taxes, gratuities and transportation is $120 for members and $135 for non-members. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the registration. Our motor coach will leave Lawrence Shopping Center at 9:30 a.m. and return at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Don’t forget! You may add membership to your registration fee and reserve your space at the discounted member rate. We look forward to seeing you soon! If you have any questions, please call our office at 609-394-5310. Print and mail your registration form and payment:


 Sunday, April 3 – Middlesex County

Join us to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of Piscataway. At this event for all ages we will create Native American and Colonial crafts, learn about Piscataway’s beginnings, and have fun! We will also toast Piscataway with Colonial tea and a birthday cake.       2-4 p.m.

Where: Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Supplies are being generously donated by the Friends of the Library.


 Sunday, April 3 – Burlington County


Caroline Herschel, 18th-Century Astronomer

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Caroline Lucretia Herschel was the first female astronomer to discover a comet.  She would go on to discover seven more.  Her record held for 200 years.  K. Lynn King portrays Herschel and will relate this and other fascinating stories of this most unusual lady, who broke the gender barrier and became the first salaried female astronomer.

Admission is $10 per person; Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge.  Seating is limited; prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating.  Please call 609/267-6996, or email at

This event takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ 08060.


 Sunday, April 3 – Morris County

     The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 1 to 4 pm.  Admission is free.  Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home.  The theme of this month’s exhibit is “Feathers to Flight,” dedicated to the memory of member Marilyn Reitzel.  Birds of all feathers will be everywhere reflecting Marilyn’s love of their many species.

Also included will be a collection of decoys, vintage Audubon books, feathered jewelry and bird research books.  The museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, was entered into the National and State Registers of Historic Places in 2010.  Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum.  The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale, perfect for spring or anytime.

For further information, refer to the Jefferson Township’s Historical Society website at, or call Christine Williams, Jefferson Township Historical Society President at 973-697-0258.


 Sunday, April 3 – Union County

   On Sunday, April 3, come dine and socialize with friends and neighbors at the 29th annual “Taste of Summit” being held at the Grand Summit Hotel. The “Taste of Summit” is a gourmet extravaganza featuring 20 of Summit’s finest restaurants and food stores. Each restaurant will be bringing delicious “tastes” showcasing their special dishes spanning many cuisines, including Italian, Japanese, American and Mexican. There will also be desserts from Summit’s finest bakers and a cash bar.



 Sunday, April 3 — Cumberland County SPRING RE-OPENING OF THE 1730 GIBBON HOUSE

Sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society

The Cumberland County Historical Society invites the public to visit Greenwich for the re-opening of the Gibbon House for the 2016 season ~ 960 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, NJ 08323. Volunteers’ Appreciation Luncheon will be followed by “Meet the Author” ~ Time TBA

Dr. Richard Veit, Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University, will discuss his book, New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Lands. For additional information, call 856-455-8580.


 Sunday, April 3 and April 17 – Hudson County

The Hoboken Historical Museum Expands Children’s Programs at the Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield St.

The Hoboken Historical Museum is pleased to announce an expansion of its popular Storytime program to include a monthly “Fire Department Museum Storytime,” on the first Sunday of each month from April through November. In addition, the museum’s Education Curator, Dr. Razel Solow, has designed two age-appropriate “Learn About” sessions at the Fire Department Museum on the third Sunday of every month through November, led by Maria Lara. Both programs are made possible through the generous support of two local organizations: The Hoboken Family Alliance and Party with Purpose.

The Fire Department Museum Storytime presents stories and sing-alongs for children ages 2 – 5 years old. It will take place at noon on the first Sunday of each month, starting April 3, and continuing on May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, and November 6. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and strollers must be parked outside the Museum.

  The “Learn About” series will offer two sessions on the third Sunday of each month. At 3:00 – 3:20 pm, children ages 2 – 3 years old are invited to learn all about the Fire Department Museum, and older children ages 4 – 6 years old are invited at 3:30 – 4:00 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult and registration for these sessions is required. A link to the registration form will be posted on the museum’s website, on March 16 – 18 for the first session, March 20.

   Click here to read more about the fire house.


 Sunday, April 3 – Sussex County

Walpack Historical Society Hike at 11:00 a.m.

On Sunday, April 3rd, the Walpack Historical Society will sponsor a hike in honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, celebrated this year.

The hike will be co-led by Marie Liu and Dawn J. Benko. Marie Liu has been designated “Artist in the Park” for 2015-2016 by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Marie and Dawn, a photographer, co-wrote A Guide to Waterfalls Along the Upper Delaware River. The book will be available for sale at Walpack Center before the hike.

The hike is a 3-mile loop along the Tumbling Waters Trail at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), a nonprofit organization located in Dingmans Ferry, PA. PEEC has been in existence since 1972. Its mission is to advance environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park. PEEC and the Walpack Historical Society are partners with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (NRA).

Participants for the hike will gather at the Rosenkrans Museum, Main Street, Walpack Center, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap NRA at 11:00 a.m. and carpool to PEEC. The hike is rated Moderate. It is over rocky terrain and several steep slopes. This is a trail for true hikers. At a moderate pace it could take 4 hours to hike. All PEEC facilities and trails will be open to the group, including self-guided hikes on Two Ponds Trail, rated Easy and Scenic Gorge Trail, rated easy/moderate.

Sturdy footwear, insect repellent, drinking water, a hiking staff and lunch or snack are suggested. For further information, call the Walpack Historical Society at 973.948-4903.


Sunday, April 3 – Union County

EXHIBIT OPENS and continues through April

     The Presbyterian Church in Westfield has been an integral part of our history since its early beginnings.  The Westfield Historical Society will open its new exhibit, “A Visual Walk Through Time of the Presbyterian Church” on April 3, from 1-3 p.m. at the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield NJ 07090.

   Did you know the Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) is the ONLY church in the history of the United States that held a public trial where a man was tried by a jury, and convicted of murder? Did you know that a famous British General camped with hundreds of troops during the Revolutionary War in the old sanctuary? How could the bell, located in the belfry of the church and heard ringing loudly each Sunday morning, have been stolen by the British?  Did you see the church when it was cut in half?  The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and the Burial Grounds of the West Fields of Elizabethtown have played an important role in the community from its earliest foundations right up to the present day. Come by the Reeve House on April 3 to learn the rest of the stories and more!

The exhibit, researched by local volunteers Nancy Cunliffe and Carey Golden, will feature period artifacts and a “visual” tour of the rich history that began in a meetinghouse made of logs and progressed through the renovations and acquisitions that have transformed this place of worship and its cemetery into historical landmarks in Westfield today.

For further information about the upcoming Presbyterian Church exhibit next month call 908 654-1794, visit or check in at our Facebook page.

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