Historic Places in South Jersey

Historic Places in South Jersey - Places to Go and Things to Do

A discussion of things to do and paces to go, with the purpose of sharing, and encouraging exploration of South Jersey.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Lot of Holiday Events in Burlington County

So Many Jolly EVENTS IN BURLINGTON COUNTY 2017


November 28, 10:30am-7:45pm – LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS BUS TRIP
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Longwood Gardens during the holiday season. Indoor and outdoor displays are infused with color and lights, thousands of seasonal plants exquisitely decorate the Conservatory, and sounds of the season resonate throughout. Arrival at the Gardens is scheduled for 12:00pm, giving plenty of time to take in all that is offered, including the newly-renovated fountain displays. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org for details of the holiday displays. The trip is sponsored by The Rancocas Nature Center and includes bus transportation and entry ticket. Call 609-261-2495 or visit www.rancocasnaturecenter.org for additional information. Cost: $65/per person.

December 2, 12:00-4:00pm – SHINN LOG CABIN OPEN HOUSE, (83 Park Drive, Mount Holly 08060)
Visit the historic structure which houses a collection of artifacts, maintained by the Mount Holly Historical Society. The first to own the cabin and probably the builder was Quaker, Thomas Shinn. He willed the cabin in 1751 to his son, Anguilla, a merchant and importer who sold Jamaican Rum to Native Americans. The Indians rowed canoes down the Rancocas Creek and visited the cabin. A room in the basement was reserved for them when they came to trade.

December 2, 1:00-6:00pm – RIVERFRONT HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR, Riverfront Historical Society (Beverly Annex Building, Cooper Street)
We have amazing homes and historical buildings for you to see including a few on the Beverly riverbank. The tour will begin at the Riverfront Historical Society. Cost: $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can order in advance by calling 609-351-3535 or 609-929-3071. Tickets will be available for pick up at 12:00pm at the Riverfront Museum. All proceeds benefit the Riverfront Historical Society.

December 3, 1:00-4:00pm – FARMERS HALL OPEN HOUSE, Mount Laurel
Visit Farmers Hall for a step back in time. The building will be decorated for the holidays by the Mount Laurel Garden Club. For more information visit www.mountlaurelhistoricalsociety.com



December 3, 2:00-4:00pm – ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA & TOUR, Peachfield (180 Burrs Road, Westampton 08060)
Peachfield will once again be decorated for the holidays, and the New Jersey Colonial Dames will serve their tea specialties of the season at our annual Holiday Tea. Join us as we gather around the hearth with a warming fire and sample our favorite repasts. Rancocas Valley Regional High School Choir will be performing some of our favorite holiday carols. Cost: $18/per adult, $9/per child (under 15 years). Paid reservations in advance are recommended. For more information call 609-267-6996 or email colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.  Visit them at www.colonialdamesnj.org

December 4 -30, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm – SMITHVILLE MANSION TOURS, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of a Christmas past with a guided tour of the Historic Smithville Mansion, lavishly decorated for the holidays in a grand Victorian style. The 2017 theme is a Victorian Christmas during Queen Victoria’s reign in the mid 1800’s. Tours are daily and begin at 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 PM. Cost: Adults/$7, Seniors and Students/$6. No reservation required. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 5, 12:00pm – SMITHVILLE HOLIDAY TEA, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
The beautifully decorated Mansion Dining Room is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. Take a break from shopping and the cold and relax with holiday themed tea and snacks. The afternoon tea includes a guided tour of the magnificent Smithville Mansion, fully decorated for the holidays. Call Jo at 856-767-3159 for reservations. Cost: $25/ per person. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 7, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and select family nights include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! Family nights will be held on December 8 & 9, and December 15 &16. Candlelight tours of the Smithville Mansion are also offered on select nights for a fee. For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 7, 7:00pm – CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF SMITHVILLE MANSION, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of the magnificent Smithville Mansion at its grandest during an evening, candlelight tour. These evening tours allow you to see each room fully decorated with all the lights during the night hours. Adults/$12, Students/$10; Reservations can be made by calling 609-261-3295 or email SLeinbach@smithvillemansion.org. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 8, 1:00-3:00pm – EVESHAM GREENS SALE, John Inskeep House (10 Madison Court, Marlton 08053)
Holiday wreaths, centerpieces, arrangements and loose fresh greens and baked goods for sale. Grave blankets can be preordered by calling 856-983-3139. For more information visit www.eveshamhistoricalsociety.org/

December 8, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 9, 10:00am-2:00pm – EVESHAM GREENS SALE, John Inskeep House (10 Madison Court, Marlton 08053)
Holiday wreaths, centerpieces, arrangements and loose fresh greens and baked goods for sale. Grave blankets can be preordered by calling 856-983-3139. For more information visit www.eveshamhistoricalsociety.org/

December 9, 11:00am-3:00pm – BATTLE OF IRON WORKS HILL, downtown Mount Holly
Experience December of 1776 through song, colonial crafts, clothing, and presentations. Programs include “Songs of the Revolutionary Era”, “What Did Colonials Wear”, “The Destruction of Rogers Mill and Brewery”, “The Road to Monmouth”, and a visit from Thomas Paine. Sponsored by the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences Association. For more information visit https://bclhnsassoc.org

December 9, 12:00pm – KRAMPUS FESTIVAL, White Hill Mansion (217 4th Street, Fieldsboro 08505)
This is a free event sponsored by Broomstick Betty of Bordentown. This will be an opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts made by local artisans.  For more information visit their website at www.whitehillmansion.com

December 9, 12:00pm – SMITHVILLE HOLIDAY TEA, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
The beautifully decorated Mansion Dining Room is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. Take a break from shopping and the cold and relax with holiday themed tea and snacks. The afternoon tea includes a guided tour of the magnificent Smithville Mansion, fully decorated for the holidays. Call Jo at 856-767-3159 for reservations. Cost: $25/ per person. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 9, 12:00-4:00pm – SHINN LOG CABIN OPEN HOUSE, (83 Park Drive, Mount Holly 08060)
Visit the historic structure which houses a collection of artifacts, maintained by the Mount Holly Historical Society. The first to own the cabin and probably the builder was Quaker, Thomas Shinn. He willed the cabin in 1751 to his son, Anguilla, a merchant and importer who sold Jamaican Rum to Native Americans. The Indians rowed canoes down the Rancocas Creek and visited the cabin. A room in the basement was reserved for them when they came to trade.

December 9, 2:00-4:00pm – PAULSDALE OPEN HOUSE, Paulsdale (218 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel 08054)
Get into the holiday spirit at our annual open house event at Paulsdale. Enjoy the stunning holiday d├ęcor crafted by The Garden of Mount Laurel while celebrating the start of the holiday season with food, drinks, and warm conversation. And don’t miss the great gifts in API’s gift shop!  For more information visit www.alicepaul.org

December 9, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 10, 11:00am-4:00pm – HOMEMADE HOLIDAY, Whitesbog Village (120 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills 08015)
Join us for our 2nd year celebrating the holidays as we welcome visitors to explore the many historic buildings of Whitesbog! Handmade Arts & Crafts exhibitors will be spread throughout the village, kid crafts in the art gallery, a candy cane hunt and a special visit from you know who! Wagon rides into the bogs, hot cocoa and warm apple cider, live music and even more! Loads of fun for the entire family!!!! For more information visit www.whitesbog.org


December 10, 1:00-4:00pm – FARMERS HALL OPEN HOUSE, Mount Laurel
Visit Farmers Hall for a step back in time. The building will be decorated for the holidays by the Mount Laurel Garden Club. For more information visit www.mountlaurelhistoricalsociety.com

December 10, 5:00-7:00pm – HOLIDAY HOUSE CANDLELIGHT TOUR, Peachfield (180 Burrs Road, Westampton 08060)
Celebrate Christmas with a Candlelight tour of Peachfield and West Hill Manor. Enjoy decorations and treats from the 1940’s, when the Harker’s called Peachfield home. Visit West Hill Manor for a Victorian Christmas experience. Cost: $10/per person. For more information visit www.colonialdamesnj.org

December 10, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and select family nights include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! Family nights will be held on December 8 & 9, and December 15 &16. Candlelight tours of the Smithville Mansion are also offered on select nights for a fee. For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 10, 7:00pm – CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF SMITHVILLE MANSION, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of the magnificent Smithville Mansion at its grandest during an evening, candlelight tour. These evening tours allow you to see each room fully decorated with all the lights during the night hours. Adults/$12, Students/$10; Reservations can be made by calling 609-261-3295 or email SLeinbach@smithvillemansion.org. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 12, 7:00-9:00pm – FARMERS HALL OPEN HOUSE, Mount Laurel
Visit Farmers Hall for a step back in time. The building will be decorated for the holidays by the Mount Laurel Garden Club. For more information visit www.mountlaurelhistoricalsociety.com

December 13, 12:00pm – SMITHVILLE HOLIDAY TEA, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
The beautifully decorated Mansion Dining Room is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. Take a break from shopping and the cold and relax with holiday themed tea and snacks. The afternoon tea includes a guided tour of the magnificent Smithville Mansion, fully decorated for the holidays. Call Jo at 856-767-3159 for reservations. Cost: $25/ per person. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 14, 8:45am – LONGWOOD GARDENS BUS TRIP,
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Longwood Gardens during the holiday season. Indoor and outdoor displays are infused with color and lights, thousands of seasonal plants exquisitely decorate the Conservatory, and sounds of the season resonate throughout. Arrival at the gardens gives plenty of time to take in all that is offered, including the newly-renovated fountain displays. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org for details of the holiday displays. The trip is sponsored by The Mount Holly Historical Society and includes bus transportation, entry ticket, and Yuletide buffet lunch. Contact info@mounthollyhistoricalsociety.org for additional information. Cost: $90/per person.

December 14, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and select family nights include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! Family nights will be held on December 8 & 9, and December 15 &16. Candlelight tours of the Smithville Mansion are also offered on select nights for a fee. For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 14, 7:00pm – CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF SMITHVILLE MANSION, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of the magnificent Smithville Mansion at its grandest during an evening, candlelight tour. These evening tours allow you to see each room fully decorated with all the lights during the night hours. Adults/$12, Students/$10; Reservations can be made by calling 609-261-3295 or email SLeinbach@smithvillemansion.org. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 15, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 16, 12:00pm – SMITHVILLE HOLIDAY TEA, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
The beautifully decorated Mansion Dining Room is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. Take a break from shopping and the cold and relax with holiday themed tea and snacks. The afternoon tea includes a guided tour of the magnificent Smithville Mansion, fully decorated for the holidays. Call Jo at 856-767-3159 for reservations. Cost: $25/ per person. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 16, 12:00-4:00pm – SHINN LOG CABIN OPEN HOUSE, (83 Park Drive, Mount Holly 08060)
Visit the historic structure which houses a collection of artifacts, maintained by the Mount Holly Historical Society. The first to own the cabin and probably the builder was Quaker, Thomas Shinn. He willed the cabin in 1751 to his son, Anguilla, a merchant and importer who sold Jamaican Rum to Native Americans. The Indians rowed canoes down the Rancocas Creek and visited the cabin. A room in the basement was reserved for them when they came to trade.

December 16, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 17, 1:00-4:00pm – FARMERS HALL OPEN HOUSE, Mount Laurel
Visit Farmers Hall for a step back in time. The building will be decorated for the holidays by the Mount Laurel Garden Club. For more information visit www.mountlaurelhistoricalsociety.com

December 17, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and select family nights include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! Family nights will be held on December 8 & 9, and December 15 &16. Candlelight tours of the Smithville Mansion are also offered on select nights for a fee. For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 17, 7:00pm – CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF SMITHVILLE MANSION, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of the magnificent Smithville Mansion at its grandest during an evening, candlelight tour. These evening tours allow you to see each room fully decorated with all the lights during the night hours. Adults/$12, Students/$10; Reservations can be made by calling 609-261-3295 or email SLeinbach@smithvillemansion.org. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 19, 12:00pm – SMITHVILLE HOLIDAY TEA, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
The beautifully decorated Mansion Dining Room is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. Take a break from shopping and the cold and relax with holiday themed tea and snacks. The afternoon tea includes a guided tour of the magnificent Smithville Mansion, fully decorated for the holidays. Call Jo at 856-767-3159 for reservations. Cost: $25/ per person. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 21, 6:30-9:00pm – SMITHVILLE VILLAGE TOURS, Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Join Parks’ staff for a free, guided tour throughout the Historic Village at Smithville Park. Learn about the history of the park while enjoying the beautifully lighted landscape. These evening tours are free and select family nights include a visit from Mr. Scrooge and end with a warm cup of hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus! Family nights will be held on December 8 & 9, and December 15 &16. Candlelight tours of the Smithville Mansion are also offered on select nights for a fee. For more information visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks or call 609-265-5828

December 21, 7:00pm – CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF SMITHVILLE MANSION, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of the magnificent Smithville Mansion at its grandest during an evening, candlelight tour. These evening tours allow you to see each room fully decorated with all the lights during the night hours. Adults/$12, Students/$10; Reservations can be made by calling 609-261-3295 or email SLeinbach@smithvillemansion.org. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 27, 7:00pm – CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF SMITHVILLE MANSION, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of the magnificent Smithville Mansion at its grandest during an evening, candlelight tour. These evening tours allow you to see each room fully decorated with all the lights during the night hours. Adults/$12, Students/$10; Reservations can be made by calling 609-261-3295 or email SLeinbach@smithvillemansion.org. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 28, 12:00pm – SMITHVILLE HOLIDAY TEA, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
The beautifully decorated Mansion Dining Room is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. Take a break from shopping and the cold and relax with holiday themed tea and snacks. The afternoon tea includes a guided tour of the magnificent Smithville Mansion, fully decorated for the holidays. Call Jo at 856-767-3159 for reservations. Cost: $25/ per person. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

December 29, 7:00pm – CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF SMITHVILLE MANSION, Smithville Mansion (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton 08060)
Enjoy the splendor of the magnificent Smithville Mansion at its grandest during an evening, candlelight tour. These evening tours allow you to see each room fully decorated with all the lights during the night hours. Adults/$12, Students/$10; Reservations can be made by calling 609-261-3295 or email SLeinbach@smithvillemansion.org. For more information visit www.smithvillemansion.org

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ

Finally, today, an adventure day-trip pal and I found our way to the Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ.  It is located at 138 Andaloro Way and the phone number is 856-812-1121.  

First let me say that my favorite items in this collection are the train platform ice skating figures, sleighs and sledders made in post World War II Germany from old bullet shells and other discarded munitions, melted down and re-cast for souvenir sale.  I love that things of killing were turned into things of beauty and celebration.

But, really, I love EVERYTHING about this museum, the implements of farm history for example.  The curator is a descendant of the Sauslein farm family of Maple Shade, a place where I grew up in the late 1950's.  My brother and I hunted for fossils at the clay pits (as they were known to us) but the grounds of a pottery manufacturing concern in those times.  The farm implements from their properties were inherited and now reside in the museum which has, since its last residence in a school building in Glamssboro, become a Foundation to protect and preserve the artifacts.

Some of the groups of artifacts on display include Fossils, Glass and Ceramics, Antique Tools and Equipment, Farm Implements, and upcoming - November 24 through Jan.28, the 15th Annual Antique Toy Train Display (another favorite of mine). 

Frankly I like the new housing of the collection better than the large impersonal school building setting where it was a couple of years ago, in Glamssboro.  I visited the collection there several times with different friends and when different exhibits were being held, for example there was a World War Exhibit that I saw there, and there was the annual toy train exhibit at Christmas time that I visited.  

It is wonderful to see history up close and personal and to see an individual collector expanding and conserving his collection.  These smaller local museums are always my favorites!  Remember the Prehistory Museum in Greenwich?  I wrote about that one many times and the wonderful collection of Native American pottery and projectile points.  The last time I was there, an oyster fisherman came in with a mastodon molar he had unearthed near Port Norris. He was looking to sell it but of course, these museums don't buy, they house donated local collections.  I saw one of those mastodon teeth at the American History Museum in Deptford today.  It reminded me of the other museum and the other visit a couple of years before in Greenwich.

I do hope you visit this museum and help support history in our area.  I plan to become a member.  Membership is $20 for individuals and includes free admission and a newsletter.  

for more information:
info@southjerseymuseum.org
www.southjerseymuseum.org
and they are on Facebook!

If, like me, you are a train fan, you may want to have lunch at the Woodbury Train Station before you visit the museum, and if like me you are a hiker/walker, you may want to combine your lunch and museum trip with a walk around Red Bank Battlefield in National Park, they are all fairly close to one another.

Happy Trails!
Jo Ann



Generations and Populations

When I was a teacher, I used to use the Pop Clock for various lessons about America.  One year's theme was Continents of the World, World History (Great Civilizations), World History (Indigenous Peoples), another was Art History Periods, Great Artists of the World, and one was The United States.  In the research I did for the US, I looked at ancestry groups and found interesting information which is now out-dated.  So, after a conversation with friends at lunch last week, I decided to see the current breakdown of ancestry groups:
Those claiming German ancestry remain the largest group at just over 17 percent, almost even with Hispanics at 17%, African Americans are 13%, Irish are 11% (7 more Irish in American than in Ireland!!) English are 8.7%, Italians 6%, Jewish 1.4%.

And on the generations:
1901 to 1924 - The Greatest Generation
1924 to 1940 - The Silent Generation
1940 - 1960 - Baby Boomers
1960-80 Generation X
1980 to early 2000 - Millennials
2000 - present Generation Z

There are interesting articles on Pop Clock as well as population anises of various kinds but the information I found most easily was on google.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Historic Events on Holidays

From The Atlantic Magazine, November 2017 issue:
George Washington and his army crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 to launch a surprise attack the next morning on a garrison of Hessian troops celebrating Christmas.  The Continental troops forces marched, hungry and ill clad against the cold and snow, to make this attack.  The decisive victory increased morale and gave our faltering Revolution the boost it needed to convince everyone we might have a chance.

Friday, November 10, 2017

50 Years Old - the Rolling Stone Magazine AND Review of movie, LBJ

Reading Dec. issue of the Atlantic.  No doubt if you are anywhere near my age, you, at least once. read The Rolling Stone.  This is the 50th anniversary and like a person who lived it up and never cared about health or longevity, it doesn't look like the RS is going much past 50.  The last 52% owned by founder Jann Wenner is up for sale.  He had already sold the first 48%.  A biography of Jann Wenner, himself, is also about to be released and was reviewed in the Atlantic.  There were three quotes I thought interesting enough for orange highlighter and posting here.  One has to do with writing and the other with history:

1.A writer needs to feel the freedom to look stupid, even to make a fool of himself, in order to do the kind of work he has always imagined but never before quite pulled off.

2.Everything we read about the past is bound to be incomplete, because although we might know what unfolded, we can never really know how the experience felt.
As a writer and as a person looking back on a long life, both of these ideas made a glow in my mind when I read them.  Hope they provoke some interesting thoughts in yours too!
The story that gets pieced together takes the place of memory, then becomes the memory.

3.History is not what happened but what remains when everything else is forgotten.

A couple of days ago, I saw the movie LBJ and it was fantastic.  First of all Woody Harrelson did a great character study of LBJ.  But you did have to get past the prosthetic ugly face that they made him wear, unnecessarily, I think.
It was a very pertinent film to our own time in that it does a creditable sketch of the way LBJ made a bridge between irreconcilable opposite sides.  He got the racist Southern politicians to make enough compromise with the Northern liberals to get the Civil Rights Act passed.  And, we have LBJ to thank for Medicare - THANK YOU!!
It was also a fascinating thing to ponder how the real LBJ made a huge turn-about from his former political conservative position to the Great Society reformer that he became.  He saw the future and he got on board while others, stuck in the quicksand of their outdated positions sank only deeper.
If you get the time, go see the movie.  If not, catch it on tv.  You will have a lot to think about!  And compare.  To think we went from my heroic past Presidents Lincoln, FDR, and LBJ to the greedy, impulsive, reckless fool the other 42% have put in charge now.
Well, Happy Trails,
Jo Ann

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Burlington Count Events

In case you are not on their mailing list, Marisa Bozarth sent this out today in e-mail:

This week in Burlington CountyHistory events 

November 1-5, 2017November 1-3, noon-4:00pm – “ALICE PAUL: IN PURSUIT OF ORDINARY EQUALITYEXHIBIT”, Paulsdale (218 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel 08054) Enjoy a tour of historic Paulsdale, the childhood home of Alice Stokes Paul, who fought for the right to vote for women. Tours begin with a 15-minute DVE presentation, The Life of Alice Stokes Paul, 1885-1977. Guests then walk around the porch to learn about the farm that once surrounded Paulsdale. Inside the house, visitors view the exhibit Alice Paul: In Pursuit of Ordinary Equality and learn about the Paul family’s daily life in the house, the restoration of the site, and its present-day use as a women’s history center and a leadership institute for women and girls. Admission is $5 per person. For more information contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885 or email info@alicepaul.org. Visit their website at www.alicepaul.org

November 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm - “FEMINISM 101 LECTURE SERIES: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”, Paulsdale (218 Hooton Road, MountLaurel 08054) An in-depth look at how intimate partner violence and rape effect American women. We will explore the concept of rape culture and see how the U.S. compares to other nations as we look at statistics on violence against women. Admission is $12.50 per person. For more information contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885 or email info@alicepaul.org. Visit their website at www.alicepaul.org

November 4, 9:00am-noon – “ARMED FORCES HERITAGE MUSEUM”, Freedom Park (86 Union Street, Medford 08055)The mobile museum will be at the WWI monument dedication. November 4, 10:00am-2:00pm – “OPEN HOUSE AT SHIPMAN MANSION”, Shipman Mansion (221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park 08010)The Shipman Mansion is a Second Empire style home built c. 1869 on the banks of the Delaware River by Paul and Alice Shipman. It is listed on the NJ and Federal Registry of Historic Places. Many of its original architectural details are preserved including the fireplaces, three-story stairwell, and ceiling medallions. The mansion also houses a collection of antique canoes and artifacts from the early history of the Red Dragon CanoeClub founding in 1887. For more information contact the Shipman Mansion at 856-986-7969. Visit their website at www.shipmanmansion.org

November 4, 10:00am-3:00pm – “VOLUNTEER WORKDAY”, Whitesbog Village (120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills 08015)Have a scout troop of family friend? Bring them to the village! We have benches to paint, trails to clear, supplies to organize, signs to create…We are open to all and all abilities! We have tools, gloves, drop clothes, etc. to get you started. This month we are working in the Garden, the garage, shed, on the trails and the General Store and porch. All participants get lunch in the General Store. Burn calories, meet new people, get volunteer hours for school. For more information contact Whitesbog Preservation Trust at 609-893-4646. Visit their website at www.whitesbog.org

November 4, noon-3:00pm – “OPEN HOUSE AT RIVERFRONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY”, Riverfront Historical Society (Beverly Library Annex, 441 Cooper Street, Beverly08010)Visit the present collection and a new donation table to see recent gifts. This month’s surprise is a model of a room in Wall Rope made in the 1930’s as a gift for Mr. Wall. The model has equipment and people from a work area that you can see. The full story will be told next month. For more information contact the Historical Society at 609-387-1079. Visit their website at www.orgsites.com/nj/riverfronthistoricalsociety

November 4, noon-4:00pm – “OPEN HOUSE AT SHINN-CURTIS LOG CABIN”, Mount Holly Historical Society (83 Park Drive, Mount Holly 08060)The log cabin is an historic structure which houses a collection of artifacts maintained by the Mount Holly Historical Society. The first to own the cabin and probably the builder was Quaker, Thomas Shinn. He willed the cabin in 1751 to his son, Anguilla, a merchant and importer who sold Jamaican Rum from the cabin to local Native Americans. The Indians rowed their canoes down the Rancocas Creek and visited the cabin. A room in the basement was reserved for them when they came to trade. 

November 4, 6:00pm – “MOONLIGHT WALK”, Whitesbog Village (120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills 08015)Listen to the night sounds of the Pines, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands. All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experience leaders. Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome. A donation of $5 is suggested. RSVP by leaving your name and contact number at 609-893-4646. Visit their website at www.whitesbog.org

November 4, 7:00pm-midnight – “PUBLIC GHOST HUNT”, White Hill Mansion (217 4th Street, Fieldsboro 08505)Lean ghost hunting from paranormal investigators. Use professional equipment and hunt with the investigators. You never know who or what you may find! Tickets are $35 each. Tickets can be purchased at www.whitehillmansion.com. 

I wish I could post the same for you from Camden County, but if there is such mailing list, I don't have it!  It is a wonderful idea to keep everyone informed of what's going on and promote attendance in that way!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Haunted Places - White Hill Mansion, Fieldsboro, NJ

Today, Sunday, October 29th, my pal Barbara Solem, for my birthday,  took me on a tour of White Hill Mansion, Fieldsboro, NJ.  It has been open for tours for a couple of years, but this is the first time we have been able to get there since we last visited about ten years ago.

When I last visited, with an old friend and fellow historic house buff, Loretta Kelly, she was working on historic house designation and on creating a protective non-profit organization to save the house.  It was, then, filled with the cast off furniture of evicted people from the township.  There was an abandoned tractor trailer in the front yard and leaks from the roof had rotted a carpet which was sagging the floor in one of the upstairs rooms.  Despite all this, the mansion had such power and beauty that Loretta devoted herself to saving it.  She had written a masters on it previously and she told me relevant (to me at the time) details about its Revolutionary War period history.  Richard Fields had been on the Committee of Correspondence.  On his way home across the river from Ben Salem, he drowned under very mysterious circumstances, leaving his young wife Mary to fend for herself in perilous times.

Mary, using her wits and charm had parried with a couple of Hessian officers sent to search her house for 'Rebels' which she was accused of harboring.  

The house has a long long and colorful history starting with this Revolutionary War connection and going on through speak-easies and crime connections on its way to the present.  

Take the Tour and hear the stories, you'll be entertained and edified with yet another perspective on New Jersey history.

Our tour guides after the introductory talk with Loretta Kelly in the parlor, were delightful and considerate.   AND the house is mysterious and beautiful, especially now that the workers have cleared it of the accumulated debris of former neglect, and revealed its faded grandeur.

Lots of Paranormal activity for those of you who walk on the shadowy side!  The ghost-hunters have found many fascinating and inexplicable things to report on at White Hill Mansion.

They were open every Sunday in October.  Check their web-site for what's going on in November.

Just google White Hill Mansion, Fieldsboro, NJ

Happy Trails and Happy Halloween!
ps.  I haven't been back to Thompson Street yet, but I will try to get there and see how the Pirate theme is coming along.  I think this rain probably set them back.  I am guessing that they had counted on all day Sunday for finishing touches.  On the topic of the weather however, the gloomy rainy day added to the spookiness of the White Hill Mansion tour!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Art Club - Open Studio at Main Street Art in Maple Shade, NJ

Wonderful day at Main Street Art, Maple Shade, NJ. Two of my old college classmates/friends and I have formed an "open studio" art group for the inspiration and camaraderie of working with other artists.  

Two of us have been au plein air (Outdoor to us) painting for a few months. The third is recently returned from her home in Costa Rica (on family business). We had discussed how this open studio might unfold. Robert had the first idea. He thought he might work on what he refers to as his "underdogs" - paintings he began but hadn't completed to his satisfaction. So I brought a Joni Mitchell portrait I had been working on without success.  

However, Robert had another intriguing idea. We had both been parted from many of our paintings in the past, some of which we missed. Robert thought it might be a good idea to reprise them. He worked on one of those, and I completed my previously begun and continuing to be unsuccessfully resolved Joni Mitchell painting. The new version makes me very happy. The title is "A River to Skate Away On."

Years ago, I had worked on a dozen intricate and laboriously executed large scale (for me - 36 by 24") colored pencil renderings of favorite buildings that incorporated public clocks in their facades. I polished in many layers of waxy colored pencil to make a kind of shimmering flat color. Sometimes I worked for 3 hours on a square inch with four different pencils to get just exactly the color I wanted. Most of them were lost in a fire. So when we get together again in two weeks, I am going to take Robert's suggestion and reprise those images but in paint this time.

If you are interested in joining us, we have one or two spaces open in our group at $10 a person for the studio time
and I am certain that if more people were interested, Diane could add more blocks of time. It is just wonderful to work with other artists from time to time - a treat we all miss after we leave college and have no more group studio work. You miss the exchange of ideas, the critique help, and the joy of seeing the difference in process and outcome from a different artistic point of view.

You can google Main Street Art for more information. It is located (of course) on Main Street in Maple Shade, New Jersey. It also gives you a first notice of upcoming shows for your work!

We (the members of this first group) have also joined as Members of Main Street Art.

Happy Trails (whether in your mind or in the woods)
Jo Ann

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Burlington County Events Just in time for the Halloween season

Just in time for the Halloween season, hear stories of local lore, legend, mystery and intrigue. Location: Smithville Mansion, Billiard Room (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton) for more information contact Marisa Bozarth at 609-265-5828

October 26 – “Tea and Tour of Smithville Mansion” – 12:00pmTea includes a tour of the mansion. Fee: $20 per person. For more information or to register contact Jo at 856-767-3159 or email info@smithvillemansion.org

October 26 – “Burlington County Mysteries” – 6:30pmJust in time for the Halloween season, hear stories of local lore, legend, mystery and intrigue. Location: Smithville Mansion, Billiard Room (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton) for more information contact Marisa Bozarth at 609-265-5828

October 27 – “Flashlight Tour of White Hill Mansion” – 7:00-10:00pmTour White Hill Mansion by flashlight while learning about the homes history and past owners. Tours last approximately 1 hour and run every 20 minutes. Fee: $15 per person. Location: White Hill Mansion (217 4th Street, Fieldsboro)

October 28 – “Jazz Notes” – 12:00pmCalling all Jazz Enthusiasts! Join Alonzo Jennings as he travels through time listening and discussing Jazz Legends of the past and present. Location: Smithville Mansion Annex Gallery (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton)

October 29 – “Open House” – 1:00-3:00pmVisit White Hill Mansion to hear stories of the homes past owners and history of the home. You may even hear a ghost story or two.  Fee: $10 donation requested.Location: White Hill Mansion (217 4th Street, Fieldsboro)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Burlington County Historical Society Book Talk and Signing "The History of a Great American River"

The History of a Great American River - the Delaware River
Cost $5 per person - Corson Poley Center at Burlington County Historical Society Entrance on 457 High St. and 454 Lawrence St. Burlington , NJ 08016 rsvp call 609-336-4773 or e-mail
burlcohistsocprograms at verizon.net

Having been born and raised near the Delaware River, in Philadelphia, I spent my childhood close to the river, going to Sunday School at Gloria Dei Church right on the river.  Every summer my family  took the Wilson line to Riverview Beach.  As an adult, I lived within a few miles of the river and taught in Gloucester City schools, so I saw the river every day.  I went to Proprietor's Park on my breaks to watch the river and relax, and still go there to see the spectacular sunsets over the marina. 

You could say the Delaware River and I have been neighbors.  I will probably go to this lecure as I have enjoyed the ones presented in the past very much. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From Marisa Bozarth - Events in Burlington County 10/11-10/15 and MORE

This week in Burlington CountyHistory events October 10 - October 15, 2017

October 11 – “Out Of My Great Sorrows” – 7:00pm - Out of My Great Sorrows tells the story of how the Armenian Genocide affected subsequent generations of survivors’ families. Susan Arpajian Jolley, who co-authored the book with her brother Allan Arpajian, shares the experience of their aunt, Mary Zakarian.  Though a formidable artist, the experiences of Mary’s parents, survivorsof the Armenian Genocide, greatly shaped her life.  Join us as Susan relates the lifeand experiences of a very talented, but often troubled woman. Location: Peachfield (180 Burrs Road, Westampton)

October 12 – “Hugh Campbell: American Artist” – 6:30pm – View a 30-minute documentary on the life of Hugh Campbell. See rarely before seen works of this enigmatic artist. Discover how Hugh view the 20th century world, taken from interviews and the artist’s own journals.Location: Historic Burlington County Prison Museum Courtyard (2 Grant Street, Mount Holly)

October 14 – “Feeding a Village” – 1:00pm – Join Eric Orange for a walk down the food chain. With stops at the general store, farm complex and worker’s house, you will discover how the people of Smithville fed themselves. Tours begin at the Visitor Center, Historic Smithville Park (803 Smithville Road, Eastampton)

October 15 – “Open House at White Hill Mansion” – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Over the years plenty of people have lived their lives at the White Hill Mansion. Some of them may still be here.  Learn about the people who lived and died in the house.  Location: White Hill Mansion (217 4th Street, Fieldsboro)


October 22 The Red Bank Battlefield - Field Day
I can't say what they will have happening there but in the past they have had Hessians and a re-enactment of the pivotal Revolutionary War Battle, plus house tours, sutlers, and demonstrations of Colonial era arts and crafts such as candle making.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Upcoming Events from "Out and About"

Looking for fun things to do this month?  If you can, grab a copy of Out and About where many more things are listed than I have below, but here is a start!  Listing by town.


Barrington Town-wide Yard Sale Sat. Oct 21.

Collingswood 1.  Architectural Walking Tour, Sunday Oct. 15
2.  SHADES of Poe at the Collings-Knight House, 500 W. Collings Ave. (Edgar Allen Poes Spookiest works) from Thursday Oct. 19 through Halloween A story in each room.  Sun. 22, Thur. Oct 26, Tue. 31st.   Requires standing, walking, climbing stairs, minimum age 13, $15 www.shadesofpoe.com
3.  Last Classsic Car Cruise night in Collingswood Oct. 19 Thurs. from 6-9 pm.with live music 856-858-9275 (call to see if canceled for rain)

Haddon Heights 1.  Colonial Encampment Sat. Oct 14
2.  St. Mary's Church PUMPKIN PATCH on the front lawn, pumpkins starting a low as 75 cents opens Sun. Oct 15 through Tues Oct 31   856-547-3240

Haddon Twp. Music Fest on the Avenue Sunday Oct 22

Haddonfield 1.  Haunted Haddofield Tours 7 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 20-21, 27-28 with Bill Meehan, author of "Haunted Haddonfield" Ticket $10 Call Historical society 856-429-7375
2.  Haddonfield Fall Festival Craft Fair Sat. ct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Happy Trails!
Jo Ann  (wrightj45@yahoo.com)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Collingswood Book Fair TODAY!

It was too HOT for me but it is always inspiring to go to the Collingwood Book Fair and meet all the authors and see all the new books and share with their journey from inspiration to creation and publication.  It is wonderful to realize so many people write and read.  

Books have been my best friends all my life and have made me what I am.   They continue to enrich my life and change my mind every day.

The two books I am currently reading are:  Effortless Mastery (this one is about music but the ideas really pertain to any art) and A Brief History of Diaries (since I have been keeping diaries since I was in my 20's and currently enjoy Artists' Journals!

If you didn't get there this year, mar
k your calendar for next year!  It is worth it.
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Happy Trails!  Jo Ann

  wrightj45@yahoo.com

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bella Vida Cafe' for lunch or brunch

Today, my cousin Patty, who lives in the Villas, our mutual friend Gail, and I had lunch/brunch at Bella Vida Cafe, 406 North Broadway, West Cape May.

They are open all year, every day and offer VEGAN< VEGETARIAN< GLUTEN FREE and a mind boggling menu of tasty options.

Patty and I had pumpkin pancakes topped with brown sugar and cinnamon, Gaill had vegetarian spring rolls - delicious!!

We take the drive down to visit my cousin each season but we like the drive - very scenic - and we love Bella Vida!  It is a good time to head to Cape May, it is cool, and lovely, and not crowded.  No traffic today, Friday.

You can find their menu at www.bellavidacafe.com

Looking for a nice day trip, head south to the Villas or Cape May, take a walk and enjoy a delicious lunch at Bella Vida Cafe' - there are a several good walking places nearby such as Cox's Creek Park, not to mention the short but pleasant boardwalk.

Happy Trails!
Jo Ann

Maurice River Events and More

Citizens United for the Maurice River:
FIVE FUN UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

1. Fall Colors on the River -  Paddle, Potluck & Campfire
2. CU Social - Jennifer Bulava's Secret World of Plants & Pollinators
3. New York City Highline - with Elayne Sama and Doreen Homan
4. CUMR Sponsors Pat Witt Exhibit- at the River Renaissance Center for the Arts
5. Autumn Sunset Cruise on the Maurice - with Capt. Dave, Jane, quiche, and wine

For any further information, please contact the CU Maurice River office by emailing CitizensUnited@CUMauriceRiver.org 
or calling us at (856) 300-5331.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Merchantville - The Station Cafe' and Music on Main Street in Maple Shade

Today, Sunday, (either Sept. 31 or Oct. 1st) 2017, I was out driving around before walking my dog, Trixie and I decided to take a detour through Merchantville, NJ.  I went to high school thee in the 1960's, graduating class of 1963 and I love that town.  

While there, I stopped to photograph a few buildings, Aunt Charlotte's Candy shop, and the Merchantville Train Station.  The train station has been converted into the most charming coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating, and upstairs gallery and a bunch of other cool offerings including classes in Art, Music and Yoga, and concerts and poetry readings.  I bought a delicious coffee cake bar, a cup of coffee and went on about my day.  

The Merchantville Station:  10 East Chestnut Avenue, Merchantville, NJ Mon.-Fri. 7:30a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday 9 to 5   856-488-0973  www.merchantvillestation.com
Among their many offerings, they do catering, and they sell coffee by the bag, and baked goods!
Yo can also enjoy a breakfast, brunch or lunch there with things such as crepes and chili - Check it Out!
They are also on Facebook and for art or music lessons check eilandarts.center

As is so often the case, this small world provided yet another connection.  Diane Paul, of Main Street Art in Maple Shade, NJ has work on display at the Merchantville Station so I called her on the phone and she told me about an upcoming music even on Main Street in Maple Shade:

October 15 from 2pm to 6 pm. JAM on Main Street!  Sounds like a lot of fun.  Also, there are still openings in the fall line-up of classes at Main Street Art so if you are looking fora way to get the creative juices flowing, call Main Street Art and sign up for a class!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Burlington County Events

October 1 “Life of Margaret Hill Morris” – 2:00pm - Margaret Hill Morris was a
widow, mother, and doctor whose first-hand account of the Revolutionary War in
and around Burlington City, gives one of the most detailed and comprehensive
accounts of the time. Was she involved with an elaborate spy ring during the war?
Hear her story in her own words, through letters and her diary. Marisa Bozarth of
the Burlington County Parks Department will be the presenter for this program.
Cost is $10 per person. Presentation will take place at Peachfield (180 Burrs Road,
Westampton). To register visit www.colonialdamesnj.org

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Westvielle: The Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ

138 Andaloro Way 856-812-1121 free (We missed the opening it was 9/1)  I'll add the new hours when I research on the web.

Vietnam Documentary Review and Personal Experience

Back in 1969, I was married to my high school sweetheart who had been drafted and to our great relief, sent to Germany.  I went with him.  My brother, on the other hand, had joined the marines and was stationed on the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam.  My brother was only 19 at the time and I had night terrors and was also gripped by day terrors that he was injured somewhere in a rice paddy or captured and held in some bamboo cage.  It would just seize me out of nowhere, this terrible anxiety.

My brother survived and came home, and I came home too, and we both went on to have a child each, failed marriages, but happy and productive lives.  My brother lives in West Virginia now and we are both fairly old.  He is one year younger than I am.

Yesterday, while taking my ukulele lesson at Collingswood Music, I mentioned the documentary by Ken Burns that has been playing for the past couple of weeks on channel 12.  He saw parts of it.  I told him that one song I heard, continually over the years had brought back a single very short and entirely inconsequential memory, like a little color movie.

My ex-husband was a lieutenant and officers had the option to live off the army post (Wharton Barracks) in civilian apartments, which we did.  Periodically, I would walk the 3 miles to the post from our town, Heilbronn, to go shopping or take my German language lessons.  Once when I was walking through the army post gates, a young soldier in the barracks caught sight of me out his window and called to his buddies to come and see the "Fraulein" which they assumed me to be.  They all came running to the windows and were shouting out to me "Hey gutted tag fraulein" and so on.  Behind them, in the barracks, the song Season of the Witch was playing really loud.  

Needless to say, being young myself, and relatively shy, I was embarrassed to be a spectacle, but tried to hurry on my way in as dignified a manner as I could.  

Nonetheless, all these decades later, that one little moment, like a butterfly caught in amber, is encapsulated in my memory, wrapped in that song.  Here are the lyrics: 





"Season Of The Witch"

When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That it's strange
So strange

You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
Mmmm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

When I look over my shoulder
What do you think I see?
Some other cat lookin' over 
His shoulder at me
And he's strange
Sure is strange

You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch, yeah
Beatniks are out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

You got to pick up every stitch
Two rabbits runnin' in the ditch
Beatniks out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
When I go

When I look out my window
What do you think I see?
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
It's strange
Sure is strange

You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
Two rabbits runnin' in the ditch
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
When I go
When I go

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Upcoming Events of Pennsauken Historical Soc. & Griffith Morgan Comm. Fall 2017

Upcoming Events of
Pennsauken Historical Soc. & Griffith Morgan Comm. Fall 2017 ===========================
First Sundays Open Houses at Burrough-Dover House and Griffith Morgan House Sundays, September 3, October 1, November 7
1pm—4pm—Free Admission and Tours
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Annual Meeting and Special Presentation Thursday, September 21, 7pm
Pennsauken Free Public Library
Mary Groce tells the story of her uncle
» Emory Conrad Malick «
African American Pioneer Aviator -------------

Fall Festival at Burrough-Dover House Saturday, September 23, 12pm—4pm
Living History Demonstrations, Free Tours, Kids’ Activities ------------

Halloween for the Kids at Griffith Morgan House Saturday, October 21, 11am—3pm _______________________________

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Upcoming Events Camden County and Burlington County

September
Burlington County - Tour events same day, this Saturday, one is the Inskeep Farm House tour in the morning, then in the afternoon - Discover the Lower Village at Smithville Village" is a 1-mile hike starting at 1 p.m. with a Smithville historian. 

Discover a part of Smithville Village that has been a hidden secret to most people. Tours begin at the Smithville Park Visitor Center. For more information, call 609-265-5828.  (I will be on this one with Barb Solem)
Info on google, try historic tours of Burlington County

Camden County Fair Sept. 23 and 24, County Fairgrounds, 508 Lakeland Rd., Blackwood, NJ.  Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 to 5.
Music and dance, hay rides, beer and wine garden, food trucks, rides and games, 4-H youth products, free parking and admission

The South Jersey Museum of American History has relocated to 138 Andalora Way in Deptford and is now open to the public.  Exhibits include Pre-Columbian pottery, unique tools and farm equipment, glass and ceramics, fossils.  Hours Thurs. Fri., Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Gloucester City Library has two free passes to offer.

October
Brooklawn Fall Festival Oct. 21 noon to dusk
Brooklawn Waterfront at Timber Blvd.  (rain date Oct 22)
music all day, food trucks, Vallari Vineyards, Eight and Sand Beer Co., and arts and crafts vendor village, kids' zone.
Info on Borough's Facebook page

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Charlie Brown's in Woodbury

I hate salad bars, but I have to say the salad bar at Charlie Browns in Woodbury is wonderful, crisp, clean, about 20 choices and all of them delicious.  I have been there three times recently with two different friends and we were all delighted including the friend who is a vegan.  
By the way, the building is over 300 years old!  It was a stage coach stop, Wilkin's Inn, a hotel, and it has been Brown's for 40 years.  You can visit the Gloucester Historical Society Library and Museum, if they are open, and if not, take yourself down to Red Bank Battlefield and enjoy a walk along the Delaware River.

Happy Trails!
Jo Ann

Picturing Camden Exhibition at Stedman Gallery

What a fabulous art exhibit!  It was exciting and inspiring.  There were marvelous representational paintings, very modern indsstrial views that were also splendid, and many gorgeous and evocative photographs.  The video was astonishing.  We were wondering how they managed to make that rolling over the rooftops and back to the ground effect.
I felt the exhibit really captured the soul of the City.
It also felt so strange to me to be back after all these years - about 25.  I graduated from Rutgers in 1981 and have only visited once or twice since then.  This time, I drove, with my companion another alum of Rutgers Fine Arts, down Broadway all the way to Gloucester City.  We were amazed at the changes all along Broadway, all the new buildings.  But still saddened by the decay and the losses such as the gorgeous old library on Broadway that I knew when it was in prime condition.  The carcass is across from Sacred Heart, still a beautiful cathedral.
You really should try to get to see this exhibit if you can, and if you care at all about Camden, past, present or future.
Happy Trails!
Jo Ann

Art about Camden at the Stedman Gallery and MORE

Picturing Camden is an Art Exhibition being held at the Stedman Gallery from Sept 11 through Dec. 8 Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Opening Reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 5.
I am going there today with an old college pal who was in the Art Program at Rutgers with me back in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Another interesting event in conjunction with this is the SKETCH/PHOTO WALKING Tour of Historic Cooper Street Sunday, Oct. 1 from 9:45 to noon, beginning at the Stedman Gallery and Rain date Sunday, Oct.8.  You need to reserve your spot by calling Miranda Powell at 856-225-6202.

Another event of interest to me as a postcard collector and artist is the PostSecret lecture with Frank Warren, Wednesday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. at the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutger's Campus.

The Stedman Gallery is also on the Rutger's Campus and for your gps, I will post this blog and go to google then return and add it!

Happy Trails
Jo Ann

Location
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts
Stedman Gallery
314 Linden Street
Camden, NJ 08102


Sunday, September 10, 2017

From the Sunday Courier - Theater events, art, and more......

If you don't get the Sunday Courier, you may have missed this:  10 Fall South Jersey Arts Events 

THEATER
1.Broadway Theater Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman "Return of the Phantom" just in time for Halloween $28 - Oct .27 856-384-8381or www.broadwaytheater.org

2.Eagle Theater, 208 Vine St, Hammonton, "The Fantastics" Nov.10-Dec.10 609-704-5012 www.eagletheater.org

3.Haddonfield Plays and Players, 957 E.Atlantic Ave. "Kiss me Kate" 856-429-8139 www.haddonfieldplayers.com


4.Ritz Theater, "Pippin" 915 White Horse Pke, Oaklyn www.ritztheaterco.org

5.South Camden Theater Co. "Ripcord" $20 www.southcamdentheater.org 400 Jasper St., Camden

MUSIC
6.Mainstage Center for the Arts, 27 S. Blackhorse Pike, Blackwood 856-93602467 www.mainsage.org Pumpkin Festival 17 S. Blackhorse Pike, Blackwood

7.Symphony in C musicians will perform at Macy's in PHila. 856-240-1403 www.symphonyinc.org

8.Perkins Centr for the Arts, DeCafe concert series 395 Kings Hwy., Moorestown 
856-235-6488

ART
9. Stedman Gallery, Rutgers Univ. "Picturing Camden" Sept 11-Dec.8, Third and Pearl Sts., Camden, 856-225-6306

10.Center for Arts in Southern New Jersey, Abstract Art Sept. 4-25 123 Elmwood Rd, Marlton wwwcfsasnj.com 856-985-1009

ARCHITECTURE;  Lighthouses - East Point Lighthouse has been restored.  The ribbon cutting was today (sadly we missed this) but you can call to find out how to visit or to volunteer 856-785-0349
originally the Maurice River Lighthouse was lit in 1859 and is maintained by the Maurice River Twp. Historical Society open 1-4 on first and third weekends of the month. www.eastpointlight.com

Saturday, September 9, 2017

It's the season of festivals - Here are three Today, Sept. 9th!

Maple Shade hosts a Main Street festival today, which I will be attending.  I think it is a store-sidewalk sale.

All my info today is word of mouth and I have no details - sorry - just letting you know what people told me they were attending

Millville - VegStock - A vegan and vegetarian festival three of my friends are attending.  Two are tabling for the Vegetarian Society and one is keeping them company.  They are having lunch at Wildflowers in the Glastown Arts section.

Medford is hosting an Arab Culture Festival.  I don't know anything about it other than a friend of mine is going. So if it is of interest to you maybe you can find more information on it by looking online.

At the end of this month Greenwich hosts a Harvest Fest with Arts and Crafts that I have attended any times.  There is music and food and it is a really wonderful day!  I think it happens around the 25th.

Happy Trails!
JO Ann

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ArtJourling Part Two

Today, I visited our local Thrift Store - HOPE Thrift, which is in the Brooklawn Shopping Cener where Kmart used to be (around the corner).  

As I mentioned previously, I like make my own small Art Journals, about the size of a hard-back book but not the thickness of one.  I cover cardboard with decorative paper (usually scrapbook page paper) and accordion fold the paper for inside (usually sketch pad paper - very large, cut down to the right height).  

BOX OF BOOKS I also think it is fun to keep the books in an unusual container.  My favorites have been cigar boxes, but today I found a nice old Oreo Cookie tin for 50 cents, and a small picnic basket for a dollar.  My most recent fun idea for a box for Art Journals was a lunch box.  I had a great old DALE EVANS box that I bought from e-bay for about $5.00 a few years back and I thought I would check out HOPE Thrift to see if they had any but they didn't.  I'll bet various antique stores would though, like the Red Mill in Mullica Hill, or Antique Emporium in Burlington, my next stops on the hunt!

An Art Journal I finished this summer was a memoir and a goodbye book to commemorate the closing of my old school, Mary Ethel Costello School in Gloucester City.  The two I am working on now are FIVE GRATITUDES, and Autumn Walking Journal.  Upcoming ideas - old theaters, and I would like to do one for Pakim Pond and one for Knight's Park.  Also, I have been collecting and storing in a folder, old photos of my daughter and myself and would like to do one on that subject.  Also, I started a very nice one on my house.

Happy Trails whether outdoors or in your mind!
Jo Ann
ps.  Forgot to mention, the cigar box was $2.00 from a tobacco store in a small strip mall across the street from McDonald's in Mount Ephraim on the Black Horse Pike.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

rt Journaling

One of my favorite hobbies is Art Journaling.  I have been keeping journals for 50 years and have over a hundred of them.  Some of them are store bought books, some are home-made  Most recently, I have been making small ArtJournals that combine scrapbooking and diary keeping.  It occurred to me this morning it might be helpful to post tips and strategies for that practice here on my blog.

At the end of this month, I will be teaching Art Journaling at Main Street Art in Maple Shade, but you can do it on your own.  Sometimes easy things are difficult if you have never done them but if you want to give it a try, it might be easier to buy your first journal.  I like spiral bound art sketch books which I buy at A.C.Moore in Deptford, usually for $5 each on sale.  The Sunday Courier Post as coupons for A. C. Moore.

Themes:  There are as many themes as there are people, but to start, if you like a prompt, I would go with Five Gratitudes.  Recently I watched a documentary on amazon prime tv about happiness.  For the past few years, psychologists and brain researchers have been studying healthy minds, not only unstable ones.  Two things you can do to actually improve the health of your brain (scientifically proven via scanning)  are to get exercise and practice meditating on the five things you have to be grateful for.  Needless to say, meditation itself is healthful for your brain, too. 
Other themes can be a memory, holidays, family, travels, events (for example, I did a page in one of mine on the solar eclipse!) and even an autobiography.  Family history is a good one.

Resources:  One of my most frequently used resources is photographs.  I have dozens of albums of photographs and have been taking pictures since I was a twelve year old and got my first box brownie.  I take pictures of EVERYTHING!  A favorite subject is the park where I walk every day and that would be an excellent theme for an Art Journal - observations on what you see when you walk, the changing seasons, and photos of beautiful trees, scenes.
I print out my photos on my home printer, or I take photos to a copy center and get them color printed.  I recently did some at Staples and if you did it yourself (very easy) it was 49 cents a page.  Usually I go to Belia Copy Center in Woodbury, but they were closed the day I went.
You can also use maps, brochures, images from newspapers, magazines, catalogues and postcards.  For example, if you did an Artist's Journal on your hobby of gardening, you might want to use seed packets, catalogue pictures, and prints of your photos.  Also, I save ribbon, string, labels, and I buy stickers, stamps and ink.
For holidays, greeting cards are also useful.

I buy glue sticks at the dollar store, and I often use colored markers, colored pencils, and scrapbooking materials such as sheets of attractive page paper.  Walmart often has good buys on stickers - sometimes $1 a page.  You can buy attractive stick on trims too.

Four years ago, I took up scrapbooking to make a 30th birthday scrapbook for my daughter, and a 50th birthday scrapbook for my sister.  Then I made a 70th birthday scrapbook for myself.  It was fun and I have so many supplies left over that I use them in Art Journaling, which is definitely a cross over skill and practice.

Just now, I am working on a couple of Art Journals, one for Halloween.  My daughter loved Halloween so much when she was little.  And she had a wide context for her costumes, for example, she loved Jurassic Park so much, that I bought her a Velociraptor costume one year.  A page will feature the graphics from the movie, printed on my color printer off the internet, and photos of her in her Velociraptor costume.  Also, I have several items for Start Wars, which she loved, and went one year as Princess Leia.  I have a column cut from a magazine about the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, the movie, this year, 2017.  I think you get the idea.

The other Art Journal I am working on is Five Gratitudes, and a page on gratitude for my little bungalow home prompted me to do a book on the history of my time in this house.  I took pictures of the house from the first day I saw it for sale, and I have photos from all the seasons, and the holidays here.  The book I made has a simple house shape.

That reminds me of another theme - you could do one on foods your family favors, recipe's from your mother or father, and special holiday foods and the memories they bring back.  

I hope this gets you started and here is my e-mail if you want to contact me about this or keep in touch about your progress:
wrightj45@yahoo.com
Also, how could I forget - if you are a history buff, and if you are a volunteer at a historic site, what a great subject for your ArtJournal!
Happy Trails
Jo Ann



Monday, September 4, 2017

Two favorite Labor Day Songs

#1 -Brother Can you Spare a Dime, Yip Harburg

They used to tell me I was building a dream
And so I followed the mob
When there was earth to plow or guns to bear
I was always there right on the job
They used to tell me I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead
Why should I be standing in line
Just waiting for bread?
Once I built a railroad, I made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it's done
Brother, can you spare a dime?



#2 -Deportee
Woody Guthrie

The crops are all in
And the peaches are rotting
The oranges piled up
In their creosote dumps
You're flying 'em back
To the Mexican border
To spend all their money
To wade back again
Good bye to my Juan
Goodbye Rosalita
Adios mis amigos Jesus why Maria
You won't have a name
When you ride the big airplane
All they will call you
Will be "deportees"

Some of us are illegal
And others not wanted
Our work contract's up
And we have to move on
Six hundred miles to that Mexican border
They chase us like outlaws
Like rustlers, like thieves
Good bye to my Juan
Goodbye Rosalita
Adios mis amigos Jesus why Maria
You won't have a name
When you ride the big airplane
All they will call you
Will be "deportees"