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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Come out for History Programs at Bridgewater Library & Around the Community–Jump Back in Time for 1776 Day, Ancient Greece, Weekend Journey Into the Past (Detective Program) and More. Plus Parent-Teacher Programs on Motor Skills and on Autism this week.

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Programs for Children & Families @ the Bridgewater Library:

 Picture This: Art Exploration for Kids: Gods in Color – The Art of Ancient Greece (Grades 1-5) Wednesday, Oct. 8th From 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required and begins September 24. Travel back in time with us to Ancient Greece where you will meet the Gods from Mount Olympus and hear about a surprising discovery scientists made about the sculptures there, then create your own statue!


Parent - Teacher Workshop--Hands On: Promoting Fine Motor Skills in Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms  Monday, October 06, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Registration Required.

Learn about the role that fine motor skills have on the academic success of young children and how to help your students who are displaying difficulties with fine motor skills. This program will provide an overview of fine motor skills development, current fine motor programs, and current research. Presented by Laurie Donovan and Alison Hales, NJ state licensed occupational therapists and members of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public. 1.5 professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.


Advocacy: Meeting the Needs of a Child with Autism Thursday, October 9 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Registration required. It has been said that "if you meet one person with autism, you have met one person with autism." Autism is a spectrum disorder, and as such, the needs of those with autism can vary greatly.

In this program, attendees will learn how to access services and supports often needed by those with autism across service delivery systems. Attorneys will describe how to access and advocate for specialized services in educational settings, family support services, adult services, health services, housing and other areas. We will focus on school-based supports, including ABA services, home programming, extended school year services, transition services and accessing effective and appropriate adult services.  Presented by Maria Fischer, esq., an attorney at Hinkle, Fingles, and Prior.

Friends of the Bridgewater Library presents mr. RAY – Kids Music That Rocks (Ages 2+) Saturday, October 11 From 11:00 am – 11:45 am.  Registration opens Friday, September 26  Join mr. RAY as he performs a mix of his own catchy, rock-influenced tunes and “warm n’ fuzzy” classic rock songs from the Beatles to Bob Marley.  With his colorful stickered guitar, his songs of friendship, dinosaurs, rainbows and messages of non-bullying will have everyone up and dancing.  Come experience this new style of KINDIE (Kid + Indie) music.  mr. Ray was Billboard’s 10th best-selling kids artist for 2013.


Rocket Readers (Grades 1-2) Tuesday, October 14  From 4:30 – 5:30. Registration required.  Diary of a Worm: Teacher’s Pet by Lori Haskins Houran  (Based on the books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss) Worm makes a surprising discovery -- teachers have birthdays! That means Worm and his friends have to find the perfect present for their teacher, Mrs. Mulch. We will discuss the book, play some games or create a story related craft.  Students should read the book prior to the program.  Copies of the books will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Pumpkin Fun (Ages 3+) Saturday, October 18  10:00 am Registration is required and begins October 3. Join the Bridgewater Garden Club for the annual pumpkin-decorating program! Create a fun, magnificently decorated pumpkin – you bring the pumpkin and we’ll supply the decorating materials! Please note: Be sure to wear a smock or old shirt as we will use paint. Please bring a box to carry home your pumpkin.

Play Group (Birth to 3 years) Monday, October 20.  No registration required. Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!


Storytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm. 
Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.   
Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Thursdays  9:30 a.m. No Registration Required for any of these.  Join us for stories, songs, movement and fun!  Please come to the program most age-appropriate for your child.

@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:


Tween Volunteers (Grades 4 - 6)
Monday, October 6 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Registration required. TWEENS: Make a difference by volunteering at the library! We need your help with special projects including creating bookmarks for young children, organizing and tidying up the Children’s Room, and much more!

Tween Craft: Haunted Gingerbread Houses (Grades 4 - 6)Wednesday, October 8  from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Registration required.
Gingerbread houses are not just for winter! Make a creepy creation as we put a haunted twist on this classic craft. We’ll provide the materials, you provide the creativity.

Tween Lock-In: HallowTWEEN Party (Grades 4 - 6) Friday, October 17  6-8pm. Registration required and begins September 26 Tweens, grades 4-6, wear your Halloween costumes and get locked in the library after hours! We'll have a Halloween movie, video games, crafts and snacks!  No admittance after 6:15 pm.

Want more info about upcoming programs?
Check out the  October calendar here.

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Somerset County's Weekend Journey Through The Past October 11-12th.  Leisurely visit twenty-six historic house museums/sites, countywide, in scenic Somerset County, New Jersey.   See the display and pick up more information in the Bridgewater Library Lobby!

Don’t miss Somerset County’s 9th annual Weekend Journey through the Past, an opportunity to step into and experience the past by visiting up to twenty -six (26) historic sites countywide open FREE to the public of all ages on Saturday, October 11 from 10:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, October 12 from Noon -4:00PM. This annual Autumn weekend features interpreted tours led by costumed docents; special collections & exhibitions; period military drills & encampments by living history re-enactors; NJ’s 350 Years of History highlighting WWII home front, Central NJ transportation history, and Revolutionary War; open hearth cooking; traditional blacksmithing; 19th century firefighting wagons & apparatus; antiques sales; historic bridge rehabilitation design & construction phases; Art exhibitions of fine local artists; participatory crafts activities for kids; live theatre and live period music performances; Actors/Actresses portraying historical figures, such as John Quincy and Abigail Adams; genealogical resources; silent movie at the historic Brook Theater by the Garden State Organ Society; participatory barn dance instruction; daily chores of 18th cen. life; military history; demonstrations; local history videos; interesting architecture; … and so much more.

Docents like these at the Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook immerse our younger generations in history so they develop a love and respect for things historic, hopefully growing up to be the next stewards of historic preservation for future generations.

Visitors may follow a scenic route, with driving directions prepared for each of three sections in the County—northern, central, and southern—or choose the sites that intrigue them most and drive from one to the next at a leisurely pace, stopping for a bite to eat along the way at any of the many fine eateries in Somerset County. The northern route includes eight stops in the Watchung Mountains, an area that was never heavily industrialized, and which still retains much of its Colonial agrarian character. Thirteen sites in the central section lie a short distance from the Old York Road, a prominent commercial course from New York to Philadelphia, predating the Revolutionary War. In the southern tier, five more sites are connected by some of Somerset's most scenic roads, paralleling both sides of the Millstone River and Delaware and Raritan Canal.

What In The World Is That?

For those who enjoy a challenge, an educational and fun detective investigation activity for kids and the entire family will test your powers of deduction to solve 26 mysteries. One unique item from the past will be featured, displayed and identified, along with its description, at each of the 26 participating historic sites during this year’s event. As a rookie detective enlisted to investigate, you are assigned to reveal the true identity and function of each mystery item.

Your Task, Research and Investigative Travels: In advance, download an “Official Investigative Task Booklet “ from the event website . Next to the name and town of each participating historic site you’ll find a small photo of a mystery item you are assigned to identify. After examining the photo carefully, write down in you booklet what you believe the item is. Once you do that for all pictured items, take your task booklet, along with a pencil, and go to as many participating historic sites as you can on Saturday, Oct. 11 and /or Sunday, Oct 12 searching the premises to locate the mystery item. Once you find it, read the posted information identifying and describing it to see if your powers of deduction were correct, and rate your final rank as a weekend detective.

For the “Tech. Savvy”.. you can also view each site’s mystery item from your smart phone prior to visiting each by accessing the mystery photos from the event's website:www.SCHistoryWeekend.com.

Though you won’t have a booklet to record your guesses, you and your family or friends will have fun challenging each other to guess each item’s identity in advance, before you walk through the door to discover it’s true identity, or confirm that you guessed it correctly when you arrive at each site. Enjoy your quest! We are all looking forward to your visit.

Please note: website updates may not yet be complete. All website pages are anticipated to be updated by /before end of the 1st week of September 2014.

Three new sites participating in this year’s event are 1.)The Somerville Fire Museum displaying, among other fascinating exhibits/artifacts, a 1880 Amoskaeg Steam Pumper; 2.) Duke Farms Coach Barn, the 1st major building constructed at Duke Farms with its distinctive clock tower which though nominally serving as a stable and carriage house, also housed a circular office for J.B. Duke, his estate manager, and an apartment for his chauffer; and 3.) the restored historic 1886 Nevius Street Bridge (above), oldest documented metal truss bridge in Somerset County adjacent to Raritan Water Power Canal Park and the Duke Estate. Bridge Engineers will be on hand to welcome your visit to discuss the design and construction of the restoration process, enhanced by display board visuals. This bridge is open to pedestrian traffic with benches located along the span.

The range of historical stewardship along the way is impressive. State of New Jersey historic sites and parks include the Wallace House, and Washington Rock Park, all with relevance to the Continental Army. Local municipalities supervise and interpret places like the Old Presbyterian Graveyard in Bound Brook, the Somerville Fire Museum or the Mt. Bethel Meeting House in Warren. Under the watchful eye and dedication of organizations like the Meadows Foundation, the Heritage Trail Association, the Old Millstone Forge Association and many others, historic properties interpret and commemorate early Dutch and American heritage. Local parishes and friend's groups tend to the Presbyterian Church of Bound Brook, Coddington Farmstead, the Abraham Staats House, and others. Destinations along the way range from one-room schoolhouses in Millstone, South Branch, and Griggstown to nationally renowned museums in elegant mansions like that at the USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in Far Hills. In between, the hills of Somerset will bloom with prime fall foliage.

2014 Participating Historic Sites / Locations

USGA Museum in Far Hills
  • Boudinot Southard Ross Property /Basking Ridge (N)
  • The Brook Theater /Brook Arts Center/ Bound Brook ( C )
  • Codington Farmstead / Warren (N)
  • Duke Farms Coach Barn / Hillsborough / (S)
  • Frelinghuysen (Gen.John) House/Raritan Public Library/Raritan(C)
  • Griggstown School House/ Franklin
  • Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead / Basking Ridge (N)
  • Kirch Ford Terrell House/Warren Township (N )
  • Millstone 1860 Schoolhouse / Millstone Boro.Hall / Millstone (S)
  • Mount Bethel Meeting House/Warren Township(N )
  • Nevius Street Bridge / Raritan/Hillsborough (C )
  • Old Millstone Forge Blacksmith Shop & Museum/Millstone (S)
  • Old Presbyterian Graveyard / Bound Brook ( C )
  • The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook (C )
  • Relief Hose Company No.2 Firehouse/Raritan ( C )
  • Somerville Fire Museum / Somerville ( C )
  • South Branch School House/Branchburg( C )
  • Abraham Staats House / South Bound Brook (C)
  • Andrew Ten Eyck House / Branchburg (C )
  • United States Golf Association/ Frothingham Mansion/ Far Hills (N)
  • Jacobus Vanderveer House / Bedminster (N)
  • Van Horne House / Bridgewater(C)
  • Van Veghten House/Bridgewater (C )
  • Wallace House/Somerville ( C )
  • Washington Rock State Park /Green Brook (N)
  • Wyckoff-Garretson House / Franklin/Somerset (S)

Somerset County's Weekend Journey Through The Past is an initiative of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in collaboration with dedicated representatives of local history organizations/commissions, as well as some local artists/arts organizations. Hours for the “Journey” are 10am - 5pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014; and 12 noon - 4pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Admission and parking at each site are free. For details about participating sites and contest entries, please click on the event website.

Some of the Arts enhancements have been made possible by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant, administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11

Dinosaurs After Dark

Secaucus, NJ

Explore the haunted trails of snake hill, dance at a dino party, make s'mores and sing around the campfire, but beware--There's a T-Rex on the loose!

Saturday, October 11

5th Sussex County Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival

Augusta, NJ

Shop Jersey produce at a farmers market and enjoy exhibits by the Sussex County Beekeepers Association and Garden State Garlic Growers while the kids play games.

Saturday, October 11 - Sunday, October 12

31st Annual Harvest Celebration

Chester, NJ

Enter a scarecrow contest, paint pumpkins and more. On Saturday from 12-3 pm, NBC's Produce Pete will be on hand to answer all your fruit and veggie questions! 



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