Upcoming Events at the Meadows

PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE OFTEN FOR UPDATES.  Because these are historic homes, events may have to be moved, postponed or cancelled for various reasons.  Any such occurrences will be posted on this page, as well as our calendar.


Second Sundays:  Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

Open Free to the Public

2nd Sunday, Apr-Sep 2019    1-4pm    215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

The Meadows Foundation announces the opening of the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House and Carriage Barn, every second Sunday of the month starting in April and going through September.  There will be docents on hand to conduct tours and answer questions about colonial life.  The recently renovated carriage barn features a used book and gift shop.  The historic home is filled with artifacts and period furniture, clothing and other items.WG cradle

In addition, talks and craft demonstrations will periodically be conducted in the conference room, and videos about life in colonial times will be shown in the media room.  The buildings will be open from 1pm-4pm, April through October.  This is a FREE EVENT, so bring family and friends and enjoy an interesting afternoon with us!  Check our calendar for exact dates.


 

Franklin Day Festival!

Sat. Sept 28, 2019   Noon-5pm    Colonial Park, Lot C, Somerset, NJ

Come visit us at our booth – we will have some interesting things to show you!


Weekend Journey Through the Past

Sat.  Oct 12, 2019    10am-5pm    209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Sun.  Oct 13, 2019    12pm-4pm    209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with thirty local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated this weekend “Weekend Journey Through the Past”. Exhibits will feature a stroll down memory lane in scrapbooks and historic structure reports about the houses, fun and games in colonial times, access to the house and barns and our antique farm implements exhibit. Docents will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and light refreshments will be served. ADMISSION IS FREE


Special Event:  Paranormal Night at the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

Sat. November 2, 2019    6:30-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT!!!! – New date added: 3/28/20
215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ

 

WG Wagon Barn exterior
Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805
Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

 

The historic Wyckoff-Garretson house, circa 1730, is being opened to the public for a ghost hunt!  Come join professional ghost hunters from New Jersey Paranormal, hear about the house’s past, and share in the hunt!  Learn about and use professional equipment, and feel free to bring your own.  Event date is Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 6:30 to 9:30. 

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! 

A new date has been added: March 28, 2020 – scroll down for info

$35.00 per person, 18 and over only.  Includes history/tour, Ghost Hunting 101, an investigation in which you get to use professional equipment and refreshments.  For more information or the registration form (required with payment),  click on the pdf flyer below,  or email Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.  100% of all donations go toward the restoration and preservation of our historic homes.  The Meadows Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization.


An Annual Tradition – Sinterklaas!

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December 1, 2019  1-4pm

Please bring the kids and join us for this favorite Dutch celebration!

There will be plenty to do and see for all ages during our annual Sinterklaas celebration.  Watch, or even join in, as the wooden shoe dancers delight you, and a wonderful chorus entertains you with seasonal selections under the high rafters of the historic restored barn.  There will be crafts and toys for the kids, ornaments for them to decorate and hang on the tree, games for all to play, and Dutch baked goods and seasonal beverages for sale.  And of course, the day would not be complete without Sinterklaas himself arriving on horseback!  He will spend time with each child, checking his book to see if they have been good or bad.  Activities will take place in both the gorgeous house and amazing barn.

        We hope to see you at the historic Hageman Farm located at 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ.  Please check our website for updates in regards to weather, and for other upcoming events.  In the meantime, be good – Sinterklaas is watching!

 
 

Special Presentation:

Antique Show and Appraisal

Sat. July 20, 2019    1-4 pm 

Senior Center Community Room, 505 DeMott Lane, Franklin Township, NJ

Vintage Antique pocket watch. Vintage grunge still life.

    What is your grandfather’s pocketwatch worth?  Or your original Swatch watch?  How about the old coins, the old sugar bowl, or some other treasured family heirloom?  The painting you bought for $5 at a yard sale that you love and everyone else hates?  Comic books, baseball cards, lamps, statuettes, stamps, chairs, quilts, jewelry, model trains, Coca-Cola/Pepsi, dolls, advertising, glassware, military memorabilia, autographs, etc.

    Michael Ivankovich will be appearing at a benefit for the Meadows Foundation.  Each attendee may bring ONE item.  Michael will look over the items, and choose some for discussion and appraisal during his presentation.  Afterwards, any items not discussed during the presentation will be appraised by Michael on a one-on-one basis.

    This program will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 2-4pm in the Community Room of the Senior Center located at 505 DeMott Lane, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $15 per person in advance via Eventbrite. DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM so that we may sign in your item for appraisal.  ALL ITEMS MUST BE SIGNED IN BY 1:45 PM so that Michael may assess the items for his presentation.

    The Meadows Foundation stewards several historic houses in Franklin Township, pursuing their preservation for the enjoyment of this and future generations.  For over 40 years the organization has benefited from the efforts of many fine people, bringing educational, recreational and interesting programming to the public.  The Meadows Foundation is a 100% volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization.  All proceeds go directly towards programming and maintenance expenses.  We are currently seeking volunteers and candidates for our Board of Directors.

    Attendees are solely responsible for the items they bring.  The Meadows Foundation, Michael Ivankovich and Franklin Township assume no responsibility.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com. 

To purchase tickets, click this link to Eventbrite:  Antique Show and Appraisal

You may print the pdf flyer here:  AntiqueShow 01-18-20


Special Presentation:  Seance with Jane Doherty

Sunday,  February 23, 2020,  2:30-5:30pm 

215 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ

  The Meadows Foundation is pleased to present an afternoon with noted psychic Jane Doherty. She will address the spirits connected with each attendee, including loved ones who have passed on. Jane acts as a contact point to aid in communication between the earthly and spirit worlds. Beginning at 2:30pm, this 3-hr event will take place at the Wyckoff-Garretson house, a historic home stewarded by The Meadows Foundation. Listed on the state and national registries of historic places, the museum house dates to 1709, and has an established history of spiritual activity.

This event is LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. The cost is $60 per person, and light refreshments will be served. To purchase tickets, go to Eventbrite.com, or use this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seance-with-jane-doherty-and-the-meadows-foundation-tickets-74525986231

PDF Flyer: Seance 2-23-20
 
 

 

Special Event:  Paranormal Night at the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

Sat. March 28, 2020    7:30-10:30 pm 
215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ

 

WG Wagon Barn exterior
Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805
Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

 

The historic Wyckoff-Garretson house, circa 1730, is being opened to the public for a ghost hunt!  Come join professional ghost hunters from New Jersey Paranormal, hear about the house’s past, and share in the hunt!  Learn about and use professional equipment, and feel free to bring your own.  Event date is Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 6:30 to 9:30. 

$35.00 per person, 18 and over only.  Includes history/tour, Ghost Hunting 101, an investigation in which you get to use professional equipment and refreshments. To buy tickets, go to Eventbrite.com and search for the event, or click this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paranormal-night-with-new-jersey-paranormal-and-the-meadows-foundation-tickets-74528728433

For more information click on the pdf flyer below,  or email Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.  100% of all donations go toward the restoration and preservation of our historic homes.  The Meadows Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

 
 

Fireside Chat:  Titanic Survivor

 Sat. April 25, 2020   2pm   209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset

April 15, 1912.

Iceberg, straight ahead!

More than 1,500 dead.

But you can meet one of the survivors.

 

     Join us for a riveting afternoon with a survivor of the RMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.  Hear her heartbreaking story, and what it was like to survive one of the worst maritime civilian disasters in recorded history. 

     From the glorious accommodations and excitement of launching a spectacular ocean liner, to the desperate decisions made during the sinking and the outraged public of the aftermath, you have a rare opportunity to hear first-hand what the infamous catastrophe was like for those who lived it.

          Alisa Dupuy originated “The Ladies of History”, with historical presentations and first person portrayals in 2006 out of her love of the important women in world history. Wearing the clothing of different historical periods, she brings history to life in a lively and fun way. As she says: “History doesn’t have to be boring!”  The main goal of The Ladies of History is to make history fun, exciting and memorable for the guests who attend her shows.

    This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 2pm at the Hageman Farm, 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ.

The fee for attending is $12 and includes light refreshments.  Tickets may be purchased in advance on Eventbrite.com: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-a-titanic-survivor-tickets-74529857811

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.

PDF Flyer: Titanic Survivor 4-25-20