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CANCELLED! An Annual Tradition – Sinterklaas!
CANCELLED! Sun. Dec 2, 2018 1-4 pm 209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
Sinterklaas will be held on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-4 PM at the Hageman House and Barn. The celebration includes the Van Wickle dancers, in authentic Dutch costumes and wooden shoes performing folk dances from various regions of The Netherlands accompanied by music from those areas, and a description of where each costume originated.
In the house are delicious Dutch treats and drinks for sale, music, activities for the kids, and docents will be on hand to answer any questions you have as you walk around this historic home. Children prepare for the arrival of Sinterklaas by coloring pictures of him, making various crafts, and playing Dutch children’s games. Adults may take the opportunity to speak with Jan ten Broeke, our expert on 19th century farm implements and a native of the Netherlands, and examine the display of farming tools from the early days.
Guests join together in the barn to share in the singing of Christmas carols. It is really wonderful to hear their voices ringing through the rafters.
And of course everyone is delighted to see Sinterklaas himself arriving on his horse! The children hold arches of flowers over him as he proceeds to his red velvet throne in the barn. Then, he speaks to each of the children, to determine who has been good throughout 2018 and deserving of a small goodie bag.
Second Sundays: Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House Open Free to the Public
2nd Sunday, Apr-Sep 2019 1-4pm 215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
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.
For our first open house of the season in April, we will have authentic open hearth cooking in the museum house. In addition, talks and craft demonstrations will 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.