Public Programs Announced at Rutherfurd Hall
Rutherfurd Hall is a cultural center and a museum owned and managed by the Allamuchy Township Board of Education in Allamuchy at the entrance to Rt 80 (behind the Mountain Villa School). Rutherfurd Hall provides educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities. The Hall is self-sustaining by public funding, foundation and individual support, donations, volunteers, event based fundraising, partnerships, and through an active commitment to event rentals and other programs that earn revenue. If you have been to the site already, you know the following programs are designed for learning and enjoying the historic architecture, If you have not been to visit before, the following events are a great way to visit and see first-hand how historic architecture and learning go hand in hand. Here are some upcoming programs that the public is invited to attend:
On January 26, from 3–5 p.m. we will host Tea & Talk: The History of Route 80. Free. This lecture will be presented by Centenary College Professor of History Dr. Raymond Frey. If you are interested in learning more about the design and building of the highway that changed the Rutherfurd Estate and Warren County (and even the Nation) drastically between 1950 and 1970, you will find this lecture fascinating. This event is co-sponsored by the Allamuchy Historical Society and the Friends of Rutherfurd Hall. Join us following the lecture for tea and cake and touring of our exhibitions.
On February 9, from 3–5 p.m. we will host an Art Deco Valentine Workshop. The workshop costs $10 per person. Art Magic instructor Karen Klein explores the mechanical valentines of the 1920s. Bright colors, whimsical themes, and the enchanting techniques of mechanical valentines will be employed in this class. Using card stock, glue, paints, special papers and doilies, and tiny brads for animation, we will produce “vintage valentines” that will be out of this world! Your valentine will look store bought but will be handmade directly from your heart. Ages 6 and up; adults are encouraged. Advanced registration is required, but payment can be made the day of the workshop. Call 908-852-1894 ext. 334 to reserve your space now; limited to 25 participants.
On February 16, from 4:30–6:30 p.m. (Note time change please!) we have invited the famed Tony DeSare and Tom Santopietro back to the Hall for a special Valentine’s Weekend concert. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tony DeSare – singer, pianist, and songwriter who swings with a distinctive romantic, sensual sound – is joined by best-selling author Tom Santopietro telling stories commemorating Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin. This is a Sunday afternoon intimate setting concert that when combined with dinner out is a stellar mid-winter heart warmer. Tickets to our live piano concerts are also available at remote locations (Mamma’s Café, Hackettstown Trading Post, and Panther Valley Pharmacy during regular business hours) and at the Hall on Wednesday afternoons from 1-4pm or during our other cultural events.
February 23, 3–5 p.m., Tea & Talk: The Morris Canal – A 19th Century Wonder. Free. Jim Lee, a member of the Warren County Morris Canal Committee (a volunteer organization that is an adjunct to the Warren County Planning Department), grew up along the Morris Canal. As a result of his deep personal and family connections to the canal and his interest in all things historical, Jim enjoys interpreting Morris Canal sites for visitors. His talk will focus on the ways in which this transportation system affected Allamuchy and Hackettstown. The one-hour lecture and question-and-answer session will be followed by tea and cake and touring. This program is sponsored by the Allamuchy Township Historical Society.
Rutherfurd Hall is open to the public every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. for a suggested donation of $5 per person; children under 12 are always free. Group tours are available and require a minimum of 12 people; these tours are arranged by reservation and cost $15 per person for an hour plus tour and behind-the-scene peak at some items from the collection not on display. This program is perfect for civic groups, ladies and gents who lunch, and breakfast clubs. Book clubs are encouraged to plan ahead and incorporate our lectures into their winter reading! Visit soon!
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