Seasonal Traditions At East Jersey Olde Towne Village

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission announces the Holiday Program on Sunday, Dec. 13, at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.

These free programs are funded in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Victorian Ornament Display
East Jersey Olde Towne Village presents a Victorian Ornament Display through February 1, 2010.  This brilliant exhibit of antique holiday ornaments dating from the 1840s to the 1940s includes Victorian glass and paper tree ornaments, German Kugels, early light sets from 1910 to 1930, and various lithographs and prints.  It is open to the public during regular Village hours.

Holiday Program
The Village presents a Holiday Program, Sunday, December 13, 2009 from 1 to 4 pm. The program includes holiday tales, the holiday exhibit, children’s craft, and a caroling concert. Pre-registration is required.

The Holiday Program will begin at 1 pm, with Robert Mouland presenting Drive The Cold Winter Away. In character as Irish harper Michael Keane who came to America in 1754, Mr. Mouland will perform songs and tales featuring instruments such as the Irish harp, Baroque flute and violin, harpsichord and more.

From 2 to 3 pm enjoy the Opening Reception and tour the Victorian Ornament Display, refreshments will be offered. At the same time a Children’s Craft will be available. Appropriate for children ages 5 – 9, accompanied by an adult. Children will assemble a foam Gingerbread mobile using peppermints, lollipops and more.

Gingerbread is believed to have originated in Egypt and with the Greeks. Baked year round, the flat bread was sold at medieval fairs and the shapes often represented the “news of the day,” such as newly crowned royalty.  A foam Christmas snow globe will also be decorated with a scene of Santa, a tree with ornaments and gifts under the tree.

Starting at 3 pm, a Dickens-era Caroling Concert with Spiced Punch in which the historical vocal quartet will present holiday songs using guitar, concertina, and whistles.

To register for these free programs, call 1-732-745-3030.  Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. The Village is an accessible site, and an assistive listening system will be in use during the programs. An American Sign Language interpreter can be provided without charge with a two-week advance request. Wheelchairs are also available upon request for visitors who may need assistance from the parking lot to the programs.


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