Seasonal Traditions At East Jersey Olde Towne Village

PISCATAWAY – Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission announced details of the Holiday Program on Sunday, Dec. 12, at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road in Piscataway.

The following events are part of the free program:


1 – 2 p.m. – Joyful Rest with Elinor Levy, Ph.D, Guest Curator. Levy will discuss Shabbat and  its traditions as she presents a multimedia tour of the exhibit, Joyful Rest.

2 – 3 p.m. – Receptions, Joyful Rest and Victorian Ornament Display. Tour the exhibits and enjoy refreshments.

2 – 3 p.m. – Children’s Craft. Children will assemble a sled-riding snowman ornament and a Santa Claus or reindeer character container. Appropriate for children ages 5 – 9, accompanied by an adult.

3 – 4 p.m. – Dickens-era Caroling Concert with Spiced Punch. The historical vocal quartet will present 19th century holiday songs accompanied by guitar, concertina, and whistles.

Joyful Rest
Shabbat in the Context of Daily Life
Open through Jan. 31, 2011

The exhibit displays family treasures and objects used in the home relating to the observance of the Jewish Sabbath and other artifacts of daily Jewish life. Among them a mezuzah – these are placed on the frame of a front door to a Jewish home and contain a prayer of blessing; men’s and women’s prayer shawls; challah (bread) coverings; Judaic papercuts; spice boxes in wood and silver, and more.

Victorian Ornament  Display
Dec. 12 – Jan. 31, 2011

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.

To register for these free programs, call 1-732-745-3030.

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