UNION – In anticipation of Opening Day and the resumption of public tours on April 1, Liberty Hall Museum has announced it will offer a full slate of seasonal and special events throughout the month of March, as well as introduce an ambitious new initiative this summer: the Liberty Hall Museum Community Farmers Market.
Liberty Hall’s signature seasonal programming continues with its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 3o. In this popular annual event, children explore the grounds of Liberty Hall, searching for plastic Easter eggs hidden throughout the landscape and stuffed with holiday treats. In an effort to avoid overcrowding, the Museum will offer two sessions this year: 10 – 11:30 a.m. and noon – 1:30 p.m. Each session costs $8 for one child and one adult; additional children are $5 each, and additional adults $4 per person.
Downton Abbey fever rages unabated at the Museum, where Liberty Hall’s wildly popular Downton Abbey-themed events continue to sell out weeks (and, in some cases, months) in advance. By mid-February, Liberty Hall had sold out its third Downton Abbey-themed brunch, Dames, Dainties and Doilies (on Saturday, March 16), added and sold out two additional Downton Abbey Brunches (Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, April 6), and fully reserved the museum’s first-ever Downton Abbey Luncheon on Sunday, April 21. Museum staffers, who have been deluged by requests for reservations, say they will continue to add dates in order to accommodate everyone who has been unable to secure a spot thus far. “We have been getting messages non-stop about the brunches,” said Museum Educator Lacey Bongard. “We don’t want to turn anyone away.”
The Museum has also announced preliminary details for a new community venture, the Liberty Hall Museum Community Farmers Market. Beginning in June, the Museum will host a weekly Community Farmers Market every Thursday through November. The Market is supported by a grant from The 1772 Foundation, which seeks to preserve architectural and cultural history for future generations through various restoration projects; in fact, The 1772 Foundation’s name is a direct reference to the first restoration the Foundation completed: Liberty Hall, originally built by Governor William Livingston as a residence in the year 1772. Kean alumni Susan De Pauw will serve as market manager for the new initiative, whose stated mission is to educate the community about local food, farming and agriculture.
Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. The Museum is currently open for group tours (10 or more guests), private events, and scheduled seasonal activities such as those outlined above; public tours resume on Monday, April 1st.
For reservations and further information, call 1-908-527-0400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall. More information on Liberty Hall’s Community Farmers Market is available at https://www.facebook.com/libertyhallfarmersmarket.