Calendar

Nov
24
Fri
15th Annual Colonial Christmas Tree Lighting @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tree Lighting 

Friday, November 24 – 7  p.m.

Join us for caroling, hot chocolate and hot pretzels, and a visit from Santa as we light our patriotic red, white, and blue Liberty Tree and ring in the holiday season.

Caroling with Harmonium Choral Society.

Free to the entire community!

Download  the Colonial Christmas Flyer.

Nov
25
Sat
15th Annual Colonial Christmas @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

15th Annual Colonial Christmas

A Colonial Café, an array of holiday merchants, musical performances, reindeer, gingerbread workshops for children and a holiday decorating workshop for adults are just a few of the highlights in store for visitors to the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, sponsored by Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.; Investors Bank; Meeker Sharkey & Hurley; The Provident Bank Foundation, Yolanda A. Cillo, M.D.; and Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Molé.

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home opens its wreath-clad doors Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26 and Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The popular fundraiser features: tours of the museum, which will be decorated for the holidays by Lynn and Jessica Angelone of Angelone’s Florist, Gail Whiting of Design Consultants, Susan Miniman of Susan Laura Interior Design and her daughter Sara Miniman, and Jeanne Galbraith; holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans; Colonial musicians, re-enactors and crafters; pet photos with Santa Paws; military demonstrations; a reindeer program; Santa visits; a gingerbread house workshop for children; and a holiday decorating workshop for adults.

A tree lighting, sponsored by Investor’s Bank, will kick off this year’s two weekend-long event on Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The tree lighting is free to the community and features caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot pretzels and hot chocolate.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 24 |  7 p.m.
Tree Lighting Sponsored by Investors Bank
Join us for caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot chocolate, and hot pretzels, as we light our red, white, and blue Christmas tree and ring in the holiday season.

Admission:  FREE to the entire community


Saturday, November 25

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum Tours
Holiday Shopping
Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
Demonstrations by the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan’s Guild

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Enslows perform Colonial American Christmas Music

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Reindeer Magic & Miracles Program

2:30 p.m.
Laura Clare Holiday Decorating Workshop for Adults – Decorate your own sweet-smelling lemon cypress tree under the guidance of acclaimed floral and event designer Laura Clare. 1 ½ hours. $55 per person.

For ticket information, phone (908) 396-6053 or
Register for Laura Clare’s Holiday Decorating Workshop for Adults online here.


Sunday, November 26

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Museum Tours
• Holiday Shopping
• Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
• The Evolution of the Gingerbread Man with Susan McLellan Plaisted
• John Lamb’s Artillery Company Demonstrations
• Demonstrations by the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan’s Guild

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
• Ridge High School A Cappella Choir

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Santa Visit


Friday, December 1 – School Group Tour Day

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• School Group Tour Day featuring “Betsy Ross”
• Presentations by Lady Ellen Ruck and Militiaman Joshua

Free to school groups. School bus parking available. Reservations required. Call Kristina Poggi, Museum Coordinator (908) 396-6053 or email kpoggi@jvanderveerhouse.org.


6 to 8 p.m.
Holiday Cocktail Reception
• Cocktail reception, featuring holiday libations served by Colonial barkeeps, sumptuous seafood and hors d’oeuvres by Metropolitan Seafood, boutique shopping, and musical entertainment by The Practitioners of Musick.
• Special veterans appreciation presentation.
• Tickets $150 per person. Junior patrons (25 and under) $100 per person.

Admission:  Reservations required.  For ticket information, phone (908) 396-6053 or register for the Holiday Cocktail Reception online here.


Saturday, December 2

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Museum Tours
• Holiday Shopping
• Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
• Demonstrations by the Alice Beatty Chapter of the Association of Traditional Rug Hooking
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Gingerbread house workshop for children accompanied by an adult, courtesy Ms. Gail’s Kids Cooking. Cost of the program is $40 per kit, limited to one child & one adult per kit, and includes admission to the house tour for one (1) adult. Walk-in registration $50 per kit.
(Pre-registration required.  Register for the Gingerbread House workshop online here or call 908-396-6053)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• The Enslows perform Colonial American Christmas Music
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
• Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Bring your pet for a holiday photo with Santa!
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Bedminster School Hand Bells


Sunday, December 3

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Museum Tours
• Holiday Shopping
• Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
• The Evolution of the Gingerbread Man with Susan McLellan Plaisted
• Demonstrations by the Alice Beatty Chapter of the Association of Traditional Rug Hooking
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts
1 to 3 p.m.
• Santa Visit
3 to 4 p.m.
• Bernards High School Madrigals Performance

Ticket Information

Admission at the door is $10 (children 12 and under, free). Members of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, free.

For tickets and information about Colonial Christmas, workshops, and Friday’s cocktail reception, phone (908) 396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

Proceeds from Colonial Christmas benefit exhibit development, historical interpretations, and educational programs at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum.

Download  the Colonial Christmas Flyer.

Holiday Decorating Workshop with Laura Clare @ Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
Nov 25 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Holiday Decorating Workshop with
 Laura Clare
Floral & Event Designer

   SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – 2:30 P.M.

Want to get a head start prepping your home for the holidays? Decorate your own sweet-smelling lemon cypress tree with acclaimed floral and event designer Laura Clare. Learn valuable tips and techniques for putting a professional touch on your holiday home!

This adult workshop will last approximately 1 1⁄2 hours and will be held in our outdoor heated Colonial Café tent during the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas house tour. The cost of the workshop is $55 per person, includes supplies and admission for one adult to the house tour.

The cost of the workshop is $55 per person.
Register online here.

About Laura Clare

Laura Clare specializes in exquisite arrangements and elegant decor for everyday and special occasions. Her trademark designs are a synthesis of fine European style and American inventiveness. Stemming from her love of nature and gardening, Laura’s background includes a four-year degree in horticulture from Cornell University and numerous apprenticeships with well-known designers such as Kenneth Turner, Jane Packer, Christian Tortu, Tage Andersen, and many others in and around London, Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and New York.

Since 2000, Laura has been providing design expertise to clients in the New York tri-state area and various foreign destinations. She has earned numerous awards and accolades from regional and national magazines, associations, and private devotees. Known for having an incredible eye for color and graphic design, her clients utilize her expertise to coordinate anything from intimate dinner parties to extravagant galas. Visit Laura Clare Design locations in Bernardsville, Summit, and Hoboken. www.lauraclaredesign.com.

Download  the Colonial Christmas Flyer.

Nov
26
Sun
15th Annual Colonial Christmas @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

15th Annual Colonial Christmas

A Colonial Café, an array of holiday merchants, musical performances, reindeer, gingerbread workshops for children and a holiday decorating workshop for adults are just a few of the highlights in store for visitors to the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, sponsored by Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.; Investors Bank; Meeker Sharkey & Hurley; The Provident Bank Foundation, Yolanda A. Cillo, M.D.; and Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Molé.

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home opens its wreath-clad doors Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26 and Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The popular fundraiser features: tours of the museum, which will be decorated for the holidays by Lynn and Jessica Angelone of Angelone’s Florist, Gail Whiting of Design Consultants, Susan Miniman of Susan Laura Interior Design and her daughter Sara Miniman, and Jeanne Galbraith; holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans; Colonial musicians, re-enactors and crafters; pet photos with Santa Paws; military demonstrations; a reindeer program; Santa visits; a gingerbread house workshop for children; and a holiday decorating workshop for adults.

A tree lighting, sponsored by Investor’s Bank, will kick off this year’s two weekend-long event on Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The tree lighting is free to the community and features caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot pretzels and hot chocolate.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 24 |  7 p.m.
Tree Lighting Sponsored by Investors Bank
Join us for caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot chocolate, and hot pretzels, as we light our red, white, and blue Christmas tree and ring in the holiday season.

Admission:  FREE to the entire community


Saturday, November 25

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum Tours
Holiday Shopping
Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
Demonstrations by the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan’s Guild

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Enslows perform Colonial American Christmas Music

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Reindeer Magic & Miracles Program

2:30 p.m.
Laura Clare Holiday Decorating Workshop for Adults – Decorate your own sweet-smelling lemon cypress tree under the guidance of acclaimed floral and event designer Laura Clare. 1 ½ hours. $55 per person.

For ticket information, phone (908) 396-6053 or
Register for Laura Clare’s Holiday Decorating Workshop for Adults online here.


Sunday, November 26

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Museum Tours
• Holiday Shopping
• Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
• The Evolution of the Gingerbread Man with Susan McLellan Plaisted
• John Lamb’s Artillery Company Demonstrations
• Demonstrations by the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan’s Guild

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
• Ridge High School A Cappella Choir

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Santa Visit


Friday, December 1 – School Group Tour Day

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• School Group Tour Day featuring “Betsy Ross”
• Presentations by Lady Ellen Ruck and Militiaman Joshua

Free to school groups. School bus parking available. Reservations required. Call Kristina Poggi, Museum Coordinator (908) 396-6053 or email kpoggi@jvanderveerhouse.org.


6 to 8 p.m.
Holiday Cocktail Reception
• Cocktail reception, featuring holiday libations served by Colonial barkeeps, sumptuous seafood and hors d’oeuvres by Metropolitan Seafood, boutique shopping, and musical entertainment by The Practitioners of Musick.
• Special veterans appreciation presentation.
• Tickets $150 per person. Junior patrons (25 and under) $100 per person.

Admission:  Reservations required.  For ticket information, phone (908) 396-6053 or register for the Holiday Cocktail Reception online here.


Saturday, December 2

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Museum Tours
• Holiday Shopping
• Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
• Demonstrations by the Alice Beatty Chapter of the Association of Traditional Rug Hooking
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Gingerbread house workshop for children accompanied by an adult, courtesy Ms. Gail’s Kids Cooking. Cost of the program is $40 per kit, limited to one child & one adult per kit, and includes admission to the house tour for one (1) adult. Walk-in registration $50 per kit.
(Pre-registration required.  Register for the Gingerbread House workshop online here or call 908-396-6053)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• The Enslows perform Colonial American Christmas Music
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
• Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Bring your pet for a holiday photo with Santa!
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Bedminster School Hand Bells


Sunday, December 3

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Museum Tours
• Holiday Shopping
• Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
• The Evolution of the Gingerbread Man with Susan McLellan Plaisted
• Demonstrations by the Alice Beatty Chapter of the Association of Traditional Rug Hooking
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Colonial Café Open – serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts
1 to 3 p.m.
• Santa Visit
3 to 4 p.m.
• Bernards High School Madrigals Performance

Ticket Information

Admission at the door is $10 (children 12 and under, free). Members of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, free.

For tickets and information about Colonial Christmas, workshops, and Friday’s cocktail reception, phone (908) 396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

Proceeds from Colonial Christmas benefit exhibit development, historical interpretations, and educational programs at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum.

Download  the Colonial Christmas Flyer.

Dec
1
Fri
School Group Tour Day at Colonial Christmas @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

15th Annual Colonial Christmas School Group Tour Day

Friday, December 1 – 10 am to 3 pm

Each year, we invite students in Grades 3 and above to experience 18th century Dutch-Colonial life during the holidays and get a hands-on history lesson about the American Revolution.  Students will be introduced to a re-enactor portraying a historical figure such as George Washington or Benjamin Franklin, who will discuss their role in the development of our fledgling government.  Students will learn popular games played by colonial American children, and make a toy of their own.  They will also get a tour of the 1772 Jacobus Vanderveer House — once the headquarters of General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 — and the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, America’s first military training academy.  The Vanderveer House will be completely decorated in the Colonial period for the holidays and docents and re-enactors will be on hand to educate and entertain pint-size patriots!

Total tour time:  1 1/2 hours

Recommended for Grades 3 and above. School bus parking available. Pre-visit educational materials provided.  Limited space, please reserve early!  Completely FREE!