15th Annual Colonial Christmas

When:
December 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2017-12-03T10:00:00-05:00
2017-12-03T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
3055 River Rd
Bedminster Township, NJ 07921
USA
Cost:
$10. Members free. Children 12 and under, free.
Contact:
Museum Coordinator
9083966053

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.

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