Summer Concert Series
4 Sundays in July at 4pm
Please join us Sundays in July for our always popular summer concert series in the Museum’s historic garden. Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Tickets are $15, $10 for Museum Members, seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. The Museum is open 1-4pm. A $5 Museum admission may be purchased by those who buy a ticket for the concert. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors. Announcement will be made on the Museum’s voice mail and Facebook page that afternoon.
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The Lonely Heartstrings Band
Combining instrumental virtuosity, 3-part harmonies, original songwriting and a deep understanding of traditional bluegrass and Appalachian music, the Lonely Heartstring Band is all about a great show! From Boston MA, the band has become a staple in the New England bluegrass scene and are quickly building momentum in the rest of the country and in Canada. The Lonely Heartstring Band will transport you to the top of a lonesome mountain, tug at your heartstrings with their songwriting and keep your toes tapping all the while.
Drawing on bluegrass, rock, & old time music, Hub Hollow has been described as “a new kind of old-time music.” Their beautifully blended vocals and intricate melodies reflect a lifetime of creating music together. United in their desire to create hard-hitting, interesting acoustic music, the members of Hub Hollow have been playing together, in different configurations, for over 20 years.
An outstanding guitar player and performer, he is a premier fingerstyle guitar player and guitar champion who writes and plays unique solo guitar arrangements ranging from Joplin to the Beatles, New Age to Yazoo and “Finger Popping” original tunes.
Josh Oliver has spent most of the last decade as both a sideman and solo artist, playing guitar and singing along with various bands and songwriters all over the United States. He has either toured with or recorded with acts such as the everybodyfields, Mandolin Orange, The Black Lillies, The Deep Dark Woods, Martha Scanlan, Amy Speace, Jill Andrews, and Sam Quinn. In 2011 Oliver released his self-produced, instrumentally sparse album “Troubles” which included both original and traditional material, then followed up with a 2014 release, “Part Of Life”, which was produced by Andrew Marlin from the North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange.
Generous support for the Summer Concert Series provided by Turpin Realtors
Please join us Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm for a presentation by Linda Barth, author and historian, who will discuss “The Delaware & Raritan Canal.” Did you know that the D & R Canal was one of the nation’s most successful towpath canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866 than the more famous Erie Canal? Linda will introduce you to the people, the bridges, the locks, and the aqueducts that made the D & R Canal work. Now the centerpiece of a popular state park, this waterway transported men and supplies between New York and Philadelphia during three wars, while Johnson & Johnson, Roebling, and Fleischmann’s Distillery all had their start along its banks. Come and learn more about this gem of central New Jersey.
“Poets in the Garden” – Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm
The Museum’s beautiful gardens will be the backdrop for a lovely afternoon poetry performance. This year, Cool Women return to the large lawn. You might expect the unexpected from Cool Women, a fan favorite when they performed at the Museum in 2006. Until the ensemble begins a performance, even the members themselves don’t know exactly which poems they will read. Like jazz musicians, they tune around a basic theme and riff off it, making each reading unique, by turns playful, analytic, joyous, elegiac. The audience shares in the atmosphere of risk, invention, and surprise.
“Hooray! It’s Thomas Nast’s 175th birthday” – Sunday, September 27, 2015, 1 – 4:00 pm
In celebration of Thomas Nast’s birthday, visitors can learn more about the artist and celebrate his big day. Ryan Hyman, MHHM’s F.M. Kirby Curator of the Collections, will meet visitors in the Main Gallery and answer questions about the exhibit, “Thomas Nast, Unknown Works and American Icons.” On display are a collection of rarely exhibited, virtually unknown works by the man whose art defined many of America’s most popular icons: Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, the Democratic Donkey, and the Republican Elephant. Children who visit the Museum can take part in activities to celebrate Mr. Nast’s big birthday. Children will create their own Nast character mask, decorate a big birthday card for Nast, and enjoy some birthday treats.
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