Pack your picnic basket and spend an afternoon at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House! Join reenactors outdoors under a period tent for a good old-fashioned colonial picnic. Tour the home, where vendors will be selling handmade soaps, knitted goods, glassware, jewelry, clothing and more.
Enjoy Colonial music performances by Linda Russell. Playing the hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, limberjack and guitar, she brings life to the ballads, broadsides, marches, dance tunes and humorous ditties of the 18th century. Ms Russell served for many years as the balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street. In New Jersey, she has appeared at Morristown National Historical Park, Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge and The Old Dutch Parsonage State historic site in Somerville. Her New York appearances have included the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Ms. Russell has recorded 8 albums of historical folk music, including The Good Old Colony Days, Christmas Past and Stephen Foster Songs.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their food in a recyclable basket or container, along with a blanket or lawn chairs.