George Washington was born.
In celebration, the Bergen County Historical Society held a Country Ball Sunday in River Edge, NJ, complete with music, refreshments, and merriment. The suggested donation: $7 for adults, $5 for children, free for members (individual membership is $20 annually).
While it is important to look forward with a hopeful heart, it is also vital to embrace our history. "There is no death in remembrance," reflects Sarah Carrier Chapman in Kathleen Kent's The Heretic's Daughter.
Music was described as being used to lift melancholy. That is universally true then and now.
What is Anne Enslow (pictured with Ridley Enslow) playing? A limberjack.
Some young historians, with some very modern footwear, were on hand.
The assortment of historical-themed coloring books, $3.95 each, seems like a whimsical way to draw children into history.
A limberjack in the gift shop.
Refreshment time. Cherry pie seemed fitting for this event.
How about a mug of hot cider? Just ask the regal barman.
Decorations in the tavern seating area.
Look out the window and observe modern life. Reflect on what your life would have been like if you lived in Washington's time. Would you want to live in a different time and place than now?
Some very vegan footware: these wooden shoes were worn.
A rare white oak dugout canoe.
You can tour several buildings, but I felt truly transported in time when I stepped into this one: the back kitchen.
Meet the charming cooks.
Think you have a hard time cooking? Try cooking out of this dutch oven.
How does tea and biscuits sound?
The smell of the onion bread was making my mouth water. An apple pie was ready for the oven, and soon would nourish some lucky souls.
Learn more about upcoming events, including a History Cafe on the Lenape New Year and Pinkster Fest, a colonial celebration of spring. Seek out your local historical groups.
Visit History.com to learn more about George Washington. Watch videos on the site if you don't have cable.
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