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Robert Hunter Brings Music and Stories to the Prallsville Mills

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in In The News | 0 comments

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Robert Hunter Brings Music and Stories to the Prallsville Mills

The Prallsville Mills in Stockton will be the setting for a special performance and fundraiser by acclaimed musician turned novelist, Robert Hunter on Thursday, June 14th. Hunter’s Relapse and Revival Tour celebrate the singer-songwriter, poet and now novelist’s first novel, Relapse:  A Love Story(Beaver’s Pond Press).  

Relapse is a love story at its best and a wild ride at its drunkest, Relapse careens through shaman-led weddings, car heists that lead to strange prophesies, and the inner workings of a mind rife with possibility and absolutely unaffected by the moonshine. Is it relapse, or is it revival? This story filled with off-beat characters surrounding its not-often-sober protagonist, Rob Wildhide takes readers on a trip through Maine that won’t soon be forgotten!

The novel and tour are inspired by his wife, Becky, who insisted he move ahead with both projects despite her fight with an aggressive cancer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation in support of cancer programs and services at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Becky is now in remission. The couple are using this nationwide tour to celebrate life, love, and the madness of it all.

Robert Hunter is a Nashville recording artist best known for his unique brand of lyrical alt-country-rock. Hunter’s first two EPs (Afterglow and Outta My Mind) were celebrated critically and described as “magnetic” and “hard wiring, after a single listen.” He will perform songs from his latest recording, ‘Revival’.

The Relapse and Revival Tour is being brought to this corner of the world on June 14 at 6pm in collaboration with Indie booksellers, The Book Garden in Frenchtown. Tickets are $35, include a copy of Hunter’s novel, Relapse: A Love Story, and a portion of proceeds will support the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation and the historic Prallsville Mills. Purchase tickets in advance at www.bookgarden.biz. Advanced purchase is recommended as space is limited. Email contact@bookgarden.biz for details.

Meet Food Expert and Author Hannah Howard on May 12

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in author, family, In The News | 0 comments

Meet Food Expert and Author Hannah Howard on May 12


Hannah Howard’s raw and relatable memoir FEAST: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen is the story of a woman in conflict—with herself, with her body, and with food—all while working in the not-always glamorous New York City culinary scene.
She will be sharing her story at The Book Garden in Frenchtown on Saturday, May 12 from 3pm to 5pm.

Hannah Howard is a writer and food expert who spent her formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, cooking on a hot line, and flipping giant wheels of cheese in Manhattan landmarks such as Picholine and Fairway Market. Her work has been published in New York magazine, VICE, and Self. She also mentors women recovering from eating disorders by helping them build happy, healthy relationships with food and themselves.

“We are looking forward to hearing more from this amazing young woman who tells her story so honestly,” said Caroline Scutt, co-owner of The Book Garden. “Hannah’s story resonates with women of all ages who have struggled with weight, body image, and self-esteem. This beautifully written memoir absolutely resonates with me.”

On Saturday, May 12, The Book Garden welcomes Hannah Howard to celebrate her remarkable first memoir, “FEAST: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen.” The talk and signing will be from 3 to 5 p.m., with a reading at 4 p.m. For more information follow The Book Garden on Facebook, email: contact@bookgarden.biz or call 908-996-2022.


NY Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Kicks Off Speaker Series

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in In The News | 0 comments

History, art and architecture are themes that run through the Prallsville Mills 2018 Speakers Series. The series kicks off with a special evening with acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Kline will discuss her most recent novel, A Piece of the World, which brings to life another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.

An Evening with Christina Baker Kline will also feature a wine tasting by award-winning local winery, Mount Salem Vineyards. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of A Piece of the World. A portion of the proceeds will support The Prallsville Mills.

Tickets are available through The Book Garden in Frenchtown, 908-996-2022 or on their website at www.bookgarden.biz/shop. This event is expected to sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

They are excited to have M. Kline kick off our Speakers Series for the coming year as part of their ongoing commitment to showcasing informative and entertaining programs, so more of the community can enjoy this beautiful and historic complex, said Prallsville Board Member, Brandi Granett.

“We are fortunate to have this unique venue that is both a wonderfully preserved piece of our history and a perfect setting to come together for everything from author talks to holiday celebrations.”

Linda J. Barth, author of A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone, will be at the Mills on Sunday, March 2th at 2pm. She will share surprising inventions connected to the Garden State including like Bubble Wrap, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid, and even professional baseball.

Historian Stacy Roth will host a Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience on Sunday, April 15, at 2. Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over “the cup that cheers?” Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display, and demonstration.

On Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., Joe Donnelly will lead an interactive presentation – More than You Ever Will Want to Know about the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. Inextricably linked to its namesake communities, this river crossing’s history includes an illegal bank, state receivership, tolls on pedestrians and livestock, a failed trolley line, and nearly a century of public ownership. The bridge’s story will be told in pictures and words.

The Delaware River itself will be the focus of a talk by author Hal Taylor on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River will discuss the earliest explorers and how they interacted with the native population, and make its way upriver from the Delaware Bay and it’s legendary oyster industry, to the ornate Victorian era lighthouses, historic military sites like Fort Delaware on Peapatch Island, Red Bank Battlefield and Fort Mifflin, the industrial giant that was Camden, the first steamboat in the country, the commercial hubs of Burlington and Bordentown with their illustrious residents, the extraordinary triumph of Washington at “Trent Town,” the growth of the canals during the industrial revolution and many more fascinating places and events.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., Joe Macasek will present Doing Business on the Morris Canal. The Morris Canal crossed the northern part of New Jersey connecting New York Harbor at Jersey City with the Delaware River at Phillipsburg. Completed in 1831, this 102-milelong canal was built across the rugged North Jersey Highlands to transport anthracite coal from the mines in Pennsylvania to the growing New York market.

Frenchtown Creative Assets Project Is Live

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in In The News | 0 comments

Are you a “creative asset” to the greater Frenchtown community? Do you know a person or place that is? If your answer is Yes (and it should be!) please take a few minutes to help us with our Creative Assets inventory project being led by Sustainable Frenchtown. You can participate on line now or if you would prefer stop into The Book Garden where we have a computer all set up and ready to go. Thank you, and please help us spread the word!

Author Jason Bost Discusses Race in America at Prallsville Mills Event

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in author, books, In The News | 0 comments

Race in America isn’t a simple black and white issue for Jason Bost, author of White Nigger. His new autobiography shares intimate details of what life was like for him growing up bi-racial in impoverished America. A teen dad, high school dropout and convicted drug dealer, Bost eventually finds his way to a career as a successful entertainment industry executive, eventual law school graduate, and college professor.

This is an explosively emotional and inspirational journey exploring the ups & downs of growing up bi-racial in America. Born just a few years after the Supreme Court held discrimination against interracial marriage unconstitutional, the author takes you from his time as an impoverished youth, living in a predominantly white neighborhood, to his move to the inner city and predominately black school system. From being called ‘nigger’ in the white neighborhood to fighting daily for being attacked and called ‘white boy’ in the black neighborhoods. From the brutal murders of friends and family members, to providing an insider’s look at the author’s time in the entertainment industry, working on projects that went on to win Grammy Awards and garner numerous Gold, Platinum and Diamond records. This is an American Dream story centered on the direct impact of race in America.

“Change requires dialogue. Nothing changes without a conversation, be it with oneself, with a higher power, with a significant other, a neighbor, a community or the world. I am determined to do what I can to further the dialogue about race in this country and I invite anyone interested to join me.” – Jason C. Bost

Join Jason Bost for a conversation on race in America on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30pm at the Prallsville Mills in Stockton. This event is being cosponsored by The Book Garden in Frenchtown and the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition. To reserve a copy of White Nigger and RSVP, contact@bookgarden.biz; 908-996-2022.

The event is free and open to the public; however donations to support Prallsville Mills are encouraged and a portion of proceeds from all book sales will be donated back to Prallsville.

The Prallsville Mills complex in Stockton, is considered a significant example of early American industrial architecture that was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the Mill proudly features cultural and historic events for the entire community. Visit them online at www.prallsvillemills.org or follow them on Facebook.

Pig In the City Author Visit

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in author, books, family, In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden in Frenchtown is hosting a book signing and talk for Delaware Valley High School alumna Jodi (Razgaitis) Kendall, author of The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22nd from 2pm to 4pm.

This young adult novel is about finding one’s place in the world – in this case with a pet pig named Hamlet. The main character, 11-year-old Josie Shilling, faces struggles within herself and as a middle child in her big, chaotic, solidly middle class family.

“The book’s main audience is kids in grades 3 to 7 but the story is one we can all relate to. The relationship that develops between Josie and Hamlet is heart-warming; the story is funny, sometimes sad and very real. I’m looking forward to hearing Jodi share the real life story that influenced this one,” said Caroline Scutt, co-owner of The Book Garden.

When Jodi isn’t writing about fictional animals she is busy writing about elephants, orangutans, manatees and sharks as well as many other topics.
Jodi Kendall will be at The Book Garden on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2pm to 4pm. The Book Garden is located at 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown, NJ. For details, call 908-996-2022, email contact@bookgarden or or visit The Book Garden on Facebook.

Vist the Book Garden Author’s Room at Milford Alive

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in In The News | 0 comments

This year’s Milford Alive event will feature several local authors from the surrounding area. The Authors’ Table, sponsored by The Book Garden, will be located by the grist mill near the Milford Bridge. Milford Alive is Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11:00am to 5pm. The following authors will be featured this year:

Pete Tucker, author of Memoirs of a Jersey Farm Boy, is a life-long resident of Pittstown, NJ. His farm is in the heart of agricultural area of Hunterdon County. Meaning no disrespect to anyone’s feats of higher learning, he holds a Doctorate degree from Hard Knocks University in Pittstown where his career entailed a quizzical mixture of occupations and assiduous study. He retired at 49 years old after selling his co-owned Tucker Publishing Co. in Flemington, New Jersey. Tucker and his wife, Judy, own most of the original family farm where they watch the horses graze and the hay being baled. Somebody has to do it! Tucker attributes many of his life’s rewards and accomplishments to early life on the farm.

Thérese Halscheid’s collection Frozen Latitudes, the barren and timeless landscape of Alaska becomes a metaphor for places frozen in time when her father Charles, suffered brain damage. Woven among these pages are journey poems of other locales, which share the interchangeability of nature and human nature. Previous poetry collections include Powertalk, Without Home, Uncommon Geography, which won a finalist award for the Paterson Poetry Book Prize; and Greatest Hits, a chapbook award from Pudding House Publications. Her poetry, essays and short stories have appeared in magazines such as The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Sou’wester, Tiferet, among others. She has received Fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and NJ State Council on the Arts.

Denny Daikeler, is a retired Interior Designer and an ordained Interfaith Minister. She is the author of WHAT COLOR IS YOUR SLIPCOVER? published by Rodale Press, and MESSAGES, Published by Balboa Press. She also has written for various magazines and was the designer on AM Philadelphia from 1980-1985. Ms Daikeler is on the teaching staff of School of Sacred Ministries and makes her home in Milford, New Jersey.

Caroline Scutt, co-author of Frenchtown, NJ: History Along The River, is also co-owner of The Book Garden in Frenchtown. Her work has been published in lifestyle and travel magazines. Her first novel, Some Girls was published in 2012. She lives in Frenchtown with her husband, Jeff, daughter, Julia and a house full of furry family members!

Riverfest Celebrates Life Along the River in Frenchtown

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in family, festival, In The News | 0 comments

Frenchtown’s Riverfest will celebrate the arts on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. until dusk.

Bridge Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, noon-6 p.m., and local musicians will perform in two venues – in the middle of Bridge Street and in Sunbeam Park beside the Delaware River.

Here at The Book Garden Skye Van Saun will be at the Book Garden (28 Bridge St.) to create personalized poetry on demand and Rick Epstein, former editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat and Frenchtown’s Delaware Valley News, will conduct historical walking tours at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. No registration is needed; just meet in front of the Book Garden, 28 Bridge St. The price is $10.

Mike Tyksinski, who is coordinating the event for the Frenchtown Business & Professional Association, says, “Frenchtown is always a beautiful and welcoming place, but this will be Frenchtown at its liveliest, as we showcase all sorts of creativity. Don’t miss it!”

At 10:30 a giant egg at ArtYard’s Old Hatchery Building at the corner of Lott and Front Streets, former site of Kerr’s Chickeries, will crack open and performers in bird costumes will emerge.

All day, visitors will be invited to make paper boats in a riverside tent. As each batch of boats is completed, Vikings in full regalia, led by Eric Fiorito, will take the boats into the river for races.

A photo exhibit and contest, “Summer on the Delaware,” can be viewed in the Brokaw Photographic Studio at 34 Bridge St. The contest, sponsored by New Hope Photo and Brokaw Studio, has a $250 purse. Photos will feature Delaware River scenes that were shot this summer.

John Schmidtberger of SFA Gallery has invited fellow painters to set up their easels around town and at The Spinnery (33 Race St.) yarn-dyeing using natural colors will be demonstrated, 2-5 p.m.

Performers on the Bridge Street stage will include the Saddletones (country swing), the Wallace Brothers (country), bluesman Alex Wolfson, Sara’s Jazz Band, and Baby Finster (rock band).

Enlivening Sunbeam Park will be Native American drumming, an Eyes of the Wild display of wild animals, Lolly Hopwood singing children’s songs, Keith and Laura Strunk reading stories for children, singer/songwriters Nate Walker, Brian Fitz and Joe Cocco, and the Folkenpunk Trio (bluegrass).

The offerings of Frenchtown’s restaurants will be augmented outdoors by the Lions Club and American Legion’s grills, and the efforts of Smokerhead BBQ, the Bridge Cafe’s pop-up restaurateur Graham Miller, Pirate Cupcake of Milford, Tyler’s Water Ice and Early Bird’s lemonade stand.

Vendors and exhibitors will abound, with offerings including green products; information on protecting the environment; artisanal soaps, fishing lures and knives; and paintings, photos and objets d’art. Visitors are invited to register to vote, see Native American artwork, learn about water safety, and undergo henna adornment.

During Riverfest the Bridge Cafe will offer bánh mì (Vietnamese bread) sandwiches and homemade ice cream sandwiches; Freedom Art will feature the works of new local artists Jim Colliert and Ryan Brooks Leslie; Olive with a Twist will offer a sampling of 45 different balsamics and olive oils, locally made marmalades, jams, and cheeses, along with artisan breads from the Wayfare Bakers; Country Chic Boutique will hold a 70 percent-off clearance sale; and River Gypsy will discount its new autumn inventory by 15 percent.

Additional parking is available at Kathee’s General Store, at Frenchtown school, in the lot at Old Frenchtown Field, and at Artie’s Bar & Grill at 1121 Route 12 (GPS address: Frenchtown). Shuttle service will be available from Artie’s. Bike-check service will be available behind the Bridge Cafe.

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Frenchtown Riverfest paper-boat race attendants, shown in this 2015 photo by Bill Brokaw, add Nordic flair to the occasion. Their leader, Eric Fiorito, is in the foreground.

Frenchtown Blooms with May Events

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in author, books, In The News | 0 comments

Spring is in the air and Frenchtown is ready to welcome the warmer days with a variety of events throughout the month of May.

In conjunction with New Hope Celebrates and Pride Week, the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association seeks to express its openness, inclusiveness and solidarity with the LGBTQ community on May 20th by gathering with loved ones by the river, painting the town rainbow and encouraging others to do the same!
The Book Garden welcomes back acclaimed author Laurie Wallmark on May 21st to celebrate her second children’s book, Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code. Wallmark continues her exploration of women pioneers in math and science. Grace Hopper was a pioneer in computer programming whose accomplishments have had lasting influence. Wallmark’s debut story, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine is a picture book biography about the world’s first computer programmer-over a hundred years before the invention of the electronic computer. The afternoon celebration of all three of these amazing women will be on Sunday, May 21 from 2pm to 4pm.
Musicians, poets, spoken word and visual artists under 21 years won’t want to miss Under 21 Open Mic at Early Bird Espresso & Mercantile, Thursday, May 26 from 6pm-9pm. This is an open, encouraging environment for up and comers.
The Delaware River Towns Photo Project celebrates life along the river and will feature images captured by experienced and new photographers. This unique exhibit will be on display at Brokaw Photography Studio on May 27 and 28.
Art, history, photography, poetry, music and more – all month, all summer, all in Frenchtown. To get the latest event information follow Frenchtown Today on Facebook.

A Different Kind of March Madness at The Book Garden

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in In The News | 0 comments

A Different Kind of March Madness at The Book Garden

The Book Garden will host its monthly first Friday poetry on Friday, March 3 at 7:30pm. On Saturday, March 25th at 1pm the shop welcomes author Kay Rock for a reading and book signing. You don’t have to be retired to appreciate the stories in Over the Hill and Gaining Speed. Sunday, March 26 at 2pm, the traveling poets come back to The Book Garden with their Poets for Peace movement of hope and inspiration. The shop’s World Explorers kids club will meet on Friday, March 24 at 4pm for a Free to Be You and Me-themed afternoon of fun.