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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.

2017 Writing Workshops – Register Now

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

The SPARK workshop series is back with three new Saturday workshops. Join us for one or all three. We hope these will inspire you to celebrate your story! Space is limited so register early!

Cost: $40 ($35 each if you register for all three sessions)

Session 1: So you want to be a writer. Sat., Feb 4, 10am to noon
This workshop will discuss the many options for writers – books, magazine writing, blogging as well as give an overview of various genres or areas of expertise. The workshop instructor will be Brandi Megan Granett. She is an author, online English professor, and writing coach. She earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her latest novel, Triple Love Score, was published by Wyatt-Mackenzie.

Session 2: Poetry as an art and inspiration. Sat., Feb 11, 10am to noon
This workshop will encourage both poets and non-poets to view their writing, and the world around them, through a poet’s eyes. Participants will read and discuss a variety of poetry, and learn how poetry can inform your own writing as well as work on personal verse. Workshop instructor is John Smith. He has an MA in American Literature from Lehigh University. John retired from teaching Creative Writing at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, NJ in 2010. John’s first poetry collection, Even That Indigo is published by Hip Pocket Press.

Session 3: Getting personal – telling your story. Sat. Feb., 18 10am to noon
Learn how to tell your personal story and the art of writing memoir with Skye Van Saun. Skye holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. A featured poet at the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Poetry Festival and nominee for a Pushcart Prize for “Hide nor Hair” in the anthology Submerged: Tales from the Basin. She teaches creative writing at Bucks County Community College’s New Hope/Solebury Community School.

Contact: Caroline@bookgarden.biz; 908-996-2022

Zombies, War of the Worlds Descend Upon Frenchtown

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in delaware river, family, In The News | 0 comments

The annual Frenchtown ZOMBIE CRAWL takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22nd. The Crawl begins at 4:30pm and zombies can scavenger hunt your way through town in search brains…and then shamble back to Sunbeam Park for prizes and a dance with the dead. Zombie make-up experts will be on hand at Sunbeam Park from 1pm to 4pm (cost $5 per person). Zombies can start their day early in Frenchtown and then crawl their way down river to New Hope for the New Hope Crawl starting at 6:30pm.
This year zombies won’t be the only creatures stalking Frenchtown. Martians feed on the waves of fear emitted by humans so, what better way for them to enjoy a feast? Simple! They land in Frenchtown once the zombies have scared the bejeebers out of everyone.
You too can experience the Martian invasion if you head down to Frenchtown and listen in as The Book Garden’s very own River Town Radio Theatre presents LIVE: ‘War of the Worlds’ at Frenchtown Elementary School.

Join in this historical reenactment of the invasion we all remember oh so well. The War of the Worlds radio theater performance will be presented Saturday October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Frenchtown Elementary School located at 902 Harrison Street. A donation of $5 per person will offset the production costs. Call The Book Garden at 908-996-2022 or email contact@bookgarden.biz to reserve your seats.

For details of these and other events happening during Frenchtown in October, visit delawarerivertowns.com, or like us on Facebook “Frenchtown Today” – #lovefrenchtown
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Frenchtown Riverfest Sunday Sept 4, 2016

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

Come celebrate the diverse range of avian wildlife in the Delaware Valley at this year’s Riverfest Celebration in Frenchtown on Sunday, September 4th.  Themed Wings Over the River, festivities kick off at noon and will go until 6pm.  Bird Hatching, a bird parade and a screening “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” will take place at Art Yard. The Paper Boat Riverfest Regatta, a wildlife show, live music, environmental exhibits, great food and much more family fun all around town.

Visitors will be dancing in the streets to the sounds of local favorite bands and back by popular demand will be Star City Tribal Bellydancers. Live music will include Jon Savage and the Classic Rockers, The Revalotors, The Wallace Brothers, The Saddletones and Joe Cocco. Eyes of the Wild will be back to entertain and educate us on critters great and small. There will be a variety of local artists and environmental exhibits along Bridge Street, poetry by the river and shops will be featuring in-store entertainment and sales.
Kids and adults can take part in paper boat building and boat races on the Delaware. Brokaw Photography will showcase The River Towns Photo Exploration Project.
Learn about the rich and diverse heritage of the Delaware River Valley with historian Hal Taylor. He will be at The Book Garden speaking about the role of the river in U.S. history and the environment and signing copies of his book, The Illustrated Delaware River.13932813_1176429195710995_5899589902941245525_n13925794_1231305066922005_1092567737151280236_o

Rick Epstein will conduct walking tours of downtown Frenchtown at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. cost $10. Meet in front of the Book Garden at 28 Bridge St. No reservations are needed. Epstein came to Frenchtown in 1977. As editor of the Delaware Valley News, he learned much of his history from chatting with the old timers. He also read all the history books and even unspooled some microfilm in the cellar of the county library.

 

“I tell about the Great Fire of 1878 and the time Sarge Russell’s wagon shed blew down on Louie Gelegonya’s Ford Falcon, which was around 1979,” says Epstein. “I can also show you an old leather mask used in the mystic rites of the Odd Fellows lodge, and explain how the guillotines of France sent our founder running to America in 1794.”

 

Because hot weather is likely, Epstein has arranged for all the talking and listening to take place in shady places. “The tour takes about 70 minutes unless everyone decides they want the long version,” says Epstein. For more information about the tour, call 908-200-0480.

 

Riverfest is organized by the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association; and sponsored by TD Bank, Stem Brothers, Shenberger Insurance, H.J. Opdyke Lumber and River Mills at Frenchtown.

 

Worried about parking? Valet bike service and free park and ride from Artie’s
Free Park and Walk from DesignPlan Lighting.

 

Riverfest will be held on Sunday, September 4th starting at noon. For more information visit delawarerivertowns.com or Frenchtown Today on Facebook. Contact Mike Tyksinski at Frenchtown Home and Hardware, frenchtownhomeandhardware@yahoo.com, 908-996-2283.

 

 

 

Harry Potter, Muggles and Midnight Magic

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden celebrated Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of the much anticipated, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Saturday, July 30th.  The book is in stageplay form, written by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne with help from JK Rowling; Thorne adapted the story into book form. It is the first Harry Potter release since 2007.

A core group of young local fans,  Aiden, Grace, and Charlotte worked diligently since February to set the stage for the evening and were joined by Brianne, Megan, Julia, Annecy and Emmaline in May to pull together the final details.

The result was an evening filled with trivia, treats – butter beer, unicorn blood punch, Bott’s Beans and Hagrid’s Rock Cakes (three varieties as part of tasting contest).

By 11pm the Book Garden was transformed into a miniature Hogwarts with over 100 students, professors and other witches, wizards and muggles spilling out into the street where dueling matches took place.

Just before midnight, Roger of the River Town Radio Theater troupe read the epilogue of the last Harry Potter book to a mesmerized audience.

The magic of Harry Potter swirled through Frenchtown well into the morning hours and beyond. We are honored to have been part of this fantastical experience.

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Bastille Day Fete 2016 – Celebrate Frenchtown Couture!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

Frenchtown kicks off its Bastille Day Fete with a fashion show highlighting its je-ne-sais-quoi couture. This year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, July 16th from noon until night features all things classic French, and classic Frenchtown – classic cars, petanque, music, food and art are just of a few reasons to come join in the celebration.

The Frenchtown Couture Fashion Show will start the day at noon and will showcase fashions from local boutiques, shops and designers. Seth Andrew & Doug Miller Jazz Duo will accompany the fashion show and play throughout the early afternoon. The swinging sounds of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra will be heard along Bridge Street from 2pm to 5pm. Freedom Art and Music will have live music and an art show in their courtyard on Race Street. Plein air artists will be found around the corner and along the river capturing the beauty and unique vistas of Frenchtown.

This year’s fete is full of fun for the entire family! Get your face painted, enjoy a puppet show, a scavenger hunt, and play a little petanque. Come see professional pogoers doing extreme pogo stick demos. Local Extreme athletes Nik Patino and Henry Cebalus, students at New Hope Solebury High School, have performed for the Pope in Vatican City, on the Great Wall of China and at the Eiffel Tower in Paris! And now they will be bringing their show to Frenchtown thanks to Village Toy Shoppe!

Bastille Day certainly wouldn’t be the same without the Stilt Walker and Mime entertaining visitors as they stroll through town listening live music.

Shops and galleries throughout Frenchtown will have special sales, activities, food, raffles and much more. Madame DeFarge will be knitting away at The Spinnery and you might even run into Marie Antoinette at the Pirate Cupcake Truck. The Book Garden will once again welcome the River Union Stage Puppet Show to the backyard.

The Bridge Café will offer Street-Side French-Vietnamese fare and Early Bird Espresso & Mercantile will tempt you with made-to-order crepes. Other restaurants will offer favorite French fare and Food Trucks will dish out delicious favorites.

Frenchtown was named after a wealthy French-speaking immigrant who purchased the land in 1794. Henri Mallet-Prevost was a Swiss fugitive of the French Revolution who ran to New Jersey to escape the guillotine. Since Prevost and other early settlers were French speaking, other locals began referring to the area as “French’s Town.”

Learn more about Frenchtown’s rich history during one of Rick Epstein’s walking tours – he’ll be setting off on four tours during the festivities.

After walking through Frenchtown’s history, visitors are invited to end the day with a journey to Gertrude Stein’s famed Left Bank salon with Raconteur Radio. The show will be held at ArtYard (formerly Two Buttons) at 6pm. This theatrical experience will immerse visitors into an evening with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, Alice B. Toklas, and, of course, the Mother of Modernism herself!

 

Visit us on Facebook at Frenchtown Today or www.frenchtownnj.org for updates and join us on Saturday, July 16TH from noon until night for the 18th annual Bastille Day Fete.

 

Forefather Farm Author Comes to The Book Garden

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

We are excited to welcome author Patricia Whitacre, who will share her restoration journey through history on Sunday, June 12 from 2pm to 4pm here in the garden.

The author’s journey began in 1982, when she and her husband bought an abandoned farmstead in Bucks County, PA. The picturesque Pennsylvania German barn architectural style has spread from early settlements in eastern Pennsylvania to settlements across the Midwest. In 1987, the late J. Jackson Walter, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, wrote: “The destruction of thousands of unique barns and farmhouses, as well as the historical landscape itself, continues today all across America. … The ordinary American farmhouse, preserved in its rural setting, has much to teach about an area’s past and much to give to future generations.”

The couple spent the next thirty years researching, restoring, and preserving the farm in an ambitious do-it- yourself project that earned placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Forefather Farm details their adventures, reflecting the sense of humor that has sustained them through the challenges as they maintained the exterior integrity of all the buildings, and adapted the interiors to 21st century living with minimal compromise to the original structures. Their project included preserving the surrounding fifteen acres of habitat, and working for the preservation of the natural and historic resources of the entire rural township.Forefather Farm CVR.indd

Patricia Valentine and Robert Whitacre met when they were students at Duke University. Their shared interest in antiques and history led them to develop skills in restoring antique furniture and remodeling their first home in New Jersey, where Pat was a teaching naturalist at an environmental education center, was active in historic preservation, and researched family genealogy. Their two children and five grandchildren have learned about their own roots while observing life on Forefather Farm.

MEET THE AUTHOR!

The author talk and signing will be on Sunday, June 12 from 2pm to 4pm at The Book Garden, 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown, NJ. Refreshments will be served. For details, contact the store at 908-996-2022 or visit The Book Garden on Facebook or at www.bookgarden.biz.