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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.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Preorder by April 24

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

Reserve your copy today

All orders MUST be in by April 24th

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Join us on July 31st for a special midnight launch party!

So many surprises…!harrypotter

Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh Author Visit

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

The Hunterdon County Library welcomes New York Times best-selling author Kathryn Aalto on Sunday March 13 at 2pm at the Hunterdon County Library Main Branch on Route 12. Ms. Aalto is the author of the recently released The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh (Timber Press), a vivid guide to the Ashdown Forest in England, the area that became A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard’s Hundred Acre Wood where Christopher Rob- in and his friends could be found.

Kathryn Aalto is a writer, landscape designer, historian and lecturer. For the past twenty-five years her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world; she is also the author of Nature and Human Intervention.

This event is co-sponsored by the Book Garden of Frenchtown; books can be ordered in advance at contact@bookgarden.biz or 908-996-2022.

The event is free to attend but reservations are recommended. Contact the Hunterdon County Library at 908-788-1434 or visit hclibrary.us and click on the Calendar of Events.

 

 

Mystic Poets Visit Frenchtown

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden continues its celebration of stories through poetry with a special visit by Marshall James Kavanaugh and Stephanie B on their regional spoken word tour.

When: Monday, March 7

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Where: The Book Garden, Frenchtown

Kavanaugh will be sharing his new collection of poetry, Travel By Haiku, Volumes 1 through 5: Still Trippin’ Across the States. His performance will bring the audience along on the road with him across the country taking brief pauses to admire the air, the sunsets, the beaten earth, the tall trees on high mountains, and the breath of the ocean surf. Video projection and audio accompaniment will add to the audience’s dream cycle. Samples of his work can be found at www.marshalljameskavanaugh.com.

Stephanie B. is a native farmer from New Jersey, who takes cues from the earth, her voice, and the human body to create an exciting narrative between modern humanity and our primordial roots. Her newest work titled Letters To Aunt Lucy, uses the letter form to create an often personal reminiscing on where the human species originated from and how far it has to go. Samples of her work can be found at www.youtube.com/+StephanieBartusis.

 

Refreshments will be served. Let us know you will be there: contact@bookgarden.biz

 

Kitchen Conversation February Book Selection

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

Our Kitchen Conversation book club pick for February is Me, My Hair, and I. But we won’t be meeting in the kitchen this month. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at Purotu Salon next door – what better place to let your hair down and talk about, well, hair!

This terrific collection of essays will make you laugh a lot, and cry a little.

Email us if you want to be part of the discussion.

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A Look Back at a Great Year

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in In The News | 0 comments

Before we jump into another year we wanted to take a look back at 2015 –wonderful moments, fantastic stories, amazing friends. Thank you to everyone who made this year so special.

Our World Explorers Kids Club got their monster on with the authors of Peanut Butter and Brains and The Monster Under My Bed. They also visited The Spinnery to learn about all things soft and woolly and threw a Curiosity Day birthday party for their favorite curious monkey! They’ll be doing a little cooking at The Lovin Oven later this winter.

Carrie Rollwagen, fellow Indie bookshop owner and author stopped by for a visit and shared some of the many values of supporting neighborhood businesses that she outlines in her action-provoking book, The Localist.

We teamed up with the Hunterdon County Library to host out-of-this-world authors/illustrators for our first Hunterdon Comic Fest. The event was a huge success. Mark your calendars for second Comic Fest on August 6, 2016!

The Book Garden kicked off the summer with a Frenchtown Celebration to thank everyone who helped make our history book, Frenchtown, NJ: History Along the River, a reality. The Frenchtown Celebration is now our annual welcome to summer. Stay tuned for the 2016 date. Fairies, dragons and other mystical creatures visited the Imaginarium Summer Campers and other galaxies were explored during the Radio Theater Teen Summer Workshop. Speaking of radio theater – the River Town Radio Theatre troupe was featured quarterly on WDVR and performed live at Virginia Napurna Cultural Arts Center.

Bastille Day Fete, Riverfest and Milford Alive brought some of our favorite local authors out to share their work and The Book Garden showcased many of our favorites during our first Local Authors Salon. Among those were Mark Lyons who we would like to congratulate once more for his collection, Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines, being honored as one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Kirkus Reviews.

The Book Garden was the setting for book launch celebrations for Tommy Reynolds and Laurie Wallmark, proud authors of The Game: Baseball and America, Growing up Together and Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, respectively.

Around the neighborhood we welcomed Mary Lou Quinlan as keynote speaker at the Hunterdon Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Summit, and partnered with the Delaware Valley Education Foundation to bring award-winning CNN Correspondent Tom Foreman, and acclaimed author of 22 books, Beth Kephart, to the high school to discuss their work. Beth also taught a memoir workshop at the National Hotel that was so well received we hope she’ll come back in 2016. Pulp Vegetarian Juice Bar was the setting for an emotional evening of poetry with Douglas Piccinnini and Ross Gay, whose latest collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, was a finalist for a 2015 National Book Award.

The year wouldn’t have been complete without a visit from our hometown favorite Elizabeth Gilbert. Liz signed copies of her New York Times Best Seller, Big Magic, and spent a magical afternoon engaged in a kitchen conversation on living a creative life.

These are just the highlights of a fabulous year. Thanks to all of our guest authors and friends for enriching our lives. We have a feeling 2016 is going to be another great chapter for The Book Garden and for Frenchtown. Thank YOU for being part of our ongoing celebration of stories and all the best to you and yours for 2016.

See you in the New Year!

 

Caroline & Robert

(Katie and Ollie too!)

 

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November Literary Events in Frenchtown

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in In The News | 0 comments

Frenchtown continues to be a draw for writers and readers and welcomes several poets and authors throughout the month of November.

National Book Award Finalist Ross Gay and acclaimed poet Douglas Piccinnini will be reading on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Pulp Vegetarian Juice Bar and Cafe. This will be a very special evening of poetry in Frenchtown starting at 5 p.m.

Gay is the author of three collections of poetry: “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), “Bringing the Shovel Down” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), and “Against Which”(Cavankerry Press, 2006). He currently teaches at Indiana University and in Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.

Piccinnini is the author of a book of poems, “Blood Oboe” (Omnidawn, 2015) and “Story Book”: a novella (The Cultural Society, 2015). Piccinnini’s writing has been featured by The Academy of American Poets, Antioch Review, Lana Turner, NYTimes.com, The Poetry Project Newsletter and The Seattle Review—among other publications. He lives and works in Lambertville.

Earlier that day, The Book Garden will be hosting author Tommy Reynolds from 1-3 p.m., for a book discussion and signing of his new novel. Reynolds’ debut novel, “The Game: Baseball and America Grown’ Up Together,” follows the Miller family as they chase the American dream from the green fields of Ireland to the heartland of America. Trace the paths baseball and America take as they grow and struggle in unison over time. Tommy Reynolds lives in Clinton, with his three children.

On Sunday, Nov. 15, award-winning author Beth Kephart will be teaching a memoir workshop at The National Hotel followed by a signing at The Book Garden. Kephart is the author of 21 books. She most recently launched “Love: A Philadelphia Affair,” a collection of essays and photographs. The memoir workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. For details or to register visit www.bookgarden.biz or call 908-996-2022.

Young readers will want to join the World Explorers Kids Club on Friday, Nov. 20, at The Spinnery on Race Street where they will learn where the yarn in their scarves and sweaters comes from and read some warm and fuzzy stories too! The fun is from 4-5 p.m. and World Explorers welcomes children 6ish to 11ish.bethk