Cooking in the 18th Century
Engage the senses as historian Diane Lingsch prepares an 18th century meal over an open pit fire. She will be using 18th century recipes in her demonstration.
A Musical Delight to See & Hear!
From Liberty Songs to the stirring ballads of the Civil War, Ridley and Anne Enslow recreate the music of American history. Dressed in historically accurate clothing & playing on period appropriate instruments such as an 18th-century violin for Ridley & hammered dulcimer for Anne, they will accompany the Tricorne Dance Ensemble throughout the day.
Over There: Songs of WWI
Linda Russell & Companie will give us a look at the Great War through the music of the battlefield & the home front, including marching tunes, humorous ditties, love songs & wistful laments. With guitar, ukelele & dulcimer, the trio will sing favorites such as "Pack Up Your Troubles", "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" and "Keep the Home Fires Burning".
"Joyce Kilmer On Stage"
The Story of New Jersey's Famous Poet/Soldier
Alfred Joyce Kilmer, a New Brunswick native, was a poet, lecturer, literary critic & writer for the New York Times. Come listen to a reading of his poems, including the immortal “Trees”, by members of the Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah. Discover his life-story & how it was cut short at the age of 31 when he was killed in action with the legendary "Fighting 69th" in World War I.
The Sea Dogs Sing!
Come listen to a band of pirates sing their shanties and songs of the sea. Learn about a pirate’s life & sailing in and around NJ.
Flying Higher: A WASP Takes Wing
Carol Simon Levin will present a program on Ann Baumgartner Carl, a Jersey girl who trained as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during WWII. She became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the War & the first woman in the world to fly a jet airplane!
The Flemington Neshanocks, Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club, Hoboken Nine and United Base Ball Club of Trenton will play a baseball match according to the rules of the 1860s & 1870s. Period equipment & uniforms will be featured.
It’s Live and It’s on Radio!
Vince Turner presents “SPAM TIME” a fictional U.S. Army radio & live show that is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Vietnam War era.
SPAM Time will provide a full day of pre-recorded & live musical entertainment that includes actual recordings & announcements from various archival sources.
19th Century Photography
John Bernaski will demonstrate Civil War era wet plate photography using original and authentic formulas, procedures & equipment. He will outline the general history of the process & answer visitors’ questions.
The Fort Delaware Cornet Band
Wearing authentic Union uniforms of the Civil War & performing on period instruments, this brass band will entertain visitors throughout the day. Come sit a spell & enjoy the music!
Meet a “Colonial” Brewer
Historian, beer lover & colonial reenactor Rich Wagner will make his second appearance at the Fair. Watch as he demonstrates the process of making beer in the 1600s.
Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
You won’t want to miss this hilariously funny & entertaining performance! You will be enthralled by the heart stopping, death defying feats of Phydeaux’s famous acrobatic fleas & tremble in awe at the inimitable life changing scientific wonder of the age, Chief Wahoo Miracle Elixer. The show is a delectable slice of 19th century Americana.
Susan McLellan Plaisted is the proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Heart to Hearth Cookery will demonstrate & interpret Lenape foodways.