October 23, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Curious about our town’s recent hot “chicken” topic? Come to Durand-Hedden at 2:00 p.m to find out the true facts -both positive and negative -on keeping backyard chickens. Montclair tea salon owner Grace Chow Grund will introduce two “girls” from her flock and share information on the basics of poultry care, the cost, the equipment and space required, sources and what to do if the effort doesn’t work. There is a long history of raising chickens in Maplewood extending from our agrarian past up through the mid-20th c. until the practice declined on its own in the 1950’s. The jury is out as to whether or not this phenomenon will enjoy a popular return to our suburb.
From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. visitors will also be able to view the exhibit, The Maplewood Woman’s Club: A Century of Service to Country and Community and stroll the grounds of Grasmere Park. The Country Store will be open with its unique selection of souvenirs and books.
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June 9, 2019, 1:00 PM
Juneteenth, an African American celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States, will be the focus of the June program in collaboration with the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. The afternoon will include dancers, storytelling, a quilt display, musicians, activities for families and children, Civil War Colored Troop reenactors, as well as information about New Jersey’s history of slavery, which continued up until the time of the Civil War.
As part of the celebration, we are sponsoring a student essay contest on communications barriers between people of different races. All students in grades 6 through 12 who are residents of Maplewood or South Orange are eligible. Deadline is May 28. Read more information about the contest.