June 5, 2011, 1:00 PM
Musician, educator and instrument maker Cheryl Thomas will lead a fascinating participatory workshop demonstrating how the common gourd, a vessel used by many world cultures, can be transformed into a rattle through beading to make hauntingly beautiful music. Learn about the bottle gourd vines growing in the Herb Garden and pick up a gourd seedling to plant in your own garden. By fall you should be able to harvest gourds of your own.
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Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.