April 10, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The familiar park with the awesome views to the east on the mountain above Maplewood and nearby towns has far more interesting origins than most hikers and dog-walkers realize. The Reservation, now 2,110 acres, dates to 1895, the year the county commissioners established its parent body, the Essex County Park System, the first in the nation. Dave Hogenaur, a well known South Mountain Conservancy member who leads popular hikes through the Reservation, will enlighten us about the owners of the land before it was preserved, who first dreamed of the park, where the paper mills, the railroad and the quarry were, who Painter’s Point was named for, the deer paddock, important contributions the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made in the 1930s and the rerouting of Cherry Lane. This hour-long slide presentation will feature historic photos and maps as well as pictures of what locations in the park look like today.
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April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.