November 18, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The Watchung Mountains, a part of which loom above Maplewood and South Orange as South Mountain Reservation, have played an important part in both political and art history over the past three centuries. Mark Di Ionno, Star-Ledger columnist and author of three books about New Jersey, will discuss the role the mountains served in the American Revolution and how, a few decades later, they captured the imagination of some artists of the burgeoning Hudson River School, including Asher B. Durand of Maplewood, and Worthington Whittredge, who lived in Summit.
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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.