Domestic Arts

Celebrate the Season - Gingerbread Houses, ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ and Holiday Shopping

December 9, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Mark your calendars to register to enter your gingerbread house for the annual contest by December 8!

6th Annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 6th annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 9 and 15 - 16 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 18 to January 17.

From Fleece to Cloth: Shearing, Spinning, Weaving

April 15, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive event. Spinning—twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn—and weaving with the thread to create cloth—date back 1000’s of years. Its too cold for a visit by sheep to get their warm weather haircut. However, our popular shearer is ready to talk about the skill of shearing complete with fleece. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate the craft of hand spinning to create yarn and weaving students from Columbia High School’s fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth.


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Open Hearth Cooking: A Taste of History

January 21, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Durand-Hedden welcomes a new cook skilled in 18th century foodways to our annual historic cooking program honoring late longtime trustee, Irene Kosinski. Margaret Quinn, the spirited shearer who trimmed the wool from visiting sheep at our From Fleece to Cloth event last April, will bring the same energy and skill to our fireplace in January.

From Fleece to Cloth: Shearing, Spinning, Weaving

April 30, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive event. Spinning—twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn—and weaving with the thread to create cloth—date back 1000’s of years. Watch a shearer collect wool by shearing the fleece of two woolly-coated visitors from Kafka Farms. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate the craft of hand spinning to create yarn and weaving students from Columbia High School’s fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth.

Open Hearth Cooking: A Taste for History

January 22, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

In an annual tradition spanning 35 years, visitors have looked forward to gathering around Durand-Hedden’s 18th century hearth and experiencing how Maplewood residents of long ago cooked, ate, and kept warm during the long winter months. This January, Durand-Hedden is pleased to welcome a new cook to its kitchen.

4th Annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 4th annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 11 and 17 - 18 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 19 to January 17.

Meet “Green Witch” Robin Rose Bennett in the Garden

September 18, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Come learn about the nutritive and medicinal qualities of herbs, weeds and plants first-hand in an experiential plant walk from 2-3:30 p.m. in Grasmere Park and the herb garden. There you'll identify, smell, touch, and taste beneficial plants with Robin Rose Bennett, the spellbinding herbalist and author.

The 3rd Annual Durand-Hedden House Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden house invites bakers and confectioners of all ages – individuals, families, food professionals – to take part in its 2015 Gingerbread House Competition. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 3. Winners will be revealed at the December 6 open house.  Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 6 to 13 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 14 to January 16.

A Taste of History: Cooking at the Open Hearth

January 25, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Durand-Hedden welcomes a new cook skilled in 18th and 19th century foodways to our annual historic cooking program honoring late longtime trustee, Irene Kosinski. For over 20 years Carlotta Defillo has demonstrated open hearth cooking with flair and dedication at Historic Richmondtown in Staten Island. On the menu this year will be a chicken roasted in a tin reflector oven, crumpets fried on a griddle, tasty “cobblestones” and preserved foods from the fall harvest. Children will be able to try their hand at old-fashioned cooking chores like kneading dough and making butter.

Gingerbread House Entries on Display at Hilton Library

Durand-Hedden hosted its 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition on Sunday, December 7. All houses, including two versions of Durand-Hedden in gingerbread, will be on display at the Hilton Library through January 10.

Celebrate the Season

December 7, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

All ages will enjoy exploring the captivating display of inventive entries to the 2014 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition. Interested in being a contestant? Don’t forget to bring a camera to catch a photo of your children with our real-live “Victorian Santa.” Shop the Country Store to find inexpensive and unique gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefitting the Durand-Hedden House.

2nd Annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 7 and 12 - 14 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 15 to January 10.

Calling Bakers and Confectioners of All Ages

Register to enter the Durand-Hedden House 2013 Gingerbread House Competition. Entries will be shown at the December 8 exhibit at the Durand-Hedden House. Prizes will be awarded in Youth, Adult, and Professional categories. Following the exhibit, entries will be on display at the Hilton Branch Library through January 10.

A Taste of History at the Open Hearth

January 26, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Skilled 18th century cook Mercy Ingraham returns to the kitchen fire at the Durand-Hedden House this year as we remember our late longtime trustee Irene Kosinski.

See Gingerbread Houses and Meet ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ at Durand-Hedden

December 8, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Head to the Durand-Hedden House with your family for a fun, old-fashioned prelude to the holidays. There will be vintage decorations to see and a captivating display of inventive entries to the 2013 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition to explore. Don’t forget to bring your camera to catch a photo of your children with our real live “Victorian Santa.”

Washday Blues

The bottles, bars and boxes of soft and hard soaps and detergents that line supermarket and drugstore shelves today give little hint of the smelly and laborious processes that were once required to keep people and their belongings clean and fresh.

Her Story – Quilts and the Women Who Made Them

Quilts are among the few traditional household objects that bridge utility, communal activity and art, but they have always been made with consideration to their aesthetic value.

Holiday at the Hearth

December 2, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Head to the Durand-Hedden House with your family for a fun, old-fashioned prelude to the holidays. The Victorian parlor will be dressed up with garlands and vintage decorations setting the tone for a Christmas celebration of yesteryear.

Herbal Medicine the Wise Woman Way

September 30, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

New Jersey herbalist Robin Rose Bennett will lead us on a stroll around the MGC Herb Garden and less tamed areas of the grounds to explore the nourishing, medicinal flowers, fruits, and seeds of the season.

Amusements over the Decades

June 3, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Oh for the simple pleasures of yester-year before MTV, Xbox and Wii. Come by to participate in fun, old-fashioned activities that include word games, apple bobbing, La Grace and ice-cream making.

From Seed to Instrument

June 5, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 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.

The Magic of Fire - Open Hearth Cooking

January 23, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Mercy Ingraham, together with Durand-Hedden’s historic chef, Irene Kosinski, will introduce visitors to fascinating new open hearth cooking techniques and seasonal foodways of the past, including boiled pudding, salted cod, chicken-on-a-string and assorted pickled provisions.

18th c. Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration

January 24, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

A Taste of Honey: Bees in Colonial America

April 26, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Many early colonists brought honeybee hives to America to supply honey and beeswax and to provide a means of exchange for trading. Eric Rowe of 200-year-old Douglas Farm in Gladstone will demystify beekeeping practices 'then and now' and will offer tips on how today we as laypeople can help save this threatened insect.

18th c. Open Hearth Cooking

January 25, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Maplewood's historic house museum, the Durand-Hedden House invites the public to its popular annual open hearth cooking program. The organization's well-known costumed interpreters will demonstrate an 18th century kitchen in action, using techniques and utensils of the period.

Wash Day Blues

November 16, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Speaker Jane Chrysostom, an expert in woman’s pioneer history, will “edutain” visitors in the once essential, now bygone skill of making soap for clothes washing and bathing.

Historical Holiday Program

December 2, 2007, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Lifetime Maplewoodians Jeanne and John Bausmith explore the background of Christmas music and celebrations of the past at the Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood's Historic House Museum.

Garden Party & Vintage Wedding Lore

June 3, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Celebrate the coming of summer on the beautiful grounds of Durand-Hedden, Maplewood's historic house museum, with old-fashioned treats, games and exhibits.

Local Quilt Exhibit

March 11, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

For many years, a hand-sewn quilt was one of the only tangible ways a woman could leave her mark on history. This informal display will feature a variety of traditional, vintage and art quilts, the collection of the Durand-Hedden House and that of local quilters and collectors.

Holiday Memories to Create and Savor

December 3, 2006, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Many early colonists brought honey bee hives to America to supply honey and beeswax and to provide a means of exchange for trading. Eric Rowe of 200-year-old Douglas Farm in Gladstone will demystify beekeeping practices and will offer tips on how we as laypeople can help save this treatened insect.

Assassins in the Garden: Belladonna, Foxglove, Hemlock & Co.

January 23, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Not everything herbal or natural is good for us -- some of the most beautiful plants are quite toxic. From hemlock to lobelia, foxglove to rhubarb, retired internist Sandra Moss will reveal through her lavishly illustrated presentation just how various plant toxins affect the body.

The Secret Art of Making Herbal Oils and Vinegars

September 18, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Maplewood Garden Club Herb Garden, will show you how ridiculously easy it is to make your own flavored oils and vinegars from your favorite herbs. This is a “make ‘n take” workshop; a minimal charge will cover the cost of bottles and ingredients.

Create a Fresh Herb Wreath

September 19, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Garden Club volunteer Liz Demkin will tell you all about the herbs you select and show you how to easily accomplish this delightfully fun project.

Cheese Making: Jane’s Whey

March 7, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

The Science of Sea Glass

June 14, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Sea glass historian Richard LaMotte, author of the definitive guide Pure Sea Glass, will deliver a lecture on unlocking the secrets of sea glass. In addition to sharing beautiful photography from his book, LaMotte will showcase some of the most unusual pieces of sea glass and antique bottles from his collection.

Herbfest 2008

September 21, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Smell, taste and admire the vast variety of herbs that flourish in the Durand-Hedden House Herb Garden, a special project of the Maplewood Garden Club for nearly 30 years.

Loving Spoonful: 18th century Recipes Cooked at the Open Hearth

February 10, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

The organization's well-known costumed interpreters will demonstrate an 18th century kitchen in action, using techniques and utensils of the period. Visitors will have the opportunity to actually "enjoy a taste the past" by sampling typical early American soups and breads.

Herb Garden Event

September 23, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Join members of the MGC Herb Garden Committee as they give tours of the Garden, a Maplewood landmark established by the club in 1979.

Historic Craft Day

May 12, 2007, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The grounds will be the setting for the 1776 Crafters, a group dedicated to preserving trades and crafts from the past. There will be a variety of demonstrations such as woodworking, tinsmithing, Indian quilling, gunsmithing, and stained glass making.

Enjoy a Taste of the 18th Century

January 21, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Maplewood invites the public to its popular annual event featuring 18th century recipes cooked at the open hearth. Well-known costumed interpreter Irene Kosinski will demonstrate how an array of soups, stews, cornbread and journeycake were prepared at the fireplace over 200 years ago.

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