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CANCELLED Sinterklaas - An Annual Tradition!
CANCELLED. Due to unpreventable circumstances, we are unable to hold this event this year. We look forward to seeing you in 2019! Sinterklaas will NOT be held on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-4 PM at the Hageman House and Barn. The celebration includes the Van Wickle dancers, in authentic Dutch costumes and wooden shoes performing folk dances from various regions of The Netherlands accompanied by music from those areas, and a description of where each costume originated. In the house are delicious Dutch treats and drinks for sale, music, activities for the kids, and docents will be on hand to answer any questions you have as you walk around this historic home. Children prepare for the arrival of Sinterklaas by coloring pictures of him, making various crafts, and playing Dutch children's games. Adults may take the opportunity to speak with Jan ten Broeke, our expert on 19th century farm implements and a native of the Netherlands, and examine the display of farming tools from the early days. Guests join together in the barn to share in the singing of Christmas carols. It is really wonderful to hear their voices ringing through the rafters. And of course everyone is delighted to see Sinterklaas himself arriving on his horse! The children hold arches of flowers over him as he proceeds to his red velvet throne in the barn. Then, he speaks to each of the children, to determine who has been good throughout 2017 and deserving of a small goodie bag.

Hageman House and Barn

209 South Middlebush Road · Somerset, NJ

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Join us for an array of interesting programming, held in homes listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Our all-volunteer non-profit has a mission of "giving the past a future" by restoring and preserving irreplaceable historic homes in Franklin Township for the enjoyment of everyone. We invite you to visit us on a Second Sunday when the Wyckoff-Garrettson museum house is open free to the public, to workshops on antiquing, bird-watching or understanding historic cemeteries, to having a luncheon or tea with a famous historical figure. We have fun family activities such as an annual Sinterklaas celebration, or a day of games followed by ghost stories around the campfire. For more information, you can view our website at www.TheMeadowsFoundation.org.

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