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Contents Hunterdon County Guide Annual 2015 Edition

Annual Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Bed n Breakfast. . . . . . . . . . . 10 Our Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


Scenes of Hunterdon. . . . . . . . 39 Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Stangl’s Rebirth . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53


Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Advertising Index. . . . . . . . . . . 64

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Hunterdon County Publisher William N. Waite Executive Editor Bob Waite Asssistant Editor Mary Beth Schwartz Art Director BCM MEDIA, INC. Photography Jess Graves, Melissa Kutalek Sandra Robertson-Kiley Advertising Director Vicky M. Waite

Account Executives Kathie Bachmann Lisa Bridge Kathy Driver Lisa Kruse Hunterdon County Guide is published annually by BCM Media Company, Inc., 309 W. Armstrong Drive, Fountainville, PA 18923. 215-766-2694. Single copy price of the Hunterdon County Guide is $1.95. For single copy sales, call 215766-2694 or visit Buckscountymag.com.

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Hunterdon County Black River & Western Railroad Ongoing: Train excursions April 3-4: Easter Bunny Express John Ringo Road, Ringoes, NJ. 908-7826622; www.blackriverrailroad.com. Golden Nugget Antique and Flea Market Ongoing: The Golden Nugget offers authentic antiques, collectibles, art, and interesting items. Over 60 indoor shops and 200 outside dealers. Free parking. Open Wed., Sat, and Sun. 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1850 River Road, Lambertville, NJ. 609-397-0811; www.gnflea.com. Howell Living History Farm Ongoing: Plan a visit to this living history farm, where farming is practiced as it was in New Jersey from 1890-1910. The site hosts regular monthly events. 17 Valley Road, Lambertville, NJ. 609-737-3299; www.howellfarm.org. Northlandz Ongoing: Visit the home of the Great American Railway, doll museum, and art gallery. Up to 100 trains travel over 8 miles of track, 40-foot bridges span huge canyons, and cities and villages feature thousands of buildings. Admission. 495 U.S. 202, Flemington, NJ. 908-782-4022; www.northlandz.com.

buildings and exhibits to learn about Clinton’s industrial heritage. The site hosts monthly events for the public. 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. 908-735-4101; www.theredmill.org. Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation Through June 3: Free Recreation Walks April 9-May 28: Thursday Morning Bird Walks April 17-19; 22: Annual Earth Day Celebration at Echo Hill Park April 28-May 26: Tuesday Afternoon Bird Walks May 30: Invasive Plant Pull at Stanton Station June-August: Camp Programs November: Touch a Truck 908-782-1158; www.co.hunterdon.nj.us. The Hunterdon Art Museum Through May 10: Contemporary International Tapestry May 3: HAM It Up! Community Day May 17-September 6: Peter Jacobs: The Collage Journal; Contemporary Drawings; Lisa Macchi: Recent Work May 30: My Clinton June 7: Art on Tap: Beer and Food Tasting Event 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, NJ. 908-7358415; www.hunterdonartmuseum.org.

Rago Arts Ongoing: Free Evaluation Events April 17-19: Unreserved/Great Estates/Jewelry May 7: 19th/20th Century American/European Art May 7: Post War/Contemporary Art June 6: Early 20th Century Design June 6-7: Modern Ceramics/Glass 333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ. 609397-9374; www.ragoarts.com.

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Through April 25: Abie’s Irish Rose May 1-June 20: The Fox on the Fairway June 24-27; August 23-29: Country Connections July 7-August 22: Twist & Shout! September 9-October 24: Social Security November 2-December 22: A Playhouse Christmas 2015 December 26-30: A Branson Country Christmas 2015 88 Route 173 West, Hampton, NJ. 800-4477313; www.hhplayhouse.com.

The Red Mill Museum Village Ongoing: This historic ten-acre site features the famous red mill and the Mulligan Quarry. Visitors can walk through the Village’s historic

Artists’ Gallery Through April 5: Gallery Members Group Show April 9-May 3: Jane Adriance and Michael


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Above top, Black River & Western Railroad. Below left, Shad Festival. Above, Bonnie Brae Polo.

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Schweigart May 7-31: Alan Klawans and Andrew Werth June 4-July 5: Gail Bracegirdle and Paul Grecian July 9-August 2: Joseph De Fay and Maxine Shore August 6-September 6: Richard Harrington and Alla Podolsky September 10-October 4: Beatrice Bork and Carol Sanzalone October 8-November 1: Joe Kazimierczyk and Eric Rhinehart November 5-December 6: Jose Anico and Charles David Viera December 10-January 31: Gallery Members Group Show 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ. 609-3974588; www.lambertvillearts.com. The Theatre at RVCC April 10: Cirque Ziva: Golden Dragon Acrobats April 11: Lustig Dance Theatre April 17: Vicki Lawrence & Mama April 18: Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre April 25: The StepCrew May 3: USAF Heritage of America Concert Band May 21: Valinor Quartet

RVCC, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ. 908-725-3420; www.rvccarts.org. Clinton: 150 Years April 11: Civil War Days at the Red Mill April 25: Clinton Fishing Derby April 25-26: Doing Clinton in the Spring Time May 3: Clinton Art Walk May 9: Fit Trail Dedication May 16: Sprintin’ Clinton 5K Race May 30: 150 Years Celebration June 6: Town Wide Garage Sale June 20: Agro Industry Day at the Red Mill July 8-12: Black Potatoe Music Festival at the Red Mill July 12: Rubber Ducky Race October 3-4: Doing Clinton in the Fall October 16-17, 24, 30-31: Haunted Mill at the Red Mill November 27: Town Christmas Tree Lighting Clinton, NJ. www.clinton150years.com Somerset Valley Players April 17-May 9: The Addams Family June 5-21: Moon Over Buffalo July 17-August 2: Breaking Legs September 11-October 4: 9 to 5 October 23-November 8: The Uninvited December 4-20: Miracle on 34th Street

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689 Amwell Road, Route 514, Hillsborough, NJ. 908-369-7469; www.svptheatre.org. Flemington Craftfest April 18-19: Enjoy crafts from a variety of vendors at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission. South County Park, 1207 Route 179, Lambertville, NJ. www.kraftfairs.com. The Opera Project April 19: April in Paris II (Prallsville Mills, Stockton) May 17: The Birthday Concert (Prallsville Mills, Stockton) 908-268-1264; www.theoperaproject.us. 34th Annual Shad Festival April 25-26: Over 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters, live music, family fun, and great food. Rain or shine. No admission fee. Lambertville, NJ. www.shadfest.com. Lambertville Historical Society April 25-26: Shad Fest Walking Tour of Lambertville June 7; July 5; August 2; September 6; October 4: First Sunday Walking Tours of

Lambertville October 18: Annual Autumn House Tour Marshall House Museum, 60 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ. 609-397-0770; www.lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org. Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum May-October: Visit this Hunterdon County museum that has preserved the region’s agricultural history from the 18th through 20th centuries. The site features regular events for the public. Admission. 1605 Route 29, Lambertville, NJ. 609-397-2752; www.holcombe-jimison.org. Raritan River Music Festival May: This annual concert series takes place at several locations in Hunterdon County. 908-213-1100; www.raritanrivermusic.org. The Roxey Ballet May 2: Mowgli Fall: The Nutcracker 243 North Union Street, Lambertville, NJ. 609-397-7616; www.roxeyballet.org. Riverside Symphonia May 3: 25th Anniversary Concert Finale: Ode to Joy!

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Summer: Concert Under the Stars Lambertville, NJ. 609-397-7300; www.riversidesymphonia.org. New Jersey Antique Shows May 17: Hunterdon County Spring Antiques Fair (South County Park, Lambertville) September 20: Hunterdon County Fall Antiques Fair (South County Park, Lambertville) December 5: Christmas Antique Show (Turnpike Road School, Oldwick) Admission. 609-865-9846 or email: ellenbob360@gmail.com. The Clinton Guild May 22-September 18: Friday Night Music June 12: Flag Parade July 31; August 1-2: Sidewalk Sales October 23: Pumpkin Fest November 27-29: Dickens Days December 4: Christmas Parade December 10: Candle Light Night Clinton, NJ. www.clintonguild.com. Annual Hidden Gardens of Lambertville Tour June 13: This annual self-guided walking tour allows visitors to enjoy elegant and unique “hidden gardens” in the backyards of resi-

dents in Lambertville, NJ. The tour begins at The Kalmia Clubhouse, 39 York Street, Lambertville, and showcases a variety of garden types and plants, from eclectic to formal, large and small. Net proceeds further The Kalmia Club’s mission and assist with its community outreach and annual scholarship programs. Admission. 609-397-2537; www.kalmiaclub.org. Bonnie Brae Polo Classic June 13: Come to this annual all-day event, held at Fieldview Farm. Gates open at noon, and the match begins at 2 p.m. There will be boutique shops, art exhibits, a champagne tent, light fare, and music. In addition, there will be traditional polo events, such as tailgate awards, the divot stomp, and appearances by local hound groups. Don’t miss the antique and classic car parade. Admission. 342 Quakertown Road, Pittstown, NJ. 908-7137656; www.bonniebraepolo.com. Tewksbury Historical Society June 13: Tewksbury Garden Tour September 5: Tewksbury Flea Market November 8: Covered Dish Supper and Program 60 Water Street, Lebanon, NJ. 908-832-

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6734; www.tewksburyhistory.net. Music Under the Stars Concert Series June 25-August 13: Enjoy eight weeks of free nighttime concerts through Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Deer Path Park, Flemington, NJ. 908-782-1158; www.co.hunterdon.nj.us. Downtown Flemington July 18: Salsa Night August 23: Corn and Tomato Festival September 12: Walking Tour of Historic Flemington September 18: Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival November 2: Flemington Restaurant Week Fall 2015 Flemington, NJ. 908-617-3243; www.downtownflemington.com. 33rd Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning July 24-26: The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America returns to Solberg Airport. There will be nightly concerts featuring headliner acts. In addition, there will be hundreds of arts, crafts, and food vendors. Don’t miss the nighttime hot air

balloon glow, and the fireworks. This year’s festival will feature Star Wars balloons, such as Darth Vader and Yoda. Admission. 39 Thor Solberg Road, Readington, NJ. 800-HOTAIR9; www.balloonfestival.com. Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair August 19-23: Animals shows, exhibits, rides, antique tractors, and food vendors await at this annual ag fair. Parking fee. South County Park, Route 179, Lambertville, NJ. 908-7826809; www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/4hagfair.htm. Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival September 12-13: Vendors, animal shows, kids’ activities, sheep dog herding, and more await at this annual festival. Parking fee. South County Park, Route 179, Lambertville, NJ. 908-730-7189; www.njsheep.org. Stanton Holly Trail December: This holiday tour features decorated homes, a candy house, and a complimentary silver tea house. Proceeds from the tour benefit the church and the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation. Advance tickets go on sale in October. Stanton, NJ. 908-713-8111; www.stantonhollytrail.com.

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Bed ‘N Breakfast Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast owners Donna and Ken Arold, along with lovable Quincy the Inn Dog, want to offer you the ultimate in a B&B experience

ears ago, I first met Donna and Ken Arold to write about their annual Christmas celebration. They were extremely gracious and I immediately felt at home. I would later return to spend By Mary Beth Schwartz a few nights in the Morning Glory room, complete with gourmet breakfasts and lots of rest and relaxation. Not too long after, Donna and my family worked together to host a wonderful baby shower in the formal front parlor to celebrate my soon-to-arrive son Jackson. Like other guests before me, every one of my stays at Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast has been a memorable and personalized experience. “Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast is a traditional



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Opposite top, Ken and Donna Arold, owners of Main Street Manor Be& Breakfast Inn. Opposite bottom, an exterior view of front of Main Street Manor. Top, a view of the front porch sitting area. Above left, the Forget Me Not room, which is the most romantic room at the Manor. Right, the cozy parlor where guests can sit, read or talk to each other while enjoying the fireplace.

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Victorian manor house. It was built in 1901 by a prominent family here in Flemington. It was a private residence until 1997, when it became a bed and breakfast. Ken and I took over the inn in April of 2005. We had a vision to make the inn beautiful. It had to be more than just a place for people to stay overnight. We saw it as an event type space. We meticulously restored the property. The rooms are true to Victorian old world feel with all of the modern amenities. We created lovely gardens outside and designed an area where intimate weddings can take place,” says Donna Arold. he casually elegant B&B in Flemington has five guest rooms, complete with fresh flowers, private baths, queen beds, flat screen televisions and DVD players, Internet, Wi-Fi, and climate controls. All of the rooms are located on the second floor. There is the Forget-Me-Not room. It has a large bath featuring a soaking tub, stained glass window, and vintage pedestal sink. Quincy’s English Rose overlooks the inn’s private gardens. The room has a white iron and brass featherbed and a Victorian parlor chair. Its table for two is perfect for an intimate breakfast. Bay Laurel has an oak electric fireplace and comfy side chairs. This large room is made cozy with antique furnishings. The Morning Glory room overlooks a historic magnolia street on Main Street. Its queen bed is covered with vintage chenille. The room is made sweet with Teddy bears. Last but not least, there is Beau’s Labrador Violet. This large and sunny room has a bay window and a pillow-filled banquette. The very purply room has a vin-



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tage white iron bed and a Victorian oak dresser with a large mirror. “Guests of Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast receive a two-course freshly prepared farm-to-table a la carte breakfast in our formal dining room. We source all of our foods locally as the seasons allow and love to incorporate items from our organic farm and the Inn’s own kitchen garden. For breakfast, we have a nice juice, perhaps some yogurt with fresh fruit or granola, or in the cooler season, oatmeal with a crunchy nut. I alternate the menus from day to day, with one day being sweet and the next savory. A sweet breakfast could include orange buttermilk pancakes or raspberry stuffed French toast served with sausage or bacon. For a savory breakfast, I might have an asparagus and fontina cheese quiche with shallot, and roasted and sweet potatoes with onion, served with bacon on sausage,” Arold says. A stay at a bed and breakfast would not be complete without tea time. “Inn-baked sweet treats always are on the menu here. Our dining room sideboard hosts a selection of coffee and teas, along with an endless jar filled with freshly baked cookies. In the mild months, we have iced teas and lemonade variations. Depending on the season, you might find a signature vanilla pound cake, triple chocolate brownies with walnuts, an apple rustic cake, or lavender cookies,” Arold says. On weekends, guests at Manor Street Manor Bed & Breakfast can enjoy an expanded afternoon tea in the parlor. You can find artisan cheeses, warm savories, or Ken’s summertime heirloom tomato bruschetta. Enjoy a complimentary glass of local wine with your afternoon snack.

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If tea is not for you, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast has several common areas for quiet contemplation. There is the library with a selection of books. The library also has a selection of movies, games, puzzles, and playing cards. The formal parlor is great for conversation by the fireplace. During the warmer months, you can sit on the front veranda in your wicker chair with a nice cordial. Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast is not just for weekend getaways. Brides and their grooms are increasingly turning to the Arolds for small weddings. “We have over 10 years of experience in the intimate wedding business. Last year we hosted 20 weddings. I am the wedding planner and help the couple bring their vision to fruition. The inn, veranda, its manicured gardens, and the entire property are totally private and just yours for your wedding, from vows to celebration. We can accommodate small weddings for up to 45 guests. We also can do a ladies afternoon tea, brunch, or dinner for the bride-to-be,” Arold says. The bride can come back to the inn to celebrate for an anniversary, vow renewal, or baby shower. The Arolds have won awards for their excellence in service. For five years in a row, they have won Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards, based on excellent reviews from past brides and grooms. They also have received for the past couple of years the Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor. “We are ambassadors of Hunterdon County. It is our job to know about the best in the area. We can plan an itinerary for you visit that includes shopping, the arts, farms and markets, historic sites, restaurants, wineries, recre-

ation, and antiquing,” Arold says. Donna and Ken Arold also like to represent Historic Flemington. “Sixty-five percent of the homes in Flemington are on the historic registry. Flemington is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is second to Cape May in the state of New Jersey. Last year, Ken and I were instrumental in the start of the Flemington Historic Preservation Commission’s Stroll through Flemington. The historic house tour featured six private homes and four public buildings. This year it will take place on Saturday, September 12,” Arold says. The Arolds also were instrumental in establishing Flemington’s Visitor’s Center on Main Street. Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast will host its own events during 2015. Throughout the course of the year there will be a series of floral arrangement workshops. These events require advance registration. In early December, the Arolds offer their Candlelight Christmas Tour, when the inn is open for the public to enjoy. Donna and Ken decorate with collections passed down from the generations. Visitors will see swags of fresh greenery, antique tin toys, vintage Snowbabies, and a festive tree in the parlor featuring antique German ornaments and Shiny Brites. MAIN STREET MANOR BED & BREAKFAST IS LOCATED AT 194 MAIN STREET IN FLEMINGTON, NJ.THEIR PHONE NUMBER IS 908-782-4928.YOU CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.MAINSTREETMANOR.COM OR LIKE THEM ON FACEBOOK. DONNA, KEN,AND QUINCY THE INN DOG LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR VISIT.

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Hunterdon County is a great place to live and it is also a great place to visit BY MARY BETH SCHWARTZ


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unterdon County is full of interesting places to visit for the native and tourist alike. We have rolling landscapes dotted with generational farms and farmer’s markets. We have bustling Main Streets where you’ll find restaurants, shops, and cultural events. We have 300 years of history, and the historic sites to prove it. We have museums, art galleries, and theater. We have a selection of bed and breakfasts for some rest and relaxation. And we have towns along the river for antique browsing and recreational activities. In fact for our itinerary we selected the river destinations of Milford, Frenchtown, Lambertville, and Stockton; the County Seat of Flemington, and Historic Clinton. So enjoy spending your time dining, shopping, and exploring these six enchanting Hunterdon County towns.

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The Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn on Bridge Street in Lambertville.

It is Hunterdon County’s only city. It began as Coryell’s Ferry in 1732, and was incorporated in 1849. In 2013, Forbes voted it one of America’s prettiest towns, with its streets lined with Victorian homes. Welcome to the City of Lambertville. Lambertville is a haven for the creative. Antique lovers flock to the city, which is known as “The Antique Capital of New Jersey.” Three popular antique stops are the Golden Nugget Antique & Flea Market, The Rago Arts and Auction Center, and The People’s Store Antiques and Design Center. For art connoisseurs, there is a plethora of galleries. You’ll find traditional and contemporary styles of photography, paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings. For those who crave culture, Lambertville has several centers for the arts. Riverside Symphonia, a Delaware Valley community orchestra, is headquartered here. Canal Studio Theater is home to progressive Roxey Ballet. There is the ACME Screening Room, the only indie cinema in Hunterdon County. The proposed performing arts center called Lambertville Music Hall will host a variety


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People go to Lambertville to shop, dine, visit art galleries and enjoy its rich history and beautiful architecture.

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Manon is a French restaurant on North Union Street in Lambertville.

of performances and programs. Lambertville is for those who love food. Foodies travel to Lambertville to dine at its cafes and restaurants. Some of the city’s top dining venues include Anton’s at the Swan, Bell’s Tavern, Lilly’s on the Canal, Hamilton’s Grill Room, and Lambertville Station, which is located in the restored Lambertville train station. They also come for the food festivals. One must attend event is the Lambertville Food Fair. This festival includes the area’s finest specialty and ethnic food trucks, Lambertville’s restaurants, and beer gardens. Every year, Lambertville is part of


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Restaurant Week with its Bucks County neighbor of New Hope, PA. The two also share the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival, which features several ticketed food events. In the spring, visitors come to the city for the Annual Shad Festival. During this event, local chefs prepare shad in creative ways. The festival also includes a selection of food vendors. End your Lambertville food excursion with some browsing at its fine boutiques. You’ll discover such delights as apparel, books, home decor, chocolates, and fine wine. Lambertville is also for history buffs. Coryell’s Ferry operated for about 100

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years between Lambertville and New Hope and played a pivotal role during the Revolutionary War. Scattered throughout Lambertville are numerous historic sites. There is the Holcombe House. Washington stayed here July 1777 and June 1778, prior to battles of Germantown and Monmouth. Throughout Lambertville are signs marking the Road to Monmouth Battlefield. Washington and his army camped here in 1778 en route to the battle of Monmouth. Revolutionary War Lieutenant George Coryell is buried in the cemetery at the First Presbyterian Church of Lambertville. The Marshall House Museum on Bridge Street is the home of the Lambertville Historical Society. And just outside of Lambertville is the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, as

well as the Howell Living History Farm. If you need a place to stay during your visit to Lambertville, there are many exciting options. There are newly designed riverside suites at the Inn at Lambertville Station. Lambertville House was built as a stagecoach stop in 1812 and is now a luxury hotel. Inn of the Hawke, built in the early 1860s as a riverfront home, is an inn and restaurant. Bridge Street House is a boutique guest house and gallery. Outside of Lambertville is the opulent bed and breakfast Chimney Hill Estate Inn. Whether you visit to shop, dine, attend a performance, bicycle along the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park’s Towpath, walk across the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge, or do all of the above, Lambertville is waiting for you. Hunterdon County Guide 2015


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Above, the Central Railroad of New Jersey station now is restored as a branch of Unity Bank.


It was established when Samuel Fleming built his home in 1756. It became the County Seat of Hunterdon County in 1785. And in 2014, it marked Hunterdon County’s Tricentennial with major pomp. Its streets are lined with Victorian homes, and it is renowned for its shopping. This is the Borough of Flemington. A majority of the Borough of Flemington is registered with the National Register of Historic Places. There are numerous historic sites on Main Street. There is the 1845 Doric House, the home of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, which was founded in 1885. Perhaps the most famous site is the Hunterdon County Courthouse, built in 1828. The Lindbergh trial of 1935 was held here. Across the street is the Union Hotel, built in 1814. The jury and members of the press were stationed


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here. Efforts are currently underway to restore the Union Hotel to its former glory. You can take the Historic Flemington Walking Tour, which highlights these sites and several others. Off of Flemington’s Main Street, on 5 Bonnell Street, you will find the Samuel Fleming House, also known as the Fleming Castle Museum. Another site of historic interest is the Stangl Factory. The former Stangl pottery making kiln operation, off of Stangl Road, now houses a growing artistic community, shops, a cafe, and the noted Blue Fish Grill. The Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market is held all year round on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Stangl Factory also hosts an ongoing music series. Down the way from Stangl you will find the ticket depot for the Black River & Western Railroad. This steam train company has been taking visitors from Flemington to Ringoes for 50 years. After your train ride, you can enjoy some shopping in Flemington. In fact, the train depot is headquartered right at the Liberty Village Premium Outlets. This center has 40 outlet stores, including Timberland, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Nautica, Carter’s, and Calvin Klein. There are additional outlets at the neighboring Turntable Junction, as well as on Church Street. Main Street has shops selling antiques, jewelry, clothing, books, and original art. Off of Main Street is Flemington Furs. They have been in business for over three generations. While in Flemington, you also can shop at the Flemington Department Store, or The Shoppes at Flemington. Lugging around all of those bags can


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work up quite an appetite. Whether you want to grab a hot bagel and a coffee, a slab of pizza, or a fine meal, Flemington has several eateries to choose from. You can have authentic Mexican cuisine at El Mariachi, enjoy brunch at the Market Roost, have a wood-fired dinner at Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, or spend some time savoring afternoon tea at Teaberry’s Tea Room. And if you are in search of a diner, Flemington has the Country Griddle, as well as the Flemington-Raritan Diner. Speaking of food, Flemington has its share of farmer’s markets. Located off of Route 12, you will find the historic Dvoor Farm. It is the headquarters for the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market. It is open every Sunday from May through November, and every third Sunday from December through April. The products vary, but you can usually find produce, cheese, eggs, meats, artisan breads, baked goods, honey, and alpaca products. Off of Route 202, there is the Dutch Country Farmers Market. It is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The market features Amish vendors with crafts and foods unique to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Flemington also is home to special events. There are car shows, street fairs, parades for Halloween and Christmas, Fourth of July firework displays, craft shows, and the Annual Turkey Trot. On July 18, there will be Salsa Night, and August 23 brings the Corn and Tomato Festival. The warmer months also feature Thursday Night Lights, when Flemington celebrates with live music and festivities. On September 12, continued on page 36

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Top, the Prallsville Mills Complex in Stockton, New Jersey is a community resource, arts center, and nationally registered historic site. Right, Lilly’s Meals restaurant, Left, Stockton Inn. Opposite, artist Jerry Cable’s gallery located within the John Prall House at 24 Risler Street, across the road from Prallsville Mills.

This quaint Hunterdon County borough located along the Delaware River has attracted visitors for years. It is home to fine restaurants, shops, historic sites, a local artisan farmers’ market, and a center for the arts. First named Reading’s Ferry, then Howell’s Ferry, and Centre Bridge Station, the village became Stockton in 1851. Stockton has always been of interest to the creative. One particular landmark, the Stockton Inn, has brought numerous celebrities to the borough. In 1933, Rodgers and Hart wrote the

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song There A Small Hotel, inspired by the Inn. It was in the 1936 Broadway show, On Your Toes. During the 1940s, the Inn was frequented by writers and artists, including Helen Hayes, Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman, and Dorothy Parker. In later years, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis frequented the circa 1710 inn. In the year 2015 art collectors travel to Stockton to visit artist Jerry Cable. “The subjects I paint reflect the romance and tranquility of another era. They are an evolution of my memories growing up on the family farm interwoven with my personal journeys. Although my goal is to capture a specific scene, my paintings are often interpretations of memories recalled by the subjects I paint. I enjoy creating an alternative environment where viewers can escape the turbulence of everyday life and connect with their inner stillness. Embracing that stillness is what

brings us to awareness of the beauty that is all around us,” Cable says. Whether he is painting stills, landscapes, hunt scenes, animals, or Maine’s Monhegan Island, Cable draws inspiration from the American Impressionists. He is partial to the New Hope School in Pennsylvania, and Old Lyme Academy of Connecticut. He was the artist-in-residence for Hunterdon County Town & Country Living magazine, where his paintings were featured on the covers. His work has been featured in over 60 exhibitions covering numerous states, including the Philadelphia Sketch Club and The National Arts Club in New York City. Jerry Cable’s gallery is located at the Prallsville Mills Complex. “The chance to be a part of Manor House Galleries was a great opportunity. I can do so much with the foundation of artists around me. I am the continued on page 36 Hunterdon County Guide 2014


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Above, Minette’s Candies on Bridge Street in Frenchtown, NJ.


Along the Delaware River you will find the popular destination of Frenchtown. Formed in 1867, this Hunterdon County Borough got its name from its early French-speaking settlers. Along with its rich history, Frenchtown has so much to offer its dedicated visitors. If you are a foodie, Frenchtown has a number of places to tease your palate. The town has a number of cafes. For a quick pastry and gourmet coffee, there is What’s Brewin' at Maria’s. For breakfast and brunch, you can visit the mini diner Frenchtown


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Cafe, the River Blue Cafe, or the Lovin’ Oven, where they offer seasonal menus with local ingredients, all prepared with love. There also is The Bridge Cafe. It is situated along the Delaware River in Frenchtown Railroad’s former train depot. During the warmer months, you can enjoy al fresco dining and enjoy the views, including the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge. It stands where a six-span wooden covered bridge once was. Across the street from the Cafe is The Frenchtown Inn, circa 1805. It is one of Frenchtown’s original hotels. The other is The National Hotel. Built in 1833, it was a stagecoach stop for such historical figures as Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody. The National Hotel is home to the famous Rathskellar Pub. Down the street from the Hotel is the Frenchtown Farmers’ Market. Visitors can acquire fresh, healthy, local goods on Sundays from June through October. Shoppers will love what Frenchtown has to offer. There are boutiques with decor, stationary, confections, antiques, toys, clothing, and crafts. Frenchtown has its own art galleries. It also has a community-centered independent bookshop, The Book Garden. The store hosts events throughout the year. Through the month of December, Frenchtown presents Shopping Just Got Better. When you purchase $25 or more in a store, you are entered to win a basket full of gift cards valued at $500. Each time you shop, you are entered again. There are two winners, each winning a basket. People also flock to Frenchtown to enjoy the scenery. If you want to stay for the weekend and do several activities, consider a stay at


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the Widow McCrea House Bed and Breakfast. Cycle Corner of Frenchtown offers bike rentals from those who want to leisurely pedal through the Borough or along the Delaware and Raritan Canal. This canal near Frenchtown was used during the American Revolution to move supplies to General George Washington’s troops. If river sports are more your thing, Delaware River Tubing offers tubing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking trips down the Delaware, complete with a barbecue lunch. For some indoor fun with the family, you can bowl at West Hunterdon Lanes, or go roller skating at the Frenchtown Roller Rink. For those who enjoy attending festivals and special events, Frenchtown has its share. On July 11, there is the Bastille Day Fete. Frenchtown decorates in blue, white, and red to celebrate Bastille Day in its own special way. There will be live music, puppet shows, poetry readings, store events, and a Movie Under the Stars. On August 30, there is Riverfest, a celebration of the river town. This annual event includes a pet show, earth friendly arts, activities for the children, food from local eateries, live music, store events, and wildlife presentations and displays. In the fall, there is Frenchtown in October. There will be store events, along with the annual Zombie Walk on October 24. And in early December, there is the Frenchtown Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Caroling. Whether you visit for the food, to go shopping, or just enjoy the Hunterdon County countryside, Frenchtown has something for you.

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A flower bed full of tulips in the front of Chestnut Hill on the Delaware Bed & Breakfast.

Along the picturesque Delaware River is Hunterdon County’s Borough of Milford. First named Burnt Mills, then Millsford, then finally Milford, the Borough was incorporated in 1911 and registered in 1925. Proudly called Milford on the Delaware by the community, Milford has a rich history. In 2009, the Milford Borough Historical Society was founded to preserve Milford’s local historic resources and educate the community about local history. One way to see Milford is by foot. One of the first sights you see coming into town is the impressive Presbyterian Church of Milford. Formed in 1832, it stands proudly on Bridge Street. Across the street from the church is the town post office. A mural of the town is depicted on its wall. Crossing over Milford’s decorative bridge you will come to The Ship Inn. It was New Jersey’s continued on page 37


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Above, Riverside Coffee & Tea. Opposite, Clinton’s famous Red Mill that stands outside of the Red Mill Museum Village.

In 2014, Hunterdon County honored its 300th anniversary with a yearlong celebration of events. This year, it is Historic Clinton’s turn in the spotlight, as the picturesque town situated on the South Branch of the Rarity River celebrates 150 years. Known as Hunt’s Mills in the late 1700s, the town officially became Clinton when it was incorporated in April of 1865. It was named in honor of Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York. Clinton has a rich history. Visitors coming to the town can see several historic sites. The first regiment of Minute Men in the Colonies formed at the site of Bonnell’s Tavern in 1775. Down the road from the tavern is The Red Mill Museum Village. This 10acre landmark features the famous 1810 Red Mill, The Mulligan Quarry, general store, 1860 Bunker Hill Schoolhouse, a blacksmith


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FLEMINGTON from pg 22 there is the Walking Tour of Historic Flemington. September 18 brings the Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival. On November 2, there is Flemington Restaurant Week. As you can see, there always is something going on in Flemington. And if you plan on staying for the weekend, book a room at the local award-winning bed and breakfast, the Main Street Manor.

STOCKTON from pg 25 anchor artist, as well as the artist in residence. I have a main gallery room where all of my originals are located, and then there is a side room that comes off of the main gallery where I have my prints and reproductions. There is a studio on the second floor, and I have a painting room upstairs. It is all located within the John Prall House, which was built in 1794. I love painting old stone buildings and houses, so to have this as the backdrop for my work is spectacular,” Cable says. During this year, Cable will host workshops, invitational shows, and even give some tours at Manor House Galleries. The gallery is open regularly on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. During the week, an appointment is necessary. The GPS address is 24 Risler Street in Stockton. You can phone at 908-303-5921 or visit www.jerrycablestudio.com for a listing of upcoming events. According to Delaware Scenic Byway Administrator Edie Sharp, the Prallsville Mills Complex is a community resource, arts center, and nationally registered historic site.


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The property includes a sawmill, gristmill, grain silo, quarry, and linseed oil mill. The Prallsville Mills Complex is part of Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park. The site is preserved by the Delaware River Mill Society. The complex is located along the Delaware River Scenic Byway, which runs from Trenton to Frenchtown. “The Byway is rich in culture, recreation, and history. Last July we held a major exhibit at Prallsville Mills for artists with a permanent presence on the Byway. There were 20 different artists with 100 pieces of art. We intend to have another show this year. At Manor House Galleries, we have ongoing shows for Byway artists. I also have my art displayed there along with Jerry Cable. Across from the John Prall House is The Art Colony, the studio for Ty Hodanish. He hosts community art classes throughout the year,” Sharp says. Along with Manor House Galleries, the Prallsville Mills Complex is headquarters for several organizations involved with the arts. The Opera Project, a classical singers’ forum, hosts a series of concerts in the spring. Artsbridge hosts a members' show for the month of February, and a juried show for the month of July. River Union Stage Company, an area equity theater, is here. There is a show by the Hunterdon County Watercolor Society in June; a hooked rug show or quilt show in October; and a craft show in early December. There also is a series of concerts by John Weingart, Music You Can’t Hear on the Radio. And the Raritan River Music Festival starts their season at Prallsville the first Saturday in May. You can find the latest information on the Prallsville Mills Complex at www.drms-stockton.org. Perhaps you would like to venture back to

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the center of Stockton for a bite to eat. You can have a fine meal at the Stockton Inn or Lilly’s Meals. Stop at Phillips’ Fine Wines and BYO to Via Ponte Ristorante Siciliano. Perhaps you want something light from the cafe at the Stockton Market. This local indoor market on Bridge Street has over 25 artisanal vendors. On Friday evenings, as well as on weekends, you will discover fresh produce, homemade breads, seafood, local meats, and honey. And after a day of play in Stockton, there is the 1792 Woolverton Inn for the ultimate in relaxation.

MILFORD from pg 30 first brewpub to brew beer since Prohibition. The Ship Inn is located in the 1860s Victorian building known as The Town Tavern. The pub offer British-inspired foods and a selection of ales. After a meal at the pub, consider some antique shopping at Allen’s Antiques. If you continue walking down Bridge Street, you will come to a Warren truss bridge, which was built in 1933. This bridge replaced the 1842 Upper Black EddyMilford Bridge. The covered bridge was destroyed by a flood. Milford served as a ferry crossing to and from Pennsylvania starting in 1760. Early in the 19th century, Milford was a stopover for logging crews on their way to Philadelphia. In 1853, Milford was added as a stop on the Belvidere Delaware Railroad. Milford Station Bakery, also on Bridge Street, is located in the old train depot. They are known for their homemade bagels, mammoth muffins, and lunch items. Next door to the depot is the original grist mill built in 1799.

If you take Church Street off of Bridge Street, you will come to Milford’s Victorian bed and breakfast, Chestnut Hill on the Delaware. Built in 1860, the five-star inn is lovingly operated by innkeepers Linda and Rob Castagna. The B & B offers beautiful views of the Delaware River from its verandas, rooms, and gardens. In their dining room, they have an antique light from The Milford Opera House. The 1895 landmark still stands on Carpenter Street. Heading back to Bridge Street, you can stop in to other quaint shops, cafes, and salons. Search for the perfect bottle of wine at The Milford Market. Later grab a slice or two at Pipolo’s Pizza. During the warmer months, the Delaware River offers recreational fun. Bring your kayak or canoe for an afternoon ride down the river. Better yet, go tubing down the bumpy river. You will see the nature of the area, including birds and wildlife. Fisherman will appreciate the search for striped bass, muskies, and shad. Bicyclists can ride their bikes along paths as well as in town. If you would rather venture outside of Bridge Street, you can take a couple of different tours. You can make your own wine trail and visit local Alba Vineyard & Winery, as well as Villa Milagro Vineyards. If you would like to visit farms, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse makes artisanal breads and cheeses. Tassot Apiaries Inc. offers raw local honey, natural soaps, and beeswax candles. During the picking seasons, Phillips Farms has pick-your-own produce. If you would rather go to a market, local fresh produce can be had June through September at the Holland Township Farmers’ Market. A trip to Milford would not be complete without a continued on page 38 Hunterdon County Guide 2015


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great meal at Milford Oyster House. Set in a lovely historic stone building, the Zagat-rated restaurant is known for serving a selection of fresh seafood with the freshest, often local, ingredients. Milford’s heart lies in its community spirit. The Milford Merchants Association sponsors several annual events. The Townwide Yard Sale is on June 20. The Milford Town Picnic is in the park on July 4. The hugely attended Milford Alive is September 26, complete with music acts, bed races, and fireworks. On October 25, there is the Milford Halloween Parade. And on December 11, there is Christmas in Milford, when Santa comes to visit families in the illuminated town. Whether you want to spend the day, or the entire weekend, Milford has something for everyone.

CLINTON from pg 32 shop, replica of Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan’s childhood log cabin, carriage sheds with farm equipment, and an herb garden with springhouse. Across the Raritan River from The Red Mill Museum Village is The Stone Mill. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1836 on the site of a mill that was claimed to have ground wheat for George Washington’s troops. It operated from 1836 to 1952, when it became the Hunterdon Art Museum. Today, the museum offers exhibits of contemporary art, craft, and design. The Lowthorp Truss Bridge on Main Street, built in 1870, connects the two mills. “The Clinton 150 started as the brain child of Allie McGaheran. She was the former mayor, lifetime resident, town historian, and the one you went to when you wanted to know


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what was going on in the town of Clinton. Clinton is a community where we know one another. We gather together downtown to grab a cup of coffee, some ice cream, to listen to some music. I want to reinvigorate the town and get visitors exciting about coming here. We can bring a whole new group of individuals who are excited about history, and show them the role that Clinton played in shaping New Jersey, this country,” says Mayor Janice Kovach. There is always something going on in Clinton. The Clinton Guild, consisting of local museums, restaurants, and merchants, presents a regular calendar of events. From May through September, you can enjoy Friday Night Music. From 7 to 9 p.m., there are three bands located throughout Clinton. June brings the Flag Day Parade. In July and August, you can find sidewalk sales at Clinton’s eclectic mix of shops. In late October, there is Pumpkin Fest. Late November brings the popular Dickens’ Days, which includes horse and carriage rides, carolers, Father Christmas, and street musicians. The Christmas Parade is in early December, as well as the beautiful Candle Light Night. To mark 150 years, Clinton will feature a series of events. The Red Mill Museum Village will host its Civil War Days in April, Black Potato Music Festival in July, and the Haunted Mill in late October. In April, the town of Clinton will have its Fishing Derby, as well as Doing Clinton in the Spring Time. May brings the Clinton Art Walk, Fit Trail Dedication, and the Sprintin’ Clinton 5K Race. “On May 30, there will be a town-wide

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SANDRA ROBERTSON-KILEY I am a married mother of three, residing in Hunterdon County for over 20 years. I am a selftaught photographer who realized a love of photography through the eyes of my children. Always looking for the perfect backdrop, I decided to take my photography to the next level by shooting nature landscapes and wildlife. Spontaneity is what draws me to nature. The element of surprise is exciting, and beckons me to never leave home without my camera. Every photograph tells a story, and I enjoy bringing that story to life by enhancing my images with editing software. It reveals the pure rawness of the focal point and evokes emotion. My most recent fascination is black and white and abstract photography. I love the powerful way light plays upon the image of a black and white, creating a stunning focal point; while abstract photography has only one rule, and that rule is there are no rules. Please contact me via email if you would like custom canvas or signed prints made at: ixoramrita@verizon.net.

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COWS OUTSIDE Husband and wife team Nina and Jonathan White of Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse do farming the oldfashioned way—the way it was meant to be

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ince the 1990s, there has been a push for grass-fed farms. According to Eat Wild author Jo Robinson, animals that forage on a native diet of pasture have less stressful lives. They do not have to be fattened up with grain, soy, or supplements. They are healthy, so there is no reason to treat them with antibiotics. The animals grow at a natural pace, without hormones or growth additives. And that is exactly what is going on at 100 percent grass-fed Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse in Milford. “We founded Bobolink in 2002 on a leased farm. My husband Jonathan and I founded it because it was a project that needed to happen. In the 90s, we had a business that was making artisanal cheese from commercially produced milk. During our travels, we learned how delicious 100 percent grass-fed cheeses were. Through encouragement from Chef Jean-Louis Palladin, we decided to get our own cows because we were unable to persuade other farmers to put their cows


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Opposite, grass-fed cows at the Bobolink farm. Above, Nina and Jonathan White at Bobolink with artisan cheese in the foreground. Center and bottom, freshly baked artisan bread and baked goods.

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on a 100 percent grass-fed diet,” says Owner Nina White. “We used the name Bobolink after the small blackbird that in previous generations was as common as the robin. They nest in grasslands in June and July in the Northeast. With the encroachment of grasslands, they are becoming rare. Our farming practices create a habitat for the Bobolink and open up a wide diversity of wildlife—birds, bugs, worms, all of those good things that are necessary to a balanced ecosystem. Agriculture harmoniously coexists with wildlife at Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse,” White says. Bobolink produces 100 percent grass-fed raw cow’s milk cheeses. “Our special tool is a very sturdy cow that we have been developing since 2003. The cows are small and low producing so that they can be healthy in a natural environment. We also use a milking system and cheese vat, along with highly tuned taste buds and smarts. Our ripening room is maintained at about 55 degrees and 95 percent humidity. We age all of our cheese there at least 60 days, usually longer,” White says. All of the cheeses at Bobolink are original types created by Jonathan. “The cheeses can have a wide, very full flavor profile without any of the biting challenge that one might find in a similar full flavored cheese made industrially,” White notes. One cheese highlighted by Nina is JeanLouis. “This is our biggest wheel, named in honor of Chef Jean-Louis Palladin, who encouraged food artisans to aim for bolder, earthier flavors. The wheel can be anywhere between 17 and 22 pounds. It has a bold tangy flavor with a texture that will range from gooey to firm.”


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Bobolink’s delightful Baudolino cheese ranges from 3 to 6 pounds per wheel. “This is a very gooey wheel that has a smoother texture and at best is going to be spreadable.” Their Drumm cheese is gooey on the edge and mostly crumbly in the middle. Drumm cheese in the spring is an 8 to 10 pound wheel and has a tang, as well as a grassiness. “When you shop for our cheeses, we encourage tasting. We are here to educate and share. We want customers to bring home what they can reasonably use in a week or two,” White says. Along with the cheese, Nina and Jonathan offer artisan breads. “We are both bakers and decided we would bake breads in a single chambered wood-fired oven as a complement to the cheese. We are currently baking five days a week. The breads are made from regionally grown organic grains and local ingredients. We make cheese seven days a week, spring through fall. People can take our monthly hands-on classes for baking, cheesemaking, and charcuterie,” White says. You can find Bobolink’s breads and cheeses at their farm market. The store also has free-range eggs, emmer pasta, vegetables from their sustainable garden, 100 percent grass-fed milk products, even a line of Bobolink ice creams. Another Bobolink product is their afternoon farm tour. You can preregister for a tour on cowsoutside.com. Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse is located at 369 Stamets Road in Milford. For more information, email: info@cowsoutside.com. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook. MARY BETH SCHWARTZ



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REBIRTH What was once a great factory in Flemington for making pottery is now a cultural center for arts, crafts, a restaurant, and even a farmers market BY MARY BETH SCHWARTZ


lemington has a history rich in pottery. It begins with Hill Pottery in the 1800s. In the 1860s, Hill Pottery was acquired by the future Fulper Pottery Co. In 1928 Martin Stangl would become head of the company. Stangl Pottery’s original Flemington factory produced wares until the 1920s, when other facilities in Trenton and Flemington took over production. The original Flemington facility was destroyed by fire in 1929. By 1935 all production there stopped. From then on, the original Stangl Pottery was used as a retail showroom for Stangl’s dinnerware, Audubon birds, and art pottery. It became one of the first outlets in the nation. From the 1930s through the 1970s, Stangl Pottery was a tourist destination. In 1978, Stangl Pottery closed and Pfaltzgraff moved in. Back in the late 80s’, I worked part time at the Pfaltzgraff outlet. Every weekend, I would stock the shelves around the kilns, go inside cramped passageways where the inventory was held, and pass the giant Stangl Pottery jar outside. I would look up at the original beehive kilns lining the roof tops and wonder about the people who worked there before me. The outlet closed its doors in 2008, and the building was dormant until 2011, when it would become the Stangl Factory. “When we bought the former pottery facility, the 16,000 square feet of


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it was empty. It was a big open space, except for the masonry walls holding up the roof. Our objective was to find a way to use its cultural history as a touchstone to what would happen there. It would evolve around art, entertainment, and music. A key feature had to be fine arts and crafts,” says Stangl Factory partner Frank Banisch. “The building needed significant structural work and renovation. Parts of it had been abandoned for as long as 50 years. Nothing had been used the five years before we bought it. The roof leaked, floors were falling apart, windows and doors were inoperable, and the HVAC system needed work throughout the entire complex. We used Pickell Architecture and Eckelmann Brothers Construction to complete the project. We strived to repurpose elements of the factory wherever possible. All three of the kilns were renovated to the point that their insides could be used as displays or gathering spaces,” says Stangl Factory partner George


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Eckelmann. According to Frank Banisch, the tenants at Stangl Factory changed over time. The first tenant in the building was John Fulwood. “Kissimmee River Pottery is the studio and gallery of master potter John Fulwood, nationally renowned for his beautiful and unique functional pieces and single fire process. His studio also offers classes in the workshop using eight teaching wheels. Beginners and advanced students can learn techniques and explore their own artistic inclinations under John’s guidance,” Banisch says. Another early tenant was the landmark Flemington restaurant, the Blue Fish Grill. “There is SOMI Fine Art, an artist-run cooperative gallery centered around one of the beehive kilns. Blue Sky Boutique features boho-chic fashion. Gyldcraft is a pottery and antiques shop. It features Arts & Crafts pottery made by Steve Blakely, a student of John Fulwood. We also have Factory Fuel Co., a hip coffee house that also has poetry readings,

open mic nights, and storytelling sessions,” Banisch says. Along with the businesses, the Stangl Factory features a weekly indoor farm market. “The Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market is held all year round on Saturday mornings. The 30plus vendors at the market are local, within a very small radius of Flemington. You can find beautiful crafts, brown eggs, locally grown fresh produce, grass-fed meats, specialty foods and desserts, and artisanal breads and cheeses. We have been doing it for three years now, and it is a great success. The market is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.,” Banisch says. The Stangl Factory also features a musical series every other Saturday night called Stangl Stage. “We have top performers and musicians come out and do shows. We ask for a donation to attend, and food is available.” For those who are interested in the history behind the Stangl Factory, it did not get lost in renovation. “We have a permanent display area with two glass cases that is maintained by the Stangl-Fulper Collectors Club. The items on display are rotated throughout the year. We would like to grow the history connection of the building. People like to see this connection. The Club features two auction sales a year out the Stangl Factory. It is a chance to get items that were made here,” Banisch says. Stangl Factory is located at Mine Street and Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ. The phone number is 908-782-5134. You can check out their Website at www.stanglfactory.com or like them on Facebook. RIGHT, POTTERY FROM THE COLLECTION HUNTERDON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Somi is an artist-managed, co-op gallery featuring local artists whose work is displayed around one of the Stangl Factory's beehive kilns

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I am am an an inventor. inventor. I am am a reader. reader. I am am a peace-maker. peace-maker.

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The Private School Edge ew Jersey is known for its educational institutions and its educators. Prior to the Revolutionary War, the great philosopher/theologian Jonathan Edwards left his ministry for the honor of being the president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Education in New Jersey has always been an important value and educators here are held in high esteem. Colleges and universities have since flourished in the Garden State and so have great private secondary schools that would prepare students for the stiff competition involved with being admitted to the better colleges and universities. Private schools are proven to better prepare students for college than do their public counterparts. The U.S. Department of Education in a report entitled "Private Schools: A Brief Portrait" found that private school students performed better on standardized achievement tests than their public school counterparts, and that private schools have more demanding graduation requirements. They also found that private schools prepare students with more advanced courses and that their graduates are more likely to complete a college degree by their mid 20s than are public school graduates. This is not to say that New Jersey doesn’t have great public schools. They are at the top of the nation in several comparisons, but private schools do give students an edge and not just academically. Private schools are also known for giving their students more individual attention. Students learn in a safer peer environment. Negative peer pressure to underachieve is absent in private schools and being smart is actually ‘cool’ in private schools. So for parents who want to give their children an edge in life, a private education may be the beginning of higher academic achievement, better earning potential and better attitudes about self and life.


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SCHOOL IS THE MOMENT WHEN: Rigor becomes reward. Honor becomes instinct. Leadership becomes habit. Futures become limitless.


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tuart educates young women leaders who are confident, smart, and ready to change the world. Nestled on 55 wooded acres in Princeton, Stuart offers girls in Jr. K-12 a challenging curriculum, innovative technologies, great athletics, light-filled art studios, and more! Stuart also has a Co-ed Early Childhood Program. Come visit to see why there's no better environment for a girl to find her voice, her passions and her place in the world than at Stuart.


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PRIMARY SCHOOL IS THE MOMENT WHEN: Virtues become habits. ounded in 1894, Kent Place School is New Jersey始s only independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory day school for girls (Kindergarten - Grade 12), with a co-educational junior prekindergarten and pre-kindergarten. Small classes, individualized college counseling, state of the art technology, leadership development, interscholastic athletics and diverse options in the fine arts define a Kent Place education.


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Failures become fortunate. Curiosity becomes inspiration. Classrooms become communities.


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aldorf School of Princeton is part of a worldwide educational movement, thoughtfully interweaving art, science, and movement at every level and every class to awaken and strengthen children始s natural capacities. Our balanced curriculum corresponds to a unique understanding of the stages of human development; specially trained teachers focus on children始s physical, social, and cognitive skills in a screen-free, low-test environment. Daily outdoor activity on our 22acre campus occurs amidst field, forest, garden, and farmland. Programs for toddlers through eighth grade.


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block party, the 150 Years Celebration. We will close Main Street from the Red Mill to the firehouse. The all-day event will have activities for families, food, live music, street vendors, and a visit from the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum. One of our residents, Christie Wood, is painting a mural in town that shows Clinton from its incorporation through today, which we hope to have completed for the big event. Later in the year, there will be house tours, a historic cemetery tour, and a time capsule dedication,” Mayor Kovach says. June brings the Town Wide Garage Sale to Clinton, and July features the annual Rubber Ducky Race. September brings the Town Picnic with a grand fireworks display. In October, there is Doing Clinton in the fall, and the first Harvest Fest, presented by The Clinton Farmers’ Market, which is held from May through October. And in late November, the town gathers for the Christmas Tree Lighting. A complete listing of 150 events can be found at www.clinton150years.com. “There is so much to experience in Clinton. Here in the middle of rural Hunterdon County you can dine at a Thai, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean, or farmto-table restaurant. We have cafes. The Clinton House is steeped in history. You can stay overnight at Riverside Victorian Bed & Breakfast on Leigh Street. You can boat, kayak, or fish at Spruce Run Recreation Area or Round Valley Recreation Area. Both are a short drive from Clinton,” Mayor Kovach says. Whether you walk through the town and

take in the Victorian architecture, watch the ducks by the mills, or spend time in a bookstore, art gallery, or antique store, Clinton is the place to step back and enjoy a simpler time. Clinton is waiting for you to be a part of their 150th anniversary celebration.

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Dining Out


By Mary Beth Schwartz

ocated off of Routes 202 and 31 in Flemington you will find Jake’s Restaurant & Bar. Since 1991, the eatery has been providing great food and a friendly atmosphere to its dedicated clientele. The customers keep coming back for the cuisine prepared by Chef William B. Kinslow. “I began my career in 1969. My early experience was in restaurants and resort hotels. I am primarily selftaught, although I have had great mentors throughout my career in both culinary and in business. I taught cooking classes for Kings for 20 years. In 2007, I earned by B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management at the University of Delaware. Currently, I am an adjunct professor for Raritan Valley Community College teaching courses at Hunterdon County Polytech,” Winslow says. According to Winslow, Jake’s offers varied cuisine, and is known for their consistency, quality, and value. “We are not limited to a specific style. Some items are classics; others could be Italian, Spanish, Southeast Asian, even Regional American. We try to be authentic in our ingredients and techniques. Our menu changes to reflect a more casual style of dining and to introduce some new



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flavor profiles. We source local produce in season from Sweet Valley Farms in Ringoes, and Sansone’s in Hopewell. We buy our seafood daily from New Jersey and Philadelphia suppliers. Our beef is USDA choice; some items are Certified Angus. We

offer Murray’s all-natural chicken,” Winslow says. So, what is Jake’s known for? “We are probably most known for our chicken tenderloins, a product developed as an alternative to chicken wings. Jake’s Steak is another specialty. We also do different styles of mac and cheese. We pride ourselves on offering a wide selection of fish and seafood,” Winslow says. Jake’s also is known for being involved with happenings in Hunterdon County.

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Dining Out

THE GRILL AT THE PITTSTOWN INN t has been hosting Hunterdon County since the 1760s. It was originally called Hoff ’s Mill Inn, serving as a stagecoach stop, and offering travelers lodging. During the American Revolution, Deputy Quartermaster General Moore Furman used it as his supply depot to furnish supplies to General Washington. The Inn has gone through numerous owners since the Revolution, but has remained almost continuously in business. Now, more than ever, it offers a welcome spot to both locals and travelers alike,” says Gary Walia, Owner of The Grill at The Pittstown Inn. Walia became the owner of the Inn in June of 2013. “I would pass the Inn every day traveling to the City, and thought that the building had such personality. I wanted to stay closer to home and slow life down a bit. I had worked since 1993 for several high-end restaurants in New York City. I moved to Pittstown about six years ago. I am an aviator, and Sky Manor and Alexandria are two local airports that attracted me to this area. It has been one of the most interesting things I have ever done. There is such history here. I have copies of menus from 1797,” Walia says. Under Walia’s management, the Inn has been updated—the interior, as well as the



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outlook of the staff, floor, and management. You always will find him on the floor of the restaurant. “You are our guest here. Restaurants are not just about the food anymore. It is about the entire experience. The Black Angus steaks we do are phenomenal. The house burgers are outstanding. One of

our star attractions is the Catch of the Day. We now have an extensive international wine list, a fully stocked bar, and a selection of beers, ” Walia says. Walia has kept the cuisine Contemporary American under Chef Emmanuel Gomes. “Our focus is fresh. Everything is made to order and made at the minute. It takes a little bit longer, but the food comes out fresh and of the best quality. We do believe in a lot of farm to table, procuring from local farms for meats and produce. During the week, we feature one American special, as well as one Indian special,” Walia says.

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JAKE’S You can find them pouring beer during Flemington’s Salsa Night. They donate to local charities, including the food pantry and SAFE in Hunterdon. Chef Winslow hosts a radio show for the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce called Chef Bill’s Table. They participate in Flemington’s Restaurant Week. Jake’s also hosts wine and beer tastings throughout the year. They offer craft beers, 15 tap beers, a stocked bar, and a whiskey bar. Jake’s has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Jake’s offers the best of both worlds— fine dining and a relaxed sports bar. You can order from the seafood bar, nibble on a lengthy list of appetizers, or enjoy a hearty artisan salad. Seafood lovers can have their fish and chips, crab cakes, scallops, or lobster mac and cheese. For those who fear change, enjoy the chicken parm, a pasta dish, or a stir fry. You also can opt for a burger or sandwich. And for you meat lovers, you can have a slab of prime rib, surf and turf, or the famous Jake’s Steak. For Jake’s on the go, there is take-out, as well as off-premise catering, and for those sports events, custom party kits. You also can have a catered affair in Jake’s dining room. Jake’s Restaurant & Bar, 253 U.S. Highway 202/31, Flemington, NJ. Call 908806-3188 for reservations. Open 7 days a week. 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. BYO. Accepts all major credit cards. Visit www.jakes202.com or Facebook for daily lunch and dinner specials.


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PITTSTOWN Guests at The Grill at The Pittstown Inn can select from several prix-fixe menus. For lunch, you can choose the $35.00 threecourse menu. There is a four-course dinner menu for $68.00 per person. There also is a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. During the winter months, you can dine in the back by the fireplace. If you prefer to listen to live music, the front section complete with big windows is for you. The Inn features music several times during the week. During the warmer months, the Inn has outdoor seating on the ground floor and first floor. The Inn also offers take-out and catering, and can accommodate private events, small parties, and weddings. In the near future, the Inn will offer delivery, as well as outdoor music and a summer barbecue series. Walia also mentioned the creation of a highend coffee shop across the street from the Inn, offering homemade bagels and wraps, baked goods, breakfast, and such. The Grill at The Pittstown Inn, 350 Pittstown Road, Pittstown, NJ. Call 908735-0125 for reservations. Hours: Monday closed. Tuesday 4:30 p.m-9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Accepts all major credit cards. Visit Facebook for daily lunch and dinner specials and music schedule. See www.pittstowninn.com for specific menus.

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