Sunday, May 5, 2013
Even without an abundance of April showers, May flowers arrived in the Somerset Hills right on cue, six months after Sandy.
Whether in formal plantings or as informal but temporal visitors dropping by for an annual appearance, spring flowers have been in full bloom in the Somerset Hills in the past week or so, whether on bushes, trees, in home gardens or cultivated landscapes. The spring scenes might seem especially welcome this year after enduring Sandy's nasty behavior, and the superstorm's aftermath, just six months ago. April also gave up it's chilly hold in the past several days, adding more luster to May. Here are some scenes from around the area. Please add your own photos to help our Patch "garden" grow.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Annual fundraiser and 'breakfast out' for community brings more than 450 people to all-you-can-eat fundraiser.
The Basking Ridge Fire Company and First Aid Squad's annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast may have become one of nearby residents' favorite place to eat out on a Sunday morning when they get the chance. Dora Phillips of Bernardsville, invited by her friend Muriel Anderson of Basking Ridge to this Sunday's breakfast at the firehouse on Washington Avenue, said she wishes the breakfast could be held twice a year. Either way, Phillips said she wanted to support the fire company and first aid squad members who give of their time. And, also, "The food is fantastic, and the coffee is delicious." "I tell people to come," Anderson said. By the looks of it, the number of repeat customers may be growing since the fire company a handful of years …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Preschool children make matzoh from flour they grind themselves as Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge gets ready for Passover.
When Jewish families in the Somerset Hills sit down to their Passover dinners early next week, the children who've been part of Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge's annual matzoh-making session will have a better idea of how one of the essential foods of the Seder table came to be. Each year, Chabad's Youth Rabbi Yitzchok Moully invites children from the center's Zimmer Preschool for a fun-oriented lesson in how to make matzoh. The unleavened bread is part of the ceremony on Passover (Pesach), which this year begins at sundown on Monday, March 25. The children, some of whom are returning from a previous year and some whose older siblings enjoyed the tradition, start by grinding wheat into flour. Moully then enlists audience …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Sunday's concert also is occasion to showcase progress on restoring pre-Revolutionary barn at township-owned arts center.
As Bernards Township's Farmstead Arts began this year's concert schedule with Heather Mulvey's St. Patrick's Day performance of Celtic, American and folk songs, the event also was an opportunity for arts center to unveil improvements to the historic farmhouse and major progress in restoration of a pre-Revolutionary War barn. A Somerset County cultural heritage grant was used to install windows and outdoor sidewalks, as well as to make structural changes in the basement of the farmhouse, already in use since the arts center officially opened in October 2010 on the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle property, said Ann Rosenblum, president of the Farmstead Arts. An English-style barn on the property dating back to the 1730s to 1740s has not yet …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Volunteers at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church wrap about 900 gifts for those in need and also make Christmas crafts for themselves.
The Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church's annual Advent Extravaganza always is an event where participants wrap hundreds of gifts for needy families, sample treats prepared by local families and make Christmas crafts that they can bring home to decorate their own homes. All that was going on this Sunday at this year's Advent Extravaganza. But along with the usual festivities, Pastor Anne Havrilla said the event has a little extra meaning this December. "This year our focus at Liberty Corner is on hope. We feel that after the storm and all we came through, hope is the most important gift of all," Havrilla said as she stood near a neat line of totes filled with gifts that will go to the Good News Home for Women in Flemington. About 900 gifts …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
One teen had never seen snow before visiting her cousin this weekend in Somerset Hills.
By Saturday morning, many of the main roads were clear but most side roads were still untouched by plows in Somerset County. Many people were indoors as the snow changed to freezing rain and the winds added to the chill in the air—but not everyone. Those that were out in the first winter snowfall of the year were determined to get some sledding in—or, like Meghan Maffey, were shoveling out a driveway. It may not have been an impressive snowfall for most people, but for one 15-year-old, who was visiting a cousin in Bernardsville, the snow was a miracle. Nancy Villenueva, 15, of Honduras, said she had never seen snow before and was hoping it would snow when she arrived for her visit in lieu of having a traditional party to celebrate her 15th…
Monday, September 19, 2011
Basking Ridge shows signs of fall, while shorts and sun still abound on at least some days in mid-September.
It's not quite full fall, and summer's not yet over. But the first leaves are turning, and sweaters, sweatshirts and fleeces were in full evidence this weekend. Last week, the Basking Ridge Patch featured a pumpkin patch on our "Where Is It/What is It?" column. Reader Jennifer Blanchard correctly guessed the scene was from a small garden built into the parking lot behind the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. Please feel free to add or send us some of your fall photos, especially as the season moves into full swing. Are you planning your Halloween costume or buying pumpkins yet?