Welcome to the Farmstead Arts Center

 a center for fine, performing and practical arts in Basking Ridge, NJ located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead.

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Photo by Jim Del Giudice

Farmstead Fall Fundraiser:

Bluegrass-Bar-B-Q Barn Dance!

Saturday, September 9th
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Uncommon Ground
Featuring music by Wayne Fugate and Uncommon Ground
Click here to enjoy some tunes: https://www.waynefugate.com/music

On Saturday, September 9 from 6-9 pm, the English Barn at Farmstead Arts will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of great music, wholesome food and fun for the whole family.  Food provided by the Soup Shoppe in the Riverwalk Plaza in Basking Ridge will be available to purchase beginning at 6pm (for menu, visit https://farmsteadartscenter.org/events/duck-races/).

Music and dancing will begin at 7pm, featuring Uncommon Ground, a hot alternative Bluegrass group based in New York’s Hudson Valley. The band draws on the talents of Mike Kobetitsch on guitar, and mandolinist Wayne Fugate, both long-time veterans of the Bluegrass scene who have performed with “Out to Lunch” and a host of other noteworthy bands and musical luminaries. Fugate was also heard and seen on Broadway playing mandolin and guitar on Steve Martin and Edie Brikell’s Tony nominated musical Bright Star.  Fiddle player Lisa Gutkin, Grammy Award winning member of the Klezmatics, was most recently seen and heard in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of “Indecent”.  And rounding out the group is the ever amazing string bass player Phil Helm, principle bass in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic whose technical precision, fertile inventiveness, surprising touches and mastery of the Bluegrass genre, give the band a distinctive, signature voice.

The band will be joined by caller Suzi Tipa, who will be teaching and calling dances.

Fundraising events will feature a silent auction with goods and services donated by area businesses and individuals available to the highest bidder. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about Farmstead membership at the membership booth where they will also be able to purchase unique Farmstead t-shirts featuring artwork by Liberty Corner artist Linda Arnold.  There will be lawn games provided for families with children.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs if they prefer to sit outside.

Entrance fee:
$20.00 adults
$10 students

Children 5 and under are FREE

Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bluegrass-bar-b-q-barn-dance-saturday-sept-9-2017-from-6-9-pm-tickets-36899499396

Or CASH ONLY at the door


1.   Kramer Portraits of Hillsborough and Red Bank: 2 gift certificates –
Renaissance Portrait – value $2500, minimum bid $250
Little Expressions (child’s) Portrait – value $1500, minimum bid $150

2.   Odarka Stockert, celtic harpist: two 30-minute harp lessons, value $100, minimum bid $50

3.   The Foxy Salon and Spa in Dewey Meadow Shopping Center, Basking Ridge:   3 gift certificates for a manicure, value $12 each, minimum bid $5

4.   Pianist Jimmy Horan: one hour of background piano at a private party – value $200, minimum bid $100

5.   Jimmy Horan: one hour of private piano or vocal instruction – value $100, minimum bid $50

6.   Shakespeare Theater of NJ: gift certificate for two tickets to remaining productions – value $150, minimum bid $75

7.   Lindt Chocolates:  gift basket – value $75.00, minimum bid $40

8.   Dean’s Natural Food Market: gift basket and gift certificate – value $100.00, minimum bid $50

9.   Central Valley Farm:  gift basket fresh from the farm – value TBD

10.   Farmstead Arts: gift certificate for Weekend Concert Series Tickets – value $100.00, minimum bid $50

11.   Jackie Fuchs from Coldwell Banker Realtors:   Bird Nesting Birdhouse – value $30.00, minimum bid $15.00

12.   Pretty Pink Rooster of Bernardsville: “Audrey” Necklace and Earrings Set – value $50.00, minimum bid $25.00

13.   Stephen Taylor Portraits of Bernardsville: 14” Portrait – value $3,000, minimum bid $200

For information please contact:

Kathy Harris, Operations Manager


Farmhouse and English Barn

Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, the Farmstead was honored with the New Jersey Preservation Award, one of the State’s highest honors for preservation and adaptive re-use and Somerset County’s Historic Preservation Award. The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization. Restoration of the buildings at the Farmstead is made possible thanks to funding from the Somerset County Historic Grant Program, the New Jersey Historic Trust and the 1772 Foundation.

The 18th Century English Barn has been beautifully stained and trim replaced thanks to funding from the 1772 Foundation.

The 18th century English Barn has been beautifully restored and is the home of the Lord Stirling Theater Company. It also hosts barn dances, workshops, receptions and special events.

The 1700's Farmhouse where classes, concerts and art shows are held and studios are available

The 1700’s Farmhouse where classes, concerts and art shows are held and studios are available for rental.

Farmstead Arts offers art classes, workshops, art exhibits, theater, concerts, dance, children’s activities and lectures in history and the arts. Local artists utilize the upstairs rooms in the farmhouse for individual studio space.

Kennedy room gallery

“Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ is unreal – beautiful, breathtaking, and full of history”











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The Farmstead is a not for profit organization, and relies on memberships and donations to continue to restore the farm buildings and present programs. Your donations are greatly appreciated.  Donations to Farmstead Arts, as part of The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization, are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.

You can make a donation using the button above or send a check payable to:

The Friends of KMS Farmstead
P.O. Box 155,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Annual Membership fees are $50 family, $35 individual, $20 for seniors and students.  Membership applications are here.


Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State /County Partnership Local Arts Program.


Drive SlowlyPlease drive slowly while visiting the Farmstead. Children, pets and many other precious folks use the drive, so please observe the 10 MPH speed limit. Thank you!

Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead Inc.

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  1. Love Farmstead Arts! I have been looking for a place near by where I can get back into doing art again. I went to art school back in the 70’s, but I have been a preschool teacher and have gotten away from it. Needing a career change as I get older made me decide it was time to start taking classes again wanting to sell my art when I retire from teaching. With the help of those who have encouraged me to do so I am starting towards that goal. Farmstead is a perfect!
    I tried to click like on your faculty page, but it won’t let me. I don’t have a word press account. I am taking ceramic classes and wanted to add a comment about how much I like the teacher, Debbie Limoli, and taking her class. What a great experience to create something, for its so rewarding and exciting to see how your piece turns out after it comes out of the kiln. She brings out the best in your abilities and it’s not just learning how to sculpt it’s learning about different kinds of animals and where they live, what they look like, and their differences, She showed me a rabbit and told me what kind of rabbit it was made after. I didn’t know that kind of rabbit even existed. You’re not just learning art in her class it’s so much more! She is open to answer any questions even on how to sell your work. She has been encouraging and helpful with starting my new business goals in art.

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