Farmstead Arts Center Officially Opens with Ribbon Ceremony

Farmstead Arts Center officially opens with ribbon cutting ceremony.

Saturday, October 9, 2010- Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Those fortunate enough to attend Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Farmstead Arts Center were welcomed by beautiful sunshine, blue skies, and an absolutely beautiful day.

While Mayor Scott Spitzer borrowed former Mayor Carolyn Kelly’s extra large sissors to cut the ribbon, there were no doubt that there wouldn’t have been a KMS farmstead arts center if it wasn’t for the efforts of Bernards Township resident John Campbell (right).



Mayor Scott Spitzer’s Remarks at the Opening of the Farmstead Arts Center on October 8, 2010


“It is a pleasure for me to be here for this grand opening celebration for the Farmstead Arts Center. This year is the 250th Anniversary of our Township, and so it is fitting that we have a major celebration to experience the re-birth of this historic site in our Township.

This celebration is not just a celebration of the historic structures that are here. This day is to celebrate and honor the vision, planning, enthusiasm, efforts, hard work and, yes, sweat equity, the sustained and extraordinary efforts, of those Bernards Township residents you see here, and others, to preserve this site.

It has been a real community effort.  I want to thank the Township Committee, Somerset County Freeholders, our state legislators including Denise Coyle, and the many individual contributors and, as John has said,  over 130 volunteers.

I want to especially recognize the yeoman work of the Trustees and leadership team of the Friends of the Farmstead including, John Campbell, Ann Rosenblum, Peter Hall, Peter Carhart, Kathy Kleiber, Hillary Klimek, Carolyn and Mike Kelly. I also want to thank John Malay for serving as Acting Executive Director of the Farmstead.

You dared to be ardent about our Township’s heritage and you dared to think big.

You reached out to government and heritage resources to bring the financial aid and the art of historical preservation to make this a living institution with historic veracity.

You transformed what was considered unlikely, to the possible and now to the reality.

You have revitalized this site to make it a living cultural venue where our residents can practice and experience the fine arts.

The great poet Omar Khyaam said “Work is Love Made Visible”; and the Friends of the Farmstead have performed a great deal of work and you have given the love that has rehabilitated and enhanced this site.  I know it has been a labor of love for you and your love for this site is so clear to us all.

On behalf of the citizens of Bernards Township, thank you, Friends of the Farmstead.”

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