Nia Dance Lessons at the Farmstead Monday Mornings

Nia Dance lessons are being offered at the Farmstead Arts Center on Monday mornings at 8 AM, every week starting this coming Monday! Drop in fee is $20, but please let Bernardette Pleasant, the instructor, know if you plan to come in advance. or call her at (201) 218-7694. Once you try Nia, you will fall in love with the way it makes you feel. Nia was created to enable you to take control of your health in every area – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Nia classes are set to music and last for about one hour.
The goal of Nia classes is much more than simple exercise; rather, their purpose is to help your body actually heal itself.

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Visit the Farmstead Booth at the 1770’s Festival Sunday, Oct. 6

Visit the Farmstead booth at the Lord Stirling 1770’s Festival tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 6!

Step back in time to the colonial period of American history at the Somerset County Park Commission’s annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival taking place on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. The Friends of the KMS Farmstead, along with many of the County’s other historic organizations will be displaying historic artifacts and talking history with visitors who come from all over the region to participate in this event.

Each year Lord Stirling’s estate at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, comes back to life in the late 1700s. This year, Lord Stirling will be joining visitors, responding to questions about his many business ventures and his successes in battle against the British. Join him as he reviews his troops, visits with local craftspeople, tours his personal wine cellar.With re-enactors attired in replicas of 1770s clothing, visitors will meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, furniture maker, cooper, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn.

Children can try stenciling, quill writing, making clay pots, and playing colonial games or pet goats and chickens. A working cider press will show how cider was made and a hay wagon will take visitors for a ride around Lord Stirling’s apple orchard. Dress the part by trying on period style clothing or spend a few minutes in the Somerset Gaoler’s wooden pillory while friends and family take photographs.

Hope to see you there!

Origami Workshop For 3rd – 5th Graders Sat. Sept. 21 at 1

Origami Workshop –  Sign up at

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with Artist Teacher Joy Ann Cabanos

Date:  September 21, Saturday        Time: 1 – 2 pm

Age:  Students in 3rd – 5th grades

Spaces are limited.  $20 workshop fee per child, all materials included.

Origami  is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.  Learn basic origami folds and create fun finger puppets, useful boxes or whimsical animals.  Origami creations can be fun toys, useful objects or beautiful gifts.  Scientists from MIT and other leading educational institutions are using origami to discover the secrets of DNA, robotics and many other complex fields.  Give your child the chance to discover the wonders of this ancient art – you never know where it will lead.

Come join us for folding and fun!

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Basic Creative Photography Class at the Farmstead This Saturday


The Farmstread hosts many different artists and programs at our wonderful farm house in Basking Ridge. On Saturday, Stephen Harris, a local professional photographer will be teaching a class on basic photography and creative composition. According to Stephen, what makes this a special location to teach is the access the old rustic farm, the country like environment and the Passaic River for his hands on style of teaching. Stephen mixes both class time and field work to help reinforce his teaching. Many of the photos on the home page are Stephen’s, taken on our grounds.

The class fills up fast, and is this coming Saturday – so sign up today. Visit : to learn more.

And watch for upcoming classes and field trips, including Hoboken and an upcoming class in iphone/smart phone photography.

Somerset County Artists Invited to County Forum July 1 at 7:30 PM

Artists Invited to Share their Ideas and Thoughts for Somerset County Long Range Plan Monday, July 1 in Somerville

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (SCC&HC) is undertaking a Long Range Planning Process during the next several months. Arts organizations, individual artists, history and heritage/preservation groups will have the opportunity to assess the County’s cultural and heritage resources, programs, services, needs and opportunities.
On Monday, July 1 an Artists’ Focus Group meeting, facilitated by the consultant team of Susan Schear and Susan Coen, will take place at 7:30PM in Somerset County’s 40 North Bridge St building(old administration bldg., at corner of High and Bridge Sts.) in Somerville in the 1st floor conference room. Artists who live or work in Somerset County are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parking is available either on-street or off High Street across the street from the building in the municipal lot. Please RSVP to Pat McGarry by email at , or reply by phone to Cathy Bunting, SCC&HC Admin. Ass’t. at 908-231-7021
For those artists who cannot attend on July 1, and for all others, please save the date for a community forum to be held on Tuesday, August 13th. There will be three sessions- morning, afternoon and early evening. We hope one of them fits your schedule and you will be able to attend. Everyone’s input is valued and encouraged. The Farmstead has been honored to receive both historic preservation and general operating support for the arts from the grant programs administered by the Cultural and Heritage Commission and we highly encourage our friends to support this important effort.