Middletown town-wide, year-long celebration of the township’s founding in 1664 is getting into full swing. Below are events with an historic twist scheduled this month for Middletown. Visit www.middletownnj.org/middletown350 for more information.
Saturday March 8, 2-4 p.m.Belford Engine Fire Company Open House
Belford Engine Fire Company will hold an Open House from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The firehouse is located at 739 Main Street, Belford. Bring the family to meet local volunteer firefighters, learn about the company’s history and check out their fire engines. Middletown 350 passports will stamped during this event. Passports and other commemorative memorabilia will be on sale.
Sunday, March 16, 2-3 p.m.18th Century Music
“Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni!” Why would someone do that? Visit the Murray Farmhouse located at Poricy Park from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 to find out. Their Minstrel and company will serenade the audience with period music and provide information on the origin of each piece. Appropriate for all ages interested in sitting and listening to music. Poricy Park is located at 345 Oak Hill Road. Middletown 350 passports will stamped. Passports and other commemorative memorabilia will be on sale. Visit www.poricypark.org or call 732-842-5966.
Thursday, March 20, 7-8:30 p.m.Women of Middletown, Women in History
Learn about the history of Middletown women on Thursday, March 20, from 7-8:30pm. This special event is hosted by Trinity Hall, 900 Leonardville Road. Contest open to students in grades 6-9. Prizes awarded to winner. Visit www.trinityhallnj.org.
Saturday, March 22, 3-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 23, 3-4 p.m.Children’s Colonial Tea
Participate in a colonial tea inside the historic 1770s Murray farmhouse. Children can sample refreshments and practice colonial manners. Appropriate for children ages 4-10. The farmhouse is located at Poricy Park, 345 Oak Hill Road. Pre-register by March 21. Limited seating available. Fees apply. Visit www.poricypark.org or call 732-842-5966.
Sunday, March 23, 1-2:30 p.m.George and Martha Tea
Experience a colonial tea in the historic 1770s Murray Farmhouse. Sample refreshments peppered with conversation relating to George and Martha Washington. The farmhouse is located at Poricy Park, 345 Oak Hill Road. Appropriate for adults and older children interested in sitting at a tea. Pre-register by March 21. Limited seating available. Fees apply. Visit www.poricypark.org or call 732-842-5966.
Tuesday, March 25, 7-8:30 p.m.Hot Topics in History
Meet in the Nature Center at Poricy Park, 345 Oak Hill Road, to watch the Boston, Bloody Boston, a DVD chronicling the events that led to the revolution. A chat among viewers will following after the presentation. Visit www.poricypark.org or call 732-842-5966.
Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.Looking Back at Old First Church
Learn little known facts about Old First Church at 10 am on Sunday, March 29th at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street. Committeeman Gerard P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D. will talk about what he uncovered while conducting archeological research at the New Jersey’s oldest Baptist Church. Old First Church is located at 69 Kings Highway in the Middletown Village Historic District.
Sunday, March 30, 1-2:15 p.m., 2:30-3:45 p.m., or 4-5:15 p.m.
Colonial Candle WorkshopWhat do tallow, berries, beeswax and whales have in common? Each has been used throughout time to make candles. Visit Poricy Park to learn how candles were made in 18th century Middletown. Pre-register. Limited space in the authentic hearth kitchen. Ages 7 to 107. Scout groups welcome. Choose from one of three sessions: 1-2:15 p.m., 2:30-3:45 p.m., or 4-5:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 1-4 p.m.Geocaches
Learn about geocaching and use GPS devices to explore Middletown’s past at Poricy Park, 345 Oak Hill Road. Meet at the Nature Center. This is a self-led activity. A limited number of GPS units will be available for a rental fee plus a returnable deposit upon return of a functioning GPS Unit. Visit www.poricypark.org or call 732-842-5966. Middletown 350 passports will stamped during this event. Passports and other commemorative memorabilia will be on sale during the event.