Lincoln & Lee’s Ladies Fashion Show
Lincoln and Lee’s Ladies Historic Fashion Show, held on Sunday, September 21, takes place in the historic Vail House in Morristown. Models garbed in attire dating before, during, and after the Civil War discuss the impact of the War Between the States on women’s clothing. Take an up-close and personal look at hoop skirts, lace collars, everyday dresses, and hand-knitted shawls. The models discuss interesting and historically accurate daily life during this time period, with fascinating stories highlighting the Vail Family, who lived in the house during the 1860s.
Tours of Historic Speedwell begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Space is limited in the Vail House; guests should preregister to ensure they are included on the tour. The cost for admission to this event is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children. Children under 4 are FREE. For more information or to register for this historic event, call 973.285.6537.
Autumn Open House at Willowwood Arboretum
Wander Willowwood’s paths on your own, or enjoy a variety of tours including: ‘The Final Act’ that highlights seasonal changes; ‘The Story of Willowwood’ cell phone tour that guides you through the Arboretum’s core gardens providing interesting commentary along the way; and ‘Meadow Watch’ that explores Willowwood’s 21-acre meadow. Each of the staff-led tours are just under an hour.
The meadow also offers up a rich bounty for flower arranging. Watch as floral designers create ‘Meadow Drama,’ using Indian and Little Bluestem grasses, pods, buds, Goldenrod and Asters. Bluebirds abound in the meadow. Their summer meals of insects will soon end. Children can make a special bluebird feeding cup to hang in their favorite meadow, get some suet recipes, and help their resident bluebirds this winter.
Curious about Willowwood’s history? A presentation filled with archival photographs highlights the garden’s founders, Henry and Robert Tubbs. The Tubbs residence, built in the 1700’s, will be open for viewing and selected artifacts exhibited.
Families will enjoy the ‘Autumn Leaf Scavenger Hunt.’ Sharpen your observation skills and be rewarded with a plant prize. At 1 p.m., a concert by the A.L.L. Trio fills the Cottage Garden with easy, folk-rock sounds to match the mellow autumn mood. Light refreshments are provided by the Willowwood Foundation. All together, the Autumn Open House at Willowwood Arboretum is a perfect choice for a fall afternoon outing. A fee of $5 per car is required. Please bring exact change. For more information, please visit willowwoodarboretum.org or call 908.234.1815. On day of event, call 973.326.7600.
Steampunk City at Historic Speedwell
Historic Speedwell invites you to sample the latest advances in temporal exploration, capable of bringing your favorite moments in time directly to you. Arrive at registration wearing your favorite Victorian or Steampunk day-wear! To truly experience this immersion opportunity to its fullest, enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping experiences, take part in the varied discussions and workshops, and watch the demonstrations of crafts and trades. There are musicians, performers, and entertainers. This is an event not to be missed by any respectable adventurer, anachronologist, or temporal voyager!
This program is a collaboration between Historic Speedwell and Jeff Mach Events, producers of The Steampunk World’s Fair, the world’s largest Steampunk show. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4-16, under age 4 are FREE. Discounts are available for tickets purchased in advance. For more information, please visit internationalsteampunkcity.com or call 973.285.6537.