Crossroads’ Fall Conference, “The Art of Period Trades and Crafts, A Taste of the Trades” a Success 

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who participated in Crossroads’ Fall Conference! The sold-out event, co-sponsored by the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Division of Historic Sites and History Services, took place on October 2 at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, NJ. It featured the tasting of several alcoholic beverages of the 18th century, colonial sweet treats and jewelry! The keynote presentation was given by Phil Dunning, Retired Material Culture Researcher in Archaeology with Parks Canada, the Canadian National Parks Service, on Taverns and Drinking Habits in Colonial and Federal America.
The evening workshops included a beer tasting, the sampling of sweet-meats, sugar plumbs, suckets, comfits and a little shopping as participants learned about jewelry of the 18th Century and were able to purchase replica period pieces. These workshops were hosted by Richard Wagner (Beer Historian, Author of Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty), Taylor Shelby (Jewelry Maker and Founder of Dames a la Mode, a company that reproduces historical jewelry), and Deborah Peterson (Culinary Historian with over 34 years of Colonial Domestic Skills Research & Sharing).
Ideas for our next workshop are already swirling around so stay tuned for more details! See below and on Facebook for pictures from the event. We are also putting together a video featuring highlights from the event that will be up soon.

Thank you to our sponsor:
Middlesex County Office of Arts and History,  Division of Historic Sites and History Services

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