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Colonial Christmas Holiday Cocktail Reception at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum- 6:30pm-8:30pm-
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
On Friday, December 4, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will welcome supporters to a cocktail reception with a decidedly patriotic theme in celebration of the 13th Annual Colonial Christmas, sponsored by Bevan, Mosca, Giuditta & Zarillo, P.C.; Glenmede; and Meeker Sharkey & Hurley.
An American flag – resembling the first official standard of the United States – with 13 stars and 13 stripes – will be raised at the entrance of the Jacobus Vanderveer homestead. The flag and flagpole upon which it will be hoisted, was made possible through a generous gift by Herbert Patullo, a local historian who owns and operates Eagles Nest Museum at Middlebrook Heights in Martinsville. The flag-raising ceremony will be accompanied by re-enactors playing the fife and drum.
During the evening, guests will have a rare opportunity to view two brass sword belt tips, uncovered during the decade-long Pluckemin Cantonment archaeology dig and learn more about their significance from Archaeologist John Seidel, Ph.D., who led the exploration of the site from 1981-1989. The belt tips, dating back to 1779, feature the first known depiction of the stars and stripes with 13 stars and 13 horizontal stripes.
The cocktail party will feature festive libations and creative hors d’oeuvres prepared by Lumi Zi, the latest arrival to Bedminster’s restaurant scene. Seafood delicacies, such as cod fritters with spicy hariza sauce (get recipe) crab meat and orzo pasta, and crispy rock shrimp tacos, will be served alongside seasonal favorites. Musical entertainment will be provided by Erik Lichack playing the harpsichord. Guests will also enjoy boutique shopping from a variety of distinctive merchants and a silent auction with 13 unique items.
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