Saturday Samplers Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted (2011) • Justin Martin Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York’s Central Park to Boston’s Emerald Necklace to Stanford University’s campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone’s unique “Cello-Quartet” is a collaboration of four well-known, veteran jazz players including, in addition to Mr. Breakstone, cellist Mike Richmond, bassist Lisle Atkinson, and drummer Andy Watson. The harmonizations of the strings—guitar, bass and cello—are stunning and a combination never before heard in jazz. This is a configuration that appeals to a broad audience from classical music lovers, to jazz lovers looking for something different, to guitar aficionados….While it’s definitely jazz, at the same time, it’s most … Continue reading
Follow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Join us for a slideshow tour of Historic Downtown Bernardsville. Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and Friends of Historic Bernardsville, local architect and historian Daniel Lincoln will take us on an armchair tour that uses historic photographs and period documents to explore the origins of our town and how trends in architecture, transportation, commerce and innovation have shaped the Bernardsville we know today. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.
When it comes to memorials, heritage and events are political and often reflected in the monuments that are erected. As ideologies change, groups become more or less powerful in privileging the commemorated, or as new information comes to light, new monuments are created and/or old ones are removed. In this session, Dr. Barbara Seater of Raritan Valley Community College will examine the politics of and public response to memorials through numerous lenses. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign … Continue reading
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, … Continue reading
Join us to watch “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), the British-American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as Elinor Dashwood, while Kate Winslet plays Elinor’s younger sister Marianne. The story follows the Dashwood sisters, members of a wealthy English family of landed gentry, as they must deal with circumstances of sudden destitution. They are forced to seek financial security through marriage. Our Friday … Continue reading
Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage (2017) • Dani Shapiro The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. No sign-up is needed. Just come!
“Jack the Ripper” is one of the most infamous serial murder cases in the world. Set in the horrendous slums of eastern London in 1888, five women, possibly more, all impoverished prostitutes, were viciously slain. The heinous crimes rocked London to its core. The unknown assailant, like a phantom in the night, committed his grisly tasks and vanished without ever being caught. Dr. Mark R. Vogel, a clinical psychologist who has studied the case, reviewed original police files, and visited the … Continue reading
Whatever your goal or mission in life is, these three steps will help you reach your destination: Speak It! Believe It! Live It! The first step to reaching any goal is to give it a voice. Learn how to find the most supportive people in your life, share your dreams with them and watch as they begin to take shape. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.