Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
– Saturday, September 2 from 1:00pm-3:00pm; Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Listen to melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion. FREE!

Cookstove Demonstrations – Saturdays, September 2, 16 & 30 from 11:00am-3:00pm; Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Check out what’s cooking on the woodstove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!

Thompson Park Canoe Rentals – Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3 from 10:00am-3:00pm; Thompson Park, Lincroft. Canoes will even be available for rent on Marlu Lake. The equipment that is provided is limited in number. This is open to all ages; under 18 with adult. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.

Historic Battery Lewis Tours – Saturdays & Sundays, September 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24 and 30 & October 1 at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm; Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands. Join the tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir – Saturday-Monday, September 2-4 at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm & 5:00pm; Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. These 45-minute tours are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.

Casual Birder – Tuesday, September 5 at 9:00am; Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center, Howell and Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00am; Tatum Park, Middletown – Meet in the Holland Road parking lot. Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid back morning walk and meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. Participants should expect to be walking a few miles (2-4) on sometimes uneven or muddy terrain. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!

Historic Portland Place Tours – Wednesdays-Sundays, September 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 and 27-October 1 at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm; Portland Place, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust. Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house and view exhibits that tell the story of the region’s history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during inclement weather. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center day of tour. FREE!

Open Shoot Archery – Saturday, September 9 from 10:00am-2:00pm; Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided for this open shoot. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional clinic and NOT designed for beginners. If you are new to archery, register for one of our instructional classes prior to attending. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.

Preserving the Harvest – Sunday, September 10 from 11:00am-3:00pm; Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. See 19th century techniques for food preservation such as salting, pickling, drying and jelling during this demonstration. FREE!

Bonsai Day – Sunday, September 10 from 12:00pm-4:00pm; Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. The Monmouth County Park System and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society present Bonsai Day. Experience this intricate and ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions. Admission and parking are free.

Historical Penmanship – Sunday, September 10 from 12:00pm-2:00pm; Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Learn about the how cursive writing came about and try it yourself. FREE!

Awesome Autumn Ambles – Thursday, September 14 at 10:00am; Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen – Meet in the parking lot – and Thursday, September 28 at 10:00am; Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown – Meet in the parking lot. Explore the trails with a Park System Naturalist and discuss all manners of plant and animal phenomenon. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. FREE!

Wind & Sea Festival – Saturday, September 16 from 11:00am-5:00pm; Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. Enjoy things water-related such as kayaking, fishing, kite flying, sandcastle building, and more during this family-friendly festival. Admission and parking are free. Some activities may have a fee. Parking at the Belford Ferry Terminal.

Fall Antique Auto Display & Cornbread Contest – Sunday, September 17 from 10:00am-2:00pm; Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. This is an annual cornbread contest and see antique autos dating 1973. Call 609-259-6275 to pre-register your entry into the contest. FREE!

Sunday Tea & Talk – Sunday, September 17 at 1:00pm; Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft. Join the Park System staff for an informal discussion covering topics such as park improvement projects and recent land preservation efforts. FREE!

Piano Ballads from the Turn of the Century – Sunday, September 17 from 1:00pm-3:00pm; Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Jump into this musical fun event. Dance a one-step, or sing along to popular turn-of-the-19th-century ballads as they are played inside the farmhouse. FREE!



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