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February 15-23

In the hurried passion of this Valentines Week, save some love for your favorite presidents! Events linger for lovers of history and arts!

Touchy Subjects

"We want people to touch things!" says Park Superintendent Tom Ross.
The result of nearly a decade of work, the new Discover History Center at the Washington Museum at Morristown National Park opens this President's Day Weekend, Feb. 17-19. The $2.2 million dollar project for the 21st –century is an immersive, interactive, exhibits that engages visitors of all ages with hands-on and multi-media experiences to explore the stories of Morristown, the Continental Army, General Washington, and Continental Congress during the years that “tried men’s souls.” The galleries feature many never-before seen artifacts, interactive activities geared towards children and adults, and five new videos to experience. The weekend will feature a variety of activities in addition to the new exhibits. For a complete schedule, check here.

In Command

General Knox headquartered at the Vanderveer House
Discover five of the original Somerset County houses that served as general staff headquarters during the Revolutionary War on this Sunday's (Feb. 18) Five Generals Narrated Bus Tour—the Van Horne House in Bridgewater, the Van Veghten House in Finderne, the Abraham Staats house in South Bound Brook, the Wallace House in Somerville and the Jacobus Vanderveer House. The tour, sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association, starts from the Historic Van Horne House at 941 E. Main St. in Bridgewater, and runs approximately two and a half hours. For more information and tickets, click or call 310-691-9388

Behold the Beauty!

Centenary Stage Company continues a fruitful collaboration with the celebrated stage, television and film actor, Randall Duk Kim; and his wife, the acclaimed director, Anne Occhiogrosso, in the play, Art, which opens this weekend (Feb. 16-18). Directed by Ms. Occhiogrosso, and starring Mr. Kim, along with Kevin Carolan and Centenary Stage Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau, the play begins when Serge buys an expensive painting by a celebrated artist: a white canvas with white diagonal lines. Old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to hilariously batter one another over various slights and failures. Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. Call 908/979-0900 or click for tickets.

Perennial favorites, the Peking Acrobats -- an amazing troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers -- melding the traditional with modern wonders on Friday, Feb. 16, at the The Theatre at RVCC in North Branch.

The 37th Annual Black Maria Film Festival begins on Saturday at 7pm at the Madison Public Library. Sponsored by the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, the program features a collection of the Festival’s award-winning short films including animation, narrative, experimental and documentary. Festival director Jane Steuerwald will present the program in person, and host a Q & A with the audience.

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