The Cranberry and Blueberry Museum is an ongoing project at Whitesbog to document the history of New Jersey agriculture, and the people who lived it.
Thank you for joining us for the 2018 Blueberry Festival!
For more information, visit our Facebook event link.
799 Lakehurst Rd.
Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Q: Is there an admission fee?
• There is a $5 per carload fee. Please bring exact change, as there is no ATM in the village. A complimentary shuttle bus is available from the remote parking.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
• Yes! Dogs are allowed at the Village, however, we ask that your dog be leashed while on festival grounds.
A sincere thank you to this year's sponsors:
John & Rosanne Bornholdt
Short Project Description
Harvesting Stories is a project to record modern and historical oral histories from our
community. We hope to use these stories as a tool to connect the people who lived and
worked in the village, their families, the migrant farm workers and the present residents
of the region.We are partnering with local school students to assist with collecting
stories, shooting interviews and sharing their own reflections on what they learn from
the process. We will make short films for the public to access through our website,
Vimeo and for community screenings.
We would like to present “Harvesting Stories”, a collection of modern and historical oral histories from our community. Building on the success of the 2001 award winning “Voices of Whitesbog” oral history project and short film (funded by NJCH), we will add new oral histories, capturing portraits of the people who lived and worked in the village and their families, coupled with past and present photos, capturing knowledge of the local community history, family stories and mechanical knowledge of the use of machinery and farming techniques. We are partnering with local school students to assist with collecting stories, shooting interviews and sharing their own reflections on what they learn from the interviewees and process. Our primary goal is to record, preserve and share these stories before they are forgotten. As an organization that works with many elderly volunteers, we know how important it is to cherish and preserve recollections and collections before they are lost. Our second goal is to include the current community of Browns Mills, Pemberton Township and the surrounding region in the process of thinking about memory, about community changes over time, about family generations and connections to place and reflect on how the community today has changed and what has stayed the same.
We will host a series of events to collect and record oral histories, for groups and individuals, with the participation of local students and community groups. We will invite former residents to speak at public events. We will build a digital database of these recordings, for public access through our website and for use in the video booth in our future museum, the Cranberry and Blueberry Museum. Visitors will be able to access oral histories through a touch screen as well as record their own reflections and stories. This museum is in the final stages of design and exhibit fabrication is expected to begin this winter. The videos will be edited together in a short film and we will host screenings at several local venues including the public library, the recreation center meeting hall and at Whitesbog, as well as make it available for viewing on our Vimeo channel and in our General Store classroom.
This project will help connect Whitesbog within the context of the local and regional community. Many local residents do not know about historic village its importance to the agricultural history of New Jersey. This project will help us connect with younger audiences as well as broaden our reach. We also hope to deepen even our regular visitor’s understanding of the family histories that took place here and how they reflect changes in our nation.
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For Immediate Release: 34th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival June 24th and 25th Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Come celebrate the kick off to blueberry harvest season with two days filled with food, crafts, history, games and live entertainment brought to you by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. New this year you can take a spin in front of the music stage with contra dancing and add your own flair to our new Whitesbog mural painting in the Family Activities area. All ages welcome.
Whitesbog Historic Village GPS: 799 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015 Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Get you blueberry on with selections of pies, cakes, muffins, donuts, fritters and more at our baked goods table. The General Store will also offer blueberry ice cream, sundaes and cold drinks. Also enjoy: ★ Brother Bear BBQ ★ Rita’s Water Ice ★ Big Daddy’s Chicken and Ribs ★ 3 Guys Rolling Pies Pizza
Over 35 Artists and Crafters booths will line the festival grounds including LittleCritter Illustrations, Little House Candles and keeping our blueberries rolling are Blueberry Fields ArtisanSoapandBlueberryWoodApiary. Alsoparticipateatourkid’scraftingtablesandmural painting with artist Frank McShane’s Whitesbog Mural Paint By Number. Show off your country spirit with The Festival Barn Dance featuring traditional square and contra dances, suitable for families, teenagers, and adults of all ages. OurcallerSueDupre will teach the dances, and The Accidental Jug Band will play exciting old-timey tunes for your dancing pleasure. No dance experience and no partners are needed. Play Family Field Games including cornhole, horseshoes, blueberry balloon toss and more. Wagon rides include trips out to the blueberry field for picking and guided rides to learn more about the history and ecology of the village. Visit the home of The Blueberry Queen Elizabeth Coleman White with guided tours of Suningive House. The Pinelands Antique Engine Club will show tractors and displays of cars and engines along Whitesbog Road. The Cranberry and Blueberry Museum, the Interpretive Cottage, the Whitesbog Gallery, the General Store and the Ice Housewillallbeopentoexplore and learn more about the 1900’s era cranberry farm village. 16 local bands will perform live on our stage! Hear the sounds of bluegrass, country, the blues, folk and more from performers such as: ★ The Accidental Jug Band ★ Bad Dogz ★ The Pinelands Dulcimer Society ★ Elaine & The Cimarron Sky Band ★ Song Sisters ★ Tabernacle Turnpike
Local blueberries, pints and flats, will be available for purchase from our neighbor the Walter Adams Farm. You’ll find collectable festival t-shirts, postcards, prints, blueberry jams, local honey, chocolate-covered blueberries, old fashioned candy andtoys,and more hand crafted local goods in our General Store.
Handicapped and motorcycle parking is available in the villageparkinglot. Pleasenotethatour village roads are sandy. Courtesy shuttle will be provided for pick up/drop off to and from remote parking. Please be aware there areno ATM’s in the village, but the General Store and Baked Goods/Plant Sale areas will take credit cards.
$10 Festival Pass per carload of visitors (pack ‘em in there!) which includes $10 off of a membership with the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Pedestrians and bicycles are $5 each. ★ Cash Only Please.
The 34th Annual Blueberry Festival sponsors include Geoscape Solar, Renewal by Andersen, Central Jersey Equipment, White Dotte Dairy Bar, Beneficial Bank, Pine Island Cranberry Company, Luxury Bath, and J. W. Jenkins and Sons Drilling. Funding is made possibleinpart by the New Jersey Council on Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a granttotheBurlingtonCountyBoardofChosenFreeholders. All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of Whitesbog Historic Village and the educational programs offered to the community by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust.
For more information please see our website and facebook page: www.whitesbog.org https://www.facebook.com/whitesbog.preservationtrust
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