EVENTS AT North Cty Branch Library Mid to Later Feb (16-23)



Music the Washington’s Knew: 17th & 18th Century

PROGRAM DATE AND TIME: Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 pm

PLACE: North County Branch Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ

CONTACT: Reference Librarian Dana Neubauer, 730-6135,


Music the Washington’s Knew

The Practitioners of Musick ensemble, which was founded to survey the musical riches of 17th and 18th century Great Britain and Ireland and the Colonial and early Federal periods in America, will perform at the North County Branch Library, Clinton, February 18 at 2:00 pm.

“Nothing is more agreeable and ornamental than good music” a sentiment expressed by George Washington. In her own right, Martha Washington was a proficient harpsichordist, and both well understood the value of music and dance as a social grace. The ensemble has presented or supported scholarly programs under the auspices of the National Park Service, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the National Trust of Great Britain, Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University, Colonial Williamsburg, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York State Historical Association, The Holland Society of New York, New Jersey Historical Society, and the Yale Center for British Art amongst many others. Reservations a must, call 908-730-6135, or visit the Library’s Events Calendar at

John Burkhalter, recorders, studied the performance of early music at the New England Conservatory of Music, and the performance of Baroque music at Harvard University. Mr. Burkhalter also performs with Le Triomphe de l’amour, Brandywine Baroque, Early Music Princeton and “Les Agrements de musique” and La Fiocco. Donovan Klotzbeacher studied organ at the University of Minnesota and musical studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has performed throughout the Northeast as harpsichordist and appeared in a series of New Jersey Network [NJN] broadcasts featuring period music in 18th century houses and taverns in the state. As a composer, he has written numerous anthems, service music and cantatas with instruments that have been performed by members of the New Jersey Symphony.

TITLE: Colonial Herb Gardens

PROGRAM DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, Feb. 28 @ 7pm

PLACE: North County Branch Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ

CONTACT: Reference Librarian Dana Neubauer, 730-6135,

Colonial Herb Gardens

Early settlers depended on herbs for flavor, clothing, medicine, and comfort. Master Gardener Ruth Claus of the Rutgers Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau will take listeners on an imaginary stroll through colonial “kitchin” gardens for the upcoming meeting of the NCB Garden Club on February 28 at 7pm. Meetings are drop-in, and all are welcome!