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Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride


The Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride is a spring tradition in Somerset, NJ, as avid cyclists and the community join together in late April to fight local hunger. All funds raised support the Franklin Food Bank. The Tour de Franklin is the Food Bank’s largest annual fundraiser! This year's event is on Sunday, April 30, 2023. There are events for people of all ages and we will hope you will grab your friends and join us! The price will go up on April 1 so register early and get the discount!! There are 5 on-road events (62-mile, 40-mile, 25-mile, 10-mile, and 5-mile) that tour scenic Franklin and Hillsborough townships, and two "Canal" events that utilize the towpath along the D&R Canal.

Somerset County 4-H Spring Carnival 2023


Join us for our annual 4-H Spring Carnival. Free Admission includes Games, Prizes, Crafts, Music, Animals, Magic & More! Food - including cotton candy and bubble tea - will be sold separately. Benefits Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program. Rain or Shine - event will be held indoors and outdoors.

Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage Historic Houses Tours


Pass through the checkered Flemish bond brickwork at Old Dutch Parsonage into the historic home of the founder and first president of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Continue through the historic kitchen for Hope Farm and enter the largest home built during the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. Learn about the women and men in slavery and freedom who comprised the "military family" at George Washington's winter headquarters and the challenges and accomplishments of the Commander-in-Chief during the Continental Army's Middlebrook Cantonment from December 1778 to June 1779.

Rockin’ Raccoons


Come learn about the North American Raccoon! The raccoon is a common animal we often see evidence of in the Great Swamp. Join a Naturalist on this adventure and see what you can discover about raccoons! Please dress for the weather. Waterproof boots are a must.

Event Series Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness


Reefer Madness is a musical satire of the 1936 propaganda film and cult classic Reefer Madness that opened in Los Angeles in 1998. The book and lyrics were written by Kevin Murphy and the book and music by Dan Studney.  This raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex, and violence. **THURSDAY, April 20th ONLY - Special Talkback after the show with Writer/Composer, Dan Studney, and the Original Jimmy Harper from LA/Off Broadway/Movie, Christian Campbell**

Three Early Black American Women in Words: A Literary Historic Houses Tour


250 years ago in the spring of 1773 Phillis Wheatley traveled from America to England to publish Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, making her the first published African-American poet and the first African-American female published writer. This historic houses tour of Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage introduces the works of three early Black American women in words, considering Phillis Wheatley’s poetic perspective on the American Revolution, Hetty Saunders’ solace and stewardship of nature in New Jersey in the early American republic, and Sojourner Truth’s African Dutch social and spiritual heritage as background to her activism through the nation’s Civil War.

Art Throwdown at The Center for Contemporary Art


Seven three-person teams made up of The Center’s teaching artists, students/artists, individual artists, Board members, community partners, and staff will create a work of art on the spot using their own art materials and supplies provided by The Center. The catch? They must also incorporate items inside a “mystery box” into the artwork! Art Throwdown Teams heARTful Spaghetti Shourabh Mukherji – Team Leader Lisa Karbiner Lisa Mayle The HeyMakers Frank May – Team Leader Lane Dalton David LaMorte More-Whit-Te-More (WhittemoreCCC) Carolyn Thow – Team Leader Terri Fraser Kathleen Thompson Mudbloods John Reinking – Team Leader Jennifer Evans Arbo Keiko Inouye The Purple Pushers Andrea Gianchiglia – Team Leader Christine Auriemma Carolyn Evans Throw No Mercy Lori Pearson – Team Leader Eva Deffenbaugh Heather Hudson The Triptych Trio Wes Sherman – Team Leader Anne Hallstrom Wendy Hallstrom Experience artists working live and vote for your favorites! Go home with an original artwork by entering the Art Throwdown raffle! You must be present to win. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $30 per person/$40 at the door. Admission for children 15 and under is free.

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