Calendar

To Hear the Angels SingSaturday, December 9, 2017
A Colonial Dutch Christmas
North County Branch Library

65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Phone: (908) 730-6262
Join Anne and Ridley for a joyful celebration of Christmas past, with special emphasis on the Dutch traditions that have become a beloved part of our own Christmas celebrations. The show will include Dutch songs celebrating St. Nicholas Day and Twelfth Night, plus other carols in the English, German, and Danish traditions. Dutch cookies will be served. Anne and Ridley’s CD, “To Hear the Angels Sing,” will be available.
Time: 2-3 pm
Admission: Free

The Seeing EyeFriday, December 8, 2017
Colonial Christmas
The Seeing Eye Foundation

10 Washington Valley Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 539-4425
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell and Margie Cohen for a memorable colonial Christmas performance. Dogs welcome.
Time: 7-8:30 pm

Bouman-Stickney ChristamsSunday, December 3, 2017
A Dutch Christmas

The Bouman-Stickney Farmstead
114 Dreahook Road, Lebanon NJ 08833
Phone: (908) 236-2327
Join Anne and Ridley for a celebration of Dutch Christmas at this 1741 Dutch farmstead. Sinterklaas (Santa) will be there to greet visitors. There will also be open-hearth cooking, pomander making, and refreshments, including Dutch speculaas cookies and pfeffernusse.
Time: 1-3 pm

Vanderveer treeSaturday, December 2, 2017
Christmas Open House
The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

1 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ 07921
Phone: (908) 212-7000 ext. 611
Anne and Ridley will be back at the Jacobus Vanderveer House, presenting colonial Christmas music for the second weekend of the site’s Christmas Open House. Other attractions: Artifacts belonging to Gen. Henry Knox, who was headquartered at the house during the American Revolution; antiques displays by noted New Jersey and Pennsylvania designers; boutique shopping; Kris Kringle and his reindeer; storytelling.
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Admission: $10; children under 12 are free.

dsc_0515VanderveerSaturday, November 25, 2017
Christmas Open House
The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

1 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ 07921
Phone: (908) 212-7000 ext. 611
Anne and Ridley will sing colonial Christmas music. Other attractions: Artifacts belonging to Gen. Henry Knox, who was headquartered at the house during the American Revolution; antiques displays by noted New Jersey and Pennsylvania designers; boutique shopping; Kris Kringle and his reindeer; storytelling.
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Admission: $10; children under 12 are free.

Anne and Ridley at the Dewint House--photo by Harold JonesSaturday, September 23, 2017
Colonial Day
The DeWint House

Livingston Street and Oak Tree Road, Tappan, NY
The Tappantown Historic Society invites you to a fair, with music, dancing, quilting, embroidery, lace making, blacksmithing, woodworking, cider making, candle dipping. Anne and Ridley will be singing and playing for colonial dancing.
Time: 12- 5 pm
Admission: Free

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Music of the American Colonies
The Oakley Farmhouse

189 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728
In celebration of Grandparents Day, Anne and Ridley will perform a family show of colonial American music in the pavilion. Dressed in period 18th century clothes, they will present entertaining ballads, songs, and dance tunes, each preceded with a story. They will bring along a little dancing doll called the limberjack, dressed to look like General George Washington, who invariably steals the show.
Time: 2-3 pm
Admission: Free

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Patriot Day
The Conference House

298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, NY
Phone: (718) 984-6046
Formerly known as the Billopp House, the Conference House was the site where, on September 11, 1776, the patriots Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with the British Lord Richard Howe in an attempt to bring an early end to the American Revolution. To commemorate the event, the house will hold a fair, with a reenactment of the meeting. (Those portraying Franklin, Adams, and Rutledge will row across the Arthur Kill from Perth Amboy, NJ.) Anne and Ridley will play for dancing by the Tricorne Dancers and will sing. There are tours of the house. The Conference House is a National Historic Landmark, owned by the City of New York.
Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Songs for the Marquis de Lafayette
Lafayette College

Skillman Library (Gendebien Room)
710 Sullivan Rd, Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 330-5151
In celebration of the 260th anniversary of Lafayette’s birth (September 6, 1757), Anne and Ridley will perform a concert of music celebrating his life and illustrious career, in particular his service in the American Revolution. Selections will include music written specifically for his triumphal return to the United States in 1824-1825.
Time: 4:15 – 5:15 pm
Admission: Free

Sunday, August 13, 2017
18th Century Day
The Philip Schuyler House

US Route 4, Schuylerville, NY
Phone: (518) 664-9821 ext. 224
Step back in time at the historic Schuyler House, country home of the Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler (yes, Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law!). The fair grounds will be filled with 18th-century crafts and activities, including music by Anne and Ridley, a Punch and Judy puppet show, sheep shearing, rope making, basket weaving, candle making, tin-smithing, and more. Hosted by the Old Saratoga Historical Association.
Time: 12-5 pm
Admission: Free

Calico FrolicSaturday, July 15, 2017
Calico Frolic
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Dance Mistress Denise Piccino invites Persons of All Ages and Accomplishments to a Calico Frolic celebrating early 19th-century American country dancing. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the Musical Accompaniment of Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Instruction on basic steps will precede the dance. Period dress is welcome, but not required.
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Admission: $15 donation per person; $12 for members

Friday, July 7, 2017
Songs for Alexander Hamilton
The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown

42 Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Phone: (908) 353-2131
As part of Celebrate HAMILTON–eleven days of events celebrating Alexander Hamilton and sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society–Ridley and Anne will perform a concert of period music relating to the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. As a young immigrant from the Caribbean, Hamilton studied at the Academy of Elizabethtown and spent time at the nearby houses of Boxwood Hall and Liberty Hall.
Time: 2-3 pm
Admission: Free

DSC_0358DSC_0476July 1-4, 2017
Private parties

Anne and Ridley present patriotic songs, toasts, and stories to mark the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The festivities include background music, a formal concert, and roving from table to table to entertain guests.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Music of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
Headquarters Library

314 State Route 12, Bldg. #3,
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (908) 788-1444
Anne and Ridley present a program of music from the time of the Civil War, focussing in particular on songs written for and about Abraham Lincoln–campaign songs, military recruiting songs, favorite Civil War songs of Lincoln’s, laments for his passing. We will include many of the songs on our CD “Music for Abraham Lincoln,” which was recognized by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, plus a few from our Civil War CD, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Refreshments will follow the performance.
Time: 7-8 pm
Admission: Free, but sign-up beforehand is highly recommended. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-thru-music-the-civil-war-tickets-33608172950?aff=es2.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Music of Colonial New Jersey
Samuel Fleming House Museum & Gardens

5 Bonnell Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (908) 268-2049
Anne and Ridley will play 18th-century patriotic songs, drinking songs, and dance tunes for visitors who come for tours of the house. Samples of colonial tavern food and drink will be served. The 1756 house was the home of Samuel Fleming–proprietor of Fleming’s Tavern (which is mentioned in George Washington’s journals!).
Time: 1-4 pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Pinkster
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
The Whitsun crown has come again! Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, and it was a major holiday among the early Dutch settlers, who held weeklong fairs that were also attended by English and German settlers, as well as Native Americans. Join the Maypole Dance with Ridley on fiddle and Anne on hammered dulcimer, games including kite flying, spinning, egg and spoon races, the game of graces, demos for children, demo making potpourris. Three historic houses will be open, with historians Kevin Wright and Todd Braisted in the Steuben House. The Black Horse Tavern will have refreshments, and there will be open-hearth cooking in the out-kitchen.
Time: 1-5 pm
Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, members free

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Manalapan, NJ 07726
Phone: (732) 462-9616
Join Anne and Ridley, plus the Tricorne Dancers from the Steuben House, for an afternoon of colonial music and dance. The fair will include a total of 144 exhibitors from a variety of historic sites, reenactment groups, musicians, and interpreters portraying various historical figures. Among the many highlights: Jack Sherry will portray Benjamin Franklin; there will be a reenactment of a 19th-century baseball game; and Linda Russell & Companie will perform songs of World War I.
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Admission: Free, but parking has a suggested donation of $10

Anne at the Van Horne House--photo copyright Ridley EnslowSaturday, April 8, 2017
Spring Ball
The Van Horne House

941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: (973) 202-0770
Join Dancing Mistress Janice Wolk and the North River Colonial Dancers (and Anne and Ridley, of course) for an evening of 18th-century music and dance. Period attire or festive modern garb is requested. Please bring a snack, either sweet or savory, for the collation table. Drinks will be provided.
Time: 7-10 pm
Admission: $15; space is limited to 50 people, so contact Janice Wolk at the phone number above

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Hanging with Major Andre
The Horse and Hound Inn

94 Spring St, South Salem, NY 10590
Phone for the inn: (914) 763-3108
The Westchester Oratorio Society has hired Anne and Ridley to perform at its latest fundraiser at an 18th-century tavern, the 1749 Horse and Hound Inn. The theme is the American Revolution and spies during that era, including the British Major John Andre, who was caught and hanged in nearby Tappan, NY.
Time: 3-6 pm
Admission: $75

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Heard’s Brigade Winter Luncheon
The Old ’76 House

110 Main St, Tappan, NY 10983
Phone: (845) 359-5476
After a delicious brunch, there will be dancing led by Dancing Mistress Janice Wolk, to the music of Anne and Ridley.
Time: 11 am-3 pm
Lunch and entertainment: $30.00 (checks payable to Cora Chandler, 11 Dale Crossing Road, Sussex, NJ 07461. Email: chanco1863@yahoo.com)

Ridley at the Steuben House 2Sunday, February 19, 2017
George Washington’s Birthday Ball
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Who doesn’t like to dance at a birthday party? To celebrate the 285th anniversary of George Washington’s birth, Anne and Ridley will perform songs of the Revolutionary War era and play music for a Country Dance demonstration by the Tricorne Dancers. Rodger Yaden portrays General Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the tavern. Re-enactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will demonstrate military life.
General Washington made his headquarters at New Bridge Landing in September 1780. The room where Washington stayed for ten days is open for viewing. In addition, a tiger-stripe maple bedstead, reportedly used in a local home where George Washington stayed during the 1780 Steenrapie Encampment, is displayed in the Demarest House.
Time: 1-5 pm (performances at 1:30 and 3:00)
Admission: $10 adults, $7 children and students, free for members

Anne's dulcimer boughSaturday, December 17, 2016
Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell for the 33rd season of Linda’s Christmas show at the Steuben House. Come enjoy festive music and song. The gift shop, out-kitchen, and Demarest House will also be open. Before or after the concert (from 6 to 9 pm), the tavern at the Campbell-Christie House will be serving light fare, including soup, herbed biscuits, a ploughman plate, fruit pie, hot mulled cider and more. (Additional cost.)
Two shows: 6 and 7:45 pm
Admission: $30 ($25 for members)

Linda Russell and CompanieMonday, December 12, 2016
Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas
St. Michael’s Church–Parish Hall

225 W. 99th Street, New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 666-2656
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell & Companie for Linda’s annual Christmas show–hammered dulcimers, flute, cello, violin, harp, bagpipes, and an ensemble of six!
Time: 7:30-10 pm
Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors

To Hear the Angels SingSaturday, December 10, 2016
Colonial Christmas and CD Release Party
North County Branch Library

65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Phone: (908) 730-6262
Join Anne and Ridley for a joyful celebration of Christmas past, including songs from their new CD, “To Hear the Angels Sing: Christmas Songs Through the Ages.” Cookies will be served, and CDs will be available for purchase at half price ($10).
Time: 2-3 pm
Admission: Free

The Seeing EyeFriday, December 9, 2016
Colonial Christmas
The Seeing Eye Foundation

10 Washington Valley Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 539-4425
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell and Margie Cohen for a memorable colonial Christmas performance. Dogs welcome.
Time: 7-8:30 pm

Bouman-Stickney ChristamsSunday, December 4, 2016
A Dutch Christmas

The Bouman-Stickney Farmstead
114 Dreahook Road, Lebanon NJ 08833
Phone: (908) 236-2327
Join Anne and Ridley for a celebration of Dutch Christmas at this 1741 Dutch farmstead. Sinterklaas (Santa) will be there to greet visitors. There will also be open-hearth cooking, pomander making, and refreshments, including Dutch speculaas cookies and pfeffernusse.
Time: 1-3 pm

Vanderveer treeSaturday, December 3, 2016
Christmas Open House
The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

1 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ 07921
Phone: (908) 212-7000 ext. 611
Anne and Ridley will be back at the Jacobus Vanderveer House, presenting colonial Christmas music for the second weekend of the site’s Christmas Open House. Other attractions: Artifacts belonging to Gen. Henry Knox, who was headquartered at the house during the American Revolution; antiques displays by noted New Jersey and Pennsylvania designers; boutique shopping; Kris Kringle and his reindeer; storytelling.
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Admission: $10; children under 12 are free.

Private events
Various locations

The holiday season is our busiest month.

dsc_0515VanderveerSaturday, November 26, 2016
Christmas Open House
The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

1 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ 07921
Phone: (908) 212-7000 ext. 611
Anne and Ridley will sing colonial Christmas music. Other attractions: Artifacts belonging to Gen. Henry Knox, who was headquartered at the house during the American Revolution; antiques displays by noted New Jersey and Pennsylvania designers; boutique shopping; Kris Kringle and his reindeer; storytelling.
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Admission: $10; children under 12 are free.

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British High Tea
Teaberry’s Tea Room

2 Main St, Flemington, NJ 08822
The Hunterdon County Tricentennial Commission, in conjunction with Fleming Castle Museum, presents a Victorian British high tea. Often confused with afternoon tea, a proper British high tea is a hearty meal at the end of the day. Teaberry’s will offer up a four course course meal of tasty delights, true to the reputation of this highly rated restaurant. Consider this meal your evening’s dinner–you will not go away hungry! Adding to the pleasure of the evening, Susan Peterson will portray Ann Fleming Lowery, whose husband owned the Victorian house that now houses Teaberry’s–and whose grandfather, Samuel Fleming, was Flemington’s founding father. Songs about period food and drink will be provided by Anne and Ridley.
Time: 5:30 pm
Admission: $40. For reservations call (908) 788-2030 or order via the Hunterdon 300th’s website at www.hunterdon300th.org.

Farmstead Arts CenterSunday, October 9, 2016
Music of the American Colonies
Farmstead Arts Center

450 King George Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Phone: (347) 927-8748
Join Anne and Ridley for a joyful celebration of our nation’s colonial roots. The concert is part of Somerset County’s 11th Annual Weekend Journey through the Past, a two-day festival in which 30 historic sites around the county will be open free to the public. Other activities include house tours, open-hearth cooking, colonial tavern games, displays of traditional blacksmithing, 19th-century firefighting wagons, antiques sales, craftspeople demonstrating period decorative crafts, live theatre, genealogical resources, colonial dance instruction, explanations of daily chores of 18th-century life, and military history.
Time: 2-3 pm
Admission: Free

Anne and Ridley at the Dewint House--photo by Harold JonesSaturday, September 24, 2016
Colonial Day
The DeWint House

Livingston Street and Oak Tree Road, Tappan, NY
The Tappantown Historic Society invites you to a fair, with music, dancing, quilting, embroidery, lace making, blacksmithing, woodworking, cider making, candle dipping. Anne and Ridley will be singing and playing for colonial dancing.
Time: 12- 5 pm
Admission: Free

DSCN6590Saturday, September 17, 2016
Patriot Day
The Conference House

298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, NY
Phone: (718) 984-6046
Formerly known as the Billopp House, the Conference House was the site where, on September 11, 1776, the patriots Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with the British Lord Richard Howe in an attempt to bring an early end to the American Revolution. To commemorate the event, the house will hold a fair, with a reenactment of the meeting. (Those portraying Franklin, Adams, and Rutledge will row across the Arthur Kill from Perth Amboy, NJ.) Anne and Ridley will play for dancing by the Tricorne Dancers and will sing. There are tours of the house. The Conference House is a National Historic Landmark, owned by the City of New York.
Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Sunday, August 14, 2016
18th Century Day
The Philip Schuyler House

US Route 4, Schuylerville, NY
Phone: (518) 664-9821 ext. 224
Step back in time at the historic Schuyler House, country home of the Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler. The fair grounds will be filled with 18th-century crafts and activities, including music by Anne and Ridley, a Punch and Judy puppet show, sheep shearing, rope making, basket weaving, candle making, tin-smithing, and more. Hosted by the Old Saratoga Historical Association.
Time: 12-5 pm
Admission: Free

Calico FrolicSaturday, July 16, 2016
Calico Frolic
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Dance Mistress Denise Piccino invites Persons of All Ages and Accomplishments to a Calico Frolic celebrating early 19th-century American country dancing. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the Musical Accompaniment of Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Instruction on basic steps will precede the dance. Period dress is welcome, but not required.
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Admission: $15 donation per person; $12 for members

DSC_0358DSC_0476July 2-4, 2016
Private parties

Anne and Ridley present patriotic songs, toasts, and stories to mark the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The festivities include background music, a formal concert, and roving from table to table to entertain guests.

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Pinkster
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
The Whitsun crown has come again! Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, and it was a major holiday among the early Dutch settlers, who held weeklong fairs that were also attended by English and German settlers, as well as Native Americans. Join the Maypole Dance with Ridley on fiddle and Anne on hammered dulcimer, games including kite flying, spinning, egg and spoon races, the game of graces, demos for children, demo making potpourris. Three historic houses will be open, with historians Kevin Wright and Todd Braisted in the Steuben House. The Black Horse Tavern will have refreshments, and there will be open-hearth cooking in the out-kitchen.
Time: 1-5 pm
Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, members free

Anne at the Van Horne House--photo copyright Ridley EnslowSaturday, April 9, 2016
Spring Ball
The Van Horne House

941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: (973) 202-0770
Join Dancing Mistress Janice Wolk and the North River Colonial Dancers (and Anne and Ridley, of course) for an evening of 18th-century music and dance. Period attire or festive modern garb is requested. Please bring a snack, either sweet or savory, for the collation table. Drinks will be provided.
Time: 7-10 pm
Admission: $15; space is limited to 50 people, so contact Janice Wolk at the phone number above

Headquarters FarmSaturday, April 9, 2016
18th-Century Tavern and Open-Hearth Cooking Demonstration
Headquarters Farm

6 Zentek Road, Stockton (Delaware Township), NJ 08559
Phone (for reservations): (908) 788-2030
The Hunterdon County Tricentennial Commission an authentic meal cooked in an authentic 18th century walk-in fireplace, with guests dining in an authentic 1758 cellar kitchen. Hearth Chef Margaret Quinn will cook the feast right before your eyes and provide a lesson on early American cooking. Headquarters Farm owner Roger Byrom will provide a discussion about the history and restoration of his beautiful home. During the lunch, colonial entertainment will be provided by Anne and Ridley Enslow. Chef Quinn’s menu is still to be announced.
Time: Two seatings (11 am-12:45 pm; and 1:30-3:30), limited to 30 guests per serving.
Reservations Required.
Admission: $30 per person

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Heard’s Brigade Winter Luncheon
The Old ’76 House

110 Main St, Tappan, NY 10983
Phone: (845) 359-5476
After a delicious brunch, there will be dancing led by Dancing Mistress Janice Wolk, to the music of Anne and Ridley.
Time: 11 am-3 pm
Lunch and entertainment: $30.00 (checks payable to Cora Chandler, 11 Dale Crossing Road, Sussex, NJ 07461. Email: chanco1863@yahoo.com)

Ridley at the Steuben House 2Sunday, February 21, 2016
George Washington’s Birthday Ball
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Under the direction of Dance Mistress Denise Piccino, the Tricorne Ensemble will demonstrate 18th-century dances in the parlor of the Steuben House, while Anne and Ridley provide accompaniment. Rodger Yaden portrays General Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the tavern. Re-enactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will demonstrate military life.
Time: 1-5 pm (performances at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30)
Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, free for members

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell for the 32nd season of Linda’s Christmas show at the Steuben House. Come enjoy festive music and song. The gift shop, out-kitchen, and Demarest House will also be open. Before or after the concert (from 6 to 9 pm), the tavern at the Campbell-Christie House will be serving light fare, including soup, herbed biscuits, a ploughman plate, fruit pie, hot mulled cider and more. (Additional cost.)
Two shows: 7 and 8:30 pm
Admission: $30 ($25 for members)

Linda Russell and CompanieMonday, December 14, 2015
Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas
St. Michael’s Church–Parish Hall

225 W. 99th Street, New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 666-2656
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell & Companie for Linda’s annual Christmas show–hammered dulcimers, flute, cello, violin, harp, bagpipes, and an ensemble of six!
Time: 7:30-10 pm
Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors

Anne's dulcimer boughSunday, December 13, 2015
Holiday Concert
Farmstead Arts Center

450 King George Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Phone: (347) 927-8748
Join Anne and Ridley for a joyful holiday celebration harkening back to the nation’s colonial roots.
Time: 2-3 pm
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Colonial Christmas
North County Branch Library

65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Phone: (908) 730-6262
Join Anne and Ridley for a joyful celebration of Christmas past.
Time: 2-3 pm
Admission: Free

The Seeing EyeFriday, December 11, 2015
Colonial Christmas
The Seeing Eye Foundation

10 Washington Valley Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 539-4425
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell and Margie Cohen for a memorable colonial Christmas performance. Dogs welcome.
Time: 7-8:30 pm

DSC_0831Saturday, December 5, 2015
Christmas Open House
The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

1 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ 07921
Phone: (908) 212-7000 ext. 611
Anne and Ridley will be back at the Jacobus Vanderveer House, presenting colonial Christmas music for the second weekend of the site’s Christmas Open House. Other attractions: Antiques displays by noted New Jersey and Pennsylvania designers; boutique shopping; storytelling.
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Admission: $10; children under 12 are free.

Anne and Ridley at the Jacobus Vanderveer HouseSaturday, November 28, 2015
Christmas Open House
The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

1 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ 07921
Phone: (908) 212-7000 ext. 611
Anne and Ridley will sing colonial Christmas music. Other attractions: Antiques displays by noted New Jersey and Pennsylvania designers; boutique shopping; storytelling.
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Admission: $10; children under 12 are free.

DSC_0698Saturday, November 21, 2015
Music of the American Colonies
South Salem Presbyterian Church

111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY
Phone: (914) 763-9282
Join in a celebration of the church’s history, with documents and photos from the archives, a tour of the historic graveyard, and music by Anne and Ridley.
Time: two shows, at 11 am and 1 pm
Admission: Free

Terrill Tavern at Merchants and Drovers Tavern Friday, November 6, 2015
History on Tap

Merchants and Drovers Tavern
1632 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065
Phone: (732) 381-0441
The Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs and the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will host a social gathering for young history professionals in the Museum’s 1790s historic tavern. Anne and Ridley will perform in colonial costumes of the late 18th century. The evening will include period dancing, sing alongs, colonial drinking songs, and toasts.
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission: $10.00 (includes 2 drink vouchers)

Anne and Ridley at the Dewint House--photo by Harold JonesSaturday, September 26, 2015
Colonial Day
The DeWint House

Livingston Street and Oak Tree Road, Tappan, NY
The Tappantown Historic Society invites you to a fair, with music, dancing, quilting, embroidery, lace making, blacksmithing, woodworking, cider making, candle dipping. Anne and Ridley will be singing and playing for colonial dancing.
Time: 12- 5 pm
Admission: Free

DSCN6590Saturday, September 12, 2015
Patriot Day
The Conference House

298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, NY
Phone: (718) 984-6046
Formerly known as the Billopp House, the Conference House was the site where, on September 11, 1776, the patriots Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with the British Lord Richard Howe in an attempt to bring an early end to the American Revolution. To commemorate the event, the house will hold a fair, with a reenactment of the meeting. (Those portraying Franklin, Adams, and Rutledge will row across the Arthur Kill from Perth Amboy, NJ.) Anne and Ridley will play for dancing by the Tricorne Dancers and will sing. There are tours of the house. The Conference House is a National Historic Landmark, owned by the City of New York.
Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Sunday, August 9, 2015
18th Century Day
The Philip Schuyler House

US Route 4, Schuylerville, NY
Phone: (518) 664-9821 ext. 224
Step back in time at the historic Schuyler House, country home of the Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler. The fair grounds will be filled with 18th-century crafts and activities, including music by Anne and Ridley, a Punch and Judy puppet show, sheep shearing, rope making, basket weaving, candle making, tin-smithing, and more. Hosted by the Old Saratoga Historical Association.
Time: 12-5 pm
Admission: Free

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Revolutionary War Day
The Red Mill Museum

56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ
Phone: (908) 735-4101
Anne and Ridley will entertain with songs and tunes dating from the Revolutionary era. In addition, there will be 18th-century encampments and demonstrations of period weapons, drills, and skirmishes, plus a quiz to determine if you would have been a Loyalist, Patriot, or neutral during the war. (Loyalty oaths for both the Loyalist and Patriot causes will be available for signing.) The Red Mill Museum will be open.
Time: 1-4 pm
Admission: Adults $9, seniors $7, children $5, members free.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Calico Frolic for St. Swithin’s Day
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Dance Mistress Denise Piccino invites Persons of All Ages and Accomplishments to a Calico Frolic celebrating St. Swithin’s Day. In times past, folks watched for rain on St. Swithin’s Day (July 15), because whatever the weather was like on that day, it would continue so for the next 40 days. Watch or join in old-fashioned Country Dancing to the Musical Accompaniment of Ridley and Anne Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Instruction on basic steps will precede the dance. Period dress is welcome, but not required. Dancing continues until 9 pm, when guests may adjourn to the Black Horse Tavern at the Campbell-Christie House to partake of lemonade and other light refreshments until 10 pm.
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Admission: $15 donation per person; $12 for members

UnionvilleSunday, July 12, 2015
Colonial Drinking Songs and Toasts
Unionville Vineyards

9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551
Phone: 908-788-0400
An afternoon winetasting from 2 to 5 pm will be enlivened by a concert of drinking songs by Anne and Ridley at 4 pm.
Time: 4 pm
Admission: Free, but with a cash bar for the wine. Reservations required.

Ridley in Baroque mask at the HermitageSaturday, July 11, 2015
Masked Ball in Honor of His Excellency
George Washington
The Hermitage

335 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Phone: (201) 445-8311 ext. 104
Marking the anniversary of George Washington’s visit to the Hermitage July 11-14, 1778 at the invitation of Theodosia Prevost, the Hermitage will host a masked ball, with music by Anne and Ridley and the Palace Muse (Robin Russell, Norma Castle, and Julia Hartman). Dancing demonstrations will be provided by the North River Colonial Dancers, and dancing mistress Janice Wolk will call the dancing for the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Time: 7 pm
Admission: $25 for adults, $20 for those in 18th century period dress
For more information: Call the number above or send a message to rbrahs@thehermitage.org

Ridley with Dave Emerson as GW at the Metlar-Bodine HouseSunday, July 5, 2015
Brunch with Benjamin Franklin and friends
The Metlar-Bodine House Museum

1281 River Road
Piscataway, NJ
Phone: (732) 463-8363
Enjoy 18th-century fare and drinks. Ben Franklin will be there with 18th-century games. Period music by Anne and Ridley, including songs by and about Ben Franklin.
Time: 1-3:30
Reservations required: $50 (Call the phone number above to reserve.)

June 14, 2015
Music of the American Colonies
Book and Needle Woman’s Club of Oradell, NJ

Private event. 3 pm.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Pinkster
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
The Whitsun crown has come again! Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, and it was a major holiday among the early Dutch settlers, who held weeklong fairs that were also attended by English and German settlers, as well as Native Americans. Join the Maypole Dance with Ridley on fiddle and Anne on hammered dulcimer, games including kite flying, spinning, egg and spoon races, the game of graces, demos for children, demo making potpourris. Three historic houses will be open, with historians Kevin Wright and Todd Braisted in the Steuben House. The Black Horse Tavern will have refreshments, and there will be open-hearth cooking in the out-kitchen.
Time: 1-5 pm
Admission: $7 adults, $5 children, members free

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Abraham Lincoln Funeral Commemoration
State Capitol
Albany, NY

150 years ago, after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, his body was taken by train from Washington, D.C., to his home in Springfield, Illinois. Along the way, crowds turned out to greet the train, and there were no less than 12 funerals held at various cities. In Albany, Lincoln’s body was brought to the New York State Capitol, where it lay in state on April 26, 1865.
In a daylong commemoration of the event, Anne and Ridley will give two concerts of music relating to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, each time followed by a presentation by Lincoln impersonator Fritz Klein, focussing on Lincoln’s hopes and dreams for the country during his tenure as president. In addition, an exhibition about Lincoln’s funeral train and the Civil War will be on display, showcasing various artifacts including the national flag placed around the bier upon which the slain president’s casket rested as he laid in state in Albany. There will be free tours on the hour, from 2 to 6.

Times of Anne and Ridley’s performances:
2:00-2:30 pm in the State Street Lobby (background music and fiddle tunes)
3:30-4:00 pm, a concert of music associated with Lincoln, held in the Second Floor “War Room” as the lead up to Abraham Lincoln program at 4:00
5:00-5:30 pm in the State Street Lobby (background music and fiddle tunes)
6:30-7:00 pm, a concert of music associated with Lincoln, held in the Second Floor “War Room” as the lead up to Abraham Lincoln program at 7:00
Admission: Free, but reservations are required for the performances. Sign up online at www.governor.ny.gov/lincolntribute

Anne at the Van Horne House--photo copyright Ridley EnslowSaturday, April 11, 2015
Spring Ball
The Van Horne House

941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: (973) 202-0770
Join Dancing Mistress Janice Wolk and the North River Colonial Dancers (and Anne and Ridley, of course) for an evening of 18th-century music and dance. Period attire or festive modern garb is requested. Please bring a snack, either sweet or savory, for the collation table. Drinks will be provided.
Time: 7-10 pm
Admission: $15; space is limited to 50 people, so contact Janice Wolk at the phone number above

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Music of the American Colonies
Clinton Public Library

65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Phone: (908) 730-6262
Join Anne and Ridley for their classic show of American colonial music, with stories, songs and tunes of the era.
Time: 1-2 pm
Admission: Free

Ridley and GW--photo copyright Anne Underwood EnslowSunday, February 22, 2015
George Washington’s Birthday Ball
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Under the direction of Dance Mistress Denise Piccino, the Tricorne Ensemble will demonstrate 18th-century dances in the parlor of the Steuben House, while Anne and Ridley provide accompaniment. Rodger Yaden portrays General Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the tavern.
Time: 1-5 pm
Admission: $7 adults, $5 children, free for members

Heard's lunch at the 11776 House--photo by Edith BrahsSunday, January 18, 2015
Heard’s Brigade Winter Luncheon
The Abraham Staats House

17 Von Steuben Lane
South Bound Brook, NJ 08880
Phone: (732) 469-3472
After a delicious brunch, there will be dancing led by Dancing Mistress Janice Wolk, to the music of Anne and Ridley.
Time: 11 am-2 pm
Lunch and entertainment: $45.00 (checks payable to Cora Chandler, 11 Dale Crossing Road, Sussex, NJ 07461)

Friday, December 26, 2014
Colonial New Year’s Ball
Wyndham Garden Trenton Hotel

1 W. Lafayette Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609) 396-1776 for information
Under the direction of Dance Mistress Sue Dupre, Anne and Ridley will play for a colonial ball. Ladies are encouraged to wear long dresses. Light refreshments served.
Time: 7-10 pm
Admission: $15, reservations required. Call the number above to reserve.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas
Historic New Bridge Landing

1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Anne and Ridley join Linda Russell for the 31st season of Linda’s Christmas show at the Steuben House. Come enjoy festive music and song. The gift shop, out-kitchen, and Demarest House will also be open. Before or after the concert (from 6 to 9 pm), the tavern at the Campbell-Christie House will be serving light fare, including soup, herbed biscuits, a ploughman plate, fruit pie, hot mulled cider and more. (Additional cost.)
Two shows: 6 and 7:30 pm
Admission: $30 ($25 for members)

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