Liberty Hall Museum Hosts Travel Luncheon Today

Liberty Hall Museum Hosts Travel Luncheon Today

Liberty Hall Museum will complement its fascinating travel retrospective, Bon Voyage! 200 Years of Luxury Travel, with an elegant dining car-inspired lunch. Modeled after last season's wildly successful Downton Abbey luncheons offered in conjunction with the Ring for Service exhibit, Bon Appetit! A Salute to Luxury Train Travel (today, May 17; Noon to 3 p.m.) will celebrate the legendary dining car of the 20th Century Limited. Known in its day as "The Most Famous Train in the World," the 20th Century Limited famously unfurled a rug of a very particular color for every passenger boarding its Chicago-bound train in New York, subsequently coining the phrase "red-carpet treatment." Liberty Hall's decadent buffet, served on real china, will feature handcrafted desserts with a selection of red or white wine, and conclude with an intimate, guided tour of the museum's newest exhibit, Bon Voyage! 200 Years of Luxury Travel.

"Bon Voyage brings to life several trips which the Livingston and Kean families took between 1780 and 1950," said Lacey Bongard, Coordinator of Museum Programs. "With the help of personal diaries and letters from family members, Bon Voyage tells the stories of people who traveled over the span of 200 years, and takes visitors on a journey of luxury they'll never forget. And while our visitors get to hear about luxury dining during the new exhibit, it's great to be able to bring it to life and recreate the atmosphere of what it was like to dine on a 1940s train car at our Bon Appetit luncheons."

Admission to Bon Appetit! A Salute to Luxury Train Travel (May 17) is $55, and reservations are required by May 10. Additional Bon Appetit dates include June 21, July 19, August 16, September 13, and November 15; please call 908-527-0400 or email to reserve. Guided tours of Bon Voyage! 200 Years of Luxury Travel (no luncheon included) are available during regular museum hours through November 20.

Liberty Hall will also welcome back its Community Farmer's Market on Thursday, May 8 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Featuring Jersey Fresh produce, bread, wine, cheese, baked goods, honey, prepared foods, and natural skin care products, the Market operates rain or shine every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October 30. This year's vendors include: Martz Farm, located in Matawan; Cheese... Please!, "an educated cheese shop" (Cranford); Warren County's Villa Milagro Vineyards; Lakeside Maple, Hopatcong's trail mix experts; Mod Cup, micro-batch roasters and brewers of fair trade coffee (Jersey City Heights); Elizabeth-based El Lechon de Negron, a family-owned mobile restaurant specializing in Puerto Rican pig roast and cuisine; Essex County's Jersey Buzz, selling local honey and honey-related products; WrapStar, the Jersey Shore's first gourmet food truck, featuring hand-pressed wraps with locally sourced and organic ingredients; Bloomfield's Blue J Syrups, handcrafted cocktail and soda syrups; and Ashea, the finest natural botanical skincare products. The Farmer's Market will also partner with Groundwork Elizabeth's Come Grow With Us!, a community garden program bringing food-producing gardens and educational programs to schools, non-profits and community groups in order to increase access and awareness of healthy, fresh and culturally appropriate food.

"We are really excited to build on last year's success," said Market Manager Susan Beddia. "We have been working all winter to find small batch vendors who produce quality products that complement each other. We are also opening the market up to community groups and musicians who want to be heard. The Liberty Hall grounds are so beautiful, we really want people to stay and enjoy."

May concludes with Liberty Hall's much-anticipated Mad Men Party (Saturday, May 31; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.), celebrating the landmark television series' seventh (and final) season. The lavish event will feature period music and dancing, '60s-era cocktails, handcrafted hors d'oeuvres, and vintage card games, board games, and party games. Period attire is encouraged but not required; guests must be 21 & over to attend. Admission is $75, and reservations are required by May 24. Please call 908-527-0400 or email for more information.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. Located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, Liberty Hall Museum offers public tours Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour (last tour departs at 3 p.m.). General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean alumni, and $6 for children and seniors. Kean students and faculty are free.

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