Monday 26 September 2011

26/09 :  Stillwater Welcomes Autumn as the Rain Takes a Break

Though it was not an idyllic fall day, Mother Nature delivered the goods last Saturday as HSST hosted its 6th Annual Fall Festival, in partnership with the Stillwater Recreation Commission. As the weather cooperated, the Stillwater community gathered at the elementary school to celebrate the arrival of autumn.

This year, more than ever, the Festival was a town-wide effort. Many township organizations exhibited at the event, including the Emergency Squad, the Volunteer Fire Department, the PTA, the Environmental Commission and more. The Harmony Hill United Methodist Church handled refreshments and a Stillwater-based caterer held a Pig Roast. And, in an effort to help area crafters and merchants recoup business lost during the recent storms, the Society waived its vendor fee.

Among the many popular attractions at the Festival were Mr. Hecht's horse and wagon, a hay ride with pumpkin picking, and the Itty Bitty Fire Truck. There were races for the kids and horseshoes for the adults. A DJ and live music entertained the crowd.

Thanks to several generous sponsors and to money raised at the event, this year's Festival was a big success. But, just as important, is the opportunity for those in the Stillwater-area to enjoy time together as friends and neighbors.

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Monday 15 August 2011

15/08 :  Life's a Peach in Stillwater!

   The Historical Society will host our annual Peach Festival on Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the museum. The star of the event will be fresh peach cobbler, made with local peaches from Windy Brow Farm.

A terrific way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, the Festival also features live music, horse and buggy rides, museum tours and a bake sale.

"An apple is an excellent thing -- until you have tried a peach." -- George du Maurier

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Thursday 07 July 2011

07/07 :  Spiffing up the Stillwater Grist Mill

   HSST volunteers will be cleaning the interior of the Stillwater Grist Mill on Saturday, July 16.

This is not an easy task, but it is important.  Cleaning up the Mill will allow HSST to make a better assessment of its condition so we can arrange for maintenance work.  We would appreciate the participation of as many HSST and Stillwater community members as possible.  

If you can, please join us at the Mill at 9 a.m. on the 16th and lend a hand.  Please bring supplies with you - brooms, shop vacs, trash bags and so on.  

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Friday 15 April 2011

15/04 :  HSST Prepares for Sunday Museum Openings

Members of the Historical Society of Stillwater Township were treated to a private tour of the Society’s museum on Thursday evening, April 14, 2011. The purpose of the tour was to prepare the members to give visitor tours during the museum’s Sunday openings, which will begin on June 5, 2011.

Elsie Roof, longtime Stillwater resident and charter member of the Society, led the tour supported by Lawrence Earl, Peggy Streeter, Carolyn Celli and Dennis Pegg. Not only did members get a refresher course on the collection and the museum building which houses it, but those presenting shared their memories of Stillwater and the early years of the Society. The museum’s collection includes military artifacts from the Revolutionary War and beyond, vintage farm and cooking implements, Native American artifacts, a genealogy and reference library and more.

“The Society’s collection is a significant resource for our community and for the public at large,” said Bob Grabowsky, President of the Historical Society. “Our goal is to improve visitor experience at the museum and this evening was a step toward achieving that goal.”

The Historical Society’s museum will be open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from June 5 through August 28, 2011. Tours are available throughout the year by appointment.

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Monday 21 February 2011

21/02 :  HSST Remembers Wilma Hill and Ed Hornung

Wilma (Sipley) Hill, an honorary lifetime member of HSST, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Born in Andover, Wilma lived in Stillwater most of her life. She was active in both church and civic organizations, including service as Secretary to the Historical Society. Sadie Hill Gass, one of Wilma's children, and a lifetime member of HSST, said she'd like our members to know how much the family loves the Stillwater community.

Ed Hornung, a lifetime member of HSST, died on November 4, 2010. Ed was a summer resident of Stillwater since 1933, but moved here permanently in 1987. He lived in the Middleville section of town. A World War II Navy veteran, Ed was actively involved in the Stillwater community, including HSST.

Thank you to Wilma and Ed for their hard work and dedication to the Historical Society. They are missed.

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Friday 18 February 2011

18/02 :  Grist Mill Friends Progress

   In keeping with the Historical Society's goal of forming a Friends organization (ORFO), for the Grist Mill, Bob Grabowsky announced at the last meeting that the ORFO paperwork has been filed with the State. Thanks go to Skip Hemschot for handling the paperwork and for all who helped Skip prepare it.

Although it may seem bit early to mention, HSST has a program on New Jersey mills planned for the June meeting. Please check the calendar for this and other programs and events for 2011.

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