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Tenefly Independence Day Celebration

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

It’s that time of the year again: Summer! And that means barbeques, picnics, swimming, vacations, and – of course – Fourth of July celebrations!

Most of us fondly remember the Fourth of Julys of our past. Memories of sparklers, fireworks stands, family get-togethers, and breath-taking fireworks displays are shared and passed down through the generations. In cities across the country, local Independence Day festivals and fireworks displays link neighbors and residents together, in a shared celebration of our nation’s rich history and national pride. Tenefly, New Jersey is no different.

Each year, Tenefly’s residents eagerly await the city’s Independence Day Celebration, which features live music, fun, food, and awe-inspiring fireworks displays sponsored by local groups and businesses.

This year, Tenefly’s Fourth-of-July city celebration will take place over the course of two days: On Wednesday the 3rd, residents can watch the mesmerizing aerial fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. behind the Tenafly High School. Continuous fireworks in a variety of shapes will light up the sky in green, blue, yellow, gold, red, and purple to the crowd’s chorus of “oohs!” and “aahs!” Live entertainment by the Crescent City Ramblers, a Dixieland band, will precede the event, starting at 8 p.m. If it happens to rain, the celebration will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 6th.

On Thursday the 4th, residents can attend the day-long Town Wide Independence Day Celebration. Starting at 10 a.m. and running until 3 p.m., the festival will feature amusement rides, carnival games, live music, tasty treats, delicious food, and fun for residents of all ages. Local businesses involved in the event include Café Angelique, Build Your Own Yogurt, and the Tenafly Diner. The event is scheduled to take place at the Roosevelt Common. If it rains, the festival will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 6th.

New Jersey Children's Museum Offers Fun and Educational Activities

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

When seeking a fun, educational outing for your children, and in fact, the entire family, be sure to keep the New Jersey Children's Museum in mind.

Located in Paramus at 599 Valley Health Plaza, the New Jersey Children's Museum continuously offers toddlers and preschoolers a terrific variety of interactive events and activities, such as a real fire truck and helicopter, hands-on exhibits, an exciting fossil and dinosaur cave, a kid-size medieval castle, a play ballet studio and tons of other great fun stuff! Kids can play hospital, examine a skeleton and combine learning with playtime.

Monthly events can range from Super Hero Pizza Parties, an awesome dinosaur exhibit...you can even book your child's birthday party or other special event party to be held here!

There's a pretend grocery store where your little ones can play cashier or consumer, using grocery carts, make-believe products and pretend money. There's also a TV Studio where they can be on camera and practice their news anchor or meteorologist skills - let that announcer or performer shine!  Check out the amazing Driving and Drawing area, where the steering wheel is used to create artwork! Your child will love being the waiter or chef at the Kids' Pizzeria, where YOU are their customer! They'll happily serve you pizza, broccoli and brussel sprouts - yum!

Kids can dress up like a doctor or nurse in the Play Hospital where they can also listen to their hearts with a stethoscope, climb aboard a kid-sized ambulance and be the driver, or activate the lights and siren! Movable Mike is the friendly skeleton whose arms and legs can be moved by ropes.

The Interactive Light Mosaic is like a gigantic Lite Brite where kids can make their art take on a real glow! All Aboard! Be sure to visit the Giant Train Set where things are always in motion - going through tunnels, climbing up and down mountains - and your child can blow the whistle, flash the lights and open the crossing gates!

Dress up in armor and be a brave knight, or wear the gown and crown of a beautiful princess in the Medieval Castle! Learn about the world though the fascinating Animal Senses exhibit! There are so many amazing, creative and fun things to do at the New Jersey Children's Museum that it's a place you and your kids are sure to want to visit again and again.

For more details on exhibits, events, hours and more, visit http://www.njcm.com

Belskie Museum of Art & Science

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Located in Closter, New Jersey, the Belskie Musuem of Art & Science was founded in 1993 to showcase the works of Abram Belskie, a local sculptor and well known medical illustrator.

Born in London, Belskie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 1926. In 1929, he immigrated to New York City, where he spent three years as an assistant to the London-born sculptor John Gregory. In 1931, Belskie moved to Closter. There, he spent 57 years sculpting, teaching, and creating medical models. He died in 1988, after winning five major awards for his work, which can still be found in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Cleveland Museum of Health.

Today, the Belskie Museum of Art & Science serves as a major artistic forum for the artists and sculptors of Bergen County. Open year-round except July and August, the museum hosts a new exhibition each month. Instructors and students of the Vytlacil School of Plein Air Painting and the Art Students League of New York City regularly exhibit their work at the Belskie Museum.

Exhibits scheduled for 2013 include a showcase of work by the professional artists of Tenafly, works by the instructors of The Art School at Old Church, and student work from Tenakill Middle School and Northern Valley/Demarest High School. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculpture are just a few of the varied art forms routinely found on display at the Belskie.

The Belskie Museum of Art & Science is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special appointments also can be arranged. Admission is free. For additional information, including information on the current exhibition, visit the museum’s website.

Tenafly Railroad Station

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Built in 1872 and opened for service in 1874, the High Victorian Gothic style Tenafly railroad station began its life as a rail station and later served trolley passengers. A debt of gratitude is owed to George Huyler who not only donated the station’s land but also paid one third of the construction expenses. The other two thirds of the costs were borne in equal measure by the Northern Railroad of New Jersey and local citizens.

Daniel T. Atwood was the architect for the well-loved station, which almost 80 years later, in 1963, came under the ownership of the borough. More recently, in 1994, thanks to funding from the New Jersey Historic Trust and the city of Tenafly, the station was restored and has become a point of pride once more. Today, the station no longer serves rail or trolley passengers – instead, it serves hungry diners as a quaint café.

Those who look closely will find a marker established by the Bergen County Historical Society on Piermont Road. The Marker – one among a series established by the Historical Society – is adjacent to the train tracks and opposite Huyler Park. In addition to its local prominence, the Tenafly railroad station is listed in both the New Jersey and United States Registers of Historic Places. It is also included in the Historic American Buildings Survey Inventory.

For those who enjoy exploring local and regional history, the Tenafly railroad station isn’t the only historical site to visit in the area! In fact, you can spend a delightful day (including lunch at the café, of course) by touring the eight other historical markers found within a mile. Here is a list of these markers with approximate distances from the station:

  • British & Hessian Invasion (~ 0.3 miles)
  • Roelof Westervelt House (~ 0.3 miles)
  • Everett – Dunn House (~ 0.4 miles)
  • The Christie-Parsels House (~ 0.6 miles)
  • English Neighborhood Union School (~ 0.9 miles)
  • Cap’t John Huyler’s Farm (~ 0.9 miles)
  • Huyler’s Landing Road (~ 1.1 miles)
  • African American Baptist Church Cemetery (~ 1.1 miles)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Declared a national landmark in 1975, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House in Tenafly, NJ was home to America’s leading force for women’s rights and suffrage. Located in the heart of Tenafly’s two historic districts, it was in this home that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage, wrote the first volume of the History of Women’s Suffrage, 1881-1885.

This two-story home is most noted for its Victorian architecture and front porch styled in a Greek revival tradition. It was in this home on Highwood Avenue that Stanton was most active in her efforts to gain voting rights for women. And it was during this historic time when Stanton and Anthony made a failed, but much talked about effort to vote in the 1880 Tenafly elections. Stanton said in her letters she enjoyed muddling the election officials and watching the town’s reaction to her brave act. Stanton, Anthony and fellow feminists formed the National Women’s Suffrage Association in 1869 and fought to gain equal rights for African Americans and women. Sadly, Stanton never lived to see out her efforts as she died in 1902, 18 years before women were granted the right to vote.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is one of many historic homes in Tenafly which adds to the town’s charm and livability. Other homes include the Roelof Westervelt House, the Christie-Parsels House, The Sickels-Melbourne House along Knoll Road and the Demarest-Lyle House along West Clinton Avenue. All of these homes are privately owned not available for tours, however, those seeking to learn more about Tenafly’s history can visit the Theodore Roosevelt Monument in downtown Tenafly’s Roosevelt Common. This landmark carved of limestone honors the nation’s 26th president with carved animals and benches. Or, take a walk by the water to enjoy the natural setting of The Palisades. It was here that the Palisades Interstate Park was created to prevent open-pit mining and further quarrying of this natural area.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is a national historic landmark and is placed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is marked with a historic plaque.

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