Sunday, October 23, 2005

Pioneer Fiddle in Sussex County

Several times a year, re-enactors will converge on the old Van Campen Inn, still standing and wecoming travelers as it did in the early years of the colonies. In this clip, Jim Stanko of Hardwick township provides some musical color with the fiddle. He also gives a little history of the music itself. Learn more about the history of the Old Mine Road at NJSkylands.com. Driving along the Old Mine Road along the Delaware River, any time of year, gives a sense of wonder and a sense of place to the traveler.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Meet the Mayor of Sparta, NJ

The Mayor of Sparta, New Jersey is Ailish Hambel. This is an introduction to the mayor with an explanation of the form of town government used here. In school we learn about civics and how various levels of government work and how we, as citizens are able to shape our institutions and become involved in making government work for us and our communities. Here is one person's example of civic activity. Email the town council at council@spartanj.org.