July 19 – August 27

County Library
Woodbine Branch
801 Webster Street
Woodbine, NJ 08270
609-861-2501

Hours:
MWF 9:30 AM – 5 PM
TR 9:30 AM – 7 PM
(closed 1-1:30 M-F)
Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM

Sam Azeez Museum of
Woodbine Heritage
610 Washington Avenue
Woodbine, NJ 08270
609-861-5355


Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm

The rich heritage of Woodbine New Jersey is truly unique. Begun over 100 years ago, Woodbine was purchased by the wealthy German philanthropist, Baron de Hirsch who established a fund to assist the immigrating Russian Jews coming to America in the 1890s. Woodbine was the experimental agricultural-industrial colony envisioned by the Baron de Hirsch Fund trustees. The immigrants could pursue the agricultural lifestyle that they had been denied in Russia. But because of poor soil conditions, Woodbine soon became better know as a factory town, the manufacturing center of Cape May County. Education, religion, tolerance and inclusion were values shared by the community as it grew, diversified and continued.

Events and programs in Woodbine are being provided by a consortium of
community organizations including the Borough of Woodbine, the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, the Greater Woodbine Chamber of Commerce, the Cape May County Library, the AARP, Beach Plum Association and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage and the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center have undertaken an oral history project, starting in 2001, describing the lives of Woodbiners, their history, their stories, and their resiliency. For this current project and exhibition, Woodbine Eats!, 27 additional oral histories of Woodbiners have been added to this important collection that reflects the experiences of immigrant groups and Americans from other parts of the country who have chosen to live in Woodbine. There are now over 100 oral histories. The theme of the present interviews are experiences associated with food: planting and gathering, harvesting and preserving, preparing and eating. Everyday experiences and those associated with festivals and religious holidays are included, with emphasis on the ways in which Woodbiners of various ethnic groups share their cultures associated with food and food has helped shape a sense of community. For the exhibit in Woodbine, running concurrent with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities/Smithsonian Exhibition, Key Ingredients, there are three stations where excerpts from the interviews may be heard.

For a sample, click below to hear Beatrice Payne, a longtime Woodbine resident, reminisce about a Sunday ritual—making ice cream after church at her grandmother’s house.

The Sweet Stuff (.mp3 file – Click title to listen)

Beatrice Payne


Learn more about Woodbine’s food history through the local exhibit at the Sam Azeez Museum (left)
and the oral history project on display at the Woodbine Library (right)!

List of Events

Woodbine Day of Fun!
August 24, 3 PM – dusk
Lincoln Park

Sponsored by the Greater Woodbine Chamber of Commerce and the Recreation Department.

Hispanic Heritage Festival
September 13, 11 AM – 5 PM
Woodbine Bike Path
Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey
(609-861-5800) pracnj.com

Surviving in the Pines
September 17, 6 PM
Upper Branch of the Cape May County Library

Joe Porter has had a lifelong love of the Pine Barrens. Having canoed with his Dad on all the Piney rivers as a child, he spent extensive time hiking the area, practicing his survival skills and studying the plants for survival. Joe has taught survivalist courses to children of all ages for many years. He has worked in education for 37 years in NJ. He began his career teaching English, Social Studies and Survival Skills courses. Recently retired as Principal at the Burlington County Institute of Technology – Medford Campus, Joe loves sharing his passion for the Pinelands. If you were lost in the woods, what plants could you eat; use medicinally for washing and dressing wounds and insect bites; keep insects at bay and soothe your aching feet? Joe will talk about these important plants while weaving in the stories from the towns of the Pines. Come hear the history and lore on the use of the plants for survival in the Pine Barrens. The presentation will begin inside the library and then we will go outdoors for a hands-on experience. Come join the fun and taste some pine needle tea!


Visitors to the exhibit examine the “Home Cooking” section of the exhibit.

Past Events:

Perdita Buchan, author of Utopia, New Jersey: Travels in the Nearest Eden
S
unday, May 18, 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage

Surf Fishing from A to Z
Friday, June 6, 3 PM
Lower Township Branch, Cape May County Library

Bob Jackson will give a show and tell description of the equipment used in surf-fishing, talk about baits and the fish they catch, and give insight to locating where the fish are.

Surf Fishing from A to Z
Saturday, June 7, 9 AM
Lower Township Branch, Cape May County Library

Outdoor portion of the program will be a demonstration by Bob Jackson of surf-casting where participants are invited to bring their own surf casting poles or use one of the poles provided. Meet at Lower library at 9am and travel to a nearby place for demonstration.

19th Annual Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 14, 10 AM – 4 PM
Gandy Farmstead, Upper Township

Woodbine Chamber of Commerce Festival
Saturday, June 28, 10 AM – 4 PM
Woodbine Bike Path

Take part in the Woodbine Family Festival and Cultural Cookoff! Sponsored by the Greater Woodbine Chamber of Commerce.

4-H Fair
July 17-19, time TBD
4-H Fairgrounds, Cape May Court House


Visitors to the Key Ingredients exhibit enjoy some refreshments at the Woodbine exhibit opening July 19.

Woodbine welcomes Key Ingredients!
Opening Reception

Saturday, July 19, 6 PM – 8 PM
Woodbine Elementary School & Library

Herbal Teas and Treasures
Wednesday, July 23, 1PM – 3:30 PM
Main branch of Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House

Part one will begin at 1:00 with “Herbal Tea Garden” presented by Elaine Shaughnessy which will be followed by a tea tasting. Part two will begin at 2:30 with “Herbal Gifts from the Garden presented by Joan Good, author of “Herbed Morsels” followed by a book signing.

Have you wanted to plant an herbal garden but don’t know what plants to choose or which plants might work for teas and other herbal treasures? This workshop will give you the information you need and you will experience the teas for yourself with a tea tasting. Walk out of the herb garden with the ingredients for teas, herb blends and flavored sugars. Enjoy these herbs year round by adding these staples to your pantry and create your herbal treasures. Elaine Shaughnessy and Joan Good are certified aromatherapists and members of the Herb Society of America. They present a variety of lectures and demos to various herb units and garden groups throughout the tri-state area. They are known for their entertaining and informative presentations. The book “Herbed Morsels” will be available for sale.

How to Create a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden
Saturday, July 26, 1PM – 3:30 PM
Main branch of Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House

Butterfly gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies today. What could bring more joy than a beautifully butterfly fluttering around your garden? Pat Sutton, a working naturalist will give some tips to make your garden and yard especially butterfly and hummingbird friendly. Following the lecture, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., participants are invited to “fly” over to Pat and Clay Sutton’s wildlife gardens in nearby Goshen, where clouds of butterflies and dozens of hummingbirds can be expected, and where the practices Sutton shared can be viewed.

A free-lance writer, naturalist, lecturer, tour leader, and passionate photographer of and wildlife gardener for butterflies, moths, birds and other critters, Pat Sutton has been a working naturalist since 1977 first for the Cape May Point State Park and then for the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory. Sutton’s articles and photography have appeared in NJ Audubon, Peregrine Observer, NJ Outdoors, Sanctuary, American Butterflies, Wild Bird, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birders World, Birding, Living Bird, Defenders, and others.


Visitors to the Sam Azeez Museum view the Cape May County Board of Agriculture’s local display.

Beneficial Insects in Your Garden
Monday, July 28, 7 PM
Main Branch, Cape May County Library

Join us as we examine the amazing and sometimes gruesome world of beneficial insects with Dr. Peter J. Bosak. We’ll look at the overall benefits of insects and then focus in on some of the most common species found in our local area and what you can do to help them help you. Peter J. Bosak is the superintendent for the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control and holds a BS in Biology with a specialization in Plant Science and a PhD from Rutgers U. in entomology with a specialization in mosquito biology and ecology. He is also a visiting scholar for Rutgers U. Dept of Entomology and an adjunct asst. professor for the Center for Vector Biology also at Rutgers. Originally from PA, he’s been a lifelong gardener, birder and student of nature.

The Buzz about Beekeeping
Thursday, August 1, 3 PM – 5 PM
Upper Branch, Cape May County Library

Bill Eisele, a local beekeeper, will share the latest information on bees and beekeeping and will have a traveling hive at this outdoor program. Bring your own chairs and learn why these fascinating insects are so necessary to our survival!


Bill Eisele conducts a presentation on beekeeping.

Beach Plum Presentation
Tuesday, August 5, 7 PM
Main Branch, Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House

Joe Alvarez of the Beach Plum Association will be speaking about the Beach Plum, which is a native plant found growing naturally on low bushes in the sandy soils from Maine to Virginia. The fruits are harvested and can be made into variety of products including delicious jellies, jams, syrups, ice cream, honey, wines and liquors. The Cape May County Beach Plum Association is dedicated to the promotion and cultivation of the beach plum. Learn more about this important plant.

Megan Wren of the A.J. Meerwald and Bayshore Discovery Project
Wednesday, August 6, 6 PM
Main branch of Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House

Meghan Wren, director of the Bayshore Discovery Project, will discuss the known ‘life history’ of the AJ MEERWALD, New Jersey’s Tall Ship from its construction in 1928 to its present role as a floating classroom. For nearly 80 years, the A.J. MEERWALD, in one form or another, has sailed the waters of the Delaware Bay and much of her story has been documented ~ from her early years oystering under sail during the heyday of the industry; her stint as a fireboat during WWII; her working days under power, oystering and then dredging for surf clams; to her retirement, decline, and finally restoration, to become an ambassador for the state and a platform to educate future generations about the cultural and natural history of the Bay.

Beach Plum Presentation
Thursday, August 14, 5 PM
Woodbine Branch, Cape May County Library

Joe Alvarez of the Beach Plum Association will be speaking about the Beach Plum, which is a native plant found growing naturally on low bushes in the sandy soils from Maine to Virginia. The fruits are harvested and can be made into variety of products including delicious jellies, jams, syrups, ice cream, honey, wines and liquors. The Cape May County Beach Plum Association is dedicated to the promotion and cultivation of the beach plum. Learn more about this important plant.


Hasia Diner presents a lecture at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage on August 19.

Sunset Lecture with Hasia Diner, New Jersey Key Ingredients scholar
Tuesday, August 19, 6 PM
The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage

Join Dr. Hasia Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, for a fascinating exploration of the role of food in immigration, particularly for the Jewish community. Most recently seen in the PBS documentary The Jewish Americans, Dr. Diner is the author of Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration.

The Main Dish at the Gandy Farmstead
Wednesday, August 20, 6 PM
Upper Branch of the Cape May County Library

Members of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township will discuss the history and development of the Gandy farmstead and the regional foods that were consumed there. A visit to the Gandy Farmstead will follow.


Mary Ely Spector picks blueberries in Woodbine.
Photo provided by
Walter Spector.