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World War I Centennial Bazaar

May 20, 2017 @ 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

*Funding has been made possible in part through grant fun administered by the Bergen County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs, Department of Parks, through a Genera Operating Support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.*


Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:30 am-4:30 pm at The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ


Organized by the NW Bergen History Coalition to recognize a momentous time in our history: The Entrance of America into World War I



10:30 AM      Mrs. Frank C. Holley, portrayed by Dr. Elizabeth Holley, arrives in a Model T to talk about her grand- mother’s life in Waldwick in 1917

11:00 AM:     President Woodrow Wilson arrives in a Pierce Arrow.

The Flag is raised and the Ridgewood High School Trebles Acappella sing the National Anthem.

President Wilson officially opens the Bazaar and speaks from the front porch of The Hermitage.

12 NOON:     Waldwick Concert Band under the tent by The Hermitage Visitor Center

12 to 4:          Have your Fortune told by a gypsy under the tent by the Children’s Games

1:00 PM        Ceremonial Flag Folding by Saving Hallowed Ground

1:15 PM:       World War I Era Dance Demonstration under the tent at The Hermitage Visitor Center

1:45 PM:       Poetry Reading by Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah on the front porch of The Hermitage

2:15 PM:       World War I Era Dance Demonstration under the tent at The Hermitage Visitor Center

2:30 PM:       Ceremonial Flag Folding by Saving Hallowed Ground

3:00 PM:       Ramapo College Chorale performs on the front porch of The Hermitage

4:00 PM:       Ridgewood High School Senior Brass Quintet performs on the front porch of The Hermitage

4:30 PM:       Honoring our World War I Soldiers and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

*The Hermitage Museum is

open for tours from 12 pm-4 pm. Please visit.

Meet at the flag pole by the Visitor Center.*

About our Performers

Waldwick Concert Band — Directed by Edmund Moderacki Ridgewood High School Trebles — Directed by Sally Tumas-Skoric World War I Dance instructors, Steve Tichenor and Janice Wolk Ramapo College Singers, directed by Lisa Lutter

Skylark (All women’s singing group) — Presenting Radio Hits from the WWI era, Irving Berlin’s Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Always, George Gershwin’s Embraceable You, and Harold Arlen’s Get Happy

CantaNOVA (mixed men and women’s ensemble) — Singing Armistice 1918: Everyone Sang (a poem composed by Siegfried Sas- soon and put to music by Craig Carnahan)

Take 12 — Performing John McCrae’s In Flanders Field, Stephen Chatman, composer, and Loch Lomond arranged by Jonathan Quick

Woodrow Wilson — Neill Hartley, from the American Historical Theatre in Philadelphia, is a professional actor who has performed with many local and re- gional theaters and is on the theater faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadel- phia, PA. Through his portrayal of Woodrow Wilson, the audience will experience the turbulent days that led to the entry of America into World War I and the Presi- dent’s struggles to protect democracy and promote peace.

Harriot Stanton Blatch —Portrayed by Jerri Angermueller. Harriot was born in Seneca Falls, NY in 1857 and grew up in Tenafly, NJ, where her mother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived from 1868 to 1887. Harriot was also involved in the Woman’s Suffrage movement and helped to revive it in 1902. During WWI, Woodrow Wilson appointed her as Director of the Woman’s Land Army. She recruited the service of American women to become Farmerettes to the men who had left the farms to be soldiers. Their work was instrumental in getting the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, giving women suffrage. Jerri grew up in Tenafly, and was inspired by the ac- complishments of these Bergen County residents.

Mrs. Frank C. Holley, Sr., known as Mamie, is portrayed by her granddaughter, Dr. Elizabeth Holley, Education Director fo the Waldwick Museum. Mamie was a woman ahead of her time. Born in 1889, Mamie attended business college and learned to drive a car! She became a legal stenographer in the law offices of Round and Flanagan in Newburgh, NY. She met her equal, a bigger than life Erie steam locomotive engineer who had traveled the world in both the Army and Navy. They married in 1915 and moved to Waldwick, NJ after the birth of their twin boys. Frank became known as “Mr. Spanish American War,” helped organize veterans and later became Waldwick’s first police chief. Mamie worked in social services, civil defense, politics (even before the 19th amendment), and cofounded the Golden Age Club.

The Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah is an educational organization devoted to public enlightenment of the life and works of poet/soldier Joyce Kilmer in Mah- wah, where he wrote the famous poem “Trees” in his house on February 2, 1913. The Society will present a historically-based dramatization of three of Kilmer’s most admired poems in keeping with a local-area theme and World War I commemora- tion. The poems include the wartime classic “Rouge Bouquet” about a devastating event on a French battlefield, “Trees” and “The Twelve-Forty-Five,” about a post- midnight commuter train that carries weary workers to the warmth of their homes in Bergen, Passaic and Rockland Counties.

Ridgewood High School Senior Brass Quintet, includes Max Caine, Trumpet; Teddy Trent, Trumpet; Darius Karoon, French Horn; Cormac Callan, Euphonium; Sloan Ruhl,Tuba. Arranged by John Luckenbill, Associate Director of Bands, RHS

“Taps”Trio, includes Reid Heisler, Daniel Notarfrancesco, and Jay Olu-Wehuje, under the leadership of Band Director Jeffrey Bittner, Mahwah High School.

John Alvarez —Singing the National Anthem at our closing ceremony, John is a vocal student at Art of Motion, a performing arts conservatory in Ridgewood. John is an English teacher at the Bergen Arts & Science Charter School in Hackensack.

A Special Thank You

To all of our performers and volunteers

who helped to make history come alive and contributed their time, talent, and energy.


May 20, 2017
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Event Category:


Mahwah Museum


The Hermitage Museum
335 North Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 United States
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(201) 445-8311