Dedication of the Third Reading of the Declaration of Independence
On the 241st anniversary of the third reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Neilson, Jersey Blue members, Colonel John Neilson Society, C.A.R. members and direct descendants of Colonel Neilson attended the statue dedication and unveiling depicting that moment in history. With several direct descendants of Colonel Neilson as members, Jersey Blue and Colonel John Neilson Society each contributed sponsorships to build the statue's base.
Middlesex County History Day 2017
Jersey Blue and Colonel John Neilson members practiced their colonial curtsies at the fun-filled historical celebrations at Middlesex County's History Day at the East Jersey Olde Town Village.
Youth Good Citizenship Award
Regent Mimi Chu presented a Youth Citizenship Award certificate and pin to Civil Air Patrol Cadet Colonel Matthew Jackson at the New Jersey Wing Conference where Jackson was honored as Cadet of the Year.
Holiday Gift Bags for Veterans
Each Thursday, Jersey Blues run a clothing distribution room at the Menlo Park Veterans' Home. The clothing is all new and donated by various groups for the use and comfort of the veteran residents. Enthusiastic Jersey Blue volunteers sorted and packed items into holiday gift bags for residents during the holiday season.
Holiday Social 2016
Jersey Blues and guests visited the Cornelius Low House in Piscataway, New Jersey where several items from Buccleuch Mansion are on loan for display. Afterwards, members gathered for a Holiday Social get together for good food, good friends and good times!
Adamsville School Multicultural Night 2016
Jersey Blues represented America at the 2nd Annual Multicultural Night at Adamsville School in Bridgewater, New Jersey with over 350 school staff, parents and students as they learned about the many countries and cultures represented in the school.
Spring Fling Mini Golf
Jersey Blues hosted Spring Fling Mini Golf at the Menlo Park Veterans' Home. Volunteers clapped and cheered for the players!
Past Program: Buttons and the Stories They Tell
Barbara Michaels, professional appraiser and button collector, shared memories from her prized collection and how she began collecting buttons.
Past Exhibit: Bridal Gowns of the Last 100 Years
Celebrating 100 years since Jersey Blue was entrusted with the care of Buccleuch Mansion, the chapter exhibited a display of carefully preserved wedding dresses showcasing the many bridal styles of the past century.
Past Program: Avoiding ID Theft
Frances Mahoney from AT&T taught Jersey Blues invaluable safety and security lessons during a presentation on how to deter, detect and defend against identify theft.
Paint & Sip Holiday Social 2017
Jersey Blues and guests unleashed their inner artists and painted their own unique masterpieces while sharing in some good food, wine and fun at the annual holiday social.
Restoration of Buccleuch Mansion
Jersey Blue volunteers sorted, packed and supervised the relocation of hundreds of items from Buccleuch Mansion’s collections for the building’s massive restoration effort beginning in summer 2017. Here, Regent Mimi Chu and her husband high five after a tireless, but successful, afternoon cleaning and preparing every room for the structural work to start.
Historic Watson House Tour
After a ‘Dutch Treat’ luncheon, Jersey Blues toured Watson House, Mercer County’s oldest home built in 1708, with colonial-costumed volunteers as guides. Today, Watson House serves as the state headquarters of the NJDAR and displays several historic pieces donated by New Jersey Daughters.
Read Across America Day 2016
In honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Jersey Blues donned Cat in the Hat hats and read to students at the Adamsville School in Bridgewater, New Jersey during Read Across American Day.
Placing Flags on Veterans’ Graves
Jersey Blues were joined by Colonel John Neilson Chapter, C.A.R. before Memorial Day 2016 to distribute flags throughout Middlesex, Somerset, Union and Morris Counties on American Revolutionary and Civil War veterans' graves.
Past Program: Tasty Fall Foods
Director and past Regent Susan Luczu presented a tableful of fall treats and recipes for Jersey Blues to learn about, but it was eating the treats that members liked best!
New Jersey Sunday at Valley Forge
Jersey Blues joined hundreds of other members across the state at the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge National Park for a service to honor the soldiers who suffered through the terrible winter camped at Valley Forge during the American Revolution.
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
Jersey Blues attended the Menlo Park Veteran's Home Volunteer Recognition Luncheon representing the chapter and the various veterans activities members participate in at the home.
Past Program: A Tisket, A Tasket
Jersey Blues took part in a basket weaving demonstration from past Regent Marjorie Freeman and learned about the vital roles these simple vessels have played in American history.
Naturalization Ceremony 2015
Jersey Blues took part and celebrated with excited new citizens as they took the oath of allegiance during the naturalization ceremony in October.
Holiday Mini Golf 2014
Jersey Blues were joined by Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2014, Jacqueline Giancola, at the annual Holiday Mini Golf for residents of the Menlo Park Veterans' Home.
Placing Flags on Patriot Graves
The Jersey Blue Chapter was joined by the Colonel John Neilson Society, Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) before Memorial Day 2017 to honor veterans by placing flags on patriots' graves throughout several central New Jersey counties.
Past Program: Historic Quilts
Dana Balsamo, Certified Quilt Appraiser, displayed a beautiful array of antique quilts at a program held at the Middlesex County Library. Jersey Blues discussed quilt-making techniques, asked questions and felt the historic fabrics of these treasured family heirlooms!
Derby Day Celebration 2015
Jersey Blues held their very own Kentucky Derby celebration and learned about the history of the famous race, as well as some interesting trivia about the state of Kentucky. Members even got to know the actual names of the horses entered!
Crazy Hat Mini Golf
Volunteers are paired with a veteran for personal,
one-on-one playing time during the annual Crazy Hat Golf event hosted by Jersey Blue at the Menlo Park Veterans' Home. Every player gets a prize, but it is always the hats that make it the most fun!
East Jersey Olde Town History Day 2016
Jersey Blues manned the table at East Jersey Old Town’s History Day in Piscataway, New Jersey to discuss DAR with visitors interested in joining the chapter.
Click for Babies Project
Jersey Blues crocheted and knitted baby hats to spread awareness of infant abuse through The Purple Caps Program.
Mini Golf Awards 2015
Jersey Blue hosted the annual event at the Menlo Park Veterans' Home where residents enjoyed a concert of patriotic music by an especially talented chapter member before the awards ceremony began.
No Greater Love Day 2014
Even if chapter members can’t make it out to every event, Jersey Blues still show appreciation for vet’s service by making handmade greeting cards for residents at the Menlo Park Veterans' home.
Presidential Mini Golf
Jersey Blues organize a themed mini golf event each month for residents of the Menlo Park Veterans' Home. Martha Washington was there cheering on the golfers!
Jersey Blues sampled award-winning teas and glasses of champagne along with sampling a fine selection of tea breads, scones with Devonshire cream, homemade jams and finger sandwiches during an afternoon tea social.
FAFS Walk 2013
Jersey Blue volunteers handed out water to the walkers at the 2013 Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS) Walk in South Brunswick, New Jersey.
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