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Historic Merchants and Drovers Tavern Presents “History on Tap,” May 3rd

Anne and Ridley Enslow ( photo by Carolyn Sebolao).

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to go back in time at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, located at 1632 St. Georges Avenue in Rahway, for a social gathering with a performance and presentation of period music from the 19th century. This event, titled “History on Tap,” will take place on Friday evening, May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“This event will bring residents ages 21 and older together to celebrate the local history of Union County,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “It promises to be an enjoyable opportunity for county residents to learn about colonial traditions while mixing with others with similar interests.”

Anne and Ridley Enslow will recreate the music of American history, dressed in historically accurate clothing of those who lived around 1770.

During the evening, attendees can try their hand at a percussion instrument called the limber jack, recite a toast, participate in sing-alongs and learn a Colonial dance.

A fee of $10 includes food and two drink vouchers (maximum) for beer, wine and soft drinks. Registration is required online at

Anne and Ridley Enslow present concerts on historic themes accompanied by dancing and entertainment. They play music of the American colonial period and the early 19th century, using instruments appropriate to the period — an 18th century violin made in France for Ridley and a hammered dulcimer for Anne. A jaw harp, mountain dulcimer, or pennywhistle may also appear, depending on the show. They sing in harmony and tell stories of the times that gave rise to the music.

History on Tap is sponsored by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, and funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

For more information about this and other programs and services related to the arts in Union County, visit online at, call 908-558-2550 or email NJ Relay users may dial 711.

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