BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Ten years ago, the Farmstead Arts Center opened to the public at the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead on a pre-Revolutionary War property that had been purchased by Bernards Township. 

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, however, a 10th anniversary celebration of the center's opening that was long planned for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, has been postponed until 2021.

"We are working to plan a wonderful celebration for all and look forward to seeing you next year," the Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, which leases the buildings and surrounding property from the township, said on the Farmstead Arts Center website.

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Over the decade, as the Friends organization has continued to restore the historic property, the Farmstead Arts has hosted community events and performances. The not-for-profit organization has also installed working artists to offer art classes at the facility.

Online fall session begins Sept. 26

This fall's art classes and workshops will be offered online, via Zoom videoconferencing, between Sept. 26 through Nov. 13, the website says. 

Participants register for all classes online, or click on the link contained in each class description. 

Potential registrants should contact the Farmstead by email at admin@farmsteadarts.org if they wish to pay by check. Paying by check allows registrants to avoid online processing fees.

Some classes require a minimum enrollment. If the minimum is not met, a full refund will be given. In the event of a class cancellation, students will be notified at least three days in advance, the website says.

The Farmstead Arts Center is located on an historic site at 450 King George Road dating back to before the Revolutionary War. 

The arts center is located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, an ongoing restoration project centered around buildings that date back to the 18th and early 19th centuries, and are listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Bernards Township acquired the property in 1999 through its open space trust.

The Farmstead Arts also has placed out bins to collect food for those in need at this time.