BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ This next week is the final scheduled week of a Farmstead Arts exhibit on Basking Ridge's great white oak tree, which was taken down last year after its death following 619 in downtown Basking Ridge.
The exhibit, scheduled to close on Aug. 5, features art in many media, including painting, drawing, poetry, sculpture, music, film and a community art project. The tree stood since before the town was formed at a location next to which the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church was built. It was the town's most recognizable symbol.
The Farmstead Arts is located at 450 King George Road, and can be reached at 908-636-7576 during office hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the Farmstead Arts website. The art gallery in the farmhouse is open on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when there is a show in progress, or else by appointment, the website says.
"For 619 years this magnificent tree served as a gathering place in historic Bernards Township," the website says. Since the tree was taken down in 2017 and the tree, "Our community has come together in many ways to celebrate the life of that Great White Oak Tree. The wood has been shared far and wide, with branches and trunk sections on display and the building of a great communion table for the Presbyterian Church. New life is springing forth in the form of seedlings planted by local gardeners, all in the name of continuing the legacy of this extraordinary tree."