BERNARDS TWP., NJ - "Trees," A Tribute To A Historic Oak Tree, is scheduled to be held less than a week before the giant oak is due to be removed, from 7 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, April 20, at the Bernards Township Library.
The event at the library is described as an evening of stories and songs about local history, including a performance of "Trees," a newly composed tribute song to Basking Ridge's historic 600 year old oak tree.
Presenter of the program is local musician and author Gordon Thomas Ward.
The removal of the 600-year-old white oak, located at the historic churchyard at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1 East Oak St., is scheduled to begin next Monday, April 24.
There are a number of events scheduled in the final countdown to the tree's removal, including a fundraising gala on Wednesday night.
Among the events planned will be a walking tour of historic Basking Ridge Village, to be led by Paula Axt of the historical society, between 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, the last day the tree is due to remain standing. The tour is scheduled to begin at the Brick Academy Museum at 15 West Oak St., and tickets must be reserved ahead. Details are here.
The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills has set up a gofundme site to help the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church cover the cost of taking down and memorializing the 600-year-old tree.
Hundreds attended memorial service
The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church held a memorial service for the tree last November that was attended by hundreds of residents of all ages, as well as some visitors from nearby communities.
Pre-registration is requested. A form is online. The Bernards Township Library is located at 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.