Union County's next History Paint Night Social event will be held on Tuesday, March 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Shady Rest Clubhouse at Scotch Hills Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains. 

Participants will be provided with painting materials, and artistic instruction on a historical scene from the Union County area. Individuals and groups are invited to attend. No experience is necessary. The program is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

The instructor for History Paint Night Social will be Elizabeth-based artist Dario Solis. Pre-registration is encouraged due to limited space. The fee of $10.00 includes all materials. Participants may bring wine and snacks for their enjoyment. To register or receive more information about History Paint Night, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-436-2912, or email jprescott@ucnj.org.

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“We introduced History Paint Night Social as way for beginners and practiced artists alike to enjoy learning about Union County history in a relaxed, creative setting,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The response was very enthusiastic and we are happy to bring it back this year. The Shady Rest Clubhouse has unique historical significance for Union County and our nation. It provides an enriching venue for an event that blends art and history.” 

The Shady Rest Golf and Country Club opened in 1921 as the first African American owned Country Club in the U.S. It operated as a private club from 1921 to 1938 during which time many iconic American musical artists including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, and Ella Fitzgerald performed there.The Club also hosted such notables as W.E.B. Du Bois, Althea Gibson and Joe Louis. It recently underwent a restoration as a center for the arts, education, history and social development in Scotch Plains.

For information on all Cultural and Heritage Affairs programs and events, visit online at ucnj.org.