13th Annual ‘Lines on the Pines’ Is at Stockton University

Feb 28, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson All things Pine Barrens are celebrated at Lines on the Pines, held this year at Stockton University.

Since this is the 13th annual ‘Lines on the Pines’ event promoting books, music, history and art of the Pine Barrens, it’s fitting that Mrs. Leeds’ 13th child, the Jersey Devil, should take center stage. This year the free, indoor event on Sunday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. has a new home, at Stockton University in Galloway Township.

First time at Lines on the Pines is a Kids and Family section with plenty of hands-on crafts and nature presentations. Have your picture taken with the Jersey Devil and face painted by Heather Hires, weave a basket, paint a Jersey Devil scene, design a rock turtle, learn about camping and hiking with Michael McCormick of South Jersey Trails, string acorn cap necklaces, learn to recognize some animal life of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, including Ann Marie Woods’ “Marvelous World of Mothing.”

Meet authors throughout the day-long event, including Frank Ferry and his Nucky: The Real Story, Bill Sprouse’s Domestic Life of the Jersey Devil, Ted Gordon’s Herbert Payne, Last of the Old-Time Charcoal Makers, Budd Wilson’s The Outfit, Barbara Solem’s Batsto Village and Gary Giberson’s Guy Bee, Swan Bay Jim plus Kathy Riley’s Stories of the Pines, Cathy Antener’s Discovering New Jersey Pine Barrens and Susan Puder’s New Jersey Birds and Beyond.

Interact with local artists and crafters Kathy Anne English, Cathleen Engelsen, Terry Schmidt, Julie Smith, Charles Branigan, Carol Ritson, David Caccia, Joanne Thomson, Deedie Weaver and Betsy Naumchik; photographers Albert Horner and Dave Griffin; artisans Dragonology’s Josiah Westcott, creator of pine petal dragons, Wild Man Expressions’ Dave Phillips who creates faces and spirits from pine knots, Barbara and Ray Nyman’s decoys, Mary Carty’s pine needle baskets and more and Swan Bay Folk Art Center’s Jersey Fresh jams and wool products – to name a few.

Musicians include Paul Evans Petersen and the Pine Barrens Blues Band, the musical trio Cranberry Jam, The Dulcimer Guy, Rich Carty and the Groggy Pine Boys.

Other organizations and historical societies are available to increase your knowledge of the Pine Barrens including the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, the Tuckerton Historical Society, the Tuckerton Seaport, Stockton Archives and a slideshow by Barry Caselli, “Old Historic Places in South Jersey.”

Supporting and encouraging the preservation of all things Pine Barrens, the annual Lines on the Pines has become a South Jersey tradition not to be missed.

For more information, view the website linesonthepines.org and its Facebook page. Lines on the Pines is an event organized by the nonprofit It’s a Sign of the Pines with sponsors AtlantiCare, Stockton University School of Arts and Humanities and the South Jersey Culture & History Center, ACUA, Icon Hospitality, NJM Insurance Group, and more. —P.J.

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