Join Atlas Obscura and Whitesbog Historic Village for an immersive experience in the storied landscape of the New Jersey Pine Barrens through film, music, and artwork in dialogue with the 3000-acre fallowed blueberry and cranberry farm, conceived and curated by filmmaker David Scott Kessler.
The Pine Barrens, once seen as uninhabitable, has been home to many. Believed to be unprofitable, it gave birth to iron and cranberry industries. Faced with development, it flourished into a UNESCO world heritage site. Perceived inhospitable, it sheltered people seeking refuge. These people told stories around campfires that are still shared today, such as that of the Jersey Devil. The Pine Barrens is a living landscape, full of contradictions, a million acres of remote and frequently burning forest within the nation's most densely populated state.
Past scorched pitch pine forests, nestled within Brendan Byrne State Park, is Whitesbog, the birthplace of the commercial blueberry industry. Situated among Whitesbog’s trails, bogs, forests, and farm structures, you will discover contemporary artworks that reflect on the role of the natural world in our modern lives. Then, in the village, enjoy an evening of traditional and experimental music and film.
After the screening, keep the Pine Barrens spirit alive well into the night by camping with us at nearby Mt. Misery, where we will make a bonfire for more music and storytelling.
Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Orchestra
Live screening of “The Pine Barrens” with live score by the Ruins of Friendship orchestra
“Pine Barrens” (1975) by Nancy Holt
Grassland Bluegrass Band
Steven Earl Weber
Kristen Neville Taylor
Rebecca Saylor Sack
J. Alex Schechter
And Many More
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