Wednesday, April 20, 2011


It’s all family fun when the Farmstead Arts presents its first children’s concert and art exhibit. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, family entertainer “Big Jeff” will perform a family-friendly concert at 2:30 PM and on Saturday April 30, and Sunday, May 1, artwork by students from Wee Little Arts will be on display from 1- 4 PM.
WHERE: Farmstead Arts farmhouse at 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $10 for adult and ages 13 and above, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. To order online, visit  Based on availability, tickets may be purchased at the door.

BigJeffMolly_highresStanding six-foot-six inches, singer and songwriter “Big Jeff” DeSmedt, of Boonton, lives up to his name.  Known as one of the hardest working entertainers in family music, Big Jeff captivates young audiences with his humorous and interactive songs and skits.  (Photo of Big Jeff by Joe DiMaggio)

He got his start over 13 years ago playing songs for his daughter and children at a New Jersey daycare center.  He recently released his CD, Warm For The Winter, which includes original songs such as Hot Cocoa, Sleepy Bears, and Disco in the Snow.  Big Jeff has performed at Bethlehem Musikfest, Six Flags Great Adventure, Make Music New York at Bleecker Park in Manhattan, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival, and an ongoing series with the New York Public Library system. 

For more information and video clips, visit his website at

Listen to a sample of Big Jeff’s program here

Teaching in a Wee Little Arts classroomMarie Johnson of Basking Ridge, the owner and teacher of Wee Little Arts, will display artworks by her students. Wee Little Arts is a groundbreaking visual arts program dedicated to engaging and empowering children by helping them discover the creative process.  The exhibit is free.  

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail to the at least three weeks in advance.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.