Two local authors honor our area's notable residents using vintage images, and you're invited to the book a place to shop for the holidays for some amazing, original, hand-crafted gifts!

Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at the Allaire General Store & Museum Gift Shop, from 11 am - 4 pm, come to the celebration of the newest addition to the popular Loegendary Locals series: "Legendary Locals of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey". Author Andrew Gioulis will be signing the book that he co-authored with the late Karen F. Riley. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images of the people that make the area legendary!

Legendary Locals of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey takes a look at the notable residents of the area through vintage photographs. By showing the leaders that made the Pine Barrens what they are today, the book will inspire the next generation.

The book will be available for sale as well ($21.99, 128 pages, softcover, Arcadia Publishing), at the General Store located within the Hisortic Village at Allaire inside Allaire State Park. You will be able to meet the author and have your book signed.

The Allaire General Store and Museum Gift Shop also offers over 70 other varieties of titles including its own "Images of America, Allaire", published by Arcadia Publishing, the leading publisher of local and regional history in the US. Their books make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places.

In other General Store news....The Allaire General Store and Museum Gift Shop is all decked out for the holidays with their very popular mid-1800s Old World Christmas Ornaments...unique and fanciful glass ornaments in over 50 designs, as well as the Old World Christmas Card collection. Each ornament has its own special meaning and historical interpretation. They also have a limited supply of "Wedding Ornament" sets and very limited "A Children's Christmas" set.

Other popular items for Christmas are their old-fashioned toys - particularly wooden items including climbing bears, rolling hoops, spinning tops, noise-makers, and more. Village artisans like the blacksmiths and tinsmiths have stocked the store with a variety of hand-crafted items for the holiday season as well.

The store also has expanded its souvenir collection, as well as their soap, scented candles and glassware and also custom, hand-made pottery including soup bowls, pitchers, mugs and more.

Autumn and Winter Hours for the General Store: Wed., Fri. Sat. and Sun. 10 am - 4 pm through December. the store will also be open the days after Christmas. For more information, click here.