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Cornhole Tournament & Family Fun Day
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Cornhole enthusiasts, children, parents, and anyone looking for an afternoon of fall fun and festivities are invited to the Morris County Park Police PBA 264’s first annual Cornhole Tournament & Family Fun Day. Come to Lewis Morris County Park, in Morris Township, on Saturday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids will be entertained for hours at Family Fun Day with an array of FREE activities including; face painting, jumping and tumbling in the bounce house, riding ponies, and touring the fire truck and police vehicles on display. Come hungry as delicious food and beer are available for purchase.

The Cornhole Tournament begins at 12 noon. Participants receive a FREE beer and mug, along with FREE entrance to Family Fun Day. They are also eligible to win a cash prize; first, second, and third place teams all take home money! The fee to participate is $50 per team of two. To register for the Tournament, visit mcppcornhole.eventbrite.com.

Officer Eleanor Russell of the Morris County Park Police stated, “We are honored to host an event where the public is invited for an afternoon full of FREE activities, as well as to support the Brody Hydock Foundation and the local PBA #264.” Officer Robert Hydock and his wife Nicole, of Morris Township, tragically lost their 14 month old son, Brody, in February 2014. Russell continues, “This event brings the public and local police forces together as a community to support the Brody Hydock Foundation, established by the parents, in honor of their child.” The focus of the Foundation is to assist families experiencing tragedy by offering financial assistance, such as medical expenses, funeral arrangements, and counseling, for example.

Entry to Family Fun Day is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE. For more information about the Cornhole Tournament & Family Fun Day, please email mcppcornhole@gmail.com.

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The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!

Apples, Apples & More Apple Fun!
MORRISTOWN, NJ - Celebrate apples this fall by joining in the fun at these exciting autumn events. Take part in the cider making process, make scrumptious apple muffins, enjoy old-time apple head dolls, decorate apples, and so much more! Don’t forget to sample the delicious treats you helped make.

APPLE MUFFIN BAKING

Make apple muffins using flour that was freshly ground at the gristmill, and then tour the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township. Decorate your own cloth bag to hold the muffins. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t miss the baking fun on Saturday, September 27, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Register early, space is limited, 908.879.5463.

CELEBRATE APPLES

Assist with apple cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown/Chester at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township. On Saturday, October 11 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., use a hand-cranked apple peeler, decorate an apple, and see a display of apple head dolls. For more information call the Gristmill at, 908.879.5463.

APPLE CIDERING

Get involved in the hands-on apple cidering process at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Help to prepare the apples, grind them, turn the old-fashioned press, and collect the delicious, fresh cider. This engaging experience is topped off with a sample of sweet, homemade cider! You will also learn some amazing facts about the apple’s place in history and in the natural world. Demonstrations take place at 2 p.m. on November 8, 9, 22, 23, 29, and 30. These hour-long demonstrations cost $3 per person and designed to engage, involve, and educate all ages. For more information, call the Great Swamp, 973.635.6629.

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The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!

Celebrate Lenape Day at the Great Swamp
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 11, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. to spend a fun-filled afternoon learning about the history and culture of the native people of New Jersey. Over 500 people attend this annual event at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Bring the entire family to meet members of the Ramapough Lenape Indians and watch as they present a traditional drum circle, dances in regalia, and showcases authentic tools and artifacts from hundreds of years ago. Listen to a historical speaker and storyteller, all gathered around a model wigwam in the forest.

Everyone can enjoy activities and crafts, such as molding a clay pot by the fire, making a fire without matches, and playing the real games that Lenape children played. Take a guided walk through the trails to discover how the Lenape used local plants to meet their needs, and explore the interior of the wigwam.

Many people mistakenly believe that the Lenape no longer exist, but at this unique event, you can meet present-day Native Americans of the Ramapough Lenape and discover the ways their lives have changed over hundreds of years. Every elementary school child in the state studies the Lenape, but this event offers a once in a lifetime educational experience that simply can’t be matched in the classroom.

Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and up. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, please call the Great Swamp OEC, 973.635.6629.

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The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!




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