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Apple Cidering at the Great Swamp!
MORRISTOWN, NJ - 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!


Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Step back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in 1918 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on Sunday, November 16, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Experience first-hand the lifestyle of Charles Foster and his daughter Caroline, former residents of Fosterfields, as well as their employees, the Woods family, and see how they would have celebrated the holiday.

At the Foster’s home, follow the enticing aromas to The Willows kitchen where the cook is preparing Thanksgiving fare on a wood-burning stove. Also, you will see that the servants have been cleaning the house in preparation for the holiday. At the Farmhouse, watch as holiday dinner preparations are also underway.

While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much to do on the farm. Help husk corn that is food for the animals, and saw the wood that is needed for winter heating and cooking. Be sure to visit the farm animals, and watch a cow milking demonstration.

In recognition of local clubs that held annual Thanksgiving hunts during the time period, enjoy seeing a unique sidesaddle riding demonstration. Take a fun and picturesque horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm.

The Armistice, or cease fire that officially stopped the carnage of WWI, went into effect in Europe on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Over the years, Armistice Day, later named Veterans Day, has honored the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. On this day, gather at 2 pm for a special choral tribute to the veterans performed by the Picatinny Chorus.

The special activities continue at the Visitors Center. View an exhibit that highlights the 350th birthday of New Jersey, and make a family-friendly craft to take home. A ‘must-see’ is the interactive Transportation Exhibit where Miss Foster’s 1922 Model T Ford and 1929 Hupmobile are on display, along with a carriage and truck you can ‘ride.’

Admission for Thanksgiving-Harvest Home is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a valid membership card. Current military personnel and veterans are admitted FREE for this event. For more information, please call 973.326.7645.

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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!
Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Looking for something fresh and exciting to do this Friday night? Then come to Mennen Sports Arena from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and skate the night away! DJ Earl will be playing the newest hits and some of your favorite throw-backs under the psychedelic lights. Want to hear something special? Requests are always welcome.

Gather your friends and meet Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township every Friday night for ice skating, arcade games, and yummy treats from the snack bar. The cost is $7 for admission and $3.50 for ice skate rentals.

According to Director of Recreation Reynold Fauci, “This program gives families and young teens a place to have fun and enjoy the sport of ice skating, with the added bonus of DJ entertainment and a party atmosphere.”

Mennen Sports Arena has three ice surfaces and offers one of the largest Learn-To-Skate programs in the nation, taught by former Olympians. Hockey and figure skating clinics, and summer camps are offered annually, along with public skate sessions throughout the year. For more information call, 973.326.7651.

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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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