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Prescription Meds Drop-Off At National Night Out
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Do you have expired or unused prescription medications at home? Bring them to National Night Out at Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township, and support the Prescription Meds Drop-Off initiative, sponsored by the ShopRite of Greater Morristown’s Pharmacy. Did you know that disposing of prescriptions by throwing them in the trash is an issue of public safety? Help dispose of prescriptions in a safe manner by bringing them to National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ShopRite of Greater Morristown’s pharmacist will dispose of them for you.

Morris County’s 11th annual National Night Out, hosted by the Morris County Park Police and the Morris County Park Commission, returns to Mennen Sports Arena. Come hungry and enjoy a FREE ShopRite Black Bear premium hot dog, drinks, and snacks. Bring the entire family and take part in FREE ice skating, attractions, giveaways, and much more!

Fire, police, and rescue units are on hand to demonstrate a wide range of skills and equipment of the multitude of services available to the community. Scores of representatives from the United States Army and Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret

Service, as well as dozens of municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies can answer all your questions and talk about their essential equipment. Explore the on-site emergency vehicles, such as motorcycles, ambulances, all-terrain vehicles, fire engines, and squad cars.

Visit the horses of the Morris County Park Police’s award-winning Mounted equestrian Unit. 

There will be a police motorcycle show and demonstration, as well as mounted demonstrations. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office provides one of the most popular demonstrations, with robotics and bomb robots.

You can’t miss this FREE night of fun and activities! For more information on participation, sponsorship, or volunteering, please contact Lieutenant Gabe DiPietro at For more information about National Night Out, visit

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!

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Shines a Bright Light at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival began centuries ago in China as a way to give thanks for a good harvest. Join the celebration of this pan-Asian holiday and experience authentic entertainment and refreshments on Sunday, September 7 at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. Celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, the Moon Festival is timed to coincide with a full moon. Its roots date back centuries, and while it is thought to have begun in conjunction with the harvest, over time other myths grew around it. Learn about the brave Moon Goddess, Chang-O, and the clever Jade Rabbit who lives on the moon.

The celebration begins with an international and award-winning play, Tiger Tales presented by the Chinese Theatre Works Company. Drawing on China’s two-thousand-year history of shadow puppetry, Tiger Tales features an artful blend of Eastern and Western philosophies, and ancient and contemporary theatre techniques. This fascinating show engages audiences of all ages and has been performed across America, South Korea, Taiwan, and China. With narration in English and accompanied by traditional Chinese music, the play incorporates popular Chinese folktales and literature. Set in a modern day jungle, the story features a wise old rabbit who recounts her adventures to her granddaughter, including her many encounters with Tiger, the King of the jungle. This colorful, artistic, and humorous presentation begins at 1 pm.

Following Tiger Tales, sample traditional holiday foods, such as moon cakes, osmanthus tea, and the pomelo. Moon cakes are tasty pastries stuffed with a variety of fillings and shaped like the moon, which is at the center of this celebration. Likewise, the pomelo, a giant member of the grapefruit family, also symbolizes the moon. The fall-blooming Osmanthus, a shrub which grows at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, is enjoyed in tea form during this holiday.

Games, crafts, and family tours in both Mandarin and English complete the afternoon. A Chinese dice game requires sharp math skills as do the tangram puzzles. Use bamboo, native to China, to fashion a garden mobile. Its gentle sound reminds you of this special afternoon for many moons to come. Last year this event sold out, so we encourage you to register early.

This program has been made possible through the generous funding of UPS, Diversity Relations Team, and the support of Kam Man, Inc. For information and to register, please contact or 973.326.7603.

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!
Heritage Dinner: A Farm to Table Experience
Photo of Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

Tantalize your taste buds with a one-of-a-kind, five-course dinner experience prepared by some of the top chefs in the area. As the sun sets over picturesque Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, chefs prepare a memorable meal made up of the finest locally-sourced foods and each course is paired with an exceptional local wine. Featured Chefs include David Felton of 90 Acres in Peapack-Gladstone, Andrea Lekberg of The Artist Baker in Morristown, Chris Cannon of Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen in Morristown, Chef Jesse, “Personal Chef to the Stars,” working in the Northern New Jersey area with John Legend and Tyler Perry, and Dan Rothman, regional chef for Whole Foods Markets, who opened the critically acclaimed Stage Left Café in New Brunswick, and worked as the executive chef at The Olde Mill Inn and Grain House in Basking Ridge. Each unique and delicious course is inspired by late 19th/early 20th century menus and recipes from the Fosterfields archives.

On Sunday, August 24 the Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill invite you to take a wagon ride tour around the farm, enjoy breathtaking views, and celebrate a century of food and farming. Tours and cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with dinner to follow from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $150 per person. Proceeds benefit educational programs at Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill. For more information call 973.285.6534. To RSVP, visit and follow the event registration link.

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