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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.


Assist with apple cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown/Chester at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township. On Saturday, October 12 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.


Make apple muffins using flour that was freshly ground at the gristmill, and then tour the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township. Decorate cloth bags to hold the muffins. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t miss the baking fun on Saturday, October 19, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Register early, space is limited, 908.879.5463.


Take part in the hands-on process at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township, by helping to prepare the apples, grinding them, turning the old-fashioned press, and collecting the cider. This engaging experience is topped off with a delicious sample of fresh, 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 October 19 and 20 and November 9, 10, 23, and 24. For more information, call the Great Swamp, 973.635.6629.

Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.