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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.


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.


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.


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.

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!