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12th Annual Matilda’s Tea Party
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Invite your favorite child to accompany you in the grand tradition of afternoon tea, food, and entertainment. Grab your hat, gloves, and pearl necklace, and celebrate this grand tradition and honor Miss Matilda Frelinghuysen, who as a child and resident of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum enjoyed this wonderful experience. The 12th Annual Matilda’s Tea Party held on Saturday, February 21, at 1 p.m.

When Matilda was a child Hershey Kisses were created, and keeping the tradition, chocolate is this year’s theme. Tea-takers learn the history of chocolate and make their own chocolate treat to take home. “The life and times of Matilda Frelinghuysen continues to provide generations of children with a connection to the past and inspires their interest in the future of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Plus, how can you go wrong with ‘chocolate’ as a theme?” queried Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education.

This popular program is intended for children ages six and up and is sold-out each year, so reserve your seat at the table early! To register, visit or call 973.326.7603. In the event of snow, Matilda’s Tea will be held on February 28.


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.