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It’s Apple Cider Time at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
As apples ripen on the trees and fall colors brighten the land, come to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township to enjoy a day for sweet apple cidering. Learn the apple’s place in history and in the natural world, as locally grown apples are pressed to make sweet cider right before your eyes.  It’s so much fun to take part in the hands-on process by helping to prepare and grind the apples, turning the old-fashioned press, and collecting the cider. Discover that you been looking at apples upside down your entire life, that a flower must come before a fruit, and many more amazing facts.  This engaging experience is topped off with a delicious sample of fresh, homemade cider!

Mark your calendar for the Apple Cidering Demos, and make it a family fall tradition.  Come to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for Apple Cidering Demos on Saturdays: November 8, 22, and 29  and Sundays: November 9, 23, and 30.  These hour-long demonstrations cost $3 per person and designed to engage, involve, and educate all ages.  Preregistration is not necessary. For more information, please call 973.635.6629.
Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance
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.

Follow the enticing aromas to The Willows kitchen where their cook is preparing a Thanksgiving feast on a wood-burning stove.   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 p.m. 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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