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Tea & Roses at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Enjoy an afternoon tea and a tour of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, on Wednesday, June 10. From the moment you arrive at Matilda’s Café, overlooking the very English Cottage Garden to your last tasty morsel of scone, you will be immersed in the British history and garden elements at this regional center for horticulture. An hour long leisurely stroll through the grounds is followed by a delicious tea featuring a variety of tea sandwiches, pastries and beverages. The program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is $35 per person. Group reservations are accepted based on availability, so reserve early as seating is limited. For more information, or to register, please call 973.394.1100.
Butterfly Bonanza!
Butterflies – their delicate wings are works of art, their metamorphosis is intriguing, and their value as pollinators often overlooked. Celebrate the beauty and importance of New Jersey’s butterflies and other pollinators at the 2nd Annual Butterfly Bonanza on Saturday, June 13, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville Township.

This event is packed with excitement, entertainment, and education for all ages. Enjoy a guided ‘Bug Safari,’ a tour of the butterfly garden with a naturalist who shares fascinating facts about the amazing adaptations of the many critters that call it home. Discover how to bring butterflies to your own yard with native plants. Travel through lifecycle stations to experience metamorphosis firsthand, and walk through the ‘Hall of Arthropods’ to meet unusual live insects and other invertebrates. Create butterfly origami, and listen to live music and stories as you celebrate the life and legacy of these beautiful and diverse animals.
The culmination of the event is the Pollinator Parade at 2 p.m. Join in the procession of costumed naturalists disguised as animals that pollinate plants, such as hummingbirds, moths, bats, bees, and, of course, butterflies. All ages are welcome. The entrance fee is $4 per adult, $3 per child age 3 and older, FREE age 2 and under. For more information, please call 973.334.3130.
Civil War Weekend INVADES Morristown
Step onto the battlefields of the American Civil War, the struggle that altered the political, social, and economic landscape of the nation, and into the lives of those involved at Civil War Weekend on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21. The Second New Jersey Brigade is stationed at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, and is the sponsor of this unique two-day event that presents the lives of Civil War soldiers more vividly than textbooks.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, the re-enactors lead activities throughout the eight-acre site, presenting the daily lives of soldiers and culminating with a staged skirmish each day. Marching drills include period instruments as soldiers proudly go to battle. A Civil War-era Signals Corps group authentically demonstrates how important messages were sent between units using colorful flags. Enjoy learning about the basics of battlefield medicine for soldiers who suffered injury or disease.
The fee for the Civil War Weekend is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (65 +), $5 for ages 4 - 16, $4 for ages 2 - 3, and under 2 are FREE. For more information, please call 973.285.6550. Free parking and FREE shuttle service available.
NEW & IMPROVED! Frantic Fun Run
Race through history on the new and improved race course, blazing through the heart of Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township at Frantic Fun Run 5K & 1-Mile Fitness Walk on Tuesday, June 23. Enjoy this rare opportunity to run through the 19th century farm!

This 5K is open to runners of all skill levels. If running is not your speed, try the 1-Mile Fitness Walk. The first 200 participants receive a Performance t-shirt, and there will be awards for the 5K race. Enjoy giveaways and refreshments. The 1-Mile Fitness Walk starts at 6:45 p.m., followed shortly after by the 5K start at 7 p.m. Preregister at by June 21 for $20. Race day registration is $25. For more information on Frantic Fun Run 5K and 1-Mile Fitness Walk, please contact 973.326.7616 or

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