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Park Commission Events
Maple Sugaring at the Great Swamp
Maple syrup is winter’s sugary treasure,
and it’s not just found in Vermont. The sap is flowing, and the sugaring season
is underway at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township.
Come experience all the sweet sights and smells at one of the Maple Sugaring
Demonstrations held on numerous Saturdays
and Sundays in January, February, and
March, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Experience the process from start to finish by
identifying and tapping maple trees, collecting sap, and seeing syrup made over
a wood-fired evaporator. Think you can identify the differences between maple
syrups? Taste test of three distinct maple syrups; a store bought syrup made
from corn syrup, a farm produced syrup made from sugar maple trees, and the
syrup made from the red maple trees at the Great Swamp OEC. Let us know which
one you enjoy the most! Admission is $3 per person. For more information,
please call the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center at 973.635.6629.
Demonstrations take place on the following dates:
18, 24, 25 & 31
7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 28
1, 7 & 8
A Winter’s Day on the Farm
Bundle up, and join in the unique
cold-weather fun! Experience a day-in-the-life-of early 20th century
farm families. At A Winter’s Day on the Farm take a rare glimpse into an estate
farm, as it opens its doors to offer traditional, hands-on winter-season
activities. The outdoor family adventure takes place on Sunday, February 1 from
12 noon to 4 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.
Climb aboard the open-air, tractor
pulled wagon for a memorable ride around the farm, and meet the farm animals.
Discover why ice harvesting was important on the farm, and see the special
tools used to cut ice. Pitch in and help with another cold-weather job, and tap
the maple trees to collect sap. Lend a hand with on-going daily farm chores,
such as sawing wood. Visit the Farmhouse and follow the scent of savory
seasonal food being prepared in the wood-burning stove. Admission is $8/adult,
$7/senior (65+), $6/child 4-16, $4/child 2 & 3, FREE for children under age
2. For more information call 973.326.7645.
Great Dixter with Fergus Garrett
Garden groupies alert: Fergie is
coming. No, not that Fergie, Mr.
Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at one of England’s most famous and beloved
gardens, Great Dixter. Mr. Garrett, a celebrity in the world of horticulture,
will present an illustrated talk about the past, present and future of Great
Dixter on Sunday, February 14, at 3:30pm, at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in
Once the home of legendary horticulturist
and garden writer Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter is now a historic house and
garden, as well as a center for horticultural education, and a place of
pilgrimage for garden lovers across the globe. Following the talk, light
refreshments will be served. The cost of
this talk is $50 per person. For more
information and to register, visit arboretumfriends.org.
Invite your favorite child to accompany
you for the grand tradition of afternoon tea. 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 will be 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.
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
arboretumfriends.org or call 973.326.7603. In the event of snow, Matilda’s Tea
will be held on February 28.