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Park Commission Events
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
This event is SOLD OUT! The Mid-Autumn Moon
Festival began centuries ago in China as a way to give thanks for a good
harvest. Join the celebration of this pan-Asian holiday and experience
authentic entertainment and refreshments on Sunday, September 7 at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris
begins with an international and award-winning play, Tiger Tales, a shadow puppet presentation by the Chinese Theatre
Works Company. With narration in English and accompanied by traditional Chinese
music, the play incorporates popular Chinese folktales and literature. This
colorful, artistic, and humorous presentation begins at 1pm.
Following Tiger Tales, sample traditional holiday
foods, such as moon cakes, osmanthus tea, and the pomelo. Games, crafts, and
family tours in both Mandarin and English complete the afternoon. A Chinese
dice game requires sharp math skills as do the tangram puzzles. Use bamboo,
native to China, to fashion a garden mobile. Last year this event sold out, so
we encourage you to register early for this very special program made possible
through the generous funding of UPS, Diversity Relations Team, and the support
of Kam Man, Inc. For information and to register, please contact www.arboretumfriends.org or 973.326.7603.
1920s Country Fair & Harvest Festival
New this year, New Jersey’s select food trucks join the festivities at Country Fair. The ‘Food Truck
Zone,’ features a distinctive blend of savory and sweet options. From
farm-to-table veggies, meats, tacos, and mac & cheese, to a BBQ grill with
all your summer favorites, to pizza, pulled pork, egg rolls, and Belgium
waffles with all the fixins’ to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Come one, come all, to the 1920s Country Fair and Harvest
Festival with farm animals, wagon rides around the farm, live music, a variety of tasty food offerings
at concession stands, tours of the farmer’s home and the Foster mansion,
Charleston dance lessons, wood-burning stove cooking and demos, old fashioned
games, and so much more! Help
brush the cows, examine a poultry exhibit, and meet the resident Belgian draft
horses, Jersey dairy cows, pigs, and sheep. Talk with a sidesaddle rider, dance
the Charleston, and tap your toes to the rhythms of the Long Hill String Band. Enjoy
fine examples of handcrafts and tasty treats.
Sunday, September 14
Time: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
Cost: $8/adult, $7/senior (65+), $6/child
ages 4 - 16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current
Lincoln & Lee’s Ladies Fashion Show
Everyone loves a great fashion show, but this
one has a unique twist. Remember those gorgeous gowns that Scarlett O’Hara wore
in the epic movie, Gone With The Wind?
This year, Historic Speedwell’s fashion show features charming women’s apparel
dating back to the 1850s with Civil War flair, recognizing the 150th
anniversary of the Civil War.
Lincoln and Lee’s Ladies Historic Fashion
Show, held on Sunday, September 21,
takes place in the historic Vail House in Morristown. Models garbed in attire
dating before, during, and after the Civil War discuss the impact of the War
Between the States on women’s clothing. Take an up-close and personal look at
hoop skirts, lace collars, everyday dresses, and hand-knitted shawls. The models discuss interesting and historically
accurate daily life during this time period, with fascinating stories
highlighting the Vail Family, who lived in the house during the 1860s.
Tours of Historic Speedwell begin at 1 p.m., 2
p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Space is
limited in the Vail House; guests should preregister to ensure they are
included on the tour. The cost for
admission to this event is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for
children. Children under 4 are FREE. For more information or to
register for this historic event, call 973.285.6537.