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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 Township.

The celebration 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
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 demos, old-fashioned games, and so much more! Join the thousands of visitors who come each year to this spectacular recreated country fair at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.

On Sunday, September 14, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., visit all the farm animals, including the Belgian draft horses, Jersey dairy cows, chicken, sheep, and  pigs, take a wagon ride or a spin in an antique automobile around the farm. Enjoy live music of the Long Hill String Band, and meet a sidesaddle rider. Lend a hand cider pressing, brush the Jersey cows, crack the corn to feed the chickens, and milk our wooden cow, ‘Woody’.

No country fair would be complete without fine examples of hand crafts, baked, canned and preserved goods, and floral and vegetable displays. There is so much more to enjoy! Special event fees are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4 – 16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current membership. For more information, please call 973.326.7645.
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.


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