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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 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.

Date: Sunday, September 14
Time:  12 noon – 5 p.m.
Location: 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 membership card.
Contact: 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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