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All-County Garage Sale
Get ready, get set, and GO! To the All-County Garage Sale as it returns by popular demand to Mennen Sports Arena, in Morris Township, on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year, over 3,000 people attended the sale; many satisfied shoppers left with designer handbags, interesting antiques, delightful home goods, unique collectables, and so much more.  Take the travel time out of shopping and find a variety of wonderful goods, at bargain prices, in one convenient location. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity; it’s a one-day shopper’s paradise!

All proceeds from the All-County Garage Sale benefit the Historic Speedwell educational programming and historic preservation projects. The Factory Building, located on the Morristown site, is a National Historic Landmark featuring a brand new, hands-on, interactive exhibit on the telegraph and the development of modern communications.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are admitted FREE. For more information on attending or becoming a vendor, please call 973.285.6534.
19th Annual Plant Sale
Add Oomph to Your Garden:
‘Plants with Pizazz’ is the theme for the 2014 Annual Plant Sale at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Pizazz has been defined as charm, style, flair, glamour, or simply put – oomph. Some examples of plants with pizazz that will be for sale are Pow Wow Wild Berry Coneflower, and Molten Coral Coleus, two ‘knock your socks off’ high performers.

You can be certain that your plant is well-suited for New Jersey’s climate as plants are carefully selected based on their vigor and suitability – in other words, all the hard work is done for you. Just come and exercise your personal style with confidence that your plants will thrive. Not sure what the proper care of your new purchases is? Ask a Plant Expert. Bring photographs or drawings of your garden and we help you to fill in the blank spaces. For more information, call 973.326.7601.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
The revolution is coming to Morris County, the Food Revolution, that is! In conjunction with The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Foundation, the Morris County Park Commission is hosting a series of Food Revolution events throughout May. So get ready to arm yourself with information that’s key to staying healthy.

Kick off the festivities with a Food Revolution Day at Cooper Gristmill on Saturday, May 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Chester Township. Discover the ways in which grains were processed in the late 1880’s, and how it relates to the gains we eat today.

On Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, learn about agriculture in New Jersey at the event, ‘That Grows in New Jersey?’ This presentation features information about crops that were grown in New Jersey both in the 19th century and today.

Celebrate being connected to your food on Saturday, May 17, at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at ‘Farm to Table: A Food Revolution Day!’ Explore the process from food production to consumption, and the benefits and value of sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and eating locally. Enjoy fun food demonstrations, a wood burning stove demonstration, and play a matching game to connect the food from the table to the farm. Engage in fitness activities, games, and exhibits on diet and health.
Born to Be Shorn – Celebrating its 10th Anniversary
Take advantage of the rare opportunity to witness the hand-shearing of live sheep, up close and personal, as it was done in the past. Bring your friends and family to  Born to Be Shorn on Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township to experience something unique and wonderful. The live sheep are so calm as they are sheared by professionals who work with only a pair of shears quickly and calmly, with skill and precision. It is astonishing to witness the trust demonstrated between human and animal in order to complete the job.

Following the shearing, enjoy the hands-on activities, such as skirting and washing the fleece, and carding, spinning, and weaving the yarn. You can also see how the fleece/yarn turns amazingly brilliant natural colors as it is dyed in a pot over an open fire. Make a special sheep craft, and other fascinating fiber crafts to take home. Top off your day with a tour the 1826 water-powered Cooper Gristmill; it is the only fully water-powered gristmill in New Jersey that still produces flour.

Admission to the event is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (age 65 and over), and $1 for children (ages 4 - 16). Children under age 4 are admitted FREE. For more information, please call 908.879.5463.

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