Visit Acorn Hall’s Annual Christmas Celebration

2017-12-08_13-17-57via Patch – At Acorn Hall, the trees are trimmed and the table elegantly set, ready for holiday guests to arrive. But before they do, members of the community are invited to visit the Morris County Historical Society‘s Italianate mansion to enjoy its festive décor.

The decorated, upside-down Christmas tree in the dining room not only is a traditional centerpiece of Acorn Hall’s holiday décor, but this year is a tribute to and celebration of the lives of the late Bill and Jean Watson. Mrs. Watson was the first MCHS Executive Director, from 1980 until her retirement in 1996, and was the first to recreate the Victorian custom of displaying a Christmas tree in this unusual way.

Acorn Hall’s annual Christmas Celebration will be on view now through January 7, 2018. Located at 68 Lafayette Ave., Acorn Hall is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 am-4 pm, and Sundays, 1-4 pm, and by appointment. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members.

Acorn Hall’s annual Christmas celebration will be on view now through January 7

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Low-Stress Holidays: The Art of the Gift Basket

2017-12-01_13-04-42via ApartmentTherapy.com – Growing up, I remember the time leading up to Christmas being weeks that my mother had the makings of her annual gift baskets strewn throughout our infrequently used formal dining room. Baskets or buckets, Carrs crackers, pepper jellies, candied pecans were a few of the items. Oh, and rolls and rolls of cellophane and ribbon. Our dining room became her own little elf workshop where she carefully put together anywhere from 10-50 gifts for the people in her life – co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and distant relatives who might unexpectedly drop by for a holiday visit.

While I personally couldn’t stand the look of cellophane and curled ribbons (I know, what 10-year-old isn’t into curled ribbons?), I did appreciate the attention she put into making the perfect gift basket. It is, in fact, an art.

If you’ve turned your nose up at gift baskets in the past, I’m with you. They can be tacky, impersonal, and sometimes just full of, how shall I say, crap. But knowing how much time and effort my mother put into creating the perfect assortment, it might just be the way to go this holiday season – especially if you’re gifting to the masses.

Follow these simple guidelines for the best gift basket:

  1. Pick a theme. Having a game plan helps guide you in all your purchases. Think themes like A Cozy Night At Home, Family Game Night, Gifts for Hosting, or End-of-Semester Teacher Survival Kit to get you on the right track.
  2. Start with a good container. Pick something that can easily be reused or repurposed. And by all means, don’t just go for a brown basket! (See our favorite picks below.)

 

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Holly Walk 2017

holly-walk-listing-300x200Visit six local historic sites decorated for the holidays. An annual event coordinated by the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

Sites include: Acorn Hall, Macculloch Hall, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the Schuyler-Hamilton House, and the Ford Mansion.

Tickets are $30 until December 1, then rise to $35. Tickets may be purchased online at:  www.eventbrite.com   “Morris County Holly Walk 2017”

Note:  visit the sites in any order over the two days.  Not all sites open both days.

December 2nd, 2017 – December 3rd, 2017
6 Court St., Morristown, NJ 07960

THANKSGIVING DECORATING, TABLESCAPE AND CENTERPIECE TIPS AND IDEAS

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via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.

FRESH LINENS

Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.

MISMATCH YOUR TABLEWARE

Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.

USE CANDLES

Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.

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Famous Pianist Performing At Morristown National Historic Park

music-995262_1920-1510582923-3491From Morristown National Historical Park: Join Morristown National Historical Park in welcoming back famed Hungarian pianist Peter Toth. The next recital is scheduled for Sunday, November 19, 2017. As in the past, Dr. Toth will play the park’s 1873 Steinway Grand Piano.

The recital will be held at 1:00PM in the auditorium at the Morristown NHP, 30 Washington Place. Please call 973-539-2016 x204, for any questions.

The recital is free.

Peter Toth will play selections from American composer Arthur Foote and Hungarian Franz Liszt.

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Holiday CraftMorristown

zzdata-27660_640x839December 8th, 2017 – December 10th at the Morristown National Guard Armory

Holiday CraftMorristown offers creative holiday shoppers and design lovers the opportunity to shop from 160 modern American makers from across the country. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their handmade pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Their masterpieces make extraordinary gifts loved ones will never forget. Shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest works at New Jersey’s most unique shopping event of the holiday season.

Friday 4 – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. General admission is $9 (includes unlimited re-entry); seniors are $8; children under 6 are free.

Family Fun Day: Veterans Day Celebration

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Saturday, November 11th at the Morris Museum

Honor the service of our veterans and active military personnel at Morris Museum’s Veterans Day Celebration. View our flags and uniforms exhibitions: The Stars Tell the Story and The Evolution of Military Fashion, and contemplate the expressive art on display from Combat Paper NJ. Honored Veterans are welcome to share stories and meet others who have also served. Meet representatives of local Veterans support groups, learn flag etiquette, create patriotic crafts and more.

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