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November 21 -28

Gather Together!

turkeys
Trish Romano
Having family and friends for Thanksgiving weekend? Wondering what to do with them come Friday while the turkey soup simmers? Here are a couple ideas... Keep an eye on our calendar and Think Skylands for the Holidays!

Green Friday!

Evergreen Valley Tree Farm
Get a jump on your Christmas green at Evergreen Valley Tree Farm where the gates open for the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving. The farm will be open from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) until December 23rd. Thousands of trees stand at attention, awaiting your review. Walk through the fields, breathe the fresh air, choose and cut! The farm is located at 71 Jackson Valley Road in Washington Township, just off of Route 31. Click or call 908/835-0557.
Christmas tree farmers plan years in advance, provide year-round care, and invest time, labor, and love into a crop which takes 7-15 years from planting to harvest. Opting for a real Christmas tree for your holiday decor helps the local environment, local economy, even rural landscapes. Cutting your own Christmas tree can be a memorable event for your family.

Attention AgriShoppers!

Perfect for the foodie, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse has assembled some of their finest, most sought after cheese and bread selections and packaged them in beautiful presentation gift baskets ready for your holiday gift giving. The baskets, which come in three sizes: Epicure (small), Connoisseur (medium), and Gourmand (gigantic); are filled with tasty morsels sure to please the most discerning palate along with a re-usable bread basket and colorful kitchen towel for an everlasting memory of the gift. You can order gift baskets online or pick them up at local markets or at the farm with a three day lead time. 369 Stamets Rd, Milford (Hunterdon County) 08848, 908/86GRASS

Seeds of the Season

Well-Sweep's gift shop
Well-Sweep Herb Farm's Holiday Greenhouse Tour on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 24-25) is your chance to put lots of country in your Christmas, with an informative lecture-tour of his collection of herbs from around the world. The greenhouse is stocked with a selection of attractive windowsill herbs, tender perennials in bloom and unique topiarys all holiday season long. Click or call 908/852-5390. Well-Sweep is located between Hackettstown and Washington at 205 Mt. Bethel Rd. in Port Murray.

Main Event

This 1995 painting by artist Jan Swift, looking from Old Academy Drive east down Main Street towards the Presbyterian Church, shows contemporary Blairstown much as it appeared 100 years prior. Prints are available at Gallery 23 on Main Street, along with an array of handmade treasures by talented artisans.
On Saturday, (Nov. 25) Blairstown's Jingle On Main celebration is a family friendly event featuring vendors, free children's activities, photos with Santa, caroling and tasty food along Blairstown's Historic Main Street. 10am - official tree lighting at 4:30 pm.
If you find yourself in attendance, visit the Blairstown Museum for a nice selection of candles, locally sourced art and jewelry, toys, food items, museum gear, and professional Polar Express photo sessions with the Belle Trolley & Conductor (12-2pm).

Skylands Prime

Cozy comfort at the Wooden Duck.
From the moment you turn onto the quiet lane leading to the Wooden Duck Inn, you are transported into a world of natural beauty on a secluded estate. (140 Goodale Rd, Newton) The Estate House contains seven spacious rooms, each with a private bath, sitting areas, business workspaces, free wi-fi, flat screen satellite TVs, DVD players and fireplaces. Deluxe and semi-deluxe rooms include two-person soaking tubs.
Nice gift? The Wooden Duck offers a 10% off Black Friday Gift Certificate sale! Click, call 973-300-0395 or email. This Friday only!

Sunday School

As the holidays approach, consider the church as the predominant link in our history. The history of worship in Morris County is older than the county itself, which prior to its establishment in 1739, had been home to settlers in the eastern regions since 1695. Settlements in the western portion came soon thereafter, in the early 1700s. And the building of churches began. Many of today's congregations in the western part of the county can claim a heritage traced to the Roxiticus congregation, circa 1738. A Sunday afternoon drive reveals extraordinary beauty in these grand country churches. More...

Ritual of Thanksgiving

Let this be a time to acknowledge our participation in the Earthly community of life.

Visit a body of water near your home, with family, friends, or alone. Reflect on the water's beauty. Observe where it meets the land. Acknowledge aloud or silently your deep connection to water and the place where you stand.

Touch the soil and water with your bare hands. Reflect on the feeling and texture. Pause and allow yourself to feel yourself as part of the Earth.

Bring a gift to the water. Something from your garden - a sprig of herbs, leaves, or seeds. Observe and reflect as your gift is received by the water.

Burn dried herbs or a candle. Consider the previous inhabitants the place in which you stand - wild creatures, plants, and First Nations peoples. Reflect on their loss and suffering. Express your sorrow. Ask for the guidance and courage to become a healer and protector of Earth’s life. Give thanks!

Spirit Spikers!

       

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