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                        December 2018
                        Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
                   Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday. Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  
                   Call for arrangements & program fees Double Trouble Village State Historic Site (732) 341-4098.
                      

December 1
43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 4pm
Fee:  $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & students; $5 for children ages 5-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Join Ringwood Manor in celebrating the 43rd Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor.

EVENING RECEPTION
6pm-8pm
Fee: NJBG Members $45, Guests $50
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
The Manor will be yours for a leisurely stroll with wine, light refreshments and valet parking.
Note: Reservations required

Geocache the Park
1 p.m.  to   4 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person. Advanced registration and payment required – pre-teen to adult
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of the state park.  Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of several geocache sites. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants. Bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one

December 2
43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 4pm
Fee:  $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & students; $5 for children ages 5-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Join Ringwood Manor in celebrating the 43rd Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor.

Walking tour of the battlefield
Meet at the Visitor Center
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note:  ADA accessible in the Visitor Center. Craig House is ADA accessible
Craig House closes for the season 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

December 4
Tuesday Tykes
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE, Pre-registration Required- ages 3 to 6 with an adult. Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more.  Dress to be outdoors

December 5
GROUP TOUR DAY- 43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 3pm
Fee:  $7 per person; reservations required; for groups of 10 or more
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Are you part of a club, troop, society, senior center, or unit all looking to visit the Victorian Christmas event together? Have a group of 10 or more that want to come together to see Victorian Christmas? Groups can set up a specific time to visit during the day and not have to battle crowds on the weekends. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor. Please visit our website, www.ringwoodmanor.org, for more information on how to reserve a space for your group to visit.

December 7
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT EVENING AT RINGWOOD MANOR
7pm to 9pm, concert begins at 7:30pm
Fee: $35 per ticket. Please see our website, www.ringwoodmanor.org, for information on cost and ticket sales.
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Enjoy this exclusive access to the Manor, lit up for the evening, and decorated for a traditional 19th century Victorian Christmas! A small number of guests will have the opportunity to tour through the first floor and then enjoy an intimate concert musical performers The Gotham Gals in the stately Great Hall. Seating is limited to 50 people. Please visit our website, www.ringwoodmanor.org, for more information on cost and how to purchase tickets.

December 8
43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 4pm
Fee:  $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & students; $5 for children ages 5-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Join Ringwood Manor in celebrating the 43rd Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT EVENING AT RINGWOOD MANOR
7pm to 9pm, concert begins at 7:30pm
Fee:$35 per ticket. Please see our website, www.ringwoodmanor.org, for information on cost and ticket sales.
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Enjoy this exclusive access to the Manor, lit up for the evening, and decorated for a traditional 19th century Victorian Christmas! A small number of guests will have the opportunity to tour through the first floor and then enjoy an intimate concert with musical performers The Gotham Gals in the stately Great Hall. Seating is limited to 50 people. Please visit our website, www.ringwoodmanor.org, for more information on cost and how to purchase tickets.

Round Valley Rocks
10 a.m. to NOON
Fee: $3.00 for ages 12 and up, $1.00 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area
South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
(908) 236-6355
Note: See and learn why Round Valley’s geology is special. Take a short hike on two of our trails, see and feel the rocks and learn how they made our world. Maybe find a piece of iron ore from our long gone mine. Bring a compass if you have one

Hike the D&R Canal path from Griggstown to East Millstone
10 a.m. to NOON
FREE, Pre-registration requested
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at East Millstone Parking Lot
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(609) 635-2783
Pamela V’Combe; pjvcombe@gmail.com
Note: Partially ADA accessible. Enjoy a 5.6 mile walk along the historic towpath (or choose the 3.5-mile walk to Blackwells Mills). Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water

Glass Fusion at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FREE, donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House; 598 Canal Road, Somerset, N.J.08873
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
mcha.weebly.com
Note: Come see the beautiful art of glass fusion.  Pieces will be available for your purchase just in time for the holidays

December 9
43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 4pm
Fee:  $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & students; $5 for children ages 5-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Join Ringwood Manor in celebrating the 43rd Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor.

Program on the 28th New Jersey at the Battle of Fredericksburg
Visitor Center Auditorium
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note:  ADA accessible

Annual Holiday Candlelight Tours
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $8 per adult, $5 per child (6 to 13 yrs.) suggested donation; Pre-registration REQUIRED
Rockingham State Historic Site
NJ Division of Parks & Forestry, Montgomery Twp. HS Live Historians Club,
Sponsor: Rockingham Association and Stony Brook Garden Club
(609) 683-7132 [thru Nov. 18]; (609) 683-7136 [after Nov. 18]
Note: Partially ADA accessible. Docents in 18th-century dress will conduct tours through Rockingham, which will be decorated with a TBD theme.  Light refreshments will be available, and the Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping

December 12
GROUP TOUR DAY- 43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 3pm
Fee:  $7 per person; reservations required; for groups of 10 or more
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Are you part of a club, troop, society, senior center, or unit all looking to visit the Victorian Christmas event together? Have a group of 10 or more that want to come together to see Victorian Christmas? Groups can set up a specific time to visit during the day and not have to battle crowds on the weekends. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor. Please visit our website, www.ringwoodmanor.org, for more information on how to reserve a space for your group to visit.


December 15
43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 4pm
Fee:  $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & students; $5 for children ages 5-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Join Ringwood Manor in celebrating the 43rd Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor.

Lecture: The Christmas Night Crossing and The Battle of Trenton by Park Historian Clay Craighead
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  Using diaries and letters of the participants, Resource Interpretive Specialist Clay Craighead will give a lecture on the significance of the Christmas Night Crossing and the Battle of Trenton

Annual Holiday Party at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE, donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House; 598 Canal Road, Somerset, N.J.08873
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
mcha.weebly.com
Note:  Enjoy refreshments and caroling by the fireside at the historic Bridge Tender’s House

Easy Winter Birdfeeders
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3.00 per person, Pre-registration Required – Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. When the weather gets cold, not all feathered friends head south. The ones that stay in New Jersey need some help finding food. Come to Spruce Run to make some simple bird feeders to hang in the park and some to take home to help the birds make it through the winter. Payment is required by 2 p.m., Thursday, December 13 at the Spruce Run Recreation Area office (908) 638-8572 

December 16
43rd ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 4pm
Fee:  $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & students; $5 for children ages 5-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Note:  ADA accessible
Join Ringwood Manor in celebrating the 43rd Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP
1 - 3pm
Admission -  Adults  $6    Children 6-12  $4   Children 5 years and under free                                                              
Ringwood State Park, The Hermitage Museum
201 445-8311 ext. 102
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
Santa Claus and his elves will be in his workshop at the Hermitage Museum’s Visitor Center to greet children and families while preparing for the big night!
There will be vintage toys, trains, Christmas trees, holiday decorations, music, and refreshments – and children can spend time at the holiday crafts tables.
Come and experience a memorable day filled with photo ops!

FAMILY WINTER HIKE
1pm
Fee: None
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
For more information please call 973-962-9534 or please visit www.njbg.org
Note: Wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels

December 21
Lantern Walking Tours - Historic Sites by Night
2 tours at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Must pre-register (call early to register) - Adults $10, Children and Seniors $6
Washington Crossing State Park
Tours begin at the Nelson House in the lower park and end at the Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Note: Tour includes the Nelson House, ferry boat, overlook, Stone Barn and the Johnson Ferry House. Authentic colonial refreshment included. A popular event

December 25
The Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  Commemorate the 242nd anniversary of George Washington’s famous Christmas Night crossing of the Delaware River by viewing the annual reenactment

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