Want to see some of the most beautiful Fireworks in New Jersey? It’s right here in Mountain Lakes

Mountain Lakes will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and a daytime BBQ on Saturday, July 4. Both will take place at the Mountain Lakes Club. The fireworks will start about 9:00 p.m. They are staged from a barge in the middle of Mountain Lake for better viewing and photographing around the Lake. Island Beach will be open for residents to use. The fireworks are supported by donations from the community and they are organized by the recreation department.


Utilize the scenic Tourne County Park to stay in shape this summer

tourne-county-parkWhy go to the gym on a beautiful summer day when you could exercise outside? The Legacy of Mountain Lakes is located just 5 minutes away from Tourne County Park. The park features athletic fields, bike trails, lakes, hiking trails and much more where one could enjoy various outdoor activities with a panoramic view to match . Here’s an easy walking workout that will help you get back in shape with a new outdoor exercise regimen while taking advantage of the natural Mountain Lakes terrain.


You can burn 200 calories in 30 minutes.

Navigating over roots and rocks and along winding or hilly paths can help you melt more fat and improve your agility, balance and coordination.

  • First 5 minutes: Walk along a flat trail at a pace that would make it easy for you to carry on a conversation.
  • Next 7 minutes: Stay on even terrain and pick up your pace so you’re breathing more deeply. (You should be able to talk only in short sentences.) Move at a faster clip for the last 2 minutes of this segment. Your breathing should become more labored, and you should be able to say just a few words at a time.
  • Next 10 minutes: Set out on a hilly trail or rugged path. Slow down to navigate uneven terrain. (If all the trails in your vicinity are flat, alternate between brisk and faster paces for 1 minute each.)
  • Next 5 minutes: Return to even terrain and walk at the same pace you used during the 7-minute segment (you should be able to talk only in short sentences).
  • Last 3 minutes: Continue walking on even terrain at a comfortable pace until your breathing is normal and you can carry on a conversation again.

Trail hiking 101:
Avoid getting blisters and other injuries that could interfere with your workouts.

  • Watch where you walk. Keep an eye on the ground, scanning for loose stones, holes, exposed roots and debris. To avoid slipping and falling, try to step on dull-colored dirt rather than slick, sticky mud.
  • Pamper your feet. To keep feet dry and blister-free, wear socks made of a fabric that draws sweat away from the skin (acrylic, for example, or Coolmax). Besides being uncomfortable, damp socks cause friction, which increases the likelihood of blisters.
  • Get the best boots. Wear lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes for ankle support and more grip when you’re walking on uneven terrain.

Source: http://www.allyou.com/diet-fitness/walking-workout-to-lose-weight/page2

Peach Harvest Festival


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Alstede Farms, located in the historic town of Chester, New Jersey, is a family owned and operated business providing quality fruits and vegetables, fresh from the fields to your table.


The Festival runs from 11am to 5pm both days. Enjoy peaches in more forms than you could possibly imagine! Discover peachy love with their homemade peach ice cream, peach shortcakes, peach ice tea slushies, and more. Alstede Farms Peach Pie is an all-time favorite. Take a Scenic hayride to the peach orchard to pick your own. The Peach Harvest Festival has family friendly activities including Pony Rides, Moon Bounce and more. Delicious time for the whole family!


Saturday, August 2 – Sunday, August 3
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane
Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24)
Chester, NJ 07930



Parsippany Farmer’s Market

Beginning on June 27th, the Parsippany Farmer’s Market will be open to the public every Friday from 1:00pm-7:00pm.

Located in the town parking lot at the corner of North Beverwyck Road and Minnehana Blvd, the market carries a fresh variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, jams & jellies, honey, flowers, and baked goods.

The Parsippany Farmer’s Market will run every week until October 24th, so don’t miss your chance!

Boonton Farmer’s Market



Every Saturday 8:30am-2:00pm

(Thru Nov 22nd)

Feel like freshening up?

Allow the Boonton Farmer’s Market to help you out.


Boasting local fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, jams, organic grown favorites, cheeses and breads, gourmet foods and more, The Boonton Farmer’s Market will fulfill your needs. Located in the Upper Plane Street Parking just behind Main Street in Boonton, you won’t have to go far for quality produce.

Come on down!

Mountain Lakes Trails

old-tournefeaturing Tourne County Park

You don’t have to travel all the way to New York City to see that world-famous skyline. In fact, you would only have to step into your backyard.

The Tourne County Park, with a sprawling 500+ acres, is just begging to be explored. There’s a little bit of something for all levels of adventure-seekers: wildflower trails, bird sanctuaries, cross-country skiing and hiking. Make it to the top of the trail and you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the New York skyline. Feel like staying closer to the ground? No problem. The park offers charming family picnic sites. There is also a ball field are that can be reserved for group outings, just call the Park Police!

It’s beautiful outside, go take a hike!

Giralda Farms Hosts 31st Annual Giralda Music and Arts Festival

Giralda-2014giralda_audienceGrab your family, grab a spot, and enjoy.

New Jersey’s premier orchestra is coming to town, and it will be an event you won’t want to miss out on.

Giralda Farms of Madison, NJ will be hosting Morris Arts’ 31st annual Giralda Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, June 22nd. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will begin the show at 6pm, but we encourage you to come earlier, as gates open at 4pm. There won’t be a shortage of events as you wait: an art show (and sale), a poetry tent with live readings, and activities for children. Feeling creative? Coordinate a themed picnic and you can be up for some incredible prizes. That’s not the only chance to win; there will also be a 50/50 raffle for generous cash prizes (with proceeds going to the Morris Arts’ scholarship program).

After all of that, you definitely deserve some time to relax. Lay out on the gracious lawns as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra takes the stage. They will be performing classics to the likes of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart before saluting the Garden State’s 350th anniversary with favorites from Frank Sinatra and the Jersey Boys.

This summer concert is perfect for an evening of family fun!


Additional Information:

Location: Giralda Farms Corporate Park, Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124) in Madison, NJ

Advance Tickets
Adults: $15
Children (under 12): $4
Tickets Day of Event
Adults: $20
Children (under 12): $5
Children under 4 are free. Sorry, no pets or barbecues allowed.
If you need special accommodations, please contact Kadie Dempsey at 973-285-5115 x17
Rain Location
College of St. Elizabeth – Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center: 2 Convent Rd., Morristown.In the event of rain, check this website or call 973-285-5115 x18 after 12 noon on day of concert.Indoor picnics are not permitted at this location.
Where to Purchase Tickets
Tickets are available online, or at the following locations until 12 noon on Saturday before:Kings Super Markets (Chatham and Morristown)

Morris Arts (14 Maple Ave Suite 301, Morristown)


Flower Gardens, Relaxation, And More at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum


filename-img-8462-jpgLocated in Morristown, NJ, the “Arbo” is spread out over 127 acres, surrounding a historic mansion and it’s gardens. Feel free to walk along any of it’s trails, observe the immense range of flower life, or even request to have hold an event. Today, the mansion has transformed into offices, which are the “home” to people who preserve the garden, offer tours, and who can assist you in hosting your next event!!!


53 E Hanover Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960


Celebrate Your Favorite Berry at the Strawberry Festival


“Enjoy family fun at Alstede Farms during our Annual Strawberry Harvest Festival! Enjoy a scenic farm hayride to our large strawberry patch and pick your own strawberries right from our fields! A great activity for families, moms groups, church groups or anyone that loves the exceptional taste of fresh picked strawberries! Come on out and enjoy a day in the country!”

Pick your own strawberries from 9am-6pm and enjoy farm activities from 10am-5pm. “All day activity passes for just $13.95 per child allow unlimited access to farm fun ALL DAY!”

Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24).
Chester, NJ

GPS Address:
1 Chesterfield Dr.
Chester, NJ 07930




Denville Farmer’s Market is a great Sunday activity for the family! Open every Sunday from 8:30am-1:00pm June 8th-November 23rd.

“Denville Farmers’ Market boasts local growers, artisan cheese and meats, freshly baked breads and a host of small resident businesses. Tucked under canopies are fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers that make a vibrant palette of colors” according to the markets’ website.

Additionally, “Walk the lively Downtown while listening to music played from overhead speakers. Enjoy the many festivals year around. Visit scenic lakes or walk in the woods. Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to enjoy and leave feeling refreshed!”

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