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.


Earth from Space at the Morris Museum

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See our amazing planet from the perspective of orbiting satellites. This exhibit presents large color reproductions of images captured by high-tech satellites circling the earth, recording rare views of events such as dust storms, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. The exhibit runs now through August 16, 2015. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown NJ. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11 am-5 pm and Sunday 12 pm-5 pm.

The Morris Museum is Morris County’s epicenter of art, science, culture, and history. Located in the Twin Oaks mansion in historic Morristown, the museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects ranging from rocks and minerals to fine and decorative arts, model railroad and dinosaur exhibitions, as well as one of the country’s largest collections of mechanical musical instruments and automata. It is also the home of the Bickford Theatre, which presents a variety of plays, concerts, and other performances throughout the year.

Art, science, theatre, history – it’s all here and close to home. You’ll be surprised by all there is to do and see.


How to Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

iStock_000041911150MediumThanksgiving is arguably the biggest meal of the year.

It is a time when friends and family come together to share food and enjoy one another.  But there is usually a lot of stress that goes into preparing for the Thanksgiving meal.  The key to a stress-free holiday is advance planning.  Here are a few tips that will keep your stress levels in check:

— Make a holiday meal plan.  Write out the dishes you have in mind and the names of the guests you are expecting.  Be sure and allow for an uninvited guest or two.  Remember, part of what people look forward to on Thanksgiving is leftovers for days to come.

— Start shopping early.  Grocery stores usually begin running holiday sales on turkeys, hams, and dessert items in late October and early November so there is no reason not to take advantage of those pre-holiday specials.  Remember, most people wait until a few days before the holiday to shop.

— Cook ahead.  Many dishes can be made, at least in part, ahead of time.  Casseroles can assembled and frozen.  Pie crusts and bread dough can be prepared weeks before the big day and frozen.  You can even mix all but the wet ingredients in cake and muffin mixes before holiday festivities begin.  Doing what you can far in advance of Thanksgiving will be a real stress-reliever – not to mention a time-saver.

— Plan a buffet-style meal.  Serving a meal buffet-style eliminates the need for one person to be responsible for serving a large group.  It also eliminates the need to set a table to perfection.  Just stack up some plates and lay out some silverware and let everybody get their own plate.

— Make it potluck.  Gone are the days when just a few good cooks carry the burden of all the holiday cooking.  There’s nothing wrong with requesting that everybody pitch in.  Call your guests ahead of time and ask them to bring appetizers, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, or paper products.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that should be spent being thankful for blessings and spending quality time with family and friends.  It shouldn’t be a time of stress and anxiety.  Follow these tips for an unforgettable and stress-free Thanksgiving meal.

Enter our Legacy Photo Contest for a Chance to Win a $1,000 College Scholarship for your Child.

Does your child want be an Astronaut? A Dancer? Or a Professional Athlete, perhaps? What Will Your Legacy be? Enter The Legacy of Mountain Lakes Facebook Photo Contest and you can WIN a $1,000 College Scholarship and other fine prizes. For details and rules  ENTER HERE from your desktop computer: http://on.fb.me/1ngxqt1

And don’t forget to Vote….FB-adCheck back here for updates.

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



Clowning Around at Rockaway Townsquare

The first week in August means it’s time to clown around! There is no better way to celebrate National Clown Week than to visit Rockaway Townsquare on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 for its annual “Bring in the Clowns” event.

Several of New Jersey’s finest clowns will perform. Activities include face painting, balloon sculptures, clown autographs and an interactive clown show. Each child will receive a complimentary autograph book and all Simon Kidgits Club members will receive a special carnival themed gift. The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the mall’s upper level, Center Court.

National Clown Week was established by Congress and signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971. It has since grown to International Clown Week and is celebrated all over the world.

Don’t miss out on this silly and unique celebration!



Location: Rockaway Townsquare

301 Mt Hope Ave

STE 1900

Rockaway, NJ 07866


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)