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Maple Sugaring in New Jersey

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maple sugaring
Get your sugar fix at these sweet tree-tapping events happening this winter in New Jersey.

For families with a sweet tooth looking for something fun to do this winter, check out these places around NJ with maple-sugaring events, so you can see how the real thing is collected and made and taste-test different varieties around the state. You might even come home with a bottle of the this sweet elixir.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center Chatham, NJ (33 minutes from Hoboken & JC)

Participate in fascinating, hour-long maple sugaring demonstrations on the Saturday March 14th 12 PM – 4 PM days. Admission is $5 per person. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating.

Tenafly Nature Center  Tenafly, NJ (40 minutes from Hoboken and Jersey City)
Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center’s tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome. March 4th 2 PM-3 PM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM $10 admission for non members

Somerset Park Commission Environmental Education Center Basking Ridge, NJ (50 minutes from Hoboken & JC)
Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. The 90-minute program is conducted at the EEC’s Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Suggested donation: $1 per person March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15
Saturdays – 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Sundays – Noon and 2:00pm No registration is required

My favorite age is now…

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The right time is now

I read the above quote- “My favorite age is now” (Kirsten Dunst) as I was watching Milena, our beauty photographer working with a client in a portrait session.

We have had a number of clients come to us for a beauty session with a battery of concerns about their appearance. To a woman, each walked out saying- “This was nothing like what I expected.” That the person in the images was someone they thought was gone- or never existed at all. Someone beautiful, confident and relaxed in every picture.

I had a session with Milena for my 50th birthday- my first thought? Get it in before it’s too late! What came to me as I looked at the resulting images was a wonderful sense that instead of my most beautiful moments being behind me at all- they were ahead.

Consider booking a session with us- for a birthday, as a gift for a loved one or (most especially) for yourself, after all, you’re at the perfect age.

Bedroom Details: Tiny Touches

by & filed under Be Inspired.

How do you finish a room?

After the large swaths of decorating a room is done, the last details are critical to turning four walls and a ceiling into a serene retreat.

A beautiful soy candle- this is one we love from Maison Louis Marie- the scent is No. 04: Bois de Balincourt available at Peper and Parlor

Match Cloche

Fabulous Upholstered bench for the end of your bed

Ring holders

Gorgeous hand towels