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Miller-Cory House Slates Holiday Celebrations
WESTFIELD – Miller-Cory House Museum will celebrate holiday customs throughout December at the Museum at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield.
On Sunday, December 6, the museum will focus on German customs such as ginger springerle cookies, Christmas stockings, and the arrival of the “Belsnickel.”
On Sunday, December 13, Swedish customs will be demonstrated.
On Sunday, December 20, the English customs will be spotlighted with pyramids and wreathes. English mansions and Irish cottages with candles in the windows will be explained.
On Sunday, January 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., the holiday customs series will end with the Italian legend of La Befana who searched for the new born King.
In December, the museum will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Tours of the house will be available throughout the afternoon with the last tour scheduled to begin a 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults and 50 cents for students. Children under 6
HISTORY AND CUSTOMS…The Miller-Cory Museum will feature a special holiday series spotlighting various customs and traditions throughout December and in the beginning of January. Pictured, above, is museum volunteer, Debbie Bailey, who will discuss German Christmas customs.
are free. The museum’s gift shop will feature Colonial reproductions, cookbooks, and educational items.
For more information about the museum and its schedule of events, please call (908) 232-1776.
Rake and Hoe Club to Hold ‘Deck the Halls’ House Tour
WESTFIELD — The Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield will hold its Holiday House Tour fundraiser, “Deck the Halls,” this Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are four Westfield homes on the tour, each featuring a different holiday decoration theme, plus a boutique located at the Community Players headquarters on North Avenue.
The house themes to be presented on the tour include “A “Williamsburg Christmas;” a “Cranberry Christmas;” a “Holiday Wedding,” and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” featuring a storybook theme.
The “Williamsburg Christmas” house will reflect a Southern hospitality theme throughout the Colonial home. Adorning the front door will be wreaths of fruits, nuts and berries.
In the dining room, a symmetrical display of topiaries will be on display. The living room will be filled with mixed greens, magnolia leaves and
WILLIAMSBURG HOUSE…The Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield will hold its Holiday House Tour fundraiser, “Deck the Halls,” this Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Williamsburg House, pictured above, is one of four traditional homes which will be featured on the tour. The house is decorated in traditional Williamsburg style.
flowers. The kitchen will feature a children’s Christmas party with a table of gingerbread men, sandwiches and specialty gifts.
The family room will be decorated with holly swags, fruit arrangements and nut trees, as well as a tree covered with ornamental cookies and paper chains.
The holiday boutique at the conclusion of the tour will offer a display of items featured in the homes.
Tickets for the event will be on sale at Clyne & Murphy, Lancaster, Ltd., Periwinkle’s and Rorden Realty, Inc. in Westfield for $15, or they may be purchased for $18 at the door.
The Rake and Hoe Garden Club is a not-for-profit organization which serves Westfield. The club’s mission is to increase members’ knowledge of horticulture and floral culture, and to work with the community on various beautification and educational projects.
Christopher Academy Pupils Increase Peace With Banner
SCOTCH PLAINS – Students in the all-day kindergarten class at the Christopher Academy in Scotch Plains recently created a Peace Banner to enhance its Peace Education Curriculum.
The banner was conceived and sketched on October 2, the day the school celebrated Universal Children’s Day.
The students used colored felt to make the continents of the world which were placed in the center of
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE…Kindergarten students from The Christopher Academy in Scotch Plains recently joined hands around their Peace Banner which was crafted to highlight the school’s Peace Education Curriculum.
the banner. Staff members and classroom teachers cut green leaves and placed them below the continents.
Children from each classroom painted their hands and imprinted them around the continents. All hands touched one another.
The students decided to label the banner, “Join Hands for World Peace.”
The banner was displayed during the school’s United Nations Day celebration on October 23.
WILDFLOWER AWARD…Fanwood Environmental Commission Chairman Dean Talcott, pictured above, holds three awards he received for this past year’s Wildflower Project. The project won a merit award from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. Earlier in the year, the project received resolutions from Union County Freeholder Linda d. Stender and from Fanwood Mayor Maryanne Connelly. Since this photo was taken, Public Works personnel mowed this property between Cray Terrace and LaGrande Avenue in Fanwood which helps keep saplings from growing. Next spring additional seed will be planted.
Pathways to Present Support Group Meetings
Pathways, a local non-profit program that provides breast cancer resources, will hold support group meetings on Wednesdays, December 9, 16, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 7 to 8:15 p.m., at the Connection for Women and Families, formerly the Summit YWCA, located at 79 Maple Street in Summit.
The support group will be open to women at any stage of their recovery from breast cancer – recently diagnosed, currently in treatment or posttreatment.
There will be no charge to attend the group.
For more information or to register for the group, please call the Pathways office at (908) 277-3663.
Westfield Glee Club Plans Winter Concerts, Programs
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Glee Club has announced two Winter Concerts and Programs to be performed on Saturday, December 12, at 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School, and on Sunday, December 13, at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Both locations are in Westfield.
Along with the traditional, sacred, seasonal and show songs performed by the ensemble, Glee Club Director Thomas Booth has added new and contemporary arrangements, including songs for the Hanukkah season.
The Westfield Public Schools Children’s Chorus, comprising 54 boys and girls, will be the featured singers in two sections of the Saturday program. The children will also join with the Glee Club in the closing numbers.
The Sunday afternoon concert at the First Baptist Church will have the same choral program, including many selections without piano accompaniment.
During this program, George Lachenauer, Glee Club accompanist, will play a section of seasonal organ selections. Mr. Booth will play a medley of requested selections.
Tickets for either concert will be available in advance from Glee Club members, and from the Music Staff, 102 Quimby Street in Westfield. They
may also be obtained at the door before each concert.
A $10 donation per ticket is requested for students and senior citizens, and $12 for adults.
For additional information, please call (908) 232-0673.
Recreation Commission Plans Monthly Meeting
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Recreation Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, December 7, at 8 p.m. in the Recreation Conference Room of the Municipal Building.
The meeting will be open to the public and the public will be invited to address the commission during the public portion of the meeting to discuss issues.
The agenda for the meeting will be available at the Recreation Office at the Municipal Building in advance of the meeting.