Fall Activities in Union County Parks

Four Centuries
in a Weekend

Free Event

October 20 & 21 

Union County’s annual public heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History,” will take place on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, with the cooperation of staff and volunteers at 35 house museums and historic sites, the free two-day event opens the doors to more than 370 years of history throughout the county. This year’s event will branch out and highlight the rich history of innovation, invention and industry in Union County. For the first time, Nokia Bell Labs and the Sperry Observatory will be open for tours and activities. 

Learn more

84th Annual
Fall Troop Show

Free Event

October 26 – 28

The Troop Show will feature nearly 300 students putting their riding skills on display! Drill Team performs at 11am,

Admission is FREE! For more information: 908-789-3665

Starting Friday at 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 AM

Hayrides &
Campfires

This event is sold out.

Warinanco Park in Roselle
Friday, October 5, 6:30 – 9:30pm – Check in by 8 pm

Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside
Fridays, Oct. 12 & 19 – Check in by 8 pm
Sundays, October 7 & 14 3:30-6:30 pm – Check in by 5 pm

Ticket Includes  hay ride, hot chocolate & marshmallows and entertainment around a campfire

$6 Union County Residents, $12 Non-Residents

The Great
Pumpkin Sail

This event is sold out.

November 1

Thursday, November 1
Rain Date: Thursday, November 2

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside

Each family ticket is for one Jack-O-Lantern weighing no more than 8 pounds after carving

In County: $12 per family (Max 6 people) Out-of-County: $16 per family

Purchase tickets for one of three sessions:
Session 1: 5:15 – 6:30 pm
Session 2: 6:45 – 8:00 pm
Session 3: 8:15 – 9:30 pm

Haunted
Hayrides

Tickets are available.

October 26 – 28
6:30 – 10:00 pm

Deserted Village of Felitville

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 18

$8 County Residents • $16 Non-County Residents

Ticket purchases are limited to 8 per person; No refunds or exchanges.Tickets are sold for rides at specific times as noted on your ticket. This program is for adults & children age 6 and up. Strollers cannot be accommodated. Program includes a hayride and walk through a dark forest.

Stroll
& Roll

Free event

November 4
9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Echo Lake Park

Explore the Greenways – A stroller/wheelchair friendly walk through the parks

Rock, Gem &
Jewelry Show

Free event.

Nov 3 and 4
Noon – 5:00pm

Trailside Nature and Scice Center

More than 20 vendors will be selling minerals, rocks, gems and jewelry from around the world! Demonstrations of gemstone cutting & polishing. Educational rock & mineral displays. Children’s Activities include : fossil rubbings, puzzles, touch table

Celebrate
the Season

Bring your family and kick off the holiday season at the newly modernized Warinaco Sports Center

Tickets are only available -re-sale. No tickets available on event day

December 2
11:00 am – 6:00pm

Visit with Santa and skate with the elves. Enjoy holiday carols, kids crafts and face painting. Sit by the fire. Dine in the cafe. Ticket includes entry to the event, skate rental, hot chocolate and cookies.

2 years old and younger are free. 

Three sessions:
11am – 1pm
1:30pm – 3:30pm
4pm – 6pm

Click here to purchase tickets.

Online ticket sales begin at 8:30am on the date listed in each box at at ucnj.org/tickets or at the following three locations:

Union County Administration Building
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth
908-527-4900
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Trailside Nature & Science Center
425 New Providence Road, Mountainside
(908) 789-3670
Open Daily Noon – 4:45 pm

Colleen Fraser Building
300 North Avenue East, Westfield
(908) 654-9805
Monday – Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 6:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Union County Means Business

Union County Offers “Memory Switch” Workshop for Business Owners and Managers

Wednesday, October 17 at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.

 Honing business skills, improving confidence and reducing stress are all on tap at Union County’s second annual Lunch & Learn event for local business owners and managers, featuring the popular Memory Switch workshop created by Matthew Goerke. The Memory Switch program enhances cognitive skills that are fundamental to a successful business, including the ability to recall names, faces, and key information. The program also aims to boost confidence and improve sales skills as well as managerial and networking skills, while helping to reduce stress.

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee of $10.00 includes admission to the workshop and a free boxed lunch. To register online, visit ucnj.org/union-county-means-business/#memoryreg.

Union County Human Trafficking Symposium

How can Union County combat Human Trafficking?

Friday, October 12, 2018, 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave, Auditorium, Cranford, NJ 07016

We welcome our keynote presenter: Lockey Maisonneuve author of “A Girl Raised by Wolves” to speak of her story of survival and journey to healing.

During this event we will learn what to look for to identify Human Trafficking. We will engage in discussions with experts in the field in a panel discussion. Together as a community we will learn how to protect and fight against human trafficking.

Register Online

“ASK” Information Sessions about Senior Services

Various dates and locations

Union County residents seeking information about services available for senior adults age 60 and above will have a choice of eight (8) dates and locations in October to speak with staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging.  Staff will be present at public libraries in Westfield; Clark; Plainfield; Elizabeth, Summit; and, Union, and at the Rahway Senior Center.  Staff from the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection/ADRC have been traveling throughout Union County providing information about services such as home delivered meals; respite care; home care; adult day care; and, support services for caregivers through the Aging Services Kiosk or ASK community outreach effort.  Assistance with completing applications and forms is also provided.

Monday, October 1 Westfield Public Library 550 E. Broad Street Westfield, 07090 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Thursday, October 4 Rahway Senior Center 1306 Esterbrook Avenue Rahway, 07065 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Monday, October 15 Clark Public Library 303 Westfield Avenue Clark, 07066 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Friday, October 19 Plainfield Public Library 800 Park Avenue Plainfield, 07060 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Friday, October 26 Elizabeth Public Library Elmora Branch 740 W. Grand Elizabeth, 07202 10:00 – 12:00

Monday, October 29 Summit Public Library 75 Maple Street Summit, 07901 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Tuesday, October 30 Union Public Library 1980 Morris Avenue Union, 07083 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

Monday, November 5 Elizabeth Public Library LaCorte Branch @ Peterstown 408 Palmer St. Elizabeth, 07202 10:00-12:00

Free Union County Recycling Events in October

As the fall cleanup season begins, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering several free recycling events throughout October. These events are open to all Union County residents.

Union County’s scrap metal recycling program is held on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month. The next upcoming dates are Thursday, October 4 and Saturday, October 20. Metal appliances, bicycles, air conditioners, and metal lawn furniture are among the many kinds of scrap metal items that are accepted. Union County will also host two mobile document-shredding events in October. The first will be held on Saturday, October 6 at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. A second event paper shredding event will be offered on Thursday, October 18 at Galloping Hill Golf Course, located at 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth. Both events will run from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. The events will end early if the shredding trucks reach capacity. Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding weighing less than 10 pounds each. The final Household Hazardous Waste recycling program of 2018 will take place on Saturday, October 27 at Nokia, located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Accepted items at the Household Hazardous Waste event include old pesticides and herbicides, pool chemicals, gasoline, oil-based paints, propane tanks, deck stain, automobile tires and more.

Learn more

Cultural Events Calendar

Oct 10 & 17 (Wednesdays)
6:30 – 8 pm
FREE WORKSHOP
Music Self-Care for the Caregiver

This music workshop offers communal peer support for caregivers, providing a fun and creative outlet to help reduce stress. No musical experience needed.

Call 908-522-6348
99 Beauvoir Ave., Summit
www.atlantichealth.org

Oct. 11 – 21
Curtain time varies (visit website)
Black Tom Island

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil, through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife — who may or may not be involved in the attack.

$15–$100
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave., Union
908-737-7469
www.premierestagesatkean.com

Oct. 12
1 pm
MOVIE (FREE)
Gallipoli

This 1981 drama depicts a diverse group of Australian men who enlist to join the ANZACs in WWI. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army. This screening is part of the 2018 Union County World War I Film Festival, commemorating the centennial of World War I.

FREE
Linden Free Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden

Daily thru Oct. 31
11 am – dusk
ACTIVITY
Pumpkin Patch

Come pick a pumpkin! Sales benefit “Save the Frazee House” historic restoration project. Cost of pumpkins: from just 75 cents to $50, depending on size.

Frazee House
1451 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains
www.frazeehouse.org

Oct. 13
7 pm
CONCERT
The NJ Festival Orchestra: Made in America!

David Wroe conducts a performance including Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Fantasy, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C, and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. The African-American rhythms of Porgy and Bess, America’s premier folk opera, coupled with the driving pulses of the Symphonic Dances by Serge Rachmaninov, one of America’s most famed immigrants, offers a heady cocktail of American music in motion. Add an international touch with China’s Jaipeng Nie for a star-spangled NJFO season opening!

Tickets: $15 – $76
First United Methodist Church
1 East Broad St., Westfield
908-232-9400
www.NJFestivalOrchestra.org

Oct. 16
2 pm
LECTURE (FREE EVENT)
Living & Laughing by the Chopsticks-Fork Principle

From a place of delight and good humor, the Chopsticks-Fork Principle encourages people to realize, understand, and laugh about how we’re all bi-cultural ‑ in a way that shatters stereotypes yet explains the generalizations. This talk is an invitation to first wonder: “Can the Tooth Fairy survive the melting pot?” “Can you fail or succeed simultaneously in two cultures?” and “What happens when you have a subconscious but your (grand)mother doesn’t?” and then to explore how the discussion helps listeners re-think their own cultural heritages.

FREE
Second Westfield Senior Citizens Housing
1129 Boynton Ave., Westfield
908-518-9586

Oct. 18
7 pm
FREE CONCERT
Radio Jarocho – a Synthesis of Musical Styles from Veracruz and New York

Elizabeth Public Library’s Fall Concert Series presents Radio Jarocho, playing the rowdy, upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, mixed with the sounds of urban New York life. Radio Jarocho celebrates music that unites Veracruz and New York… Mexico and the USA… offering a modern take on a traditional genre by fusing it with the sounds of flamenco, cumbia, rock, baroque and jazz.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Oct. 18
7 pm
FREE CONCERT
Radio Jarocho – a Synthesis of Musical Styles from Veracruz and New York

Elizabeth Public Library’s Fall Concert Series presents Radio Jarocho, playing the rowdy, upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, mixed with the sounds of urban New York life. Radio Jarocho celebrates music that unites Veracruz and New York… Mexico and the USA… offering a modern take on a traditional genre by fusing it with the sounds of flamenco, cumbia, rock, baroque and jazz.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Oct. 11 – 21
Curtain time varies (visit website)
Black Tom Island

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil, through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife — who may or may not be involved in the attack.

$15–$100
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave., Union
908-737-7469
www.premierestagesatkean.com

Oct. 19 – 27
8 pm and 2 pm
THEATRE
A Few Good Men

First produced in 1989, this Broadway hit sizzles on stage. Two Marines are on trial for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

$20 online
CDC Theatre
78 Winans Ave., Cranford
908-276-7611
www.cdctheatre.org

Oct. 19
1 pm
MOVIE (FREE)
Sergeant York

In this 1941 film, a “hillbilly” sharpshooter becomes a celebrated hero of WWI when he attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy used for a turkey shoot. This screening is part of the 2018 Union County World War I Film Festival, commemorating the centennial of World War I.

FREE
Linden Free Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden

Oct. 19
6:30 – 8:00 pm
FREE ACTIVITY
Kenilworth Pumpkin Carve-Out

Join a pumpkin-carving contest extravaganza! This community-wide event celebrates the fall season outdoors with music, crafts, food and pumpkins along the “Uptown” Kenilworth Boulevard business district, with “Pumpkin Patch Central” at Kenilworth Library. Enjoy this early-evening event, including professional musicians, movies, hot mulled cider and donuts, crafts, and a pumpkin-carving contest.

Rain date: Tuesday Oct. 23

Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard, Kenilworth
908-245-9090
www.kenilworthborough.com

Oct. 19 – 27
8 pm and 2 pm
THEATRE
A Few Good Men

First produced in 1989, this Broadway hit sizzles on stage. Two Marines are on trial for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

$20 online
CDC Theatre
78 Winans Ave., Cranford
908-276-7611
www.cdctheatre.org

Oct. 20–21
Both days: 12 noon – 5 pm
Four Centuries in a Weekend – Explore the Historic Sites of Union County
FREE

Take a journey into local history as more than 30 historic sites in Union County are open to the public for one special weekend – a fall tradition. Many sites will offer special activities, demonstrations, exhibits and events – particularly around this year’s theme: “Invention, Innovation & Industry.” Newly added sites this year are Nokia Bell Labs (Berkeley Heights/Murray Hill), William Miller Sperry Observatory (Cranford), and duCret School of Art (Plainfield). Some sites offer light refreshments.

Call 908-558-2550 or visit www.ucnj.org/4c

Oct. 20
12 noon – 4:30 pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL (FREE)
Harvest Festival

Come to Frazee House and enjoy live music, food vendors, pony rides, petting zoo, costume contest, haunted trails and more.

Frazee House
1451 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains
www.frazeehouse.org

Oct. 20–21
Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm
Four Centuries in a Weekend Explore the Historic Sites of Union County
FREE

Take a journey into local history as more than 30 historic sites in Union County are open to the public for one special weekend – a fall tradition. Many sites will offer special activities, demonstrations, exhibits and events – particularly around this year’s theme: “Invention, Innovation & Industry.” Newly added sites this year are Nokia Bell Labs (Berkeley Heights/Murray Hill), William Miller Sperry Observatory (Cranford), and duCret School of Art (Plainfield). Some sites offer light refreshments.

Call 908-558-2550 or visit www.ucnj.org/4c

Oct. 23
6:00 – 8:00 pm
POETRY WORKSHOP (FREE EVENT)
Haiku for You

Find your identity in the creation of haiku, the traditional Japanese poem form. Haiku has a simple appearance but, in fewer than 20 syllables, can be philosophical and cryptic. Haiku may also take additional formats besides the familiar 5-7-5 syllabication across three lines. Find your words. Artistic expression isn’t scary. Discover haiku and try a new form of self-expression.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Oct. 25
3:00 pm
FREE LECTURE *
WWI Lecture Series: Fort Monmouth, New Jersey & World War I

Melissa Ziobro, a Special Professor of Public History, will discuss significant breakthroughs created at Fort Monmouth and important contributions made during World War I. Professor Ziobro served as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, from 2004–2011. She serves on the Executive Board of Oral History / Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

*An optional tour of the “Brothers in Arms” WWI exhibit is available at 2:00 pm for $8.

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave., Union
908-527-0400
www.kean.edu/libertyhall

Oct. 26
1 pm
MOVIE (FREE)
War Horse

In this 2011 drama, a remarkable friendship develops in England between a horse and a young man who tames him. The two are parted, and WWI rages. The horse inspires British cavalrymen, German soldiers and a French farmer. This screening is part of the 2018 Union County World War I Film Festival, commemorating the centennial of World War I.

FREE
Linden Free Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden

Oct. 30
7:00 – 8:00 pm
POETRY WORKSHOP (FREE EVENT)
Haiku for You

Find your identity in the creation of haiku, the traditional Japanese poem form. Haiku has a simple appearance but, in fewer than 20 syllables, can be philosophical and cryptic. Haiku may also take additional formats besides the familiar 5-7-5 syllabication across three lines. Find your words. Artistic expression isn’t scary. Discover haiku and try a new form of self-expression.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Oct. 31
7–8:30 pm
HALLOWEEN – FREE CONCERT & PROGRAM

The word “Halloween” is actually a shortened way of saying “All Hallows’ Evening.” Halloween has origins as the “evening” before the Christian holy days “All Hallows’ Day,” on Nov. 1, and “All Soul’s Day,” on Nov. 2. So, October 31st can be thought of as “All Hallows’ Eve. In this highly entertaining and educational program, Joe Caroselli and his talented group of musicians and singers present various customs and traditions of this holiday, with historical references.

Michael J. Mauri Gazebo Park
Chestnut St., Roselle Park
908-245-0666
www.rosellepark.net

Oct. 31
7–8:30 pm
HALLOWEEN – FREE CONCERT & PROGRAM

The word “Halloween” is actually a shortened way of saying “All Hallows’ Evening.” Halloween has origins as the “evening” before the Christian holy days “All Hallows’ Day,” on Nov. 1, and “All Soul’s Day,” on Nov. 2. So, October 31st can be thought of as “All Hallows’ Eve. In this highly entertaining and educational program, Joe Caroselli and his talented group of musicians and singers present various customs and traditions of this holiday, with historical references.

Michael J. Mauri Gazebo Park
Chestnut St., Roselle Park
908-245-0666
www.rosellepark.net

Nov. 1
2 pm
LECTURE (FREE EVENT)
From Shtetl to Ghetto: Jewish Women & the Lower East Side

How did life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe prepare Jewish women for life in the New World? Even though these were two very different worlds, there were some significant similarities. In the shtetls, Jewish women worked to support their families, spoke the native language as well as Yiddish, were familiar with the marketplace and interacted with gentiles. This discussion explores how, once in America, these women profited from more opportunities but suffered in their personal lives.

FREE
Second Westfield Senior Citizens Housing
1129 Boynton Ave., Westfield
908-518-9586

Nov. 2
1 pm
MOVIE (FREE)
Wings

This 1927 silent film, the first-ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, is a WWI adventure featuring stunning aerial photography and combat flying sequences. This screening is part of the 2018 Union County World War I Film Festival, commemorating the centennial of World War I.

FREE
Linden Free Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden

Nov. 3
3 pm
JAZZ CONCERT (FREE)

The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo performs. The program theme is popular music of the World War I era, to commemorate the centennial of the WWI Armistice.

FREE
Union Public Library
1980 Morris Ave., Union

Nov. 3
4 pm
CONCERT
Haydn’s Mass in Time of War

The Crescent Choral Society and the Westfield High School Chorale perform this moving composition with members of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra. The concert is conducted by Artistic Director Deborah Simpkin King.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
908-756-2468
www.crescentconcerts.org
Tickets $25, Seniors $20, Students $10

Nov. 11
2 pm
MUSIC WORKSHOP & CONCERT (FREE)
Tunes and Tales of Old East Galway, Ireland

Bring your instrument or voice and learn a tune, or just sit and listen in. This Irish traditional music workshop will be followed by a concert, with Lesl Harker on Irish flute and Jerry O’Sullivan on Uilleann pipes, featuring the tunes of National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty of East County Galway, Ireland.

FREE!
Summit Free Public Library
75 Maple St., Summit
908-273-0350
https://iflute.weebly.com/tunes-and-tales.html

Nov. 15
3 pm
FREE LECTURE *
WWI Lecture Series: Uncle Sam Wants You!

Dr. Chris Capozzola, a Professor of History at MIT, will talk about the history of citizenship, war, and the military in modern American history. His book “Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen” examines these areas (winner of the 2010 Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize for New England American Studies).

*An optional tour of the “Brothers in Arms” WWI exhibit is available at 2:00 pm for $8.

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave., Union
908-527-0400
www.kean.edu/libertyhall

Nov. 15
3:30 pm
FREE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY/EXHIBIT
Museum of Interesting Things: Cartoon Animation – 16mm Film Festival

This last installment of the Museum of Interesting Things will introduce children to how and where cartoons originated and the history of cartooning. See some of the best animation and characters from the past.

FREE!
Linden Free Public Library
31 East Henry St., Linden
908-298-3830
http://www.lindenpl.org

Mar. 19, 2019
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
JAZZ CONCERT (FREE)

The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo performs (program details tba).

FREE
Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard, Kenilworth

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