FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742


Celebrate the Holidays in the Watchung Reservation:
Nature Craft Show & Holiday Lights Celebration, Dec. 2

A horse-drawn carriage ride through the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside will be one of the many events at the Union County Nature Craft Show and Holiday Lights Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information, call 908-527-4900.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that Union County’s annual Nature Craft Show and Holiday Lights Celebration will be held in the Watchung Reservation on Sunday, December 2.

“The entire family will enjoy this seasonal afternoon filled with fun,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “Trailside’s new Visitors Center will be stocked with handmade crafts and gift items. The nearby Loop Playground Area will feature rides in a horse-drawn carriage, and Watchung Stable will host a petting zoo, holiday singers, a synchronized horseback riding team, and the lighting of a Christmas tree and a Menorah.”

The activities will be held rain or shine. Free shuttle buses will connect all three locations beginning at 2:00 p.m. There is no admission fee; however, it is suggested that participants bring an item of dry or canned food or a new, unwrapped toy to the Holiday Lights Celebration. All items collected at the event will be distributed to the needy through local charities.

The Nature Craft Show will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Vendors will offer for sale a variety of gift items with natural themes and handmade crafts fashioned from natural materials, including jewelry, herbal soaps, wreaths, gift baskets, pottery, carvings and country home décor. Additional information is available by calling Trailside at 908-789-3670.

The Holiday Lights Celebration and Charity Drive will take place from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. A mounted drill team will demonstrate its horseback riding abilities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will talk with children and holiday singers will have the whole family singing along. There also will be lead-line horse rides, a petting zoo, children’s crafts and refreshments for all. Union County Police officers will be on hand for voluntary fingerprinting of school-age children, and officers will demonstrate how the bomb squad robot works. The lighting of the holiday tree and a Menorah will take place at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Stable at 908-789-3665.

Rides in a 15-passenger horse-drawn carriage will be available in the Loop Playground Area of the Watchung Reservation (weather permitting) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For additional information or directions, call the Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities at 908-527-4900.

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves look forward to the Union County Nature Craft Show
and Holiday Lights Celebration in the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside on Sunday, Dec. 2.
For more information, call 908-527-4900.