FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2009

 

 

Shop for Gifts with a Nature Theme at Trailside, Dec. 6:
Craft Show includes Celebration of Lights, Charity Drive & Santa

shop for gifts with a nature theme at trailside
Mountainside, NJ –
Visitors enjoyed shopping for gifts at the Nature Craft Show at Trailside Nature & Science Center last year. This year the Holiday Lights Celebration and Charity Drive will join the Craft Show at Trailside on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors will not only delight at the opportunity to shop for the holidays, but children can enjoy free face painting and coloring activities, a visit with Santa and holiday sing-a-longs. Visitors are also encouraged to visit all three levels of the Trailside Visitor Center to vote on their favorite decorated tree sponsored by one of the Union County Departments & Divisions. Trees, toys and ornaments collected by each department will be donated to Union County families in need. The afternoon will culminate at 4:45 p.m. with a tree and Menorah lighting. The admission for this event is a donation of an item of dry or canned food or a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed through local charities. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additional free parking will be available at the Loop Area near Trailside. Shuttle bus service will transport visitors from the Loop to Trailside and back from noon until the event ends at 5 p.m. For more information about this event, please call 908-789-3670 or go online at www.ucnj.org/trailside.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders proudly presents the 26th Annual Nature Craft Show at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Sunday, December 6, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This year the Holiday Lights Celebration and Charity Drive will join the Nature Craft Show at Trailside with the event culminating at 4:45 p.m. as the Christmas tree and Menorah are lit to celebrate the holidays.

“Visitors will enjoy this festive event and be delighted to find holiday gifts for adults and children of all ages – all made of natural items or having a nature theme,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Visits with Santa from noon to 5 p.m., children’s face painting, coloring activities and the Celebration Singers caroling throughout the afternoon are sure to make this a family event you won’t want to miss!”

Enjoy the afternoon while meandering throughout Trailside’s Visitor Center to admire the many crafts for sale. Included in this year’s event will be wooden toys, jewelry, natural gourd and wooden bird houses. Shoppers will find garden art, striking nature photography, honey, beeswax candles, handmade blankets, outdoor decorations, as well as tree and table ornaments. All work for sale will be handmade of natural materials or have a nature theme.

Children will have a chance to visit with Santa from noon to 5 p.m. in the Trailside auditorium.  A special area on the upper level of the facility will be dedicated to free face painting and holiday coloring activities for children of all ages. Visitors are welcome to add to the holiday cheer by joining sing-a-longs with the Celebration Singers throughout the afternoon.

Many Union County Departments and Divisions will be participating in a holiday tree
decorating contest in which each department team decorates a tree with a specific theme.  Employees within the departments raise money to purchase gifts and ornaments related to their chosen theme. Decorated trees will be proudly displayed on all three levels of Trailside’s Visitor Center. Visitors can vote for their favorite tree throughout the day on Dec. 6. All trees, gifts, ornaments and gift cards collected from each department will be distributed to Union County families in need.

The afternoon will culminate with a tree and menorah lighting at 4:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon. Admission is an item of dry or canned food or a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed through local charities.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additional free parking will be available at the Loop Area near Trailside. Shuttle bus service will transport visitors from the Loop to Trailside and back from noon until the event ends at 5 p.m. For more information about this event, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on our website at www.ucnj.org/trailside.