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Create Holiday Gifts at “Craft Day in the Barn” Workshops at the Deserted Village, Nov. 9

WATCHUNG RESERVATION – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Trailside Nature and Science Center are pleased to announce “Craft Day in the Barn” on Saturday, November 9, at the newly renovated historic Masker’s Barn, nestled in the woodsy Deserted Village in the Watchung Reservation. Two different workshops – one in the morning for adults only; the other in the afternoon for families – will offer participants a chance to get ready for the holidays and the spirit of the season by making their own crafts.

“These creative workshops are an ideal opportunity for making something from natural materials, in surroundings that inspire the participants,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Craft Day in the Barn is a nice way to welcome the holidays by sharing a creative experience with friends and family.”

The morning workshop for adults, 18 years and older, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. The program for adults is $15 for Union County residents and $20 for out-of-county participants. Taught by Trailside naturalists, this workshop provides the materials and guidance to create a wreath, a swag and wall hangings made of natural materials. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a glue gun if you have one. Crafters will meet at the parking lot off Cataract Hollow Road in Berkeley Heights. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits.

The afternoon workshop for families will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This program is recommended for adults with children ages 5 and older. The fee is $10 per child for Union County residents and $12 per child for out-of-county participants, and includes the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required as supplies are limited. Adults must accompany children. Program participants should meet at the Deserted Village parking lot off Cataract Hollow Road in Berkeley Heights. Families will enjoy the scenery as a hay wagon shuttles them from the parking lot, past the old General Store and through Feltville to Masker’s Barn. Participants will then work on three different crafts before returning via hay wagon to their vehicles.

To pre-register for either workshop or for additional information about Craft Day in the Barn or other programs or upcoming events, stop at the Trailside Visitors Center from noon to 5:00 p.m. daily, call 908-789-3670, or visit Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


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