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Fireworks, Food, and Fun: The Guide to Everything 4th of July 2017

Whether you are new to town or simply want a change of venue for your Independence Day festivities – I have the lowdown on all the fun events happening in the Cranford/Westfield area!Westfield NJ 4th of July 2012

CRANFORD: 

What a  4th of July celebration! The town comes together for a family-friendly events that take place over the course of the entire day! 

7:30 amRegister for the Canoe Race at the Cranford Canoe Club (250 Springfield Avenue, Cranford). Trophies awarded to a winner in each category

Canoe races8:00 am: Canoe Races begin – it’s exciting to watch the teams go down Cranford’s part of the Rahway River – you don’t want to miss this!

Firecracker 4 milerCranford Jaycees 38th Annual Firecracker Run 4-miler and Fun Run: hailed “the Premiere 4th of July Road Race” – not only in NJ but throughout the region! This is the Cranford Jaycees’ largest fundraiser of the year with proceeds going to their Jaycees Scholarship Fund for high school seniors. It’s pretty impressive to view over 1,300 runners from all over NJ and even the country kick off the 4th of July festivities. For more information go to the Cranford Jaycees website.

All events take place within Nomehegan Park (1024 Springfield Avenue, Cranford).  Cranford and nearby residents are encouraged to walk to all activities! However, there is limited parking at Union County College (1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford). 

Kids8:30 amThe Firecracker Fun-Run begins – sponsored by Dave Weichert Magical Travel

9:00 amThe Firecracker 4-miler race begins – sponsored by Investors Bank. Last minute desire to put those sneakers on? You can still register at the race site – cost is $32

1:30 pmBike Decorating Contest at Nomehegan. Who can make their bike be red, white, & blue all over? Winners in each category awarded prizes!

2:00 pm: Let the games begin! Raffles, prizes, live music, amusement rides, food and drink vendors, face painting, and family-friendly games go on all day until 10:00 pm!!

9:15 pm: Time for Fireworks! (RAIN DATE July 5) For further information please call the Cranford Recreation Department at 908-709-7283

WESTFIELD: 

If you are a music lover then you are going to love what the 4th has to offer in Westfield!

21st Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival: this FREE festival kicks off on July 4and runs until August 29th.  Every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm, 5 bands ranging from contemporary, jazz, and big band will perform. This is a perfect way to get the family outdoors and enjoy the shopping and al fresco dining that Westfield has to offer. It’s so delightful take an evening stroll and hear live music around every corner! Visit Westfield Today’s website for a full schedule and more information. 

The locations are:

  • Central Avenue in front of Banana Republic
  • Lawn in front of the North Avenue Train Station
  • Plaza at the corner of East Broad and North Avenue, 
  • Elm Street in front of the Baptist Church
  • Foundation Park across the street from Gallery U Boutique at 439 South Ave. W.(near the corner of South Ave W. and Westfield Ave.)

Westfield NJ Mindowaskin Park

Westfield Community Concert Band: a special Independence Day FREE concert Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 pm in Mindowaskin Park at East Broad Street in Westfield, NJ. The Westfield Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Westfield Town Crier will be performing at this tribute event.

CLARK:

FlagsJuly 4 at 7:00 pm will be all the festivities at Arthur L. Johnson High School on Westfield Avenue. There will be live entertainment by a DJ, food vendors, ice cream, and local merchant vendors.  Fireworks start at dusk – around 9:15 pm.

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS:

Saturday, July 1 will be the 2nd Annual Independence Day Festival for Scotch Plains. This will take place at the Scotch Hills Golf Course at 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains. Everyone may enter the area at 7pm.  Fireworks will begin at dusk.  Rain date is July 2.

ELIZABETH:

July 4 will be the annual fireworks at dusk at the Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park on Front Street and Elizabeth Avenue. 

KENILWORTH:

Sunday, July 2nd will be this town’s celebration.  At 5:30, a parade will commence at St. Theresa’s parking lot, head down South 24th Street to Washington Avenue and end at Harding School. Once at Harding there will be live music, face painting, food vendors, and rides. These activities will continue until dusk when the fireworks begin at David Brearley High School on Monroe Avenue. 

ROSELLE PARK:

FireworksSaturday, July 1 festivities start at 6:00 pm and go until 10:00pm at Roselle High School at the Green Acres Complex

6-8:30pm: FREE carnival, games & activities 

7pm: Live music by Brian Clayton and the Green River Band

Dusk: Fireworks begin!  (Rain date Tues, August 1 – National Night Out)

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Spots in the Cranford-Westfield Area

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Love is in the air, folks! Have you planned a Valentine gift for your sweetie? Forget flowers or a cheesy card–the best gift is FOOD, baby. Specifically, a delicious dinner out on the town that you can enjoy together. Here’s a list of restaurants in the Cranford-Westfield Area that are offering Valentine’s prix fixe meals and specials that will make for a DELICIOUS and romantic date night. cNote that prices listed do not include taxes and gratuity (be kind to your servers!).

Bar Americana
24 N. Ave E, Cranford, NJ
(908) 276-3664
www.baramericana.com

Three-course dinner of pear salad, filet mignon or snapper, and berry-topped cheesecake (plus a sorbet palate cleanser) includes champagne toast; $45 per person.

 
Chez Catherine
431 North Ave., Westfield
(908) 654-4011
www.chezcatherine.com

Three-course dinner features lobster bisque, filet mignon, and chocolate mousse cheesecake, and coffee; $80 per person. Reservations begin at 5pm and are a must.

Ferraro’s
14 Elm St, Westfield
Three-course dinner with so many choices, including shrimp cocktail, grilled octopus salad, lobster risotto, chilean sea bass, and chocolate-covered strawberries, plus complimentary champagne toast and soft drinks/coffee; $65.95
per person.
Le Petit Temptation
19 Eastman St., Cranford
Five courses include cauliflower velvet, la homard mousse, monkfish or chicken, grapefruit and champagne, and dessert; $75 per person. BYO
Mulberry House
415 Westfield Ave., Westfield
(908) 233-3562
www.mulberryhouserestaurant.com

Five-course dinner includes truffled potato soup, root vegetable salad, roasted salmon, seared filet mignon, and a Valentine’s dessert plate; $75 per person. Seatings are available at 7pm or 7:30pm. BYO

Pairings: Palette + Plate
10 Walnut Ave, Cranford
(908) 276-4026
http://pairingscranford.com
Four-course dinner with such choices as viking village scallops, duck risotto, beef tenderloin, and navel orange mousse; $98 per person. BYO

Tablespoon Cafe
21 N. Union Ave, Cranford
(908) 276-1900
www.tablespooncafeonline.com
Four-course dinner featuring such choices as lobster bisque, escargots, and braised lamb shank; $65 per person. Reservations begin at 5pm. BYO

 
Xocolatz
235 Elmer St., Westfield
(908) 232-3962
www.xocolatznj.com

Four-course dinner plus complimentary nonalcoholic mimosas; $40 per person.
No, I didn’t forget A Toute Huere, but they are completely booked! Their sister restaurant 100 Steps has limited seating left, although no Valentine’s specials. For more information visit: www.localrootscranford.com. Many other restaurants in our area will be offering a la carte specials that night as well, so you almost can’t go wrong wherever you go! If you hear of any great specials, please SHARE!! 

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Happy Holidays, Cranford!

Art Imitates Life in Cranford!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that festive feeling has been captured so perfectly by Lloyd Garrison in his painting of Downtown Cranford during the holidays!

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I mailed a frame-able print of Lloyd’s painting to all homeowners in Cranford this week as a little holiday surprise. Already I’ve heard from several people who have framed it for their own homes or are giving it to someone special as a gift. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!

screen-shot-2015-12-02-at-12-05-24-pmThis is the second year in a row I’ve chosen to send out a work by Lloyd–and it might not be my last! There’s something about his paintings that gives me the feels BIG time and reminds of the many things I love about living in Cranford. His depiction of Downtown Cranford is no exception. Lloyd said, “There are not many town centers that can be painted easily. Cranford’s downtown has such a quaint look to it and lends itself to storytelling through painting.”

I couldn’t agree more! Downtown Cranford looks especially quaint when it’s all dolled up for the holiday season. The lights, wreaths, garlands, and glittering window displays all beckon you in, not to mention the friendly people who live and work there. I do so much of my holiday shopping in Downtown Cranford, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Lloyd Garrison has been an acclaimed artist for 50 years and is available for commissions. You can reach him at (609) 918-1776. View more of his beautiful artwork—and order holiday cards featuring his art—at www.lloydgarrison.com

 

"I love getting those pics! They're beautiful!" Kristin Schultes, Cranford Resident

“I love getting those pics! They’re beautiful!” Kristin Schultes, Cranford Resident

"Thank you so much! Love!!! ❤️❤️❤️" Mindy Weiss Affronti, Cranford Resident

“Thank you so much! Love!!! ❤️❤️❤️” Mindy Weiss Affronti, Cranford Resident

It has given me such great pleasure to share these works of art with my friends and neighbors! Wishing you all the Happiest of Holidays!  

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town!! (Cranford and Westfield)

santa-kidsYou better watch out, you better not cry … oh who am I kidding, any sane child will cry in the face of a stranger dressed up as Santa Claus! But we love subjecting our children to it nonetheless! Here’s a list of places in the Cranford-Westfield Area where Jolly Old Saint Nick will make an appearance to delight (i.e., scare the bejeezus out of) your little ones. 

NOVEMBER 25, 6:00pm

Gazebo at corner of North Union and Springfield Ave, Cranford

Santa lights the tree; photos with Santa immediately after, $3 per child.

NOVEMBER 25-­27

Lord & Taylor, 609 North Ave. W., Westfield

Friday & Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-4pm

Free 5″ x 7″ photo with donation of 2 cans of non­-perishable food for the Holy Trinity Westfield Food Pantry. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional photos can be purchased.

NOVEMBER 26, 12-4pm

Tiffany Pharmacy, 1115 South Ave W., Westfield

Visit with Santa, enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, and receive 25% off gift department purchases while you’re there! Visiting with Santa is free, but you can purchase photo packages if you’d like. 

NOVEMBER 27, 3:30pm

Fire Me Up Studio, 117 N. Union Ave, Cranford

Make plates and decorate cookies with Santa! $45 per child (accompanying non-painting adult free). Purchase tickets at: https://placefull.com/santa-s-coming-to-fire-me-up–studio

NOVEMBER 27, 5:30pm

North Ave. W. Train Station, Westfield

Annual Tree Lighting with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Free.

NOVEMBER 29, 4:30pm

Fire Me Up Studio, 117 N. Union Ave, Cranford

This is the second event where kids will make plates and decorate cookies with Santa! $45 per child (accompanying non-painting adult free). Purchase tickets at: https://placefull.com/santa-s-coming-to-fire-me-up–studio

DECEMBER 3, 8:30am

Trinity Episcopal Church, 119 Forest Ave, Cranford

Pancakes, bagels, cereal, muffins, munchkins, juice, coffee & tea will be available. Jewelry, Christmas wreaths & grave covers, photo with Santa, fabulous raffle baskets 50/50 for sale. Breakfast tickets $6.00.

DECEMBER 8, 5:30pm

Giggles, 103 Miln Street, Cranford

$40 first child, $35 each sibling, includes indoor play. Email [email protected] for tickets.

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Give Back During This Holiday Season With “Blessing Bags”!

Give Back with Blessing Bags 

The elderly often are overlooked during the holidays. But one Fanwood resident is making sure that dozens of local nursing home/assisted living residents feel LOVED this Thanksgiving, by distributing a Blessing Bag filled with goodies to each of them! 

nursing-homeKorri Toll lives with her husband and two high-school children in Fanwood. She said, “We don’t have any local family here, and we really wanted to give back this year. We thought about volunteering on Thanksgiving at a soup kitchen. Then I saw a friend successfully create blessing bags for cancer patients, and I thought it could be a great way to give back locally. I live in Fanwood and work in Cranford at Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS), so I contacted both The Chelsea assisted living facilities in Fanwood and Cranford Hall Nursing Home in Cranford, and both facilities were so appreciative and welcoming. I talked with staff members about what residents would need, and together we came up with the Blessing Bags. We hope to get one into the hands of every resident of both nursing homes by Thanksgiving.”

blessing-bagKorri is doing all the shopping for the items that will go into each Blessing Bag, including toiletries, snacks, large-print activity books, and fuzzy socks and gloves, and more. It costs a little over $25 per bag, so Korri is seeking sponsors–for every $25 you donate, another Blessing Bag will be created and distributed. Just imagine how happy these residents will be when they get surprised with a special bag full of items that they want and need, not to mention they will be reminded that they are appreciated! 

According to Korri, the students at TEDS will help assemble (and possibly distribute) the Blessing Bags to the Cranford Hall residents, and Korri’s own children have been busily making the bags for distribution to the Chelsea. Few things make me as happy as seeing kids gladly volunteer to help others! This could be a great fundraiser for any local volunteer organization (Girl Scouts, etc.) where they raise funds to sponsor some of the Blessing Bags.

So how can YOU help? You can personally sponsor a Blessing Bag by donating $25 by paypal or check

  • To donate via paypal: Send your donation to Korri Toll (username [email protected]), select “friends and family” as your recipient to avoid any fees, and in the Notes section write “Blessing Bag” and write the name of the Nursing Home you’d like to receive your bag (The Chelsea or Cranford Hall). 
  • To donate by check: Make your check out to TEDS Preschool, and in the memo write “Blessing Bag” and write the name of the Nursing Home you’d like to receive your bag (The Chelsea or Cranford Hall). 
    • If you select The Chelsea, mail your check to: Korri Toll, 62 Montrose Ave., Fanwood, NJ 07023. If you select Cranford Hall, mail your check to: TEDS Preschool, 205 North Ave. East, Cranford, NJ 07016

Spread the word about these Blessing Bags and donate by NOVEMBER 15th, to ensure that the bags get out by Thanksgiving! It’s acts of kindness like this that will make sure everyone enjoys the holiday this year. 

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A Scarecrow With A Cause at The Scarecrow Stroll in Downtown Cranford!

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Cranford’s Hillside Avenue School is once again making a difference in the community, this time with an impressive food drive that coincides with the Scarecrow Stroll in Downtown Cranford!

Third grade teacher Lori Talbot informed us that the third grade students made a terrific scarecrow for the stroll, aptly named “Hangry.” Big-eyed Hangry is set up right in front of Augusta Mae Consignment Boutique on Alden Street, and the kids have left instructions and a collection box for nonperishable food donations, all of which which will go to the Community Food Bank. Among the items most needed at the Food Bank:

**Canned meat and fish

**Peanut butter

**Boxed meals

**Cannned/packed fruits and vegetables

**Shelf-stable milk

**Note: No glass, cellphone, baby food, soda, or water 

According to Lori: “The students are so excited! They’ve already collected 144 pounds of food! They will be collecting at Augusta Mae for the rest of the month, as well as collecting in school.”

Hillside Ave School is competing against other schools in the Students Change Hunger food drive that is taking place from now until December, so Hangry could help Hillside be the big winner! 

There are more than 90 adorable scarecrows set up throughout Downtown Cranford, so take a stroll to check them out, and bring a donation for Hangry while you’re at!

If you can’t donate food, here’s a link where you can donate money to the food bank in the name of Hillside Ave School, and every dollar counts as a pound of food!

http://support.cfbnj.org/goto/HAE

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Cranford’s Lemondrop Designs Offers Amazing Handcrafted Custom Signs & Gifts

Ask anyone who knows me—I LOVE gift-giving. But it’s local small businesses like LEMONDROP DESIGNS that make the “job” of giving extraordinary gifts so easy. If you haven’t seen the work of Lemondrop Designs, head over to her Facebook page immediately. Owner Marcy Duarte’s handpainted signs are just beautiful, and you’ll find that many of them will make you feel warm and fuzzy from the meanings behind the painted words. 

Marcy started Lemondrop Designs in October of last year, although at the time she didn’t foresee what a flourishing business it would become. Her husband had finished building beds for their boys, and there was a good bit of scrap wood leftover. According to Marcy, “I used some of the wood to make a sign for my son’s teacher’s birthday, and she asked me if I also sold them. So I said, ‘Why, um, yes, I do!’ and went from there.”

There’s a lovely dichotomy to Marcy’s work: her signs are at once rustic and trendy, vintage and contemporary, whimsical and sentimental. Among her repertoire you’ll find distressed shabby-chic signs with very simple words, such as “Beach” or “Laundry.” But you’ll also find signs with poignant Shakespearan quotes, and hilarious signs such as one that reads: “Remember, as far as anyone knows, we’re a nice family!” I bought an LD original myself–wooden tags that read “Give Thanks,” which became part of of my Thanksgiving tablescape.

What Marcy enjoys most about Lemondrop Designs are the custom signs she creates for clients. She says: “I love when something I create for someone becomes part of their story. If there is a quote someone’s father said on the way out the door every morning, or their grandmother’s cookie recipe, or something they say to their children–these things mean something to my customers.”

Marcy continues: “More than once, I’ve been working on a design with someone and both of us end up in happy tears because it just hits the right mark. And it becomes a part of their home and of their lives and when they walk by it every day, it inspires them, helps them remember someone, or just reminds them to give their kids an extra kiss at bedtime.”

One of the most special custom orders Marcy created was for a client who was a cancer survivor. Marcy made a “Fight Like a Tiger” sign for the client, who had beaten breast cancer (and was also a Clemson alum, hence the “Tiger”). The client had just run the NY marathon, and she had Marcy craft “Been There, Run That” signs for the women she ran with, who had supported her during battle with cancer and while she trained for the run. To capture that love and camaraderie in signs they all can see on their walls every day is just priceless.

Marcy’s handiwork is not just limited to signs. She has personalized pencil holders for teachers, housewares, and even furniture. Recently she teamed up with another local business we adore—Hazel Mae Home—to personalize the cutest vintage roll-top desk you’ve ever seen. I look forward to seeing more from their partnership!

Lemondrop Designs is based right out of Cranford, and Marcy is still accepting custom orders for the holidays (although you should order before December 18 for Christmas-ready items!). Visit the Lemondrop Designs facebook page for more examples of Marcy’s work and contact info, or stop in the Urban SEWciety shop at 66 Elm Street, Suite 2, in Westfield, where you can purchase LD signs. You can also visit Marcy’s Etsy Shop via this link: Lemondrop Designs LLC Trust me. You want one!

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Artist Lloyd Garrison Captures the Beauty Of Cranford, NJ

When I introduce people to the town of Cranford, they are always struck by the HOMETOWN feeling it gives them. They often mention an appreciation for a community that seems to preserve its’ simpler past, while offering so many conveniences of today’s modern times. One artist in particular has been drawn to the beauty of Cranford: Lloyd Garrison. Lloyd’s paintings of Cranford scenes capture the very essence of what people love about this town!

lloydcoverA Rahway native, Lloyd has been been a professional artist for
almost 50 years. I was blown away to learn that he was mostly self-
taught! His extensive portfolio shows how multitalented
he is. Lloyd has painted murals; a series of Christmas plates;
traditional oil paintings; and even provided artwork for commercial
advertising campaigns.
Lloyd was fortunate never to be pigeonholed as an artist of one subject matter. He is known for
his holiday-themed work, but he has also depicted many scenes
from historical battles, such as his painting of George Washington and his troops crossing the
Delaware River, which hangs today in the Washington Crossing State Park Museum.
Lloyd says: “I like to tell stories through my paintings.” I would have to agree that each of his
paintings tells a story, including his beautiful portrait of the Cranford Canoe Club, snow-covered
and decorated for the season. It is so quintessential small-town holidays—you can almost hear
the owner of the Canoe Club calling you in to share stories and a laugh. I love this painting so
much, I chose to use it as my holiday mailing sent to thousands of houses in Cranford!
Lloyd is available for commissions and can be reached at 609-918-1776. You can view more of
his artwork—and order holiday cards featuring his artwork—at www.lloydgarrison.com.
You can also purchase prints of his work at our very own Cougar Headquarters on Centennial
Ave.
Cranford sure is lucky that it caught Lloyd Garrison’s eye!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
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Herning Ave Halloween… One Resident’s Love For This Cranford NJ Tradition!

Trick-or-treating is a terrific time in most neighborhoods, but there’s a street in Cranford that’s become known as the “Halloween Street.” For the residents of this avenue as well as the kids and parents who will make their way there on October 31st, it has become so much more meaningful than just giving and getting candy. We were so happy that one resident reached out to us and asked us to share her family’s love for this tradition!

Ellen Travers moved to Herning Ave. 21 years ago. Her husband, Pedro Ramirez, grew up in Spain and hadn’t experienced an American Halloween. The first year they gave out candy together on Halloween was a weekend day, and Pedro was so delighted at the eager little faces that appeared at his doorstep, he gave out handfuls of candy and ran out of treats before the sun went down. For the rest of the day he and Ellen took turns racing to the drug store to pick up more candy as a seemingly never-ending flow of kids came a’knockin.’

Ellen and Pedro have three kids (Patrick, now 22; Andrew, now 18; and Grace, now 11), and over time the whole family watched as Halloween evolved into a true tradition on Herning, with the street eventually being barricaded off for several hours every Halloween to allow the crowds to walk the streets safely. Ellen began offering free hot coffee and water to passers-by on Halloween. According to Ellen: “One grandfather whom we’d see every year told me how excited he’d be when he’d get to my corner, knowing that there would be hot coffee waiting to warm him up, and he expressed how happy he was that his grandkids had this safe place to trick-or-treat.”

When I asked Ellen how much candy she anticipated giving out this year, she said anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 pieces!! But she doesn’t buy all that candy herself, since lots of candy is donated to Herning residents as word has spread of the large number of trick-or-treaters there. Officially, you can donate candy to 37 Herning Ave, and the owners there will distribute donations evenly among the residents of the street. But plenty of parents just show up with a bag or two of candy, and while their kids trick-or-treat they ask residents who might need a refill of goodies.

Many of the residents on Herning truly deck out their properties with Halloween decorations–some spooky, some downright adorable. A good number of the homeowners set up “camp” at the end of their driveways so the kids can get the candy faster and easier, and it becomes something of a block party. In fact, in past years a band has even entertained the crowds!

Ellen’s sons–both Eagle Scouts–hardly trick-or-treated themselves growing up because they so looked forward to greeting all the kids at their house on Halloween! They learned that some children came from neighborhoods that weren’t ideal for trick-or-treating, and for those kids, a visit to Herning on Halloween meant so much more than a few handfuls of candy–it meant a safe haven where kids could be kids. Ellen says, “For my kids to see community outreach in their own neighborhood means the world to me.”

When Ellen’s son Andrew was recently going off to college, he asked his older brother, Patrick, what he would miss most while being away from home. Patrick’s reply? “Halloween!” Patrick himself would ask for photos of the festivities over the years when he couldn’t make it back for Halloween, and this Saturday he plans to trek home from New York to experience his favorite holiday all over again.

If you’re planning to check out Herning Ave. this Halloween, consider bringing a bag of candy to donate if you have the means. The  street will be closed for the festivities from 3pm to 6pm. And follow your nose to the coffee brewing at Ellen’s house at the very start of Herning Ave. Her family’s big hearts and smiles will set the mood for a fantastic Halloween!

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Some Cranford/Westfield Area Halloween Events 2015

Halloween is a BLAST in our area. Back when I was a kid, you trick-or-treated on Halloween (and maybe got into some mischief the night before). Now there are giant townwide events leading up to Halloween that ensure your kids will get more than one wear out of their darn costumes!

Here are some local events that will will be tons of fun for the whole family.

CRANFORD SCARECROW STROLL

October 22 through Nov. 1

Downtown Cranford

Is there anything more charming than a downtown filled with handmade scarecrows wearing their own costumes?? Stroll the streets of Cranford and ogle the dozens of impressive creations–and don’t forget to vote for your favorites! Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Ballots are mailed to Cranford homes and are also available at the Cranford Library and Community Center (non-residents can vote!).

WILLIAMS NURSERY COSTUME CONTEST

williams costume contestSaturday, October 24; 2:00 pm

524 Springfield Ave., Westfield

It’s the 23rd annual Costume Contest at Williams, with prizes awarded for kids 5 and under, 6-12 years old, and adults (age disclosure not required–ha!). This will mark the last weekend of the season for hayrides and pumpkin picking at Williams as well.

CRANFORD HALLOWEEN PARADE

halloween paradeSunday, October 25; 1:00 pm

Cranford Community Center Parking Lot

Kids and adults of all ages will partake in a costume parade at 2:00 pm, with prizes awarded to multiple age groups and categories (including PETS, so don’t forget Fido’s costume!). At 2:30 pm head over to the town Gazebo behind the Fire Department for the “Pumpkin Chunkin.”

WESTFIELD TRICK-OR-TREATING & COSTUME PARADE

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Sunday, October 25; 12:00 pm

Downtown Westfield

Kids can trick-or-treat throughout downtown Westfield from noon to 2 pm–it’s always fun to great the friendly shop owners in costume! At 2:15 pm the Costume Parade will commence on Quimby Street (participants should gather at 2 pm). Sponsored by the Westfield Optimist Club, the parade will be led by the talented Westfield High Marching Band. Members of the Downtown Westfield Corporation will judge the costumes and hand out prizes during and after the parade.

HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT RECEPTION

Friday, October 30; 6:00 pm

Gallery U, 439 South Ave., Westfield

A reception celebrating Gallery U’s annual Halloween Exhibit will appeal to the adult set. The exhibit–which runs from October 9th through November 2nd–is titled “Something Wicked This Way Comes: Artwork Celebrating the Gothic and Beautifully Macabre.” Guests of the October 30th reception are encouraged to dress in MASQUERADE!

HERNING AVE HALLOWEEN

Follow this link to my post form a few years ago about the AMAZING Herning Ave Halloween tradition!     Herning Ave Prepares For Halloween

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