Have you been dreading the end of summer? While it’s true that beach weather is over, there are still lots of interesting things to do in the area. Adding a few of these events and activities in and near Hillsborough will help you fill your calendar this fall.
September 14th – November 2nd
Norz Hill Farm and Market, Hillsborough
Norz Hill Farm and Market’s Fall Festival offers good old-fashioned fun for all ages. Pick your own pumpkins, gourds and squash, or take the whole family on a hayride tour of the farm. The younger generation will find the pony rides hard to resist, while older kids and adults will want to test their navigational skills in the corn maze. The festival is open from noon until 6 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekends.
19th Annual Epicurean Palette
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
The Grounds for Sculpture’s annual food and wine gala is one of the areas can’t-miss events. You’ll sample gourmet cuisine and enjoy a carefully curated selection of wine, spirits and craft beers as you wander through the 270 contemporary sculptures in the park during the gala. The event, which will be held from 1 until 4 p.m., features samples from more than 30 local chefs. Epicurean Palette tickets cost $125 for members and $185 for non-members and include a complimentary wine glass. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Pinnacle Health and Fitness Charity 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk
If you’ve been meaning to try a 5K, you’ll want to register for Pinnacle Health and Fitness’ charity walk/run. Temperatures are likely to be a little cooler in early October, which will make walking or running the route much more comfortable. Start times are 9 a.m. for the 5K, 9:15 a.m. for the walk and 10 a.m. for the Dash for Down Syndrome. The race fee is $30 if you register by October 5th and $35 on race day. Would you like to support the event but aren’t interested in walking or running? Donate $25 and you’ll be considered a virtual participant.
Couples Cooking Class
The Farm Cooking School, Titusville
Have date nights become boring lately? Spice things up with a couples cooking class at The Farm Cooking School. During the 6 p.m. October 18th session, you and your spouse, partner or date will learn how to prepare a meal that includes flavors from Greece, Tunisia, Turkey and Lebanon. You’ll master the art of preparing shawarma, a chicken dish marinated in a Middle Eastern spice mixture, and make mahummara, a tasty pomegranate and walnut dip.
Creature Fest 2019
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Have you been looking for a not-so-scary Halloween-season event? Creature Fest 2019 at Duke Farms explores the spooky flora and fauna found in New Jersey. Walks begin at 5 or 6 p.m. and cover a 1.5-mile loop inhabited by nocturnal creatures and native wildlife. You’ll learn fascinating facts about the plants and animals found in New Jersey and get a little exercise too. Admission is free, but you’ll need to register in advance. Kids are welcome but must be accompanied by adults.
November 29th, 30th and December 1st
Holiday Wine Trail Weekend
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Terhune Orchards marks the start of the holiday season with a specially themed wine trail event. In addition to the usual samples of wine, you’ll get to try holiday pairings and special treats, including the ingredients in the Orchard’s holiday gift boxes and baskets. If you like what you see and taste, you can order a few boxes and baskets for family members or clients.
While you sample the goodies, you’ll be treated to live musical performances that will help you get in the mood for the holidays. The Orchards hasn’t forgotten about the younger members of the family. Kids can hop on a wagon and take a short trip to see the animals in the barnyard area of the farm.
Are you eager to become part of the Hillsborough community and are looking for the perfect home? Country Classics at Hillsborough offers executive four-bedroom, 2.5-bath homes with plenty of options for you to choose from. Contact us for information regarding lots available during our final phase.