Roxy’s Best Of…Far Hills, New Jersey

The Best of Far Hills, NJ, from kid stuff (including summer camp) to restaurants to shopping

Sep
28

VNA Rummage Sale Returns to Far Hills: October 5, 6 and 7th, 2012

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As usual, I didn’t get my back-to-school cleaning done in time to get my donations to the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ.  But there’s no reason why you and I can’t join fellow treasure hunters and bargain shoppers at the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills’ (VNA) Fall Rummage Sale which will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5, 6 & 7 at the Far Hills Fairgrounds, located at the corner of Route 202 and Peapack Road in Far Hills!  The tents are open 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

From Halloween costumes and snowboards to vintage jewelry and photography equipment, there’s something for everyone and all ages at the 75,000 square foot sale. The extraordinary variety of high quality merchandise, all donated by local residents, includes clothing and accessories, furniture, artwork, toys, sporting goods, fine and costume jewelry, antiques, kitchenware, appliances, lighting fixtures, books, cameras and more. Items are meticulously sorted, checked for cleanliness, organized on racks and shelves, and sold by hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

All proceeds go directly to the community and help the Visiting Nurse Association to provide necessary healthcare services to all residents of Morris and Somerset communities, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance coverage.  Unsold merchandise is donated to other charities.

Seasonal flu shots and free blood pressure screenings will be available. The cost per shot is $25 and is free for those covered under Medicare Part B. Parking and admission is free.  Credit cards are accepted. For more information on the Rummage Sale, including directions and a preview of contents in each department, please visit the VNA website www.visitingnurse.org.

About VNA of Somerset Hills

The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills and its subsidiaries provide individuals and families with comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective home and community healthcare services, regardless of ability to pay, using partnerships where appropriate.  The VNA is a charitable, tax-exempt home health agency and hospice certified by Medicare, accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  Agency patient satisfaction scores and hospital admission rate are the best among leading competitors, and surpass state and national benchmarks.  For more information, visit www.visitingnurse.org.

Oct
05

Halloween Party at Annie’s Playhouse on Thursday, October 28th in Far Hills, NJ

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My little devils can’t get enough of Annie’s Playhouse… London and Maddie are getting serious about musical theatre in Annie’s Master Class this Fall. Our family also takes Halloween very seriously, and we never turn down an opportunity to show off our costumes. On Thursday, October 28th, join us at Annie’s Playhouse for a Halloween Party from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Dancing, singing and scary stories, as well as pizza and prizes, with a talented bunch of kids of all ages.

$20 per child. Sign up at the front desk at Annie’s Playhouse in Far Hills, NJ, or call (908) 658-3002 for more information.

Sep
14

Tickets On Sale Soon for Far Hills Race Meeting October 23, 2010, to Benefit Somerset Medical Center

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Charity begins at home (and a good time is had by all) at the Far Hills Race Meeting to benefit Somerset Medical Center, returning to Moorland Farms on Saturday, October 23, 2010.  Rex, London, Maddie and I are fair weather steeplechase fans, so our family has enjoyed the Hunt twice in the past three years:

  • in October 2007, when the sun was shining, the horses were running, the beer was flowing, the kids were playing in the mud; and
  • in October 2008, when the weathergirl delivered more clouds than sun, with highs in the upper 50s. We wore our layers, and everyone was plenty warm in the afternoon sun.

More than 50,000 spectators converge each Fall on the rolling hills of Moorland Farms in Far Hills, New Jersey, for the Garden State’s biggest social event of the season — The Far Hills Race Meeting. This year’s race — on Saturday, October 23, 2010 — will mark the 90th running, and the Far Hills Race features some of the finest steeplechasers in the world competing against a backdrop of autumn splendor in the Somerset Hills (and the Greater Roxiticus Valley).  I’ve already wangled another invitation from our good friends with the perfect parking spot

Tickets will be on sale from September 25th through October 22nd online (ONLY in bundles of 10 general admission tickets for $500) and in many local stores, including:

  • Bamboo Grill in Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Far Hills Pharmacy in Bedminster, NJ
  • Kings Supermarkets in Bedminster, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Boonton, Chatham, Florham Park, Garwood, Hoboken (2 locations), Livingston, Maplewood, Mendham, Morristown, Short Hills, Summit, Upper Montclair, Warren, and Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • Peapack-Gladstone Bank in Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bridgewater, Califon, Chatham, Chester, Clinton, Far Hills, Gladstone, Green Village, Hillsborough, Long Valley, Mendham, Morristown, Oldwick, Piscataway, Pottersville, Short Hills, Summit (2 Locations), Warren, and Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • Willie’s Taverne in Bedminster, NJ
  • Gary’s Wine and Marketplace in Bernardsville and Madison, NJ
  • Monterey Gourmet in Bernardsville, NJ
  • Open Road of Bridgewater, Mercedes-Benz in Bridgewater, NJ
  • Roman Jewelers in Bridgewater, NJ
  • F. Gerald New in Chatham and Morristown, NJ
  • Chester Country Furnishings in Chester, NJ
  • Chester Wine, Spirits & Gourmet in Chester, NJ
  • Butler’s Pantry in Far Hills, NJ
  • Joseph D’Apolito & Son Tailor in Far Hills, NJ
  • The Garden Gate Garden Center in Flemington, NJ
  • Beval Saddlery in Gladstone, NJ
  • Gladstone Market in Gladstone, NJ
  • Petrocks Liquors in Hillsborough, NJ
  • BMW of Roxbury in Kenvil, NJ
  • BMW of Morristown, NJ
  • Braunschweiger Jewelers in Morristown and New Providence, NJ
  • The Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ
  • Audi Manhattan on West 54th Street in New York, NY
  • J McLaughlin in Summit, NJ and at 1004 Lexington Avenue and 1311 Madison Avenue in New York, NY
  • Oldwick General Store in Oldwick, NJ
  • Mannion’s Pub in Somerville, NJ; and of course,
  • Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ

Sep
07

Get Back to School and Clean Out Your Closets with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ Coming Soon

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Fall Sale Dates - 2010
October 1, 2, & 3, 2010

Time
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

DONATION DATES: September 4 - 22, 2010

DONATION TIMES: Mon thru Sats 10 a.m. - 1 p.m
Visiting Nurses Rummage Sale Far Hills NJIt’s official… London and Maddie are “back to school” at Mendham Township Elementary today.  They’re excited about a new school year, seeing their friends and meeting their teachers.  Back to school also makes me want a fresh start, so I’ve been cleaning out our closets and donating clothes, old computers, and toys for the semi-annual Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ. Back in the Spring, our family was so busy that we actually missed the dates to drop off donations, so we’ve got twice as much stuff to drop off at the tents. Don’t miss the opportunity to donate, or the chance to shop… mark your calendar with the following dates:

VNA Fall Rummage Sale – Donations Accepted
Saturday, September 4th – Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Every day except Sundays
Location: Far Hills Fairgrounds, Route 202 & Peapack Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
Visit www.vistitingnurse.org for the types of donations accepted and more information. Volunteers also wanted and appreciated. For more information call (908) 766-0180 x 151.

VNA Fall Rummage Sale
Friday, October 1st & Saturday, October 2nd, 2010: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3, 2010: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Far Hills Fairgrounds, Rt. 202 & Peapack Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
Visit www.visitingnurse.org for more information or call (908) 781-6445.

The famous VNA Rummage Sale, held every fall and spring at the Fairgrounds in Far Hills, New Jersey, is New Jersey’s largest and oldest. As a major fundraiser for the VNA, one of the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives’ favorite charities, 100% of the proceeds support the VNA’s programs and enable the VNA to care for those who are uninsured or underinsured. If you haven’t been before, prepare yourself! Bargains are everywhere, and the selection, spread out over 75,000 square feet, is incredible: clothing, appliances, antiques, sporting goods, furniture, dishes, books…you name it and you’ll find it there.

PAYMENT FOR MERCHANDISE: Shoppers can pay for goods with cash or checks (proper identification needed). An ATM is available on site. Credit cards not accepted. Admission and parking is free. For more information, the Rummage phone line is (908) 781-6445.

What the VNA Rummage Sale accepts, and other guidelines:

  • As you box your household items or bag your clothing, please sort like items together.
  • Keep in mind that if the VNA cannot sell an item at the end of the sale, they will have to use Rummage Sale proceeds to pay for disposal, so please only donate saleable items.
  • Please limit the weight of each box or bag of donations to less than 20 lb. for easy handling by volunteers.
  • CLOTHING, SHOES, & CLOTHING ACCESSORIES: The VNA accepts clean items in good to excellent condition. The VNA cannot accept clothes with stains, tears, worn elastic bands, broken zippers or are missing buttons, shoes without buckles or laces, and belts that are tattered and worn.
  • ELECTRICAL: The VNA Rummage Sale accepts clean electrical items in working condition. Vacuum cleaners must have all parts and model must be less than 10 years old. Please box or bag all parts together and attach to the electrical item.
  • FURNITURE: The VNA will accept furniture in good to excellent condition. Luggage must be in excellent condition. No locked luggage without keys or combination. Car seats for infants and children must be manufactured within five years, a SAFETY CODE requirement.
  • HOUSEHOLD/KITCHEN: The VNA accepts clean, saleable items in good to excellent condition. Pots and pans without lids or tops are acceptable. Tupperware and other containers (cookie jars, canisters, etc.) must have lids. They cannot accept items that are broken, chipped, or are missing pieces.
  • TOYS: The VNA will accept all games, stuffed animals, dolls, toys, and puzzles. They cannot accept large plastic toys that are broken, missing pieces or have split parts.

Proceeds from your generous donations directly benefit VNA patient services and hospice program.

You’ll find a list of items that are unacceptable at the VNA web site.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?: Join over 250 individuals who volunteer at the VNA Rummage Sale. There is plenty to do, and the Visiting Nurses welcome whatever time you can give whenever you are able. For information, call 908-781-6445.

Aug
11

Will London and Maddie “Go Pro” at Annie’s Playhouse this Fall?

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Dreams are important… when we’re kids, and when we grow up. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a disc jockey and own radio stations. By the time I was a sophomore in high school, I was working at the local radio station in my home town. Today, as an investment banker who once put together a small-market radio group for a private equity fund, I’ve never regretted pursuing my childhood radio dreams.

My youngest daughter, Maddie, aspires to be a singing veterinarian. Because our twin babysitters are going off to college in a couple of weeks, eight-year-old Maddie is already talking about what she’s going to study when it’s her turn to go away to college (making her mom and dad officially empty nesters in ten years). Maddie would like to find a college where she can major in veterinary science (is there such a thing as pre-vet?) and minor in singing.

In the mean time, we’re trying to decide whether to make the commitment to a Master’s class at Annie’s Playhouse in Far Hills, NJ, in the Fall. For the past four years, London and Maddie have spent their summers at Annie’s Playhouse Summer Stars, but this year, for the first time, both of my girls have expressed an interest in “going pro” in the Fall, focusing on a career in musical theatre through the amazingly serious classes in acting, singing and dancing at Annie’s Playhouse. It’s clearly impressive to see what Annie’s Playhouse has accomplished for its most serious students… a couple of 10-year-olds from the Summer Stars camp already have their own agents and could turn out to be the next Jonas Brothers.

Several of the course descriptions are compelling:

  • Musical Theatre Workshop: Specialized performance class combining music, acting, and dance. Students work with scripted material, receive vocial training, and develop musical theatre dance skills.
    • Ages 6-8:  Monday 4:00-6:00pm
    • Ages 8-10:  Saturday 11:30-1:30pm
  • Musical Theatre Masters I and II: Designed for the advanced student. Focuses on sharpening singing, acting, and dancing skills.  Students recieve higher level training with exposure to Broadway guest artists.
    • Ages 9-12:  Wednesday 4:00-6:30pm
    • Ages 12+:  Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm
  • Acting & Improv: This class will explore theatre games, improvisation, acting exercises and much more. Taught by a Broadway professional, limited time only.
    • Ages 11+  Thursday 6:00-8:00pm
  • Hip Hop Dance:  this fun-filled class opens the stage door to street dance.  For everyone interested in energy-driven dancing.
    • All Levels:  Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
    • All Levels:  Thursday 3:45-4:45pm
  • Show Choir:  This class is specifically geared for the art of Show Choir.  Combine your love for choral singing and dance!  Showcase your talent, sharpen your musical skills, fine tune your unison and two-part harmony singing, get out your dancing shoes and have a blast!

This year’s Summer Stars camp theme was Glee, and London and Maddie absolutely loved it… we’ve almost caught up on the entire first season of episodes, and then I know the girls will be fanatics about watching the new ones starting in September.  In the big summer show, London and Maddie participated in six different numbers:  Jump! (with the whole company), True Colors, Proud Mary, solos in You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Another One Bites the Dust, and a big finish with Don’t Stop Believing (with the whole company).

We also enjoyed the other girls’ impressive solo performances of Defying Gravity, Taking Chances, I’ll Stand By You, Smile, Beautiful, and Don’t Rain on My Parade… all of which got London and Maddie thinking about getting serious about music as a career.

But talk about over-programmed. There is such a wealth of opportunities for children to choose from here in the Roxiticus Valley, including the local Hexagon Players performances. As much as London and Maddie LOVED softball in the Spring, we’ve rejected the Mendham Little League Fall softball program, and decided to wait until next year to join a 4-H dog club. London is a very talented dancer and already takes three hours of ballet on Monday and Tuesdays, as well as an hour of modern dance for both girls at Garden State Ballet in Randolph, NJ, but we’ve put off the third day of dance and participation in the Nutcracker until she’s old enough to be en pointe next year. London also wants to continue with intermediate gymnastics at Randolph Gymnastics.

So we’ll take the next few weeks of relaxation at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, sleeping as late as we want with no commitments, to decide whether the girls want to get serious about a career in musical theatre at Annie’s Playhouse, or stick to the lazy fun of song and dance of summer camp.  We’ve also loaded up on summer movies:  A Chorus Line, Fame (the original with Irene Cara), Flashdance, Save the Last Dance… am I missing any classics?

Oh… and if you’ve got a talented actor, singer or dancer in the house, give Annie a call at (908) 658-3002.  She has classes for all ages and levels of ability, including a new “recreational track” for the after school activity student who wants to give musical theatre a try without a serious time commitment. Be sure to tell Annie that Roxy sent you… I am not sure she believes in the value of online promotion!

May
07

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend…Get Yourself A Little Something Nice at the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ

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Visiting Nurses Rummage Sale Far Hills NJLast week, when I visited Dr. David Matthews, my dentist in Far Hills, NJ, to have an embarrassing cavity filled (what kind of role model is a mom who gets cavities??) I noticed that the tents were up for the semi-annual Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale. The bad news is that our family has been so busy that we actually missed the spring dates to drop off donations. The good news is that we’re in plenty of time to shop, as the Spring Sale dates are coming up this Mother’s Day weekend:

  • Friday, May 7th from 9:30am-3:30pm;
  • Saturday, May 8th from 9:30am-3:30pm; and
  • Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9th from 12:30pm-3:30pm.

The famous VNA Rummage Sale, held every fall and spring at the Fairgrounds in Far Hills, New Jersey, is New Jersey’s largest and oldest. As a major fundraiser for the VNA, one of the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives’ favorite charities, 100% of the proceeds support the VNA’s programs and enable the VNA to care for those who are uninsured or underinsured. If you haven’t been before, prepare yourself! Bargains are everywhere, and the selection, spread out over 75,000 square feet, is incredible: clothing, appliances, antiques, sporting goods, furniture, dishes, books…you name it and you’ll find it there.

PAYMENT FOR MERCHANDISE: Shoppers can pay for goods with cash or checks (proper identification needed). An ATM is available on site. Credit cards not accepted. Admission and parking is free. For more information, the Rummage phone line is (908) 781-6445.

I don’t have Fall Sale Dates for 2010 yet, but will post them here when I do…in advance of the Fall rummage sale, the VNA will have the tents set up to accept donations, Monday-Saturday 10am-1pm, starting in early September for about three weeks.

What the VNA Rummage Sale accepts, and other guidelines:

  • As you box your household items or bag your clothing, please sort like items together.
  • Keep in mind that if the VNA cannot sell an item at the end of the sale, they will have to use Rummage Sale proceeds to pay for disposal, so please only donate saleable items.
  • Please limit the weight of each box or bag of donations to less than 20 lb. for easy handling by volunteers.
  • CLOTHING, SHOES, & CLOTHING ACCESSORIES: The VNA accepts clean items in good to excellent condition. The VNA cannot accept clothes with stains, tears, worn elastic bands, broken zippers or are missing buttons, shoes without buckles or laces, and belts that are tattered and worn.
  • ELECTRICAL: The VNA Rummage Sale accepts clean electrical items in working condition. Vacuum cleaners must have all parts and model must be less than 10 years old. Please box or bag all parts together and attach to the electrical item.
  • FURNITURE: The VNA will accept furniture in good to excellent condition. Luggage must be in excellent condition. No locked luggage without keys or combination. Car seats for infants and children must be manufactured within five years, a SAFETY CODE requirement.
  • HOUSEHOLD/KITCHEN: The VNA accepts clean, saleable items in good to excellent condition. Pots and pans without lids or tops are acceptable. Tupperware and other containers (cookie jars, canisters, etc.) must have lids. They cannot accept items that are broken, chipped, or are missing pieces.
  • TOYS: The VNA will accept all games, stuffed animals, dolls, toys, and puzzles. They cannot accept large plastic toys that are broken, missing pieces or have split parts.

Proceeds from your generous donations directly benefit VNA patient services and hospice program.

You’ll find a list of items that are unacceptable at the VNA web site.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?: Join over 250 individuals who volunteer at the VNA Rummage Sale. There is plenty to do, and the Visiting Nurses welcome whatever time you can give whenever you are able. For information, call 908-781-6445.

Mar
23

Another Amazing Birthday Cake for Maddie from Carol Falcone and As You Like It Cakes in Far Hills, NJ

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As my loyal Roxy’s Best Of… and Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know, our cake lady, Carol Falcone of As You Like It cakes in Far Hills, New Jersey, has been baking our family’s special birthday cakes for seven years.  She baked a Nemo cake when Maddie turned two, and has outdone herself every year since.  This year, when Maddie made her birthday cake request to our cake lady, Carol Falcone, I thought there was no way Carol could deliver:  “I’d like a cockapoo puppy, wearing a pink bandana, and playing basketball.”  Not only was this year’s cake beautiful and perfect, it tastes even better than it looks….a layer of white cake, a layer of chocolate cake, and one half of the cake is filled with fudge and the other half is filled with strawberry.  Over the top amazing!!

You can reach Carol Falcone for your very own special birthday (or wedding) cake at 908-626-0693… be sure to tell her Roxy and Maddie sent you!

Oct
16

Are You Off to the Races in Far Hills, NJ… Despite the Weather?

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Turns out the forecast calls for rain, rain, rain… starting tomorrow (Thursday) and continuing right through the Far Hills Races on Saturday, October 17th. Our family was on the verge of making “the Hunt” an annual tradition… we went two years running:

  • in October 2007, when the sun was shining, the horses were running, the beer was flowing, the kids were playing in the mud; and
  • in October 2008, when the weathergirl delivered more clouds than sun, with highs in the upper 50s. We wore our layers, and everyone was plenty warm in the afternoon sun.

More than 50,000 spectators converge each Fall on the rolling hills of Moorland Farms in Far Hills, New Jersey, for the Garden State’s biggest social event of the season — The Far Hills Race Meeting. This year’s race — on Saturday, October 17, 2009 — will mark the 89th running, and the Far Hills Race features some of the finest steeplechasers in the world competing against a backdrop of autumn splendor in the Somerset Hills (and the Greater Roxiticus Valley). While I’ve already wangled another invitation from our good friends with the perfect parking spot, I’m not sure I want to wear my mud boots and rain slicker. We may have to leave the thrill of The Hunt to those who came to visit Roxiticus Desperate Housewives the other night by Googling “hot women Far Hills races” and wait to hear all of the stories…

Tickets are now on sale in many local stores, including:

  • Bamboo Grill in Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Far Hills Pharmacy in Bedminster, NJ
  • Kings Supermarkets in Bedminster, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Boonton, Chatham, Florham Park, Fort Lee, Hoboken (2 locations), Livingston, Maplewood, Mendham, Morristown, Short Hills, Summit, Upper Montclair, Warren, and Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • Peapack-Gladstone Bank in Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bridgewater, Califon, Chester, Clinton, Far Hills, Gladstone, Green Village, Hillsborough, Long Valley, Mendham, Morristown, Oldwick, Pottersville, Summit, Warren, and Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • Willie’s Taverne in Bedminster, NJ
  • Gary’s Wine and Marketplace in Bernardsville and Madison, NJ
  • Monterey Gourmet in Bernardsville, NJ
  • Roman Jewelers in Bridgewater, NJ
  • F. Gerald New in Chatham and Morristown, NJ
  • Chester Country Furnishings in Chester, NJ
  • Chester Wine, Spirits & Gourmet in Chester, NJ
  • Butler’s Pantry in Far Hills, NJ
  • Joseph D’Apolito & Son Tailor in Far Hills, NJ
  • The Garden Gate Garden Center in Flemington, NJ
  • Beval Saddlery in Gladstone, NJ
  • Gladstone Market in Gladstone, NJ
  • Petrocks Liquors in Hillsborough, NJ
  • BMW of Roxbury in Kenvil, NJ
  • BMW of Morristown, NJ
  • Braunschweiger Jewelers in Morristown, New Providence, and Warren, NJ
  • The Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ
  • Audi Manhattan on West 54th Street in New York, NY
  • Oldwick General Store in Oldwick, NJ
  • Mannion’s Pub in Somerville, NJ; and of course,
  • Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ

Aug
29

Get Back to School and Clean Out Your Closets: It’s Time for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ

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Visiting Nurses Rummage Sale Far Hills NJOur family is down at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ until Labor Day, but when we get “back to school” at Mendham Township Elementary, it will also be time to clean out our closets for the semi-annual Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ. Back in the Spring, our family was so busy that we actually missed the dates to drop off donations, so we’ve got twice as much stuff to drop off at the tents.  Don’t miss the opportunity to donate, or the chance to shop… mark your calendar with the following dates:

VNA Fall Rummage Sale – Donations Accepted
Saturday, September 5th – Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Every day except Sundays
Location: Far Hills Fairgrounds, Route 202 & Peapack Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
Visit www.vistitingnurse.org for the types of donations accepted and more information.  Volunteers also wanted and appreciated. For more information call (908) 766-0180 x 151.

VNA Fall Rummage Sale
Friday, October 2nd & Saturday, October 3rd, 2009:  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 4, 2009:  12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Far Hills Fairgrounds, Rt. 202 & Peapack Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
Visit www.visitingnurse.org for more information or call (908) 781-6445.

The famous VNA Rummage Sale, held every fall and spring at the Fairgrounds in Far Hills, New Jersey, is New Jersey’s largest and oldest. As a major fundraiser for the VNA, one of the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives’ favorite charities, 100% of the proceeds support the VNA’s programs and enable the VNA to care for those who are uninsured or underinsured. If you haven’t been before, prepare yourself! Bargains are everywhere, and the selection, spread out over 75,000 square feet, is incredible: clothing, appliances, antiques, sporting goods, furniture, dishes, books…you name it and you’ll find it there.

PAYMENT FOR MERCHANDISE: Shoppers can pay for goods with cash or checks (proper identification needed). An ATM is available on site. Credit cards not accepted. Admission and parking is free. For more information, the Rummage phone line is (908) 781-6445.

What the VNA Rummage Sale accepts, and other guidelines:

  • As you box your household items or bag your clothing, please sort like items together.
  • Keep in mind that if the VNA cannot sell an item at the end of the sale, they will have to use Rummage Sale proceeds to pay for disposal, so please only donate saleable items.
  • Please limit the weight of each box or bag of donations to less than 20 lb. for easy handling by volunteers.
  • CLOTHING, SHOES, & CLOTHING ACCESSORIES: The VNA accepts clean items in good to excellent condition. The VNA cannot accept clothes with stains, tears, worn elastic bands, broken zippers or are missing buttons, shoes without buckles or laces, and belts that are tattered and worn.
  • ELECTRICAL: The VNA Rummage Sale accepts clean electrical items in working condition. Vacuum cleaners must have all parts and model must be less than 10 years old. Please box or bag all parts together and attach to the electrical item.
  • FURNITURE: The VNA will accept furniture in good to excellent condition. Luggage must be in excellent condition. No locked luggage without keys or combination. Car seats for infants and children must be manufactured within five years, a SAFETY CODE requirement.
  • HOUSEHOLD/KITCHEN: The VNA accepts clean, saleable items in good to excellent condition. Pots and pans without lids or tops are acceptable. Tupperware and other containers (cookie jars, canisters, etc.) must have lids. They cannot accept items that are broken, chipped, or are missing pieces.
  • TOYS: The VNA will accept all games, stuffed animals, dolls, toys, and puzzles. They cannot accept large plastic toys that are broken, missing pieces or have split parts.

Proceeds from your generous donations directly benefit VNA patient services and hospice program.

You’ll find a list of items that are unacceptable at the VNA web site.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?: Join over 250 individuals who volunteer at the VNA Rummage Sale. There is plenty to do, and the Visiting Nurses welcome whatever time you can give whenever you are able. For information, call 908-781-6445.

Aug
09

Tale As Old As Time: London’s First Pas de Deux at Annie’s Playhouse Summer Stars in Far Hills, NJ

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As we neared the end of Annie’s Playhouse Summer Stars camp, London told us she had a secret about the big show. She told me that I needed to be ready with my camera for the Beauty and the Beast number and that she needed a long, flowing skirt, but not much more. After the full company launched into the program with Be Our Guest, we didn’t have long to wait for London’s big surprise… her very first “pas de deux” with an older boy from camp, performed behind another camper’s solo on “Beauty and the Beast.” Congratulations, London… may this be the first in a long life of romantic dance.

Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends
Unexpectedly

Just a little change
Small to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast

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Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise

Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bittersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong

Certain as the sun
Rising in the east
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast

Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast