Some of the CDC’s suggestions worth considering are: a virtual thanksgiving celebration, gathering with household members only, if hosting, gathering outdoors instead of indoors, limit the number of your attendees, consider your attendee’s community COVID-19 cases and decide based on that information, get tested before and after the holidays, and stay home as much as possible after celebrating with relatives who have travelled out-of-state, distant towns, or out of the country (1). For more information, visit cdc.gov.
For families looking to celebrate without the hassle of clean up after cooking or baking, it might be worthwhile to check out Honey Baked Ham for turkeys, sides or starters among many other options for an easy, stress-free thanksgiving dinner. Honey Baked Ham offers three different turkey flavors all with flavorful zest and a delicate sweet hint! All meals are ready-to-serve and saves plenty of time. If you’ve never tried this specialty, take a quick visit at near-by store in West Caldwell for a taste like no other.
Visit the webpage to order ahead of time before they are out of stock at https://shipping.honeybaked.com/ (2)
Another incredible option to order dishes from is the Whole Foods Market holiday catering menu. You can expect the same great quality food ready to go or delivered to your door! Whole Foods Market offers a variety of meals to choose from at differently priced packages. Enjoy excellent food without the hassle at home! To learn more, visit: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/departments/catering/holiday-catering (3)
As disheartening as it may be to some, Duke’s Farm will now be closed on weekends due to the upraise in COVID-19 numbers. Trails will remain open; however, the orientation center, café, and orchid range will be closed for the rest of the season and will reopen pending COVID cases in Spring of 2021. Trails will be opened Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (4).
Activities to Catch in November
There’s so much more to November than just one of America’s favorite holiday, so if you’re looking for fun things to do during the weekend, days off or are looking for new exciting experiences, you might want to check out any of these activities near-by:
- Lumino City: Buy tickets in advance before they are sold out due to limited capacity! A great way to spend the evening with family, this large park offers lit up trails of beautiful light art installations. All outdoor and full of adventure, take many pictures of the family and memories to keep. Visit Randells Island Park in New York open from 4:00 to 10:00 PM (5). Check out this link to learn more: https://www.luminocityfestival.com/
- Artechouse: Take a day trip and get immersed in one of the best technological advanced art platforms in the world. An excellent indoor experience especially for those colder days, this art museum accepts tickets at limited capacity only with strict COVID-19 guidelines. Tickets start at $24.00 per person and are discounted for seniors, first responders and children. This art museum is also children-friendly and children under four enter for free (6)! https://www.artechouse.com/nyc
- Grounds for Sculptures: A perfect way to spend a sunny day outdoors, Grounds for Sculptures is opened and taking timed-ticket reservations for those interested in enjoying art in nature. Visit some of the largest art sculptures and take creative pictures among the beautiful art pieces. For tickets, visit https://www.groundsforsculpture.org/timed-admission-tickets/ (7)
- The Farm Cooking School: register for a cooking class in Titusville, Hopewell Township. This culinary school provides an extraordinary farm to table cooking experience and it is excellent for a family fun night. There are many different options of classes to register including for kids, couples, baking classes, holiday cooking courses, or sharpen your knife skills with cook experts. This can also work as a great holiday gift for those that love to cook or are looking to expand their skills in the kitchen. For more information, https://www.thefarmcookingschool.com/classes (8). In-person courses require masks worn the entire time and temperature checks. Classes are selling out quick so register soon! This is also an excellent gift idea for looking to expand their kitchen skills!
- Little Fox Kitchen: If you rather not attend in-person cooking classes, Little Fox Kitchen is for you! Little Fox Kitchen in-person classes are suspended for the moment, but they are offering excellent cooking or baking classes where some of the classes have optional purchase kits with necessary tools and items to cook with. Cook dishes such as Spanish Tapa and Sangria, Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, or Chocolate Soufflé with English Custard Cream or English Tea Scones and Jam Butter! Class prices vary between $48-$58 so hurry and visit Little Fox Kitchen webpage before registrations are sold out (9)! https://littlefoxkitchen.com/
- Holiday Wine Festival at Six Flags: Although there won’t be a safari wine festival at Six Flags this year, the wine festival will still go on! Plan in advance for November 14 and 15 for a great wine tasting experience with wines blends provided from 8 local wineries (10). Tickets are on sale now and safety protocols are set in place. Enjoy the cool November weather among loved ones at Six Flags and some great wine blends. Visit https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/events/wine-fest to buy tickets today.
A Word to Our Residents at Claremont Towers
As the end-of-year holidays approach us, it is imperative for our residents and our community to continue being mindful of the pandemic’s current rising numbers. With the flu season upon us, we continuously request our residents to use the sanitation stations located by entryways and continue to protect yourselves and the community by wearing masks, especially in the hallways of the property. Avoid large indoor gatherings and practice social distancing at all times possible. Additionally, starting November 12th, Governor Murphy has announced new restrictions that prohibit indoor dining from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM, and all barside seating is prohibited (11).
For Claremont residents looking to give back, St. Mary’s is holding a Blood Drive on November 12th due to the current shortage in local hospitals and to maintain a healthy blood supply to local patients (12). If interested in donating, appointments are strongly recommended even though walk-ins are also welcomed. To make an appointment text Amanda at 908-380-9265 or click the following link: smarturl.it/NJBS_Drive
A Happy Thanksgiving and November to All!
-The Team at Claremont Towers