One of the highlights of living in New England is the changing of the seasons. No season is looked more forward to by locals than the fall. There’s always been something magical about watching the leaves on the trees change colors to red, yellow, and brown. Then there’s the cooler temperatures that allow for less sweaty outdoor adventures while also allowing the joy of snuggling up to a warm cup of cider next to a roaring fire at night. For residents of the luxurious Claremont Towers in Hillsborough, New Jersey, there are plenty of seasonal activities to be found and enjoyed nearby.
The 39,832 inhabitants of the township of Hillsborough, New Jersey, are always thrilled when the wind starts to get a little snap in it as summer gives way to fall. (1) For those living at Claremont Towers with their children, the fall season means back to school as the little terrors are once again sent to their educational gulag, allowing parents some much-needed breathing room. However, such breathing room is short-lived as sports starts up again, requiring parents to take their children to and from practice. In fact, school activities (clubs, plays, sports, etc.) go into high gear at the area’s six elementary schools, Hillsborough Middle School, and Hillsborough High School once the season starts.
For residents of Claremont Towers, there’s no need to go far to enjoy some activities during the fall. September has a number of local events for everyone to enjoy. There is the Sourland Spectacular bicycle rally that takes place on Saturday, September 8th. This event features five scenic rides through the Sourlands, including a specific ride for families that is easier to complete. Young dancers and ballerinas between the ages of 5 to 18 can audition for The Nutcracker put on by The Dance Connection. Auditions are being held on September 7th, 9th, and 11th. (2) Another play children can audition for is A Seussified Christmas Carol, which re-imagines the classic holiday story through the prism of Dr. Seuss. The auditions for boys and girls, ages 5 to 17, take place on September 17th and 19th. (3)
The end of September brings the Downtown Somerville’s Oktoberfest on the 29th. Residents of Claremont Towers look forward to this event in order to sample seasonal beers and special Oktoberfest brews. There is plenty of live music, games, and even a brat eating competition. (4) To shed some pounds after consuming brats and beer, there’s the 10th annual Steeplechase Distance Run on September 30th. An estimated 1,500 people will take part in this event that features a 10K run, a 5K run, a 2 mile walk, and kids’ sprints.
Fall also brings out festivals celebrating the farm and harvest, as well as the upcoming Halloween holiday. Each festival features plenty of games, food, and crafts for the entire family. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the Fall Harvest Festival in Ringoes, New Jersey, on September 22nd and 23rd and the SEPTA Fall Festival 2018 in nearby Montgomery on September 28th. The Norz Hill Fall Festival lasts through November 4th and features a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and a 5-acre corn maze. (5) The Wizard World Harvest is held on September 29th and features a wizards, magic, and witches theme. Fun activities include potion making, house sorting, and spell casting lessons. More traditional fall festival fare is also part of the event as there’s a themed corn maze, pumpkin patch, and a hayride.
Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers says, “Fall is definitely my favorite season. It’s refreshing to have the dog days of summer pass as the days get cooler and the leaves begin to change color. I know a lot of the parents living at our apartment complex look forward to this time of year as school is back in session. While providing a breather for mom and dad, the start of the school year also begins many different club and sport activities. I really love the many different fall festivals that crop up in the surrounding communities. Nothing says fall more than arts and crafts, hayrides, corn mazes, and looking for a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Not to mention fresh-squeezed cider.
The start of fall also means that Halloween is just around the corner. It’s always great to see spooky decorations go up all over the township. Our local libraries are outdoing themselves this year with a slew of activities. There are discussions on the Frankenstein book and classic movie, a retrospective of some of the best horror movies ever made, and a night of ghost stories by professional actress and author Leanna Renee Hieber. There’s also a presentation on local ghost stories and monster sightings for the entire family to enjoy. I’m really looking forward to the Stranger Things Escape Room being held at the North Plainfield Memorial Library branch. This event lasts only for three days, October 15th through the 17th, and features groups of up to four people having 20 minutes to find a way out and escape the Demogorgon. This sounds like a lot of fun, and I know a lot of our residents are interested in this as they’re big fans of the show.” (6)
6) Quote from Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers