November is a special month as it heralds the final glory of the autumn season. The weather has turned crisp, the fall foliage is truly spectacular, and the harvests being brought in foreshadow feasts of good cheer and family gatherings. One of the hallmarks of this season is the abundance of harvest and crafts fairs that dot across the New Jersey landscape. Fortunately for those living at Claremont Towers in Hillsborough, New Jersey, there are plenty of such events to choose from.
The 40,005 individuals who call Hillsborough, New Jersey, home are always eager for November to arrive. (1) The spooky madness of Halloween is over, and people begin to slow down and enjoy the crisp fall weather and the bounty of the harvest. An average high of just 54º ensures that spending time outdoors is comfortable, whether one is hiking down a trail or doing some fishing. (2) Plus, the cooler temperature makes sipping on a mug of hot cider all the more enjoyable.
A popular festival choice for residents of Claremont Towers is the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival held in Edison, New Jersey, from November 15th through November 17th. (3) This event is held at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center and features plenty of live music, live art demonstrations, and an interactive puppet show for the kids. Middle Earth Studios will run puppet shows where as many as 90 children can take part in using props and costumes, and the story is different for every performance. Fine food vendors will be on hand, not to mention the plethora of fine artists selling their crafts. Attendees can shop for a wide range of craft items, such as glass, pottery, jewelry, leather, textiles, wood, paintings, and more.
Those living at Claremont Towers always look forward to celebrating the fall season at the Red Mill Museum Village in nearby Clinton, New Jersey. Originally serving as an industrial mill that started operation in 1810, Red Mill Museum Village is now a 10-acre historic site that features historic buildings, a museum, and multiple events throughout the year. There are two events taking place in November at Red Mill. The first is the Festival of Trees that begins on November 23rd and lasts through December 8th. (4) The Festival of Trees features beautiful wreaths and trees that are decorated and donated by people, and the trees are later sold in a silent auction to benefit the museum. The second event at Red Mill is the Winter Village Market, which begins on November 29th and lasts through December 1st. This event is a German-style outdoor winter craft market that is heated and tented. The Winter Village Market features 40 local craft artisans, vintage peddlers, and food trucks. At the same time, the town of Clinton is holding their Dickens Days event that features Christmas carolers and festivities from the Victorian era.
Some residents of Claremont Towers have made attending the Woodbridge Community Choir’s Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair an annual event. Held in the gym of Woodbridge High School, this event takes place on November 23rd and features over 80 vendors. (5) An important feature of the event is the Thanksgiving pie sale that boasts homemade apple, pumpkin, and blueberry pies. Young children will get a thrill out of seeing Santa, and people can help those less fortunate by donating to the food drive.
Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers says, “November is such a fun month. I love that we can take it a little easy now that Halloween is over and slowly get ready for Christmas. As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, delicious food is a staple that we can all enjoy throughout the month. It’s hard to watch that waistline when pies, ham, turkey, and other tasty treats are found at every gathering. One aspect of November that residents of Claremont Towers love is the abundance of harvest and crafts shows that take place. My personal favorite is the Festival of the Trees at Red Mill Museum Village. Seeing so many decorated trees just puts a smile on my face. I have friends who always look forward to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival as there are so many artists on hand selling an amazing amount of art and crafts. I also look forward to attending the Woodbridge Community Choir’s event. They’re such an amazing choir, and it’s an honor to support them. Plus, it’s great that they hold a food drive as well as it’s important to remember that not everyone is as fortunate as others during this holiday season.” (6)
6) Quote from Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers