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October in Orange and Sussex Counties

October in Orange and Sussex Counties

It’s October in Orange and Sussex Counties – and we know what that means!

Fall is in full bloom and pumpkins dot the fields throughout these sister counties. Leaves change color, providing a breathtaking landscape. During October in Orange and Sussex Counties there is a lot to see and a lot to do, culminating in Halloween. And Green Team Realty is delighted to share activities and events with you to help you enjoy this beautiful fall month.

Fall Recipes and indoor and outdoor home projects and decorating ideas for the season

Better Homes and Gardens shares 53 pumpkin recipes, one for every day of fall.  As this is a busy time of year for most everyone, how about 20 Make-Ahead Famiiy Dinners from RealSimple.com. Further, Better Homes & Gardens gives us Delicious Fall Comfort Food recipes to enjoy..

And, as the weather cools down, using the oven seems like a fitting idea. So Southern Living gives us 30 Fall Cookie and Bar Recipes Every Baker Needs. Finally, Southern Living also gives us 68 Fall Table Decor Ideas That Will be the Hit of Your Party. These gorgeous seasonal decorations will enhance entertaining and family meals (and dessert), as well. And there are beautiful creations to help you start planning for your Thanksgiving table.

Better Homes and Gardens provides you with 8 Landscape Ideas for Curb Appeal. Of course, this is the time of year for a special kind of curb appeal. HomeBNC has 28 DIY projects to celebrate this time of year. And HouseBeautiful.com has 45 Festive Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Trick Out Your House. There are lots of great ideas for getting into the “spirit” of the season!   And while you’re busy taking care of outdoor chores and projects, your slow cooker will be brewing up a batch of Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Orange County, NY – Things to do, places to go

Pumpkin Festival at Hill-Hold Museum. 128 Route 416, Campbell Hall. Saturday, October 5, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkin rolling, face painting, waxing leaves, scarecrow making and hay rides. Refreshments available for sale. $3/person.

Applefest. Downtown Warwick. Sunday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, live music and entertainment, children’s carnival, food and, of course, all things apple.

Warwick Children’s Book FestivalRailroad Green Park, Warwick. Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music and visits from 75 children’s authors and illustrators. In case of rain, the event will be held at Warwick Valley Middle School, 225 West St.

Sugar Loaf Arts & Crafts Fall FestivalKings Highway, Sugar Loaf. Columbus Day Weekend, October 12, 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy arts, crafts, music, food and a beer garden in this charming artisan crafts village.

Sussex County, NJ – Things to do, places to go

Harvest, Honey and Garlic FestivalSussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta. Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farmers Market, vendors, children’s activities, and a variety of honey and garlic products. There will also be educational displays from the beekeepers. 973-579-0500.

Newton Fall FestivalSpring Street, Newton. Sunday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free family event with classic car show, live music, costume contest, vendors and crafts. 973-383-3521

Dog Walk of the Dead. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta. Saturday, October 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit “Oscar: One Step Closer Animal Rescue.” There will be vendors, costume contests, live music, food, a classic car showcase. Most importantly, there will be animal adoptions.

Last – but not least – Things to do on Halloween 

And, since October in Orange and Sussex Counties ends in Halloween, take your pick of the events in these sister Counties.

Halloween

  • Check out Hudson Valley Magazine‘s  Halloween Guide.
  • For New Jersey’s haunted houses and info on nearby attractions, check out newjerseyhauntedhouses.com.
  • Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival.is the largest Fall Festival in Northern New Jersey. There is plenty of room on this 110 acre farm for the 40 family-friendly activities, and lots of food. Of course, that includes apple cider and apple cider donuts. Plus, there are Corn and Hay mazes, There are just too many activities to list here, so check out the website for activities, days and hours, and ticket prices.451 State Route 94, Vernon. 973-764-5144
  • Pure Terror Scream Park and Haunted Houses at Museum Village, Monroe, Thursday Oct 31 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov 1 & 2, 7:30 to 10 p.m. According to the website, Pure Terror is a 9 Haunted House walk through attraction. It’s one of the world’s largest and scariest haunted houses.. Also, there is a huge Halloween-themed midway with lots of music, food and photo ops for everyone. 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe NY. Visit the website for more details. Also, you can purchase tickets online.
  • For those that prefer a little less “terror,”  Museum Village offers No Scare Halloween on Saturday Oct. 19 and Sunday Oct. 20. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parade around the grounds in not-so-scary costumes and take part in lots of kid-friendly crafts and games. The website will offer more details as event gets closer. 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe, NY. 845-782-8248

And if you prefer to stay home

hgtv.com has 45 Easy Halloween Party Ideas. Whether planning a party for kids, adults or both, there are lots of unique ideas for food and decorations here. Goodhousekeeping.com has 60+ Spooky Ideas for your Best Halloween Party EverYou’re sure to find some inspiration at these links.

If you prefer to spend a quiet Halloween with the family, redbookmag.com has recommendations for the 47 Best Halloween Movies for Kids. This link will also lead you to easy recipes, crafts and costumes.

Have a wonderful October and a Happy Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering Denise Schmidt

Remembering Denise Schmidt

Remembering Denise Schmidt with love

We often refer to Green Team Realty as a family. And the sudden, tragic passing of Denise Schmidt has left the Green Team family reeling in shock and disbelief. Yet in grief there is also a coming together.  And a desire to support Denise’s children and siblings, as well as each other at this sad time.

Denise was one of the first sales associates to join what was then Green Team Home Selling System. And for the past 12 years, Denise has been a bus driver for the Warwick Valley Central School District. She was a friend as well as a business associate. And she was a vibrant member of the community. Denise’s story is about a life well-lived and the impact she had and continues to have on those around her, inspiring heroism, friendship, caring and love.

The Warwick Varsity Tennis Team – Heroism in Action

Much has been written in local media about Denise, and about the Warwick Varsity Tennis Team. Denise was the regular driver for the girls’ away matches. They were heading home after an away game when Denise suffered a medical emergency, slumping over the steering wheel. The bus veered off the I-84 on ramp at Exit 28, down into a grassy ravine, and hit a tree. On that bus were 22 students and their coach. Thankfully, the students and coach were not injured. To many, it seemed that Denise was taking care of her team, making sure they’d be safe, even as she was herself in crisis. And her team took care of her. The coach and one of the students, who is studying nursing at BOCES, went into action. They provided CPR until the paramedics arrived. And despite the frightening experience, the girls remained focused on Denise and her condition.

While waiting for updates on Denise’s condition, the team began making plans. They dedicated their next home game to honor Denise. Sadly, when she passed away the game became a memorial tribute. Team members wore green ribbons to remember Denise and to show support of her work at the Green Team.  The girls then created a memorial homecoming parade float. And they began selling green wrist bands to help raise money to Denise’s family. As in most small towns, communities rise up to face challenges together. This group of young women has shown grace, courage and commitment to a woman who was dedicated to them.

Green Team Realty – A Call to Action

There is another truth about small towns. News makes its way quickly throughout the community. Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, and Lucyann Tinnirello, Broker Manager at Green Team New York Realty began receiving texts about the accident. Immediately they made their way to Orange Regional Medical Center to be with Denise’s family. She was then transferred to Westchester Medical Center.  Geoff began sending updates and prayer requests to everyone at Green Team. And a fundraising effort was undertaken to raise money for Denise’s children.

The Visitation and Memorial Service

The Memorial Visitation was held on Friday the 13th at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home in Warwick. Dennin, Donald, Derek and Dana graciously greeted those who came to pay tribute to their mother. And come they did. Denise touched many lives.

Her friends and co-workers from the Green Team gathered to gain comfort from each other, and to share memories of this remarkable woman. Amidst the tears there were smiles and there was laughter. Knowing that a tribute would be written for Denise, the question went around. What one word would you use to describe her? And the descriptions poured out. Kind. Caring. Amazing. Spitfire. Vivacious. Real. Ballsy. Determined. Humble. Feisty. Supermom.

Geoff Green stepped in to arrange for the location for Denise’s memorial service.  On Saturday, September 14, family and friends gathered together at Spring Brook Farm to celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman.

The Green Team Remembers Denise

Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty:

Denise Schmidt was the kind of Realtor who would never consider the paycheck, but would simply focus on who needed help.  There are a countless number of people in our marketplace who were in tricky Real Estate situations. And Denise would turn those situations into positive outcomes.  Her determination was remarkable.

But it didn’t end there.  The determination with her children was even more impressive.  Denise did whatever needed to be done to provide a good environment for her four children.  She left the four kids in great shape.  They are all successful in their own right, but most importantly they are kind and caring individuals who will inevitably go out of their way to help others.

As a friend Denise was a “barrel of laughs”.  Inevitably, after every Green Team social event, my wife and I would be convinced by Denise to continue the festivities.  The laughs never stopped.  Denise was a bus driver with a trucker’s mouth!  One of her endearing traits was her ability to tell it the way it was.  I always appreciated that from her.  I could always count on her direct nature to give me feedback on things.

In the end, she worked until she died, and I don’t think she would have had it any other way.  She always felt better when she was working to help someone and she did just that right until the end. She will be sorely missed by us all.

Donna Roberts, Agent Service Manager & Property Manager at Green Team New York Realty: 

She was this quiet angel. If you mentioned something to her, like you were having a tough time or needed something, she’d do everything she could to help you. I stayed after work one day to help her with a listing. Then, when I came home the next day, there was a bottle of wine and a thank you note that Denise had left on my front porch. And last year some of us had been talking about how nice it would be to have a small fridge in the office for our lunches. So, the next day she brought in a fridge for us. These are the kind of things that Denise would do for people. No fanfare, no accolades. She just reached out in kindness. I will miss that about her, along with her “tell it like it is” view on the world.

Karen Gauvin, Licensed Agent & Realtor, Green Team New York Realty:

As a friend of Denise long before becoming a business associate, and as a mom of one of the team members on the bus that night, there is so much to share. Parents of girls on the team were notified that there had been a bus accident.  We were told the kids were being checked at the scene and we could pick them up at the State Police barracks in Montgomery.  Denise had been driving, so I knew the team was in good hands. We didn’t know much else at the time.

 

I was fortunate to have the help of another friend and co-worker, Tammy Scotto. Tammy drove me to pick up my daughter; I was too anxious to go on my own. We passed the site of the accident and just hugged each of the girls as they were released from the State Police to their families. It was truly frightening.

 

Learning what happened

We learned more details. Hailey told us what a happy time the team had with Denise prior to the crash. And, as their regular bus driver for their away games for the past several years, the girls knew her well. Hailey also spent a few minutes alone on the bus with Denise. She told me what a great mood Denise had been in, happy and chatty. I also learned how amazing the girls had been after such a terrifying event. Despite having gone through such a difficult and harrowing experience, the girls were strong, caring more about Denise’s condition than what they had been through.

 

After learning that Denise had passed, the team wanted to pay tribute to her.  The girls dedicated their September 9 game to Denise’s memory. And while they did win, the lessons learned from sudden and tragic loss were what really mattered. Appreciating what is truly important, cherishing memories, being kind. They also dedicated their homecoming parade float to Denise and have been raising money for her family to help with expenses. And they will continue to hold Denise’s memory in their hearts. I’ll be sharing information on future events as they are planned, so we can support our team in their efforts to remember Denise. Together we will keep her legacy alive. And we can all remind ourselves what really matters.

 

Lucyann Tinnirello, Broker Manager, Green Team New York Realty:

Denise was a special person, and that carried through to her professionalism. She was always willing to help, and to share her knowledge. She served as a mentor to several of the newer agents, teaching them what she knew. Denise was an incredibly hard working single mom, and there lies her greatest accomplishment. Four incredible children who share their mom’s kindness and capacity for sharing.

 

Jennifer DiCostanzo, NYS Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker, Green Team New York Realty:

Looking through my photos I came across these and was filled with lovely memories. I had to smile, remembering years of wrapping Holiday Baskets for the food pantry with Denise and our group of volunteers.   Each year we waited for her to arrive after her morning school bus run. And each year we nominated her as our official Green Team Basket Wrapper. I know when it’s time to wrap our Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets we’ll be remembering Denise with love and laughter. And be grateful that we had this wonderful person in our lives.

Lucyann Tinnirello, Jennifer DiCostanzo, Linda Vandeweert, Denise Schmidt and Donna Roberts

Denise Schmidt

                        

Please share your memories of Denise 

Denise Schmidt made an impact on so many lives. We hope that your memories will become part of this memorial. She will always be a part of the Green Team family, always loved, never forgotten.

 

Fall in Orange and Sussex Counties

Fall in Orange and Sussex Counties

It seems like only yesterday we were looking forward to the beginning of Summer. And now here we are in September, with Summer ending and Fall on its way. There is something very special about September in Orange and Sussex Counties. Known for our abundance of apple orchards and wineries, there are lots of places to explore on weekends. Before we know it, leaves will be turning vibrant reds and oranges. And the natural beauty of these counties, lying side by side in adjoining states, is spectacular.

 

Places to go, things to do…

It’s Apple Picking Time!

Here’s a list of just some of the places to go to pick your own apples from hvparent.com.. Further, it’s almost pumpkin picking time, too. Visit their websites for more details on each location, including any admission fees, picnicking rules, etc.

Apple Ridge Orchards, 101 Jessup Rd, Warwick. Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tractor-pulled hay wagon, friendly farm animals, honey bee observation hives and farm stand. 845-987-7717.

Apple Dave’s Orchard (Formerly known as Applewood). 82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music, hay rides, puppet shows, food.and farm store. 845-986-1684.

Masker Fruit Farms, Inc., 45 Ball Road, Warwick. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Barnyard baby animals, pony and wagon rides and country store. 845-986-1058.

Ochs Orchards, 4 Ochs Ln, Warwick. Pick Your Own, Wed. through Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but always call before you come (845) 986-1591 as they may close at any time due to weather or picked out fields. Store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pennings Orchard. 169 State Rt. 94S, Warwick. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Farmer’s market, beer garden, pumpkin fields, hayrides, farm animals and more. 845-986-7080.

Soons Orchards & Farm Market. 23 Soons Circle, New Hampton. Apple picking weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Country store open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orchard Hill CIder Mill Tasting Room Thursday – Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 845-374-5471.

Warwick Valley Winery & Orchards. 114 Little York Road, Warwick. Orchard hours Mon-Sun, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Live music every weekend from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is a tasting room bar and cafe with a bistro menu as well as the Black Dirt Grill, open on Thurs.and Fri. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sat, and Sun., 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wright Family Farm. 329 Kings Highway, Warwick. Sept. hours are Sat. and Sun.10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission 5 p.m.). Farm Stand and Granny’s Basket with knitting creations. The Barnyard includes corn box, farm animals, rubber duck races, hayride, pedal carts, pumpkin bowling, cow train, tube slide and community campfire. Save money on tickets to Barnyard by buying online. 845-986-1345

Beemerville Orchard. 73 Lusscroft Rd, Sussex. Small family-run orchard. On-site store with apples, honey and more.

Pochuck Valley Farms Market and Deli.  962 McAfee Glenwood Rd, Glenwood. Pick your own hours 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Entertainment on weekends starting Sept. 14. Country store with bakery, deli and gift items. 973-764-4732.

For a listing of wineries, click here for our blog post from May of this year.

Places to go, things to do in Orange County, New York

25th Annual Taste of Warwick. Sept. 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Warwick Valley Winery, 114 Little York Road, Warwick. Music, food and wine sampling.Visit the web page for a list of participants and ticket information. 845-986-2720.

New York Renaissance Faire. 600 Rt. 17A, Tuxedo.  Every weekend through Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Themed weekends, music, dancing, food and live entertainment. 845-351-5171.

Wawayanda Music on the Farm, Sept. 14-15. Sunflower Valley Farm, 366 County Rd 12, New Hampton, NY – 2 days of magical music, fabulous food and family fun, featuring local and national music artists and artisans. Tickets starting at $30.

Bellvale Farms Creamery. 1390 Route 17A Warwick, Ranked #2 among the top ten ice cream parlors in the U.S. by Trip Advisor, you’ll want to make sure to get there before they close for the season on Oct. 30!   Mon, Tues & Wed open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs-Sun, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. 845-988-1818.

Events – Sussex County, New Jersey

Vernon Street Fair and Farmers Expo.  Sept. 7. Main Street between Route 94 and Guthrie Road, Vernon. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Contests, music, amusements for the kids, and local vendors for shopping! And… Food!!

Great Pumpkin Festival. Weekends from Sept. 14 – Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Heaven Hill Farm, 451 State Route 94, Vernon. The largest fall festival in Northern New Jersey, ride the hay wagon tractor to the Pumpkin Patch and find your perfect pumpkin. There’s a large corn maze, visiting farm animals, spider web crawl, barnyard sports, obstacle course, and much, much more. Check the website for admission prices and other details.

Sussex County Day, Sept. 15. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Sussex County at this free event. There will be lots of vendors, exhibits, food, contests, giveaways and much more! Check the web page for entry forms for the contests, which include the Sussex County Idol Singing Contest! And for those whose culinary skills exceed their vocal abilities, there are lots of cooking and baking contests.

49th Annual Peters Valley Fine Craft Fair. Sept. 28 & 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta. 12-5 p.m.  This event is the largest fundraiser for Peters  Valley School of Crafts. With over 150 exhibiting artists, demonstrations, live music and more, odds are that you will find a unique,l hand-crafted item to take home with you!

Newton Theatre. 234 Spring Street, Newton. If you haven’t discovered The Newton Theatre yet, now is a great time to check it out.  The historic theatre, founded in 1924, presents diverse programming, ranging from world-renowned music acts, comedians, family productions, holiday shows and movie nights. It is also home to the Newton Theatre Arts Academy for children 5 and above. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization also finds ways to give back to the community. Box Office: 973-940-NEWT.

Fall projects for your home

While it’s not quite time for Fall/Winter home maintenance, there are some end-of-summer chores you might want to put on your to-do list. Charles and Hudson features Your End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist.

Homebnc.com has some unique Fall wreaths to decorate your front door for the season. And, if you don’t find your inspiration there, Southernliving.com has 90+ Fall Decorating Ideas for a Beautiful Autumn Season.

Fall Recipes

Buzzfeed.com’s has 21 (Really Good) Recipes to make in September. You’re sure to find some inspirational for the seasonal produce grown on local farms.

Have a wonderful September. See you next month!

 

 

Green Team Realty 2019 Summer Social

Green Team Realty 2019 Summer Social

Green Team Realty 2019 Summer Social … A Family Gathering

It’s a familiar scene. As summer ends, families gather to enjoy one more fun day in the sun. And the Green Team is no different. Children race around the grounds, laughing and playing. Adults gather at picnic tables, enjoying the food, beautiful weather, and the company. The Sales Associates of Green Team New York Realty and Green Team New Jersey Realty work hard all year. However, the Summer Social is a day to unwind and introduce their families to their Green Team Family. Geoffrey Green, President of Green Team Realty, understands the importance of having days like this. Events where everyone can kick back, talk shop or talk family. And just relax and be together!

Thanks to our sponsors, and to all the Green Team’ers who brought Pot Luck dishes! The food was fantastic. Further, the weather could not have been more perfect. Finally, we could not have asked for a more wonderful setting than Spring Brook Farm.

 

Spring Brook Farm

This beautiful family farm is owned by Marie Pennings. Spring Brook Farm is a wedding and special event destination. But it was also the perfect venue for the Green Team Summer Social!  Besides the acres of land, perfect for games and just running around, many also took advantage of the swimming pool.  Of course there was lots of room for tables and food stations. And the lovingly restored barn provided a look back at the history of this special place. Finally, there were the absolutely gorgeous views.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors!

The sponsors for our Summer Social helped make this a day to remember! We appreciate their contributions to what was an incredible event. Thanks to:

Party Heroes 

Amy Green, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Guaranteed Rate

[email protected], www.rate.com/amygreen

(O) 973-939-8688 (C) 845-545-4315 (F) 312-462-1135

Beer

David Willner, Franchise Owner/Licensed Inspector, Pillar to Post Home Inspections

[email protected], pillartopost.com/davidwillner

Beverages & Sangria

Laura Moritz, Director of Sales, Northeast Region, Classic Mortgage

www.classicmortgagellc.com

(C) 845-222-8270

Ice Cream

Bob and Alison Miller, Road Trip Mobile RV Service

facebook.com/roadtriprvservice

973-903-0104

Picnic Accessories

Donohue, O’Connell & Riley PLLC, Estate, Tax & Elder Law Attorneys

www.docrlaw.com

844-50-TRUST

and last, but not least…

Askin & Hooker, LLC, Attorneys at Law, Residential and Commercial Real Estate, New York and New Jersey

askinlaw.com

973-729-7711

Family Snapshots

Of course, what would a family get-together be without photos to remember the day by.

Green Team Realty 2019 Summer Social Days Away!

Green Team Realty 2019 Summer Social Days Away!

We’re only days away from the Green Team 2019 Summer Social. Many of us have had 2 p.m., August 24, blocked off on our calendars for months now, and with good reason. According to Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty,

“The Green Team Realty Summer Social is a great opportunity for all of us to take a break, reconnect, and have some fun. Bringing our extended Green Team Family together for a day at Spring Brook Farm is always something to look forward to.”

Spring Brook Farm

Spring Brook Farm in Warwick is a 15-acre family-owned and operated event venue. Incredible views surround you.  Furthermore, with an in-ground pool and lots of space for games, it’s the perfect place for the Summer Social.  Of course, adding to the charm is the authentic barn which was built back in 1850.

Summer Social is a way for the sales associates of Green Team New York Realty and Green Team New Jersey Realty to kick back and enjoy a day that is all about family. It’s a great way to get to know each other, introduce our families to our “work” family, and to network. In this relaxed setting, our sales associates share information and resources that will benefit Green Team clients. And with the weather forecast looking promising, the pool is sounding very inviting!

Thank you to our Sponsors

As the number of sales associates grows, these company social events become even more important  And we appreciate the sponsors who are helping to make this summer social possible … and even more fun!

Thanks to Road Trip RV Service, Pillar to Post, Guaranteed Rate Donahue, O”Connell & Riley PLLC, Classic Mortgage and Askin & Hooker, LLDC.

 

 

 

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The Merry Month of May – places to go in Orange and Sussex Counties and ideas for your home

The Merry Month of May – places to go in Orange and Sussex Counties and ideas for your home

It is feeling more and more like summer every day! The merry month of May is that wonderful blend of summer-like weather, mixed with rain that brings everything green to life! Trees have blossomed, grass is green. And the farms, wooded areas, low lying mountain ranges and country roads beckon us with a beauty that is the backdrop to living in Orange and Sussex Counties. With almost a month to go before the official start of summer, here are ideas for outdoor and indoor living, and events and places to go in Orange and Sussex Counties.

Love spending time outside? Try these ideas for outdoor living…  

Homebnc.com has 42 Summer Porch Ideas to inspire you. And the wonderful thing about some of these ideas and projects are their flexibility. Use your imagination to customize them for your porch, deck, lawn, or even inside your home. If you like to garden and want to try raised beds, Homebnc.com as some terrific ideas to get your garden growing. Try one or more of their best DIY raised garden bed ideas.

…And for indoor living!

When the family spends a lot of time outside, eventually they have to come in. And we all know what a day of yard work, gardening, playing, or beach going means. Dirt, sand, mud, etc. into getting tracked in your spring-cleaned home! Again, Homebnc.com has the best mudroom ideas – even if you don’t have an actual mudroom!

Now that you’re back inside, Housebeautiful.com will inspire you with 18 Fresh Summer Paint Colors That Make Every Day Feel Like a Vacation.  Further, if you decide you’d like to take on another DIY Project, Housebeautiful.com has 10 Contact Paper Decorations Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home Without Overspending. From creating your own artwork, to updates in kitchens and more, contact paper and removable wallpaper can help beautify your home.

Orange and Sussex Counties – Things to Do, Places to Go

Woodstock’s Golden Anniversary!

It’s hard for some of us to believe that Woodstock was half a century ago! It seems like yesterday that some of the greatest musicians of our time got up on that stage at Bethel Woods and performed for over 400,000 people in a 3-day concert that helped define a generation. AAA Northeast has a good article about Woodstock in Your AAA Magazine. And, of course, visit the website for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for program updates. While the celebration doesn’t take place until August, you might want to order your tickets for a concert or two now! While not in Orange County, the site of Woodstock is close to both Orange and Sussex Counties.

Farmer’s Markets

Support our local farmers and enjoy your own fresh and delicious farm to table meals. Orange County Tourism breaks down the Markets by the days they’re held and gives you opening dates and times of operation. And each market has its own distinct character. So you may want to visit a few of these.

Orange County Farmers Market 2019 Schedule

Sussex County Farmer’s Markets are listed by County in this list from NJMom.com.

And Yelp.com lists reviews of some great places in addition to the above. While the heading reads the Best 10 Farmers Markets in Sussex County, NJ, the list also includes places to go in adjoining Orange County as well.

Vernon Day Food Truck Festival!

This fun event features great food, local vendors and live music. So check it out on Sunday, June 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. 7 Sammis Rd in Vernon. Rain date is June 9.  Event is sponsored by Vernon PAL. So, for more information check their website.

Wineries

We are fortunate to have several local wineries in our area. They provide a relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon or evening. A glass or two of wine. Some offer food. And many offer entertainment during the summer months, so check their websites for schedules.

https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/wineries-and-breweries/wineries/

Yelp.com shares reviews by customers for Orange County Wineries.

Crystal Springs Resorts in Sussex, NJ shares some local wineries on their website. Again, because of the close proximity, some are Orange County wineries and are listed above. They also list Ventimiglia Vineyard in Wantage, NJ.

Memorial Day Events

Sometimes the meaning of Memorial Day gets lost in store sales, and a 3-day weekend for many. Let’s remember the reason for this day and think about those who gave their lives in the service of our nation… There are many events throughout Orange and Sussex Counties and surrounding areas…

New Jersey 101.5 Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies in New Jersey

News12’s Guide to Memorial Day Parades in the Hudson Valley

Recordonline.com Memorial Day Events and Services, Orange County

In Warwick there will be a Memorial Day Remembrance at the Buckbee Center on Colonial Avenue on Thursday, May 23 from 7-8 p.m. Visit the Warwick Chamber of Commerce website for more details.

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