December 7, 2014, 1:00 PM
All ages will enjoy exploring the captivating display of inventive entries to the 2014 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition. Interested in being a contestant? Don’t forget to bring a camera to catch a photo of your children with our real-live “Victorian Santa.” Shop the Country Store to find inexpensive and unique gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefitting the Durand-Hedden House.
The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 7 and 12 - 14 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 15 to January 10. Enter online.
The Durand-Hedden House is currently being repainted. Thanks to The Village Green and Mary Mann for this wonderful article about the project.
Each April, through the influence of arborist Todd Lamm, Durand-Hedden has celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees in Grasmere Park. Arbor Day was founded 135 years ago in Nebraska by Sterling Morton and is now a major national and international event. In 2013, through the help of the NJ Tree Foundation we placed native White Pine and Red Oak saplings throughout the grounds and are eagerly watching their growth. This spring we planted two pink flowering dogwoods along the drive.
Our popular Country Store, which in the past has only been available on Durand-Hedden program days, will now be open on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning February 7. The Country Store features a diverse selection of merchandise including reproduction early American toys, redware, tinware, specialty books, Maplewoodiana, and items specific to Durand-Hedden programming. Come in soon to take advantage of our "Barn Sale," where we'll be offering amazing discounts to make room for new merchandise. All proceeds benefit Durand-Hedden's restoration and programs.