June 7, 2015, 1:00 PM
Oh for the simple pleasures of yester-year – like savoring the taste of a fresh peach ice cream cone on a warm spring day at Gruning’s ice cream parlor in South Orange or sharing a deluxe chocolate ice cream soda with a friend after school at The Top in Maplewood. Visit Durand-Hedden for a relaxed afternoon of fun recalling these adored community institutions that were a center of social life in the two towns.
Durand-Hedden hosted its 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition on Sunday, December 7. All houses, including two versions of Durand-Hedden in gingerbread, will be on display at the Hilton Library through January 10.
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.
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.