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Celebrate Easter & Passover

Celebrate Easter and Passover in Morris County

 

Welcome to Spring and the spring holidays.  They are, of course, being reinvented during the pandemic. We will miss our dearest friends and relatives while performing all the rituals online.  It will be memorable. “Remember Pandemic Easter?!”

Passover begins this Wednesday (4/8) at sundown and will last eight days. Traditionally bread is not eaten at this time.  Instead of “flattening the curve” there will be lots of flat bread (matzo) being eaten.  Luckily, there are lots of holiday products in the stores, and you can supplement with wine from Amanti Vino, chocolate seder plates or lollies from Enjou Chocolat, and pastries from The Artist Baker.

There are plenty of resources online to help you prepare for the holiday.  This website is from the URJ, and has pages of ideas on how to enliven your virtual seder.  Time to stay safe and get creative, so that next year maybe it can be in Jerusalem.  Virtual Passover Resources

Easter Sunday is April 12th.  We can again recommend the above specialty food shops, along with the many local restaurants who are standing by to cater your entire Easter meal.  Call your favorite open restaurant, local farm or grocery store for take-out and delivery menus.

Check out the local farms for the freshest produce and Easter flowers and plants.  Visit our You’re Home We’re Here blog for a complete listing of Morris County Tourism Bureau members who would appreciate your Easter business, including Alstede Farms (Chester), Wightman’s Farms (Morristown), Totten Family Farm (Long Valley), Ort Farms (Long Valley) and Ashley Farms (Flanders).

For homemade desserts we also recommend the popular Sally Lunn’s Tea Room at 15 Perry Street in Chester.  Call 908-879-7731 for carrot cake, cranberry orange scones, lemon meringue pies and chicken pot pies, etc.  They are only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 2 pm for pick-up.  You can feed the carrot cake to the chocolate bunnies while hunting for Easter eggs.

Local churches have already gone virtual with services for congregants.  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown will be online on Easter Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for a community live stream on Facebook Click here They also have services from Palm Sunday to Easter.

Likewise, the Presbyterian Church on the Green is offering online worship from Palm Sunday through to Easter.  Access their website for schedules: PCMorristown And, if you have 15 minutes, take a look at a new video about the renovation of their stunning sanctuary c. 1894. Narrated by local historic preservationist, Janet Foster, it provides the history of the church from its early beginnings in 1733 to the recent renovation.  Watch video

From all of us, to all of you, Happy Holidays!

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