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model trainsModel trains, cookies, musicals and nature are all comin,g up this week.  Hanukkah has just ended so the Christmas season is now in high gear. Here’s what’s happening:

2 musical plays, 2 model train shows, 3 Tenafly Nature Center events, 1 Home Made Cookie Event

Since this is the Christmas season, many churches have special musical services now.  Everyone is welcome so make sure you check on this.  I know that the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood  is having their 110th Candlelight Carol Service on the 19th at 4 pm.  People come from all around for this glorious music filled service (which is also streaming).  I’m sure wherever you are there are beautiful special services too.

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musical plays.  Every year during the spring holiday season we watch Julie Andrews open the movie with the title song.  The Wyckoff Family YMCA is presenting the Sound of Music this weekend (Friday 7, Saturday noon & 5, Sunday 2).  Tickets are quite reasonable ($15-20) and there’s plenty of parking.  This local rendition of one of our musical treasures is more than worth your time.  Tickets must be ordered in advance online.  The Wyckoff Family YMCA is located at 1 Vichiconti Way in Franklin Lakes.

The Amazing Tenafly Nature Center

Once again we have a weekend full of special events at the Tenafly Nature Center (313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly).  The TNC is truly amazing.  Every week of the year there are fun and educational programs going on.  This weekend features 3:

Primitive Fire Making

Primitive Fire Making  happens Saturday morning at 10-12.  You’ll learn how to build a fire out in the woods just like people did hundreds of years ago.  Since you’re dealing with fire, young children can’t participate.  Get registered for this now – this sells out fast.

Scavenger Hunt

The Seasonal Scavenger Hunt is on this Saturday and Sunday with hunts at 1 and 2 pm both days.  This is really geared for teams of families or friends.  Register in advance soon because this sells out like all TNC events.

Forest Defenders

Twice each month it’s time for the Forest Defenders volunteer sessions.  This weekend it’s Sunday 10-12,  Forests and nature are under attack in so many ways.  One is invasion by non-native species.  This is a serious problem and you’ll learn how to recognize this threat and deal with it.  This also helps students fulfill their volunteer time requirements.  You’ll feel so good about what you accomplish so register today!

5th Annual Cookie Walk

Now here’s something unique – it’s the 5th Annual Cookie Walk at Grace United Methodist Church (555 Russell Ave, Wyckoff).  An unbelievable assortment of home made cookies and other sweets are on display.  As you walk along the aisles, you get to choose what you want as you fill up your box (or boxes).  The cost is $10 per pound which is more than a bargain.  All proceeds go to help the Church and it’s charities.  This happens Saturday from 10-12 but I’d get there early so nothing’s sold out.

The Players Guild of Leonia

The Players Guild of Leonia is one of our very best live theater groups in Bergen County.  Located in what was once a Civil War Drill Hall, this live theater company was founded in 1919.  Since then it’s been delighting audiences with outstanding productions.  This weekend they are performing Unexpected, A Musical Revue.  Go to their website for instructions on how to order tickets online.  Performances are Saturday 2 & 8 and Sunday at 3.  Sunday will be streaming.  The Drill Hall is located at 130 Grand Ave in Leonia.

Model Trains

December holidays and model trains seem to go together.  Getting a train set for Christmas or Hanukkah is a wish for many children.  We have 2 fabulous model train shows open to the public.  Here are their links.  The 1st I believe is now year round; the second opens to the public only during holiday times.  Check out the links for full information:

  1. The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open Saturdays
  2. The New York Society of Model Engineers is open Saturdays and Sundays


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