25th Annual Holiday House Tour
(photo credit: Emily Schindler Photography)
In This Issue

Letter from the Executive Director

Stanley Simms
Dear Friends,

One donor can make a difference. Many donors can change a life!
Meet Stanley Simms - he's homeless. He also works at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. The facts leading up to Stanley's housing situation are less important to me than the man himself. Articulate, caring, diligent and eager to learn, Stanley quickly demonstrated that he fits in with the culture of the Arboretum, and has become invaluable to the staff and helpful to our visitors.

In Stanley's own words, "I am so grateful for the opportunity and I'm very, very happy here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. The staff came out to greet me on my first day and that made me feel very special. I planted a patch of flowers and the next day, as I walked past them, I felt a true sense of belonging - like I might be part of a new family."
Cultivation (cul*ti*va*tion) : the process of promoting growth.

With your help, that's what we do here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Perhaps it's a sick child who, for a moment in time, forgets about a chronic condition and instead runs and plays, and breathes the clean air of the Arboretum woodlands, or an adult in search of a second-chance opportunity. Today, on behalf of Stanley, we ask you to support all our growth efforts, both horticultural as well as societal. Yes, many donors can change a life.

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Frank Juliano
Executive Director

P.S. Once again, our dear friend and supporter, photographer Bruce Lorenz, will donate a Family Portrait Session, plus an 11x14 canvas portrait print (retail value of $570) for any fully tax-deductible Annual Appeal gift of $250 or more.

Note: The Annual Appeal is the cornerstone of all fundraising. It's not for membership fees or program dues. It's a special year-end gift from you. It's you helping to support our year-round operations.

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Holiday Happenings!

Holiday House Tour
Thursday, December 7 (9:30 am to 2:30 pm) 

Join us for the 25th annual tour of elegant Summit area homes decked out in holiday spirit!  

Please click here  for more information.

Holiday Boutique & Garden Shoppe
Thursday, December 7
9:00 am to 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Shop for the perfect holiday gifts from select vendors at RRA's Holiday Boutique, as well as seasonal wreaths and arrangements in the Holiday Garden Shoppe.  Both located in Wisner House and all are welcome (no tickets are necessary for entry).

Join us for holiday cocktails during our Boutique and Garden Shoppe evening hours!

Please click here  for more information.

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Saturday, December 9
New! RRA Members 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Open to all 11:30 am to 2:00 pm 

Skip the mall and head on over to historic Wisner House for photos with Santa!  Enjoy cookies and cocoa too.  Photos by Lisa Berkery Photography.

Please note that we have new hours for members only to get a photo with Santa!

Please click here  for more information.

Jazz Concert with Cyrille Aimée
Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a concert with international jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée, accompanied by Emmet Cohen on piano.  Concert will be followed by our Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden reception of Vodka & Latkes.  

This concert is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the vodka sponsor is Claremont Distillery.

Please click here  for more information.

Adult Program

Plan Your Garden for Spring
Wednesday, November 15 (10:00 am to 11:00 am)

Get your garden off to a great start!  Learn the 5 things you should be doing now to have a productive vegetable garden in the spring.

This program is made possible in part by support from the Summit Area Public Foundation, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation.

Please click here to register.

Children's Programs

Kids Can Cook! 
Culinary Creations for the Holidays
(for children ages 4 to 10)
Wednesday, December 13 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Join us in the historic Wisner House kitchen to create delicious holiday treats.  Practice basic kitchen skills and learn some new and useful ones. And, as a bonus, you'll get to eat and enjoy your creations!  Recipes will be provided for you to take home.   Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Decorate a Tree for Wildlife
(for children ages 5 to 10)
Friday, December 15 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Winter is a difficult time for birds and other animals to find food.  In this workshop, children will create edible ornaments to hang on a tree near the Elephant Tree on the Arboretum grounds, and take some home to decorate a tree outisde your house!  Take advantage of this drop-off program to run a few errands at this busy time of year.  P re-registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Volunteers and Other News

Holiday Festivities Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help with our Holiday Festivities.  Two opportunities are available:

Holiday Decorating - for those who are naturally artistic and crafty, with a basic understanding of floral arranging, designing with oasis and wielding a hot glue gun.

Holiday Prep - for those who aren't artistic and crafty but want to help anyway!  

For dates, details and registration, please click here.

Ground Force Volunteers

Sign up for the LAST Ground Force sessions!

For dates, details and registration, please click here.

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 Original artwork inspired and created by master puppeteers, 
Craig Marin and Olga Felgemacher, better known as FLEXITOON

At the Hat Tavern in the Grand Summit Hotel

Join us for a special
'meet the puppets' 
event and reception

Flexitoon Puppet Artists
December 14 at 6:00 pm
All are welcome! 

Exhibit extended through January 1, 2018

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, New Jersey  07901





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