MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- For a fun-filled afternoon that’s sure to put everyone in the Holiday spirit, make sure to visit the Hetfield House (located on Constitution Plaza near the Mountainside Library) on Saturday, 12/14 (adults) and Sunday, 12/15 (families).  A donation of $5 per person is suggested and proceeds will go toward the continued restoration of the Levi Cory House and  maintenance of the Hetfield House.

The spirit of the holidays, present and past, will be celebrated during the Gingerbread Open House at Mountainside’s Hetfield House the weekend of December 14-15.  On Saturday, Dec. 14, the house will be open for adults only for Wine & Cheese; and on Sunday, December 15, the house will be open for families.   Capturing the celebration of the holidays, the Hetfield House will exude the warmth and holiday spirit of those bygone days.  The Hetfield House is decorated inside and out and from top to bottom and shouldn’t be missed.

Adult Wine & Cheese Open House – Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2-4pm

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During the adults’ open house on Saturday, Dec. 14 (2-4pm), there will be light refreshments including wine, cheese/crackers, baked goods and beverages.  The event will kick-off at 2:00pm with a visit from jolly old St. Nick. Guests will enjoy, music and plenty of holiday cheer. Stop by for a short visit or stay for a while.

Family Gingerbread Open House – Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1-4pm

Families with children are welcome on Sunday, Dec. 15 (1-4pm) to enjoy many interactive events and projects.  These include gingerbread ornaments to craft, mini holiday arrangements to make, guessing contest, mulled apple cider and baked goods to enjoy - all surrounded by festive holiday décor and live music by the Bagpipe Players from Governor Livingston High School (1:00pm) and Deerfield Middle School Instrumental Music students (1:30pm). Despite their busy work preparing for the holiday, Mr. & Mrs. Claus promise to visit the children and share holiday cheer.  Bring your cameras/phones for pictures.

On December 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21, the “Village Shop” boutique will be open in the Levi Cory House, next door, featuring Holiday décor items, ornaments, jewelry, gifts, crafts and other curiosities – both new and vintage. 

The Deacon Andrew Hetfield House is located at Constitution Plaza (Watchung Ave., off Birch Hill Rd.) adjacent to the Mountainside Library.  The Mountainside Restoration Committee is a 501 (c)(3) charity and a committee of volunteers whose purpose is to maintain the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House, restore the Levi Cory House and collect and save historic information and items from destruction.  For further information, please call (908)789-9420; or, go to:  www.mountainsidehistory.org