Fun Activities Abound Close to The Avenue at South Orange in the New Year

The start of 2019 features a plethora of enjoyable events for residents of The Avenue

The start of a new year brings a lot of promise. People plan on making substantive changes to their lives, such as getting in shape, being more financially prudent, or deciding to break out of an everyday rut. However, the start of a new year can also lower a person’s spirit, such as when they give up on their resolutions within a few short weeks. Another reason for malaise is that the holidays are over and the consensus is that there’s nothing really fun to do. Such is not the case for residents of The Avenue at South Orange, New Jersey, as there are quite a few activities to enjoy within a short commute from the apartment complex.

The township of South Orange, New Jersey, has a population of 16,319 people. (1) One of the quaint hallmarks of the township is the fact that most of the residential streets still have gaslight illumination. This gives South Orange a distinct character, especially on a cold night during winter. It’s almost Dickensian to walk down a street illuminated by gaslights in late January as snow gently falls from the sky.

A popular choice for entertainment for those living at The Avenue is the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), and the winter months of 2019 offer a bevy of events to catch. The legendary John Oates is in concert early in January, which will be followed by the stage production of the children’s classic, The Phantom Tollbooth. (2) Many residents are looking forward to the production of Tell Them I’m Still Young, starring two-time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher and Tony Award winner Michele Pawk. The La Cinémathèque Film Club kicks off their Chinese film series in February. Members can discuss what they learn about Chinese culture and politics from watching four films: A Simple Life, The King of Masks, Farewell My Concubine, and In the Mood for Love. (3) A few jazz concerts are scheduled for February at SOPAC, and children will enjoy The Little Mermen, a Disney rock cover band.

The months of January and February offer up some winter activities for residents of The Avenue at South Orange. In nearby Mahwah, both the young and old can delight in snow tubing down Campgaw Mountain. A longer drive away is Mountain Creek, a ski destination that features 46 runs and snow tubing as well. In nearby West Orange, the whole family can visit Turtle Back Zoo, which also boasts a miniature golf course and indoor ice skating. Winter is also the perfect time to take the hour-long drive to the Lakota Wolf Preserve. Seeing the beautiful wolves in the winter setting is an experience that a person will not forget. Twice per day during the week, people can take an educational tour while being surrounded by four wolf packs. (4)

Cynthia Hernandez at The Avenue at South Orange notes, “It’s always sad to see the holiday season go away, but there are fun things to do as the new year kicks off. The township has a number of parks where one can have some winter fun. Duck Pond park features ice skating, and you can go sledding down Floods Hill and at Cameron Field. More sledding hills can be found in nearby Maplewood at Jefferson Elementary School and Maplewood Memorial Park. A popular entertainment choice for those living at The Avenue is the South Orange Performing Arts Center, which boasts world-class concerts, plays, and movies. Adults can relax and sip some fine drinks at the Jersey City Whiskey and Spirits Festival, although I would recommend booking a hotel room for the night. I always enjoy visiting the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange during this time of year. Attendance is always lighter in January and February, and it’s inspiring to visit the home and lab of our country’s greatest inventor. While making sure you stick to your diet resolution can be tough, you can always find a fun activity to do within a short distance of the luxury apartment complex.” (5)

References:

1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Orange,_New_Jersey#Demographics

2) https://artsednow.org/events/the-phantom-tollbooth-at-sopac/

3) https://www.sopacnow.org/events/chinese-film-series/

4) https://www.lakotawolf.com/Educational-Wolf-Tours-Columbia-NJ.html

5) Quote from Cynthia Hernandez at The Avenue

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