Archive of ‘Holiday’ category
Black Friday began in the 1960 as a term to express the time of year when business books went from red to black. Now it’s a polarizing day most Americans dread or anticipate. Thankfully, a truly altruistic event has spawned from the overly commercial, Black Friday; Giving Tuesday. Organized in 2012 and only picking up speed, Giving Tuesday is estimate to process over 30 million dollars in donations in 2014.
When: December 2nd, all day
Cost: Any Amount
Update: Although Giving Tuesday has passed, it’s never too late to donate. Here are a few of our favorites:
Human Needs Food Pantry
Care Plus NJ
First Free Thursday Montclair Art Museum
December continues the tradition with free admission and special activities featuring exhibits including tours of the African Quilt display, a workshop, and a holiday trunk show in the MAM store. Enterntainment includes the Silver Fox Songs Quartet and the Newark Boys Chorus, paired with drinks from Pig & Prince and food from The Empanada Guy and Oink & Moo.
When: December 3rd, 5 PM to 9 PM
Who: All are invited. Alcohol is served, so you must bring your ID.
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S Mountain Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
Update: As always, we had such a great time. The Newark Boys Chorus blew us away.
What’s more emblematic of Christmas than a Christmas Tree. One our favorite Christmas traditions was always watching the lighting of the tree, and it still is.The annual Montclair tree lighting this year will be held on Friday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m., in Church Street Plaza.
When: December 5th, 6 PM
Where: Church Street Plaza Montclair, NJ 07042
Free Parking in Montclair
Not really an event, but it’s still exciting. Keep in mind, this is to promote local business and only refers to 2-hour bagged meters, not 3-hour meters.
When: December 6th – 27th
Who: Anyone with a driver’s license
Where: Montclair, NJ 07042 and Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Cost: Free for 2-hour meters
Wrap & Roll
Third annual Wrap & Roll event on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Charles H. Bullock School, 55 Washington Street, Montclair. Continuing in the season of giving, Montclair Schools team up to provide gifts to the underprivileged. Bringing donated and unwrapped gifts, volunteers from all around the community come together wrapping and bonding around refreshments and festive delights.
When: December 9th, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Who: Aimed at families, anyone can attend
Where: 55 Washington Street, Montclair 07042
Cost: Free to attend, just make sure you bring a gift to donate
Google “Solve for X” Initiative
Think you have an a mind blowing scientific or technological idea aimed at benefiting the world. Google wants to hear about it. Selected as 1 of 12 sites in the world, North Jersey and Montclair State University are hosting Google’s Solve For X initiative 2014. The best part, it’s open to anyone.
When: December 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Who: All aspiring brilliant scientific and technological pioneers
Where: Montclair State University, 55 Washington Street, Montclair, NJ 07043
Autumn Garden Tour
Laura Roberts, Garden Manager of the beautiful Van Vleck leads a tour through the final few days of autumn. Tours can be given individually or as a group.
When: December 12th, 1 PM – 2 PM
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $5 Friends; $7 others Series Rate: All four tours (Sept – Dec) for $15 Friends or $20 others.
December 12th – December 31st
The Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing place any time of year. The amount of changes the zoo and the surrounding area has gone through is incredibly impressive. We are especially excited to visit this year, as they have added many new exhibits. and December is an entirely different experience. The Turtle Back Zoo entertains families from all over, decorating the entire zoo in festive lights. A truly impressive display.
When: December 12th – December 31st, 5PM – 9PM
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: Free admission, donations are encouraged
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presenece of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hillis
December 26th and 27th
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical
Recreating the 1964 TV special, NJPAC brings Rudolph the epic characters, music, costumes, and effects to the stage. Before the show, meet in the lobby for photos, face painting, art, and refreshments (free for ticket holders).
When: December 26th & 27th
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: $29.50 to $39.50
New Years Eve
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot
Many restaurants are putting on festivites for New Years, including some of our favorites:
Pig and Prince
The Yellow Plum
Ariane Kitchen & Bar
It’s interesting how the most wonderful time of the year is also the coldest time of the year. Given the choice, ADinLOS would definitely prefer caring for our pets in the warm over bitter cold and snow. Like all changes though, it gives us new opportunities. I can’t think of a better time of year to huddle up next to a fire and remind ourseleves what we are grateful for. With such great friends, family, and home it’s difficult to sum it all up. Recently we got into a discussion with one of our friends about our pets and family. To us, pets and family are synonymous. Talk to our friend, and their pets are their best friends. Talk to a farmer, and you will quickly understand the boundaries between working animals and pets.
One thing is for certain, the way we treat our pets now, is vastly different than the way we used to treat our pets. Domestication began thousands of years ago and it may be difficult to say what animal was the first domesticated animal, but many speculate the dog to be first. However many years ago, a lazy family member didn’t close the lid to the garbage. Quickly learning that Fido had a good, consistent chance at a cheap meal they returned. The lazy family member recognized their ‘affability’ and continued to feed them. Ok, so it probably didn’t happen quite like that, but it’s probably not too far off knowing the sentiment of our modern dog. The first domesticated cat came thousands of years later.
The Native Americans believe in a nostalgic story where the dog freely chose to accompany man. Long ago, a spirit assembled all of earth’s creatures searching for the perfect human companion. Some said they would tear the humans apart, others intended to steal. The dog said his only wish was the share, hunt, and protect. 
From an archaeological perspective, we have seen evidence in pottery, jewelry, and cave art. After all, as we all know, dogs have personalities so similar yet so dissimilar to humans. How many of have grown up with a smart, friendly, obedient Labrador Retrievers, and when life wills it, and it is time to welcome a new smart, friendly, energetic, obedient lab into our lives. And we end up with a stubborn, lazy, surly dog who feels like a different species. Loved all the same, but for different reasons.
These differences can probably develop a connection to our dogs ancestors. One exuberantly playful wolf kept defying their pack leader, shunned, the wolf felt an connection to their human neighbors who have been feeding them for weeks, openly looking for a new leader, entered the community. 
It’s also easy to see why we as humans would accept the wolves into their lives. Much different than we are today, Native Americans bond with nature. We tend to think of a dog barking as a nuisance that we need to rectify. Despite what we feel, it serves a distinct purpose, communication. A skill Native Americans recognized and utilized as protection. Combined with their effortless loyalty and bravery, the dogs secured a place in Native American society.
It wasn’t until the early 1600’s that domesticated Native American dog no longer resembled a hybrid wolf often referred to as a rabbit dog .
Surprisingly, Native American’s in Virginia (Powhatans) rarely domesticated animals and felt the only tame part of a dog was their ability to hunt. Even suggesting they were promiscuous and filthy animals, approximately knee high, 20 pounds, with a short snout and howling rather than barking.  Aside from the few publications referencing dogs in Powhatans society, so few illustrations of dogs in society corroborate this dissuasion for dog. At times, Powhatans would even dogs would even be sacrificed.
In 1620, on the Mayflower, Pilgrim John Goodman brought over his two dogs. To the Powhatans, these must have been. The only dog the natives have ever seen is a small, wolf-like dog, and these new strangely dressed settlers bring an English Mastiff and a Springer Spaniel. And The Pilgrims had a much different connection with them. John Goodman frequently utilized the dogs to explore new terrain and hunt for food and supplies. Many stories have been told of mutual protection between the dogs and their masters. Placing such an important role in the lives of the Pilgrims it is still difficult to tell if dogs were actually present on Thanksgiving, though Jean Leon Gerome Ferris’s painting of The First Thanksgiving includes a Springer Spaniel front and center. Seems a bit coincidental, though at minimum it would show the importance of dogs in society.
 PetPlace Veterinarians. “The History of Dogs and Native Americans”. Pet Place. Retrieved 2014-11-25.
 Rountree, H. C. “Uses of Domesticated Animals by Early Virginia Indians.” Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 30 May. 2014. Web. 25 Nov. 2014.
 Marion Schwartz. “The Creation of the American Dog” A History of Dogs in the Early Americas. Web. Retrieved 2014-11-25.
Happy 4th of July everyone!
ADinLOS just got back from a long weekend in Delaware, just 15 miles outside of Rehoboth Beach in Millsboro. DE is such a great place, but southern Delaware is not called LSD (Lower Slower Delaware) without reason. It’s fantastic as a getaway for us city folk, but the curve is dramatic and mobile and WiFi reception is meager at best (a holiday does not mean ADinLOS can escape work).
Most of southern Delaware is shrouded between forests and farmland, and naturally this leaves a considerable amount of creatures, including ticks. Unfortunately, Seyval is a bit too rambunctious for LSD and she doesn’t share Sake’s affinity for water, so Sake treks on solo. Last time we explored, we used a well known flea and tick repellent and spent more time picking ticks off Sake’s little body than we did enjoying the sunshine, beach, and brilliant skies.
We hoped this trip would be different, but were not hopeful. Earlier in the month, tired of limited results from the competitor, we gave K9 Advantix II® a try. Without a great way of determining improvement, we continued “treatment”.
Arriving Wednesday evening, we opened the passenger door and hoped for the best.
There Sake was, roaming the backyard, masking her sent with every dead bug she could find, and doing whatever innate dogmatic activities she could muster. Paranoid, we would inspected her every hour only to find nothing.
She enjoyed the entire vacation swimming, chasing frisbees, making little sticks, and most importantly, sleeping.
Alas, after 5 days in LSD, Sake has returned nearly tick free (we discovered one after we came home). We however, did not escape unscathed. Lissette brought home golf ball sized welts from an irate, Tic-Tac® sized, black bug. I brought home a mild case of poison ivy. Now if we could just find a treatment for our ailments.
Oh well, at least Sake returned mostly unharmed!