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06/18/22 - Father's Day Historical Hike
Looking for a way to enjoy Father's Day with your beer, history, and Scout loving Dad? Schiff's Father's Day hike might be just what Dad was hoping for; a day spent with family hiking, reminiscing, and sipping........
Join local historian, author, and lecturer W. Barry Thomson on Saturday, June 18th for a narrated hike sharing the rich and complex history of what is now the Schiff Nature Preserve in Mendham. Beginning with the history of the rural industrial district that developed along the North Branch of the Raritan River and McVickers Brook in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Father's Day Hike will begin at the Nature Center. Thomson's talk -- enhanced using archival photographs, various artifacts, and rare maps will then cover the early 20th century development of the 600-acre "Brookrace" estate by Richard and Julia Williams, including the family's stone manor house. In 1932, following Richard Williams' death, the "Brookrace" estate was transformed into the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation, which, for the next 48 years, served as the National Training Center for the Boy Scouts of America.

Ascending by foot up into the preserve, guests (21+, please) will be guided on a walking tour through various notable sections/highlights of the preserve until joining Schiff's Business Partner for a Greener Community member and Head Brewer and co-owner, Tim Pewitt of Wet Ticket Brewing in Rahway, NJ in the Amphitheater for a Beer Tasting. Tim will give a short talk about the importance of conservation as it relates to clean water and soil as the foundation for tasty beer.

Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothes, and expect that the walking portions of the Father's Day Hike range in time from 10-20 minute spurts and will involve some incline. This is an all-weather event except for extreme summer weather such as thunderstorms or heavy rain warnings, warranting cancellation. Upon cancellation, refunds will be issued automatically. Access to the Nature Center presents accessibility limitations. Parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. Advance registration and payment are required 24 hours in advance. Member fee is $40. Non- member fee is $45. Capacity is limited to 50 for this event. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person for when social distancing is impossible.
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