We’re Gearing Up for the Holidays

Crane’s Mill residents really have it made in the winter. With the holidays right around the corner (can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?), we thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the annual traditions here at Crane’s Mill.

Crane's Mill residents raise a glass to the holidays in Towne Square.

First, there are always multiple holiday-themed performances, both on and off campus. In Hinman Hall, musical performances from pianists, jazz and choral groups are common throughout the year, and in December the usual jazz and pop standards give way to holiday favorites.

Off campus, our residents enjoy trips to the Paper Mill Playhouse, NJPAC, and New York Philharmonic, among other local and regional theaters and performance centers. The best thing about these excursions? Transportation is fully included. So, if you’re headed out to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Crane’s Mill bus takes you (quite literally) from door-to-door from Towne Square to Radio City Music Hall.

Holiday dinners are of course another tradition here at Crane’s Mill. On Christmas Day, residents play host to their families and friends in the Candleberry Dining Room for a grand Christmas feast. It’s always fun to see grandchildren, and great-grandchildren enjoying a wondrous Christmas Day with their proud grandmothers and grandfathers looking on.

On New Year’s Eve, residents are looking forward to the annual cocktail party. Each year, Crane’s Mill is transformed into a festive venue for a giant reception featuring fun drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, a raw bar, and so much more!

Truly, life at Crane’s Mill over the holidays is luxurious, vivacious, and rich with tradition. Interested in joining the fun? Call us at 973-276-3001 or click here to send us an email.

Crane’s Mill Trip Opportunity: Christmas in Hershey, PA

Crane’s Mill Trip Opportunity

Christmas in Hershey, Pennsylvania

The Spirit of the Holidays Glows Brighter than ever in “The Sweetest Place on Earth” 

Wednesday, December 10th   — Thursday, December 11th, 2014

 (2 days, 1 night)    

$362.00 per person (double occupancy)       $422.00 per person (single occupancy)

*price includes gratuities for driver, tour guides and wait staff at restaurants*

Motor coach transportation (full-size coach with lavatory)


Overnight at Historic Hotel Hershey – Considered one of the finest Historic Hotels of America, Hotel Hershey is known for its refined elegance and signature service.  The 1930’s hotel, situated high atop a hill overlooking the town of Hershey, is a recipient of both the Forbes Four-Star Award and the AAA Four Diamond Award. You will have a World-Class Resort Experience.

3 Meals – Enjoy a Holiday dinner and musical show at the Hershey Lodge, plus an elegant buffet breakfast and buffet lunch in the beautiful Circular Dining Room at the Hotel Hershey. Enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Hotel’s formal gardens while dining.

Pennsylvania State Capital Building– Take a guided tour of the Pennsylvania State Capital Building, a National Historic Landmark that has been designated as a Palace of Art.  Designed in a variety of Renaissance styles, such as American, French, English and Italian, the building features a grand marble staircase that was inspired by one in a Parisian Opera House.    Highlights include stunning stained glass windows, classic paintings and furnishings.  The 272-foot dome was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

 “Christmas in Chocolate Town” – Enjoy a Holiday turkey dinner with all the fixings and a musical show at the Hershey Lodge. The event begins with caroling, punch, and light           hors d’oeuves and continues with a holiday turkey dinner and decadent dessert. After dinner, the lights go down and the show begins.  This interactive experience includes Top 40 holiday songs and features the traditions of Christmas.  It is sure to bring out the Christmas Spirit in everyone.

Hershey Sweet Lights –This is a Winter Wonderland Holiday Spectacular!   Driving through two miles of wooded trails, you can enjoy illuminated, animated displays from the warm comfort of your motor coach.

“Chocolate Town”: A Guided tour of Hershey– The story of Hershey begins with the tale of one determined pioneer. Learn how Milton Hershey overcame the odds to become not only one of America’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, but also the visionary builder of a town and philanthropist whose openhearted generosity still touches the lives of thousands.

Guided Tour of Founder’s Hall and The Milton Hershey School -A dream, a vision realized: Founder’s Hall is a unique and magnificent piece of architecture.  Unable to have children of their own, the Hershey’s decided to use their wealth to create a home and school for orphaned boys.  Learn about the history of the school as well as the values practiced by Milton and Catherine Hershey.

“The Hershey Story” at The Museum on Chocolate Ave.  – Learn about a living legacy and how Milton Hershey went from bankruptcy to brilliance on this self-guided tour. Learn how he invented a community and gave away his fortune…twice.  See how the power of promotion worked.  The museum offers interesting insight into Milton Hershey’s amazing journey from rags to riches.  Be fascinated, inspired and filled with wonder as you explore and learn about the man, the company and the town.


  • Friends, family and all who are interested are welcome to attend!  Please contact Meredith Wu, Director of Community Programming for details at 973-276-3012 or click here to send an email.
  • Payment is due by Monday, November 24th.   Please make checks payable to “Elaine Tours, LLC” and bring the check to Meredith in the Activities Office.
  • Rollator walkers are welcome on this trip, and travelers who use one are encouraged to bring it for comfort and safety. Travelers must be able to independently get on and off the bus and handle the minimal-moderate amount of walking.  There are places to sit down where walking is required.
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance available upon request. Payment is non-refundable unless cancellation insurance is purchased. Please see Meredith for the insurance brochure that outlines the plan.

Crane’s Mill Residents Featured in Veterans Day Article

Thanks to The Progress for publishing this insightful article honoring our brave service men and women.

Click here to read the article on The Progress Newspaper website.

The article includes wonderful full-color photos of our residents. Stay tuned to the Crane’s Mill Courier for updates throughout the year on our residents and more.