Crane’s Mill Trip Opportunity – “An American in Paris on Broadway”

You can join the Crane’s Mill residents and Mill Club members on this exciting day trip to Broadway!

Enjoy a delicious lunch at Italian restaurant ViceVersa in Manhattan followed by a matinee show of the smash hit musical, “An American in Paris” on Broadway.

Trip Highlights:

ViceVersa Restaurant: Since the establishment of ViceVersa in 1999, owner and chef Franco Lazzari and Stefano Terzi have distinguished themselves for their continued use of only the highest quality ingredients. In the comfort of the ViceVersa’s kitchen, Stefano makes all pastas from scratch. His cooking respects the characteristics of each ingredient and values their qualities in each recipe—a true embodiment of the philosophy of Italian Cuisine. New York magazine called ViceVersa “one of the most congenial and gratifying restaurants in the theater district.”

Menu: You may choose upon arrival. You will have a choice of soup or salad and there will be three entrée choices. Homemade dessert and coffee or tea is included.

“An American in Paris”: This Broadway masterpiece is the most award-winning musical of the season. The Academy Award-winning classic film is born anew with movement and music in the rhapsodic new stage adaptation. The romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city are at the heart of Broadway’s breathtakingly beautiful new musical.

Tony-award winner Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreographs a remarkable company of twenty-five international Broadway virtuosos as they bring the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with orchestrations of unforgettable works by George and Ira Gershwin, including the classics, “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise”, “I Got Rhythm” and “The Man I Love”. Get swept up in this stunning production playing at the Palace Theatre.  Anyone who appreciates the wonder of musical theater will not want to miss this!

Trip Information and Travel Details

  • Departure from Crane’s Mill:  9:30 AM
  • Return to Crane’s Mill: 6:30 PM
  • Transportation will be provided by a motor coach bus with a lavatory on board.

Cost: $225.00 per person

Payment Due Date: Tuesday, September 8th

Make checks payable to “Elaine Tours, Inc.”

Please bring your payment to Meredith Wu in the Activities Office. If mailing the check, please address the envelope to the attention of “Meredith Wu, Activities Director.”

Sign-up is required.

The sign-up sheet can be found on the clipboard that is labeled “Future Events”.

Group Minimum: 18

(The trip will be cancelled if less than 18 individuals sign-up to attend.)

Family members and friends are welcome to attend this trip with or without a resident travel companion. The more the merrier!

For questions or further information, please contact Meredith Wu, Director of Community Programming, at 973-276-3012 or click here to send Meredith an email message.

Live Tonight at Crane’s Mill: Montclair Opera Theatre presents “The Magic Flute”

Another exceptional evening of entertainment ahead at Crane’s Mill!

Tonight in Hinman Hall, residents will enjoy a special liver performance of “The Magic Flute” presented by the Opera Theatre of Montclair.

Imagine this for an evening: you take an indoor walk down to the Candleberry Dining for a five-course dinner. Your friends are waiting for you, gathered on comfy couches as chairs. You are greeted by our hostess, who seats your group at your favorite table without even needing a reservation.

The wait staff knows your drink order before you even ask, and knows to bring you whole wheat dinner rolls as soon as you sit. The meal continues with the catch of the day, or a perfectly cooked stark, or even just a hamburger—whatever you desire, it’s yours.

Following dessert and coffee, you peer over to Hinman Hall—just across the main area of Towne Square from the dining room—to see the Opera Theatre of Montclair getting set for the night’s performance.

You walk over, grab your program, and settle in for a relaxing evening of entertainment that’s only steps from your front door.

This scenario is a regular occurrence for Crane’s Mill residents. Live, professional entertainment of all sorts come to Hinman Hall at least once, typically twice, per week during the evening. This is in addition to all the other wonderful programming the community has to offer.

Ready to learn more about how you can enjoy this exceptional lifestyle for yourself? Call 973-276-3001 or click here to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Celebrating Crane’s Mill – A Closer Look at the Exhibit by Lynne Palmer

Join us for a closer look at “Celebrating Crane’s Mill”, Lynne Palmer’s exceptional Crane’s Mill-themed exhibit.

After speaking with Lynne Palmer about her exhibit, she graciously allowed us to photograph and share the paintings with you, our readers.

We are thrilled to display them here. These represent just some of the great pieces on display in the Towne Square Gallery until August 30. We encourage you to stop by to view them for yourself.

Visit the Crane’s Mill YouTube Channel for All Sorts of Fun Videos!

Have you visited the Crane’s Mill YouTube Channel yet?

Where’s the one place you can see the sights and sounds of our campus, hear our residents’ take on life at Crane’s Mill, take a virtual apartment tour, watch our television commercials, and more? The Crane’s Mill YouTube Channel, that’s where!

Simply click this link to visit the page, and you’ll be one a click away from viewing any video you wish. You can see when we rolled out a very special sports car for a little fun, had a backyard barbecue at one of our cottages, and a look at happy hour at the Cherry Blossom Lounge!

After you’ve viewed, be sure to click here to send us an email to let us know your favorite video, and any ideas of what you’d like to see next—we look forward to hearing from you!

Crane’s Mill Resident Vacation Memories: Summer in Prague and Beyond

We asked our residents to tell us about some of their favorite summer vacation memories. They’ve traveled far and wide, from the Jersey Shore to across the Atlantic, to the west coast and beyond. Here we take a look at a once-in-a-lifetime trip one resident took 67 years ago!

Crane's Mill resident Anna Bihun pictured here on her trip from New York to Prague in 1948. The dress's style indicates the region of her family's origin.

Crane’s Mill resident Anna Bihun pictured here on her trip from New York to Prague in 1948. The dress’s style indicates the region of her family’s origin.

Thanks to Anna Bihun for sharing this exceptional vacation memory. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we have.

In the summer of 1948, future Crane’s Mill resident Anna Bihun took the trip of a lifetime—she spent a summer visiting family in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Mrs. Bihun’s flight took off from Prague in July—with no meals served on board. To compensate, the plane landed for food (and likely fuel) in Newfounland, Shannon, Irelend, Belgium, Germany, and—finally—Prague.

Anna visited one week in Prague, and one week in a resort in the Tatra Mountains in the Carpathian Mountain Range.

The rest of the summer was spent in Slovakia—Bratislava City near Vienna, and nearby villages.

Mrs. Bihun visited her two grandmothers, many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She reported a great climate including cool, refreshing nights.

It sounds like an amazing trip, and we are so happy that Anna could share her memories with us, and in turn, with you. Stay tuned—we hope to share more of our residents’ memories in the future.