Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Today we celebrate the go-to flavor for ice cream lovers everywhere! Here’s the scoop on this fun holiday:

Chocolate is too obvious. Pistachio is too green. Rum Raisin is too alliterative. That’s why today, we celebrate the smooth, straightforward, stalwart ice cream flavor of choice of millions: vanilla.

Vanilla ice cream is rumored to be created, or at least made popular, by our third president Thomas Jefferson. Having picked up the recipe in France, Jefferson brought the indulgence with him to the new colonies and the rest, as they say, is history. While this may or may not be a bonafide fact, it is fun to give credit to a founding father of our country to also have founded this sweet churned treat.

How will you celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day–with a cup, cone, or perhaps another less conventional ice cream delivery method? Let us know by sending an email, and we’ll be sure to share our favorites right here on the Crane’s Mill Blog!

LSMNJ Employee Appreciation Week at Crane’s Mill

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey hailed its employees during the week of May 14-18, 2018.

The organization, known for compassionate, world-class healthcare, housing, and social welfare programs across the state, held a special week-long celebration to honor its caring staff.

Employees from all areas were honored, including nursing, dining, housekeeping, maintenance, community programming, social services, and administration.

Staff was elated as each day featured a crowd favorite, such as a barbecue lunch, interactive photo booth, and an ice cream truck!

Here are links to some highlights:

Employee Appreciation – Day 1 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 2 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 3 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 4 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 5 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

WMTR AM – Classic Oldies Broadcasting Live from Crane’s Mill

Tune to WMTR AM (1250 AM or streaming online) on Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m. to hear a LIVE broadcast straight from Crane’s Mill!

The WMTR morning show will set up in the heart of Towne Square for a special “Nurses Week” broadcast including interviews with Crane’s Mill residents and staff. Of course, the station will be playing all the classic oldies you know and love, and providing the day’s traffic and weather.

Plus, the team will be playing games and handing out prizes all morning long!

Be sure to stream the show online, and follow the Crane’s Mill Facebook page for live updates throughout the morning!

Celebrating Earth Day

Today marks the 48th annual celebration of Earth Day!

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail lands for a visit to Crane's Mill.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail lands for a visit to Crane’s Mill.

It’s hard to believe this “new” holiday is approaching its golden anniversary. Started in 1970, Earth Day began as a day to “honor the Earth and the concept of peace.”

Today, the tradition continues as people gather to pay tribute to the planet, march for environmental causes, and gather for service projects like neighborhood cleanups.

At Crane’s Mill, we have a special place for Earth Day. Our campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and sits alongside an area of protected wetlands. That means two important things: 1., we’re done building, so all the open space you see is there to stay and 2., our residents get to enjoy a world-class, serene, natural location that provides plenty of room for all sorts of activities.

Some of the ways our residents enjoy their outdoor space include trail walking, bird watching, walks around the landscaped grounds, or simply enjoying the benches around the pond on the west side of campus.

In addition to nature, the campus features some man-made outdoor elements like our bocce court, gazebo, and al fresco dining patio.

On this Earth Day, we’re thankful for the natural beauty of our campus, its surrounding protected land, and the wildlife and plants we are blessed to enjoy all year round.

To see the campus for yourself, visit our contact page to schedule a tour. We would love to show you around.