Pie Baking Contest at Crane’s Mill

The pie baking contest was filled with fun! Crane’s Mill resident Don D., the only gentleman in the contest, took home top prize!

On Friday, November 30, Crane’s Mill held the community’s first ever pie baking contest. There were eight entries in all, including pumpkin, apple, key lime, sweet potato, and even an apple-free “mock apple” pie!

Pies were blind-taste-tested by a panel of judges (one resident, Ms. Phyllis Novick, and two staff members–Chad Murin, VP and Executive Director, and Tom Ragusa, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications). The judges scored the delectable entries on their taste, texture, and appearance.

The first-place winner was the “Z-crust Apple Pie,” submitted by Don D., the only male resident in the contest. Don began baking his pies as a way to prove that not only women could bake a delicious apple pie, and based on the judges and the crowd in attendance, it’s clear the Don has broken any pie gender barrier that may exist.

A fun time was had by all, with plenty of pie-tasting and a bunch of laughs in between bites! We’re all looking forward to the next competition.

Join the Mill Club and Fill Your Calendar with Fun!

Mill Club offers New Jersey retirees a glimpse of the good life

“We wish we’d made our move earlier,” is something we hear often from residents at Crane’s Mill. There are simply so many fantastic services, amenities, activities and people that it’s no surprise once a resident moves in, they quickly realize the fun, carefree way of life at Crane’s Mill is one to envy.

Now you have a chance to experience a taste of this exclusive lifestyle before you make your move by joining the Mill Club.

Mill Club Membership Benefits include:

-12 complimentary dinners in our Candleberry Dining Room
-Complimentary use of our fitness center and pool
-One-time session with our personal trainer who will assess your strength and flexibility and then customize a fitness program tailored to your individual needs
-Priority knowledge of specific Apartments or Cottages that become available
-Personal assistance from a Professional Transition Counselor when you are ready to make your move
-Exciting day trips and weekend excursions
-Special luncheons for the Mill Club members only
-And much more!

Join the Mill Club today! Call us at 973-276-3001 or simply send us an email for more information.

Meet Nicole Smith – Crane’s Mill’s Director of Community Programming

Enjoy this video featuring one of our passionate staff members.

Nicole is responsible for planning our community’s activities, live entertainment, educational programming, and so much more. Enjoy a look into a day in her life at Crane’s Mill–we think you’ll agree that her passion for our residents’ enjoyment and well-being is second to none.

Area Attractions: Location is Everything

Seniors living at Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey, are only a short distance to many great area attractions.

Location is everything…Crane’s Mill has the best of the best!

The staff at Crane’s Mill does an amazing job of bringing live entertainment, cultural activities, and more. But what’s truly special about Crane’s Mill is that residents are only a short jaunt to many different area attractions.

Museums, movie theaters, malls, restaurants, parks, and even daily errands are right around the corner … and transportation is fully included for all Crane’s Mill residents.

Please click here for more details on specific area attractions, including the Turtle Back Zoo, Montclair Art Museum, Yogi Berra Stadium, and more!

Why Crane’s Mill Residents Love Our Location!

Crane’s Mill is located in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The retirement community’s location combines secluded nature with a convenient Essex County location.

Crane’s Mill residents love our location—it’s surrounded by nature yet close to everything.

‘459 Passaic Avenue’ sounds like a standard enough address. However, it’s anything but ordinary. Home to Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community, 459 Passaic Avenue reads like a dream destination for those who like nature AND the allure of being in the heart of all the action.

The Crane’s Mill campus is situated on 48 beautiful acres with a Certified Wildlife Habitat and a picturesque pond. In addition, there are walking trails that lead to West Essex Park—a 1,361 acre park which is home to numerous trails, the Hatfield Swamp, and so much more.

Of course, that’s if you head west. If you leave the community via the main exit, you come to Passaic Avenue, which leads to the Caldwells to the North and Livingston to the South. In the Caldwells in particular, Crane’s Mill residents find themselves only one mile to shopping (Shop-Rite, Stop and Shop, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, CVS, and many small shops, just to name a few), restaurants (Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, and more!), and public transportation to New York City is across the street. Plus, downtown Montclair is only about 5 miles away, home to many acclaimed restaurants, shopping, and the Montclair Art Museum.

What’s more, Crane’s Mill is close to the Paper Mill Playhouse, Yogi Berra Stadium and Museum, the Turtle Back Zoo, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and countless other cultural attractions, malls, and movie theaters.

Then, when residents return home to Crane’s Mill, they’re back in the serene, quiet setting that feels like miles away from anywhere—yet it’s only one mile away from everywhere.

Visit us for yourself—call us at 973-276-3001 to schedule a tour, or click here to visit our contact page.