Reigning In The New Season

What Liberty Hall has to offer during the fall season

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Reigning In The New Season
Amanda Petty

As the leaves change color and the weather cools down, there is a certain feeling in the air that accompanies the fall season. Kean University embraces that feeling by providing programs and events to bring the individuals of the Kean community together.

Tired of the summer heat and ready for autumn? Join the Liberty Hall Museum for their Apple Harvest Time from September to October. This is a great time for people to enjoy the fall weather with family from home or their new Kean University family. “Liberty hall loves hosting Apple Harvest Time…we enjoy seeing people having fun apple-picking on the property and having a great time with each other,” Lacey Bongard, coordinator of Liberty Hall Museum programs, stated. Last year’s Apple Harvest Time was a great success. Bongard looks forward to helping host this event just like last year, “We hope this Apple Harvest is just as great as last year!”

It is important to call before visiting the garden “…to make sure the apples are ripe to pick before their visit,” encouraged Bongard. Kean University students and faculty—with IDs—are free to enter the apple orchards, but others are required to pay $5. A small bag to fill with apples cost $8 and a large bag is $10. The apple orchards of Liberty Hall Museum are open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If students are on the main campus, in between classes, and are in need of a pick-me-up, stop by one of the Starbucks located on campus. Starbucks offers an assortment of fall themed refreshments and goods; the most requested is the spiced pumpkin latte. Back by popular demand, this much-adored flavor offered by the café has recently made a comeback for the fall season. Starbucks offers baked goods to welcome in the season; this includes pumpkin muffins, pumpkin sugar cookies, and pumpkin bread. Only available for a limited time, make sure to pick up these items up before they are gone!

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 come out for a day of fun at Liberty Hall Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At this event, pumpkins are up for grabs—for an additional charge—and there will be a pumpkin carving and painting station. Take a leisurely hayride with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful scenery that is Kean University. To gain entrance to Pumpkin Patch Day, there is a fee: adults are $6, children are $12, and children under three are free.

After joining in on the fun at Pumpkin Patch Day, spend some more time at Liberty Hall Museum for a ghost tour. For one night only, October 25, ghost tours will take place at Liberty Hall Museum at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. For those interested, keep in mind reservations are mandatory in order to go on a ghost tour. The deadline to sign up for a ghost tour is October 18.The fees for the tour are as followed: adults are $20, students and museum members are $18, and children 16 and under are $13. For more information or to make a reservation for Pumpkin Patch Day or a ghost tour, please call 908-527-0400 or email

With plenty of fall themes and activities, Kean University likes to provide its students and faculty with options of ways to spend their free time. Make sure to get involved and embrace the season that is fall.

about the author

Amanda Petty is double majoring in English-writing and communication studies while also pursuing a minor in marketing. Amanda has been a member of The Cougar's Byte, as an Editor and now Senior Editor, since Fall 2014. In her senior year at Kean University, she is excited to strive after a career in book publishing. The ultimate goal is to go into the editorial department, ideally working with young adult fiction.