Crane’s Mill Blog: Candleberry

Happy New Year from Crane’s Mill!

Happy New Year to you and yours! Our residents are ringing in the 2018 in style. First, there’s a special New Year’s Cocktail Party in Towne Square. It’s an annual tradition, complete with passed hors d’oeuvres and a raw bar with ice sculpture. Then, dinner is served in the Candleberry Dining Room and Heartwood Cafe, where residents are welcome to bring the wine or spirit of their choice. Finally, the night really takes off with a performance from the Dean Tomanelli Jazz Trio. Mr. Tomanelli has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Rainbow Room, The Plaza Hotel, The Waldorf Astoria, and …Read More »


Towne Square: Our Community’s Central Spot

Any visit to Crane’s Mill starts with Towne Square—the community’s central spot for activities, dining, entertainment, and more! A short, indoor walk from every apartment, Towne Square boasts a number of important destinations for our residents’ daily life. Each of our dining venues are located right in Towne Square. So, if you’re interested in a five-course, restaurant-style dinner in the Candleberry, a quick a-la-carte bite from the Heartwood Cafe, or groceries from the Corner Market, you simply follow the signs toward Towne Square. Fitness and exercise are paramount as we age, and our gym and indoor pool are located just …Read More »


The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan – Here’s How it Works

We get a lot of questions about the outstanding dining experience here at Crane’s Mill, many of which concern how our meal plan fits in to our residents’ monthly fees. Dig in to the info below—it should provide you with a solid overview of how the plan works. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us via email at cranesmill@lsmnj.org. The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan is designed to give residents an array of choices in how and when they dine in the community. Each resident has the flexibility to choose to eat more than one meal per …Read More »


Watch: Dining Options at Crane’s Mill

Watch this video for a colorful look at the dining options available at our community. Crane’s Mill residents enjoy an array of dining options including a restaurant-style, five-course experience in the Candleberry Dining Room, casual fare three times a day in the Heartwood Cafe, grocery shopping in the Corner Market, happy hour in the Cherry Blossom Lounge, and private dining in the Mill Room. …Read More »


Summer Breeze: Live Updates from our Sinatra-Style Event!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a number of fun updates from today’s event! Guests were treated to an outstanding lunch menu, including a choice of Chicken Francaise or Eggplant Parmesan, plus antipasto, Italian bread, pasta, veggies, and yummy Italian pastries for dessert! As for the entertainment, Stan Gilbert and his band did not disappoint. They played a smooth, seamless hour-long set of crowd favorites including “Fly Me to the Moon” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” before closing with a climactic rendition of “New York, New York.” The dance floor was a welcome addition to the Candleberry …Read More »


March is National Nutrition Month

It seems like every month is now “national something month,” doesn’t it? With that said, here’s one we are happy to get behind: National Nutrition Month! Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics leads the country on a campaign “designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” For Crane’s Mill residents, nutrition and physical activity are paramount, and they’re happy and lucky to have the tools to succeed. For instance, in the Heartwood Cafe and Candleberry Dining Room, our independent living residents have healthy choices available to …Read More »


Thanksgiving Photos – 2015

Our residents enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings! Here are some photos from the big day. We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday too! …Read More »


What’s for Dinner in the Candleberry Dining Room? Check out this recent menu from our retirement community’s main dining venue.

Curious about dinner in the Candleberry Dining Room? It’s offered 7 nights a week from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Our residents can use their flexible meal plan to enjoy this restaurant-style dining experience every single night, but also have the freedom to choose to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the Heartwood Cafe. In the Candleberry, things are a bit more formal. Residents tend to dress for dinner as they would in a nice restaurant or on a cruise ship. There is a host or hostess at the door, and residents (and their family members) enjoy a fine dining experience …Read More »


Photos: Cooking Demo with Chef Arthur and Elena the Dietician

Guests and residents (and staff!) enjoyed a deliciously informative afternoon as Arthur prepared a scrumptious three-course meal while Elena shared details on the ingredients. The group gathered around the Center Stage display cooking area in the Candleberry Dining Room for a special interactive demo, complete with tastings of each dish! Everyone enjoyed the questions and answers, learning more about the fresh, seasonal ingredients, and getting a chance to taste the food! …Read More »


Crane’s Mill to Host Live, Interactive Cooking Demo

Executive Chef Arthur Marston will take “Center Stage” to for a healthy cooking demo. Char Arthur is the driving force behind one of Northern New Jersey’s top senior living communities, and he’s eager to share a program of healthful, tasty cooking tips and techniques. Event: Interactive Cooking Demo with Executive Chef Arthur Marston Details: Enjoy a taste of the good life as our Executive Chef Arthur Marston presents a cooking demo live at Center Stage. Chef Arthur will prepare a healthy meal while sharing tips of the trade and answering your questions! Small samples will be served. Space is very …Read More »