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“'The children danced off toward the wonderful music and the wonderful adventure and the wonderful excitement, into the wonderful midway where there would be no parents - and they could do as they pleased.'' - from Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

The midway and lots more is available for a weeklong wonderful adventure as the Warren County Farmers' Fair comes back for the 83rd edition after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. And boy, are we ready to see everyone at Warren County's great get-together! Fred G Monster, the fearsome-looking green balloon pictured here, invades the Farmers' Fair on Saturday (opening day) and Sunday, then again on Wednesday, Friday, and closing day next Saturday, August 7. You know what else is back? The Shippen Manor Sunday Lawn Concerts, with the first one of the season featuring old favorites Kinderhook. And what's new? Buttzville Brewing Co. holds its Grand Opening this weekend! Plus, Tuesday is National Night Out, with lots of activities. There's plenty going on, so enjoy the summer weather, and Happy Wanderings!

Starting July 28, 2021

This Week: 

CSC Presents: Always- Patsy Cline

Thursday, July 29, 2021 to Sunday, August 8, 2021

More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963; it is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Complete with down home country humor, true emotion, and even some audience participation, this musical includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight - 27 songs in all.  

Grill Night at Alba Vineyard

Friday, July 30, 2021 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Grill Nights are back! Reservations required - $50/person, wine sold separately. Your choice of steak, fish or chops - all served with seasonal vegetables, potato, and salad. Three seatings every half hour from 5-7pm. 

Evening Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Friday, July 30, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, July 31, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Join Alba Friday and Saturday evenings for wine, food, and music! Waterfront Blue Duo on Friday; Darla Rich Duo on Saturday. Culinary treats available for purchase. Walk-ins for 2-4 adults: tables are first come, first serve; tables for 5-6 adults require a reservation. All guests must be 21+

TGI Flynn's: Truth & Soul

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 6:30pm

Flynn's on the Hill presents Truth & Soul, covering classic music of the '70s to the latest chart topping hits.  No reservations required. Doors open @ 5pm, music starts around 6:30pm.

The JJ Lynch Band at the Draught House

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 9:00pm

Draught House welcomes The JJ Lynch Band performing their own blues-rock originals to '90s and classic rock and roll covers. Come enjoy some good tunes, drinks, and food.

Warren County Farmers' Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, July 31, 2021 to Saturday, August 7, 2021

Where else can you thrill to a hot air balloon ride, eat cotton candy on a carnival midway, watch traditional craftsmen at work, take in a Demolition Derby, and cheer your neighbor on in a tractor pull all in the same place? Yes, the Farmers' Fair, featuring the 21st Hot Air Balloon Festival, is truly a family affair and remains one of the most affordable events around for a day of family fun in the country. Enjoy free musical entertainment throughout the week, mass balloon launches every evening (weather permitting) as well as tethered rides, and traditional county fair shows and and exhibits with livestock, baking & canning, crafts and more. Plus there's a full schedule of ticketed events including tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and a rodeo. The Fair welcomes Czig Meister Craft Brewery in 2021 on opening and closing days (Saturdays), as well as Friday, during Fair hours, and for the young ones, bring them to the Kids Corral for free activities. Also, be sure to stop by the "Warren County and You" building where you'll find your friends from Explore Warren tourism (we who bring you Warren County Wanderings) and displays from other county offices and agencies. See you at the fair!

Buttzville Brewing Co. Grand Opening

Saturday, July 31, 2021 -
12:00pm to 10:00pm

BBC is finally opening its doors! The brewery will be open 12pm-10pm or until they run out of beer! Tap list to be announced soon. Wear your Buttzville Brewing t-shirt to show your support and to be part of a group photo that will be hung up in the taproom.

Wine and Song featuring Dylan Carter and Joe Izen Live @ Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, July 31, 2021 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm

Enjoy the musical stylings all weekend of pianist Dylan Carter and guitarist Joe Izen while savoring a glass or bottle of your favorite FSW wine on the outdoor deck overlooking the picturesque 250-acre farm. Vineyard View Bistro menu available.

Afternoon Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Saturday, July 31, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm

Join Alba every weekend afternoon for wine, food, and music! Corinne Mammana Quartet on Saturday; Eric Mintel Quartet on Sunday. Culinary treats available for purchase. Walk-ins for 2-4 adults: tables are first come, first serve; tables for 5-6 adults require a reservation. All guests must be 21+. 

Music under the Pergola at Villa Milagro

Saturday, July 31, 2021 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

This weekend features Kerry Blue, Dave Antonow and Lou Czechowski. Bring a lunch, buy a glass of wine and listen to the sounds of some great musicians.

Farm to Table Dinner @ VonThun Farms

Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 5:30pm

Chef Kelly Carroll will be at it again cooking a delicious roundup of 8-10 tasting courses utilizing almost exclusively homegrown produce, beef, and honey from our farm. Tickets to our Farm to Table Dinner are $110 per person and include a hayride tour around the farm, admission to the New Jersey Sunflower Trail and 3 u-cut sunflowers and an eight course tasting menu served tableside.

Moss Henry & the Bryophytes at Ramsaysburg

Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 6:00pm

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the performance under the canopy of trees in the Riverside Amphitheater at Ramsaysburg Homestead. Picnic tables are available. The sound of Moss Henry & The Bryophytes is created by an amalgam of veteran musicians with diverse musical backgrounds who have converged around the axis of country roots. No contemporary country/pop, just an unrepentant mix of tunes from the Opry and honky tonks. $10 suggested donation. Gates open at 5pm for 6pm performance.

Sunday Fun Day @ Sunflower Trail featuring Jersey Cyclone Brewing

Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Come out to the New Jersey Sunflower Trail at Von Thun Farms for their first Sunday Fun Day of the summer! Cas' Pierogi & Kielbasa will be serving up delicious food (10am - 5pm) and Jersey Cyclone Brewing out of Somerset, NJ will be pouring their craft beer (12pm - 5pm).

Civil War Day with the 27th Reg't at Shippen Manor Museum

Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

The 27th NJ will be set up on the grass along the lower drive. Tours of the interior of the Manor is "to be determined." Volunteers and staff will be on site to answer any questions our visitors have pertaining to the history of the Manor.

Toast to Tokyo Wine Cocktails @ Villa Milagro

Saturday, July 31, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

As the Olympics come to an end, we are toasting Tokyo with three wine cocktails: Geisha Dreams, Dark Kamikazi and Ichigo Innocence. $15 includes tasting of 7 wines your choice of one cocktail to enjoy (choose from a selection of 3) gift glass to keep live music (see Music at Milagro).

Open Mic Night @ Genesis Farm Playground

Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Bring a blanket, your tambourine and a picnic dinner to enjoy the musical sounds at Genesis Farms! No sign up required though donations are encouraged.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert- Kinderhook

Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Post-pandemic Shippen Manor Lawn Concerts return! Kinderhook A six-piece, high-energy country rock act that plays a unique blend of original music mixed with their own takes on classic cover songs. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a picnic basket if you wish, and enjoy the free concert.

Rich Berry @ Four Sisters Winery

Friday, July 30, 2021 -
4:00pm to 8:30pm

Enjoy the musical stylings of Rich Berry and all that Four Sisters has to offer this Friday evening.


Barnyard Buddies @ VonThun Farms

Friday, July 23, 2021 -
9:30am to 10:30am
Friday, July 30, 2021 -
9:30am to 10:30am

Barnyard Buddies is a program that was designed for kids ages 2-8 who have an interest in farm life and love the outdoors. Learn about Chicken & Eggs on July 23 and Bugs & Bees on July 30!

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, July 24, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 31, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 7, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

Come see your favorite local farmers and food producers at the Blairstown Farmers Market!

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, July 25, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 1, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 8, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Formerly known as the Belvidere Farmers' Market, the Warren County Farmers' Market provides a venue where local farmers, producers, and artisans come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and related products directly to the consumer. Open every Sunday, and live music has been known to happen there!

Community Corner: 

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 5:00pm

National Night Out, a nationwide, annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, will be celebrated in a number of Warren County communities. Join Board of County Commissioners Director James R. Kern III and Sheriff James J. McDonald Sr. at one of the seven events here, as the communities offer a range of activities in their respective celebrations. Click to find details on times and locations for each event.

Plan Ahead: 

Medicinal Plants discussion hosted by North Warren Garden Club

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 6:30pm

Curious about nature’s pharmacy? Join us for a discussion about medicinal plants lead by Reid Giacomarra from the Sussex Food Co-op. Tuesday’s meeting will be held at member Marcia Pepe’s home, located at 649 Route 94, just west of Yellow Frame Church. Please pull onto the grass on the left when pulling in if the paved parking area is full.

Wine Dinner at Alba Vineyard

Sunday, August 15, 2021 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy dishes created by Chef Anthony Fiore and tasting them alongside wines that originated in Alba's estate vineyard. Seating is outdoors under the arbor; in case of rain seating will be in the tank room. Relaxing music by pianist Dan Dechellis.

Dine in the Vines at Villa Milagro

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 6:30pm

Chefs Sara Beth and Kim of Sara Beth's Catering in Lebanon, NJ will prepare a classic Italian dinner with recipes spanning the boot from Milano to Sicily. Come treat your taste buds! Cost is $75 per person. Wine tasting starts and 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. Wine is also available by the glass or bottle for purchase. Seating is limited to 42 people, and these events usually sell out in advance. Reserve your seat today!

Comedy Night benefiting Family Promise of Warren County

Friday, August 27, 2021 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Enjoy a comedy night benefiting benefit Family Promise of Warren County. The show at Invertase Brewing Company will be headlined by comedian Glen Tickle as seen on Dry Bar Comedy, Amazon Prime, and Travel Channel. He'll be joined by fellow comedians Phil Sweet, Terry Ann Zander, Aliya Brown, and Jason Brown. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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