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With a couple of upcoming events involving the Moravian roots of the Village of Hope, we thought it was a good opportunity to use this beautiful photo by Don Myles of one the village's Moravian-era buildings - this one now the home of First Hope Bank - decorated for the holidays. Read on to learn about these events and more to get you in the holiday spirit. Meanwhile, a reminder that we are here to help you prepare for the season. Head for "The Christmas Tree Belt" (that's us here in Warren County) to pick your Jersey Fresh tree using our guide to choose-and-cut farms found here. Click to our Unique Holiday Gift Guide when shopping for those special someones on your list. And see the Santa Time! page to plan your visit to that right jolly old elf. Happy Wanderings!

Starting December 6, 2017

This Week: 

Jazz+Wine+Tapas Wednesday at Luigi's Rancho

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Featuring Dennis Melillo, guitar and vocals, with Tom Drake, guitar, playing and singing the great American Songbook featuring the songs of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Rodgers/Hart, Rodgers/Hammerstein, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Fats Waller, Cole Porter and many others.

Festival of Trees to Benefit Abilities and The Arc

Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
5:30pm to 8:30pm

An evening of holiday music, gourmet hot and cold food and beverages, and dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Vote for your favorite! This magical event benefits the Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. and The Arc of Warren County.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

A reading of Dickens' classic Christmas tale is part of a festive evening in the beautifully decorated, rustic Waterloo Meeting House at historic Waterloo Village.

Holiday Yule at Roseberry Homestead

Friday, December 8, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Come "jingle and mingle" at the Roseberry House, as you tour the homestead and celebrate the holiday season with history, music, refreshments, and a possible visit from a jolly old man! All ages welcome!

Mini Barn Quilt Paint Night in Blairstown

Friday, December 8, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Paint your very own 12"x12"  Mini Wooden Barn Quilt at Barber on Main! Choose from a variety of colors; not just the holiday theme pictured. $32 includes all supplies and instruction. BYOB.

It’s A Wonderful Life ~ A Live '40s Radio Play

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 2:30pm

This beloved American holiday classic is performed on the Roy's Hall stage as a live '40s radio broadcast, as the ensemble brings a few dozen characters to life. "Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends."

Breakfast with Santa at Chick-fil-A

Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
8:00am to 10:00am
Saturday, December 16, 2017 -
8:00am to 10:00am

Go to Chick-fil-A for a memorable morning filled with fun, Christmas activities and enjoy Breakfast with Santa!

Cookies and Corks at Villa Milagro

Saturday, December 9, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017

A gift made by hand is a gift from the heart. Come on out to make crafts out of corks. $15 at the door ($10 online) includes wine tasting; gift glass to take home; all the corks you can use; use of gluegun and glue; a glass of Feliz Navidad and cookies. $5 for kids.

Special Tasting at Alba Vineyard

Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

The holiday season is upon us. With only a few weeks left for shopping why not take a break for a wine tasting and melt the holiday stress away!

Washington Art Walk

Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Are you coming to Hometown Holidays? Join 5 East Art Gallery for Washington Borough’s Second Saturdays Art Walk as well! 

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

"A Stomping We Will Go" at our Barefoot Grape Stomping! $35 per person (plus tax & service fee).  Advanced tickets required. Call for tickets at 908-475-3671.

Hometown Holiday in Washington Borough

Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Santa Claus is coming to town! Help light the Christmas Tree at Borough Hall then parade with us to the Pocket Park for our second tree lighting, plus a Menorah lighting to celebrate Chanukah. Crafts for the kids, seasonal music. And don't forget to have your picture taken with Santa!

Young Performers Workshop: Festival of Shows: The Pajama Game

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 5:00pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:00pm

The YPW starts this season's Festival of three shows with The Pajama Game, winner of the 1955 Tony for Best Musical. More than half a century later, it claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical, proving that the story is truly timeless.

Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo: Christmas Pastorale

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Villa Milagro features internationally renown guitar duo Laura Oltman & Michael Newman performing a Christmas Pastorale with the music of Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Brahms and more.

The Cool Hand at Rock Creek

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:00pm

The Cool Hand is a three piece Grateful Dead and Classic Rock band featuring 15-year-old Luke Youngman on guitar and lead vocals.

Holiday Wellness Fair

Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
11:00am to 3:00pm

A holiday shopping meets wellness event where you can choose your own scents to make body scrub, aromatherapy sprays, and much more! These products make great gift baskets or stocking stuffers. Affordable, toxin free, and local. There will be an aromatherapy Play Dough table set up for kids, a $1/minute massage table for adults, and more!

Holiday Fairy Hair

Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Get your bling on! Visit The White Raven and get colorful strands of Fairy Hair woven into your hair. Surprise your friends and family at holiday events.

Houston Person with The Dave Leonhardt Trio at Rutherfurd Hall

Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Houston Person is known as the “The Boss Tenor Crown.” He’s performed in the hard bop and swing genres, but most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz. Person is also known for his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing.  David Leonhardt, jazz pianist and composer, is a highly skilled and versatile artist with a passion to bring the jazz and creative music experience to as many people in the world as he can.


Young Performers Workshop: Festival of Shows: A Class Act

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 8:00pm

The Tony Award winning lyricist of A Chorus Line, Edward Kleban, was determined to write both the words and music for a Broadway show, a goal unrealized in 1987 when he died of cancer at the age of 48.  Only posthumously would Ed's songs garner the acclaim they always deserved, in the biographical musical A Class Act, which dramatizes his often hilarious, ultimately heartbreaking journey. An ensemble of 7 inhabit the colorful gallery of friends and loved ones in Ed's life including the legendary acerbic Lehman Engle, the relentlessly peppy Marvin Hamlisch, and Uber-creative Michael Bennett. 

Holiday Market at Hawk Pointe

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

One-stop Holiday Shopping! Shop small, shop local this holiday. Multiple crafters/vendors and gifts for everyone on your list!


Christmas In The Country

Saturday, November 4, 2017 to Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Well-Sweep garden fairies transform the shop into a Christmas wonderland, the greenhouse is stocked, and seasonal wreaths and arrangements are available. Enjoy complimentary hot mulled cider and cookies, bring your holiday guests and come visit!

Christmas in the Country Trail

Friday, November 24, 2017 to Sunday, December 24, 2017

Start your Christmas tradition by visiting three of Warren County’s most unique, family-owned farms all within 4 minutes of each other.  Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm, Mackey’s Orchard and Four Sisters Winery invite your family to enjoy a fun-filled day of Christmas trees, baked goods, wine tasting and much more on the Christmas in the Country Trail!

Disney's Newsies The Musical: A Family Holiday Spectacular

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 2:00pm

FINAL PERFORMANCES! Centenary Stage Company's production of Disney's NEWSIES The Musical wraps up this week after a run that is attracting great reviews. It is New York City 1899 and Jack Kelly and his ragtag of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets.  But when the prices of "papers" are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but "open the gates and seize the day"! NOTE: Saturday's matinee will be a special "sensory friendly" performance suitable for children with autism.

United Way Gift Drive

Monday, December 11, 2017

United Way of Northern New Jersey is seeking the assistance of area residents and businesses to purchase holiday gifts and winter coats for individuals in need during its United Way Gifts of the Season program. The drive is currently underway, concluding on December 11. To request a gift tag, to volunteer, or for more information, email Lisa.Galonardo@UnitedWayNNJ.org, visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org/Gifts2017 or call 973-993-1160 x503.

Community Corner: 

Centenary University Lecture Speaker: Dr. Erin M. Andersen

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

The topic for this lecture is, "Fail Hard and Prosper: Encouraging Exploration in Spaces of Digital Writing". The program is approximately one hour followed by a Q &A session and includes refreshments. This is a free lecture.

Musconetcong Watershed Association 25th Anniversary Dinner Celebration

Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Musconetcong Watershed Association to celebrate its 25th anniversary! Help celebrate this major milestone for the organization as well as the 150th anniversary of the Asbury Mill it is restoring. Next year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Federal Wild & Scenic Act, under which the Musconetcong River is protected. There will be a premiere of a Wild & Scenic video featuring the Musconetcong River, dinner, music, a silent auction, and recognition of honored guests.

Morris Canal Plane 6 (Port Colden) Cleanup

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9:00am

Workdays at Plane 6, Port Colden are scheduled for the following Saturdays: December 2, 9 & 16.

Plan Ahead: 

Kids Winter Paint Party

Thursday, December 14, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join Rutherfurd Hall for a night full of creativity & inspiration! During this paint night, you will learn, step-by-step, how to paint a jolly Snowman!

Adult Wine and Paint Night

Thursday, December 14, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Calling aspiring artists and wine lovers! Come join Rutherfurd Hall for a cozy night out to celebrate the Holiday Season! Learn to paint a vintage truck full of Fresh Cut Christmas Trees.

The Nutcracker at Centenary Stage Company

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

There’s magic in the air and a sparkle in every smile when The Nutcracker comes to town. “This is the most enchanting fairy tale of a child's most unforgettable Christmas,” says NJCYB Director, Christine Taylor, “Through the narration; young children can understand a fanciful story, while the rest of us realize that this is truly a story of life, love, and the holiday spirit.”

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Sunday, December 17, 2017 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

In this workshop we are going to create a long lasting greens centerpiece decorated in your personal style to be the highlight of your holiday table.

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