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"I think Mardi Gras is a symbol that we're down but not out." - Arthur Hardy, fifth generation New Orleanian and Mardi Gras authority

How about taking our minds off today's weather woes by looking forward to something fun, like Mardi Gras? Yes, it's a tad early, but you can start getting festive by creating your own mask, sculpture hat, and egg shaker at a free workshop this weekend. Bring your own materials and craft your own unique look to present at the big parade coming up next weekend! Meanwhile, there's music, theater, nature, arts and more happening, so read on! And if you're a musician who wants to be part of a Warren County event this June, check out "More Things to Do" below. Happy Wanderings!

Starting February 20, 2019

This Week: 

Driftwood Returns to Roy’s Hall

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 8:00pm

Driftwood is a sharpened band with skilled songwriters. The sum of their seasons together has not only strengthened their fabric, but their current songwriting and recordings as well.

Sip 'n' Soup at Villa Milagro

Saturday, February 23, 2019 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, February 24, 2019 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

It's cold outside! Take the chill off with a sip of delicious Villa Milagro wines paired with a sample of two savory soups.

Winter Nature Walk at White Lake

Saturday, February 23, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Explore and learn about the natural wonders of winter. Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander on a ramble along the trails at White Lake to learn how to identify all that brown stuff out there.

Country Music Night at William's Irish Tavern

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

It's a Country Night at Willy's! Bill Ihling will be playing classic country tunes, then DJ Eric Walls and DJ Rupe will be playing in between sets to keep the night going!

Wine Glass Paint'n'Sip Fundraiser

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Make a beautifully designed wine glass with a few simple instructions from The Artsy Palette instructor, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Delaware from the SoMa Downtown Grill. Event proceeds benefit the organization Phillipsburg Area Arts Community. You'll be working with brushes and stencils to ensure an amazing wine glass! No experience necessary.

Free Mask Making, Sculpture Hat Design Open Studio

Friday, February 1, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, February 24, 2019 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Let's get in the festive Mardi Gras spirit and create some wildly cool pieces to wear and noise-makers to shake during the upcoming Easton - Phillipsburg Mardi Gras Parade!

James McMurtry in Concert with Special Guest A. J. Croix at Roy's Hall

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 8:00pm

This Texas singer/songwriter known for his hard-edged character sketches comes from a literary family: his father, novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, gave James his first guitar at age seven, and his mother, an English professor, taught him how to play it. Meanwhile, singer-songwriter A.J.Croix mixes Rock 'n' Roll with Outlaw Country and American Roots, writing songs that speak of rebellion, salvation and the optimism that could only come from one’s true-life experiences.


Centenary Stage Co. presents: An Enemy of the People

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:30pm
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:00pm

What happens when the truth comes up against the will of the majority? This drama follows Tom Stockmann, a geologist who discovers dangerous water pollution in the Springs, a highly-anticipated resort that recently opened in his Norwegian town. In Tom's mind, the path to a solution is clear: inform the public and close the resort to prevent a crisis. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for the truth.

Community Corner: 

Lopatcong Drama Club Presents: The Addams Family

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 2:00pm

Lopatcong Drama Club invites you to pay visit to America’s darkest iconic family.  In this comedic musical, the grown Wednesday Addams brings home a “normal” boyfriend to meet her not-so-normal family and shakes the family tree.

Venison Dinner at Mountain Lake Fire Co.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

A seven-course venison feast will benefit the MLFC Truck Fund, $35/person. Call 475-4400. Seating is at 5:30pm; dinner at 6pm in the Lake View Room.

More Things to Do: 

Call for Musicians, Artists, Authors and Classic Cars

Want to be a part of ParkFest? Planning is underway for the 3rd Annual ParkFest @ Bread Lock Park on Saturday, June 8, and organizers are seeking solo and duo acts to entertain. Plug into our sound system and perform a 45-minute set. Applications for the audition process are due by March 15, and can be obtained by sending an email to morriscanal@co.warren.nj.us. Also, artists, authors, historical groups, and classic car owners can learn more about participating by sending a message.

Plan Ahead: 

St. Patrick's Celebrity Bartender Series: Hackettstown BID

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join their St. Patrick’s Grand Marshall, James Travis, and other local celebrities for a good time as they help serve drinks and mingle two evenings in February, from 6pm-close, to support the St. Patrick’s Parade committee. These bar crawl nights will lead up to the 11th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade on March 10.

BOOTCAMP for your Taste Buds at Villa Milagro

Saturday, March 2, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm

Never sure which wine to choose? Can't tell a chardonnay from Chablis? Train your taste buds at one of these sessions! 

"Day of the Arts" at Lopatcong Middle School

Saturday, March 2, 2019 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

It's a free event open to public where children can learn new art forms from skilled artisans and actually take their free, hand-made creations home with them that day.

Easton - Phillipsburg Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 2:00pm

Get your beads, bring your bubbles and get ready to dance in the streets! Mardi Gras is coming to Phillipsburg, with a parade and lots of activities afterward. Get your own Krewe together to be part of the parade, hosted by the Big Easy Easton Brass, the Chambers of Commerce from Phillipsburg and Easton, SoMa and others.

Design A Sign at Rock Creek Tavern

Sunday, March 3, 2019 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Express yourself; make a custom wood sign that showcases your personal style. Select your design from one of their stylish stencils or personalize one that’s uniquely you.

9th Annual Comedy Fundraiser To Benefit Family Promise: The Grapes of Laugh

Saturday, March 9, 2019 -
6:15pm to 10:00pm

Laugh the night away, as Thalia Productions presents a fun night of comedy, magic, food, and wine tasting to benefit Family Promise of Warren County. The evening includes a tasting of wine, a 50/50 raffle, and light fare all leading up to performances by three talented and very funny standup comics, and one magician/comedian. Tickets on sale now.

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