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Warren County Wanderings

"Every storm runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day." - from the song Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain) cowritten by country music artist Gary Allan, with Hillary Lindsey and Matt Warren    

Things are looking much brighter today! We hope you weathered Tropical Storm Isaias safely and are returning to normalcy. Weather forecasts through the weekend look pretty good, though there might be a hiccup on Friday. Why a photo of hot air balloons this week, you ask? Because advance tickets are required to attend the Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival, launching in two weeks! See our "Plan Ahead" section below for more. And scroll down for plenty of live music opporunities, as well as this weekend's big event: a Food Truck Fest, benefitting The Arc of Warren County and hosted by Donaldson Farms. Happy Wanderings!

Starting August 5, 2020

 
This Week: 

Honky-Tonk Wednesday at Donaldson Farms

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Country Line Dancing is a terrific way to get a cardio workout while having fun and learning new dance moves! You don't need a pair of cowboy/cowgirl boots or hat to join in on the fun, but if you have them - wear them! $20/person, advance registration required.

Lopatcong Music in the Park: The VooDUDES

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The band cites a variety of influences, infusing Gulf Coast, Zydeco, Rock, Blues, Country & Honky-Tonk, at times creating a “JerZydeco” concoction.

The Cirotti Trio Livestream Performance from Roy's Hall

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 8:00pm

The Cirotti Trio headlines an exclusive live-stream performance from the stage of the historic Roy's Hall in Blairstown, NJ. The trio's members - Joe Cirotti (guitar, lead vocals), Peter Lister (bass, vocals), and Mike Alexander (mandolin, vocals) - are all highly accomplished players and create beautifully textured support for Cirotti's songs. See and hear them LIVE on stage from the safety and comfort of your home and interact with other fans on the live message board before, during and after the show. All proceeds directly benefit the artists and help to keep independent music at Roy's Hall alive during these extraordinary and challenging times.

Friday in the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Guitarist Rob Viola

Friday, August 7, 2020 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm

Relax under the Arbor every Friday, 12-9pm. Seating for 2-4 people on a first come, first serve basis; groups of 5-7 must make a prior reservation. Live music 6:30-8pm ($5/person cover - does not include a wine flight). 

Friday Night Live Music at Brook Hollow: Rich Oritz

Friday, August 7, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Relax on the outside covered porch patio with a bottle of Brook Hollow wine and enjoy the talents of Rich Ortiz. No food will be provided, but feel free to pick up takeout on the way over!

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, August 7, 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, August 9, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Live muisc, weather permitting, Friday and Sunday evenings. August schedule posted on Facebook.

T.G.I. Flynn's

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 6:30pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:30pm
Friday, August 21, 2020 - 6:30pm

Naked Jake on August 7. Reservations are required (and face masks when traveling to and getting up from your table).

Free Lawn Movie: Toy Story 4

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Free Lawn Movies at the Hackettstown Pool Field. The field opens at 7pm and the movie starts at dusk. Refreshments available by The Grove.

Open Mic at Kathy's Kove & Kafe

Friday, August 7, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sidewalk performances to entertain guests at outdoor tables along East Washington Avenue. In addition to open mic opportunities, refreshments will be offered for purchase. Open mic hosting team for the next two weeks will be the talented duo, "Meri Beaucoup" - otherwise known as Corrine and Scott Blachier, a married couple from Somerset.

Sangria Soiree at Villa Milagro

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Taste this delicious Sangria and get some tips on how to make the perfect blend of fruit and wine! While you sip, enjoy the upbeat music of Rob Viola. Pack a picnic to enjoy under the pergola for fresh air and delicious fresh fruit sangria!

2nd Annual Arc Food Truck Fest at Donaldson Farms

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
12:00pm to 8:00pm

Enjoy 15+ gourmet food trucks, a Czig Meister Brewing Company Craft Beer and Hard Seltzer Biergarten, live bands including The Emulators and the Katie Henry Band, games and activities, and more! Hosted by Donaldson Farms, this event will benefit The Arc of Warren County. Guests will be required to wear masks while walking around the event and waiting in line to order and pick up food. Some food trucks will offer text-to-order options to reduce food lines.

Weekend Live Music at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 9, 2020 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Enjoy the beautiful view and live music on the deck with Bill Ihling on Saturday and Ava Hoffman on Sunday. Order some cafe food and a glass or bottle of your favorite wine on the outdoor deck overlooking the picturesque 250-acre farm.

Afternoon Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 9, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Visit Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility for live music each weekend day: John Cain on Saturday and Scott Messina on Sunday. There will be no food for sale, but you are invited to support local proprietors by purchasing a meal from the many restaurants in the area and enjoy it on the outside covered porch patio with a bottle of Brook Hollow Wine.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with two dessert wines. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! Complimentary wine glass included. $42/person includes tax. Call for tickets: 908-475-3671.

Outdoor Event at David's Country Inn

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
5:00pm to 10:00pm

Head to David's Country Inn for great food and a fully stocked bar! No reservations required.  Seating for approximately 85 people in the courtyard, and a large tent in case of a passing shower. 

Audrey's Vineyard Kitchen

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 6:00pm

Sign up now for this Virtual Wine event package that includes one bottle of Luz del Sol, one bottle of Fuego and the main ingredients for TWO easy and delicious Italian dishes. Then follow along with Audrey on Zoom for a virtual guided cooking experience and tasting in the vineyard kitchen.

Saturday Evenings under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Charlie Torre

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Relax under the Arbor Saturday evenings, weather permitting, through September 26. This week's artist: guitarist Charlie Torre. Food available for purchase: freshly made wood-fired pizza, caprese salad, paninis, and charcuterie. Wine Flights - priced at $18-$32/person, includes cover for music. Music from 6-8:30pm - $10 cover, does not include a wine flight. No one under 21 will be admitted.

Story Time In the Pocket Park

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am

All ages welcome! Stories geared towards pre-school age kids, through August 26. August 12, 19 & 26 Story Time and music will be lead by Diana Dove of Dove Environmental Education. Afterward, kids' lunch specials offered for purchase at: Empanada Mamasita, Lost Ladies Cafe, Washington Candy Closet (Unicorn milk shakes and Unicorn bubble tea!)

 
Continuing: 

Sunflower Trail at VonThun Farms

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 to Friday, August 21, 2020

The Sunflower Trail is now open daily, 10am-5pm, and is a great place for pictures, an afternoon out or to cut your own sunflowers! Remember Mother Nature will determine when the Trail will open & close. For questions, call 732-986-6816.

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

Come see your favorite local farmers and food producers at the Blairstown Farmers Market! Open every Saturday through October. Local vegetables, herbs, fruit, meat, eggs, dairy, baked goods, honey, and prepared meals from 25 miles of Blairstown. Plus crafts and kids' activities! 

Washington Farmers Market

Saturday, July 25, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, August 1, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

This weekly Farmers’ Market offers quality fruits and vegetables as well as specialty items with special events throughout the season. 

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, August 9, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 23, 2020 -
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.

The Farmers Market at Rutherfurd Hall

Sunday, August 9, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 23, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

This new Farm Market will run every 2nd & 4th Sunday to October 25, on the beautiful grounds of Rutherfurd Hall. In addition to vegetables, pork, beef, eggs, chicken from GrowingDirt.com, other co-vendors will participate throughout the season, and potentially musicians and food trucks as well.

Uncle Floyd LIVE at Roy's Hall

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 -
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Watch online as Uncle Floyd performs LIVE from the stage at Roy's Hall every Tuesday. It's an interactive evening of hilarity and song at the grand piano. Multiple cameras, professional lighting, and superb audio provide an intimate entertainment experience that's the next best thing to being there in person. Call in and speak to Uncle Floyd or request a dedication.  Tickets are just $5.

 
More Things to Do: 

Warren County Library now offering Curbside Service and Grab and Go Bags!

The Warren County Library System is offering Curbside Service and Grab and Go Bags! Visit the library website to request books, DVDs, magazines, and more! Once your items arrive, you may make an appointment to pick them up. Not sure what to request? Try the library's newest service, Grab and Go Bags! Fill out a quick questionnaire with your interests, and library staff will pull together a bag of items for you. Complete information about these services, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the library website.

A variety of activities continue to be offered online; please refer to the events calendar and Facebook to find out about all the activities for kids and adults you may have been missing!

 
Plan Ahead: 

Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020

The hot air balloon festival that happens each summer is moving to a new location for 2020 for a five-day event that will include drone demonstrations and more. Limited tickets are available due to social distancing requirementsm so get your tickets today! Now in its 20th year, the balloon festival is moving for this year to Warren County Community College, a long-time sponsor and will be held at the college's Drone Port at its campus along Route 57 in Washington Township. Learn more here or go right to their ticketing website to buy tickets.

Knowlton Lions Dinner

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

As the Warren County Farmers Fair is not happening this year, this is a chance to get Knowlton Lions' delicious roasted sweet corn!

Please be advised that we do our best to make sure the information in this message is accurate at the time it is sent. But things happen, plans change, weather can be fickle... you get the idea. Please click on the links provided to other websites to obtain further details and updates.