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"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." 
      - Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), professor and author

Memorial Day Weekend is considered the traditional start to the summer vacation season, but as you know, we are in anything but traditional times. So in a way, it makes us even more conscious of the sacrifices made by members of our military and others making sacrifices right now to keep us safe, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice that we commemorate on this holiday. While most of the usual patriotic parades and ceremonies are canceled, take some time to - as it says at the Warren County War Memorial, pictured here - pause, reflect, and remember. Meanwhile county parks, state parks and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are available, with limitations. Restaurants and wineries and breweries are offering various degrees of takeout and delivery, campgrounds have reopened (read on for those details), and we've got some events, including online ones, in this e-newsletter. Happy Memorial Day and Happy Wanderings!

Memorial Day Weekend and Beyond

This Week: 

Argyle's Fish Fry (Curbside Pickup Only)

Friday, May 22, 2020 -
5:00pm to 7:30pm

The famous Argyle Restaurant known for its fish fry in Kearny may be closed, but you still have a chance to enjoy the original recipes prepared by the former owner, offered for takeout only to be picked up at Brook Hollow Winery.

Miniature Garden Workshop

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 10:00am

Experience the excitement of designing and creating a miniature, magical fairy garden! Choose from all the wonderful houses, fairies and adorable accessories.

More Things to Do: 

Campgrounds Reopen

Private campgrounds are once again permitted to be open, so if you're craving some social distancing in the woods, check out three located in Warren County: Camp Taylor CampgroundDelaware River Family Campground (pictured), and TripleBrook RV & Camping Resort.

There are restrictions and not all facilities are open, but Camp Taylor reports their main bathhouses are open, and while the game room and playground are closed, there are still miles of hiking trails for overnight campers. Hunt for "fairy stones" around the camp, and there are coloriing pages and a walk in the woods check sheet for kids. TripleBrook is open for both seasonal campers and transient guests with their own self-contained campers. While their bathhouses and many amenities remain closed, you can get  outside to enjoy some fresh air and open space. Many of their standard holiday activities have modified them to make them work in the current environment; for example, they are offering arts & crafts in a box – picked up and done on the camper’s site, ice cream truck – taking their ice cream cooler out through the park, and having a drive-in movie with a large 12-foot pop-up screen for cars only to allow for social distancing. Delaware River Family Campground is open for seasonal and transient campers and taking reservations.

Select Restrooms Re-Open in New Jersey’s State Parks and Forests

Here's some welcome news! Not only are state parks and forests open again, but the State Park Service is phasing in the reopening of restrooms. Please be patient with park staff as there are new cleaning protocols in place. Before entering an open restroom, mask up! It's to protect both you and others. The restrooms are open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jenny Jump State Forest (Notch Parking Lot); Kittatinny Valley State Park (Lake Aeroflex Parking Lot); Waterloo Village Historic Site (Comfort Station); and Worthington State Forest (Park Office). Restrooms are NOT available at Stephens State Park. The full list of parks and forests with open restrooms - and the hours, which do vary for some locations - is available on the NJ State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites Facebook page. For more information on the parks, visit their website.  And Tips for Social Distancing While Visiting New Jersey;s State Parks and Natural Areas are available here

Mask Up!

It's a controversial topic, to be sure. Health officials, as well as NJ and Warren County governments, are calling for people to wear masks when out in public. Some object to this instruction, but in our county parks we require visitors to have a mask with them and to wear it when social distancing is not possible.

This doesn’t mean you must wear it when alone on a trail. But you must wear a mask when encountering someone on a narrow path or other times where you might be within six feet of another who isn't in your household. Not only does this help to protect you, but it helps to protect others FROM you. People can be contagious without knowing they are ill.

Additionally, health officials recommend that you wash your hands - frequently - for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available. It's common sense, folks. Be kind to others, be safe, and enjoy your journeys outdoors.

Plan Ahead: 

Rutherfurd Tele-Seminar: Finding YOUR New Normal

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Join Life and Mindset Coach Lina Hollman for a fun and engaging 60 minute program that will provide insights and strategies that will have you feeling more hopeful about your future.

Warren County Farmers Market Opening Day

Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 10:00am

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.

Culinary Herb Workshop

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 10:00am

Visit Flowerland Growers and create a delicious garden of culinary herbs for your enjoyment all summer long! Bring in your own basket or herb planter or choose from one of their unique containers.

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.