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"May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go." - Irish Blessing

If the approach of St. Patrick's Day puts you in the mood for corned beef and cabbage (and other traditional Irish fare), you will find plenty of leads in this issue! But if you don't see your favorite eatery listed, no worries! We don't claim to know everything, and strongly suspect your restaurant of choice will offer Irish specials this weekend through the holiday. The photo above depicts last year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hackettstown, which will be stepping off for the 12th time on Sunday. (Check out the snow on the ground!) We also have Friday the 13th upon us, and other interesting happenings, so keep washing those hands and get out there and celebrate! (But please stay home if you are sick.) Happy Wanderings!

Starting March 11, 2020

This Week: 

St. Patrick's Grand Marshal Reception

Thursday, March 12, 2020 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

Reception to honor 2020 St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal, Mr. Joe Barnes from Hacketstown, Ireland. The reception dinner features a live performance by Rory O’Moore School of Pipes and Drums and a dance performance by Slattery School of Irish Dance.

Friday the 13th Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt w/ Jason Voorhees

Friday, March 13, 2020 -
9:00am to 10:00pm

Blairstown Museum hosts 13 hours of fun on Friday the 13th to celebrate everyone's favorite slasher, Jason Voorhees! Events include photos with Bunny Jason all day; a F13-themed Moonlight Easter Egg Hunt; and meet the cast and crew of the highly anticipated movie His Name Was Jason... A Friday The 13th Fan Film! (Sorry, the Jason Trolley Tours of local sites where the original movie was filmed in 1979 is sold out!)

Fitness Friday Hikes -CANCELED

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:00am
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:00am

Get your hiking boots out and enjoy the fresh air! Hikes must be registered for in advance, please call 973-347-1835. Beginner, intermediate & advanced level hikes will be offered.

Backyard Poultry CANCELLED

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:30am

Interested in raising your own flock of chickens or ducks for eggs or meat? Come learn the basics and have your questions answered by Hank Bignell Jr., M.S. Senior Program Coordinator. 

Friday the 13th Classic Slasher Film at Roy's Hall

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 7:00pm
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 9:00pm

In 1979 filmmaker Sean S. Cunningham chose the area in and around scenic Blairstown as the location to film his low budget horror flick. When the movie debuted on May 9, 1980 it started a genre of filmmaking that has remained popular ever since. Celebrate this cult classic with your choice of two screenings at Roy's Hall, which makes a cameo appearence in the movie.

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Brook Hollow Winery: Custom Wood Sign and Sip

Friday, March 13, 2020 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Create your own Custom Wood Sign, let your imagination run wild and create a sign for your home, office, or a gift, at this craft and sip event that supports Citizens for Sustainable Development.

St. Paddy's Weekend at Buck Hill

Friday, March 13, 2020 to Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all weekend, Friday trhough Tuesday, with Irish fare specials and introducing new Buck Brews!

Maple Sugaring Program at Millbrook Village - CANCELLED

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Join National Park Service rangers and Millbrook Village Society volunteers to celebrate the approach of spring with the North American tradition of maple sugaring. American Indians, early settlers, and their descendants all looked forward to collecting and boiling the sap of locally abundant sugar maple trees. Experience this tradition for yourself! See and participate in the “sugaring” process from the tree to the table. Woodstove and outdoor cooking demonstrations will showcase the use of maple products in recipes common during the 1800s. Admission is free.

Wine Tasting Basics Class-POSTPONED

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Saturday, March 21, 2020 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Train your tastebuds to taste! Learn to discern fruit and other flavor notes, levels of tannins, acids, oak and other characteristic flavor components for white vs. red wines; then learn the steps to properly tasting a wine.

St. Patrick's Celebration at Four Sister's Winery

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -
11:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 -
11:00am to 4:30pm

Festivities include piped music that will have everyone's toes tapping, traditional Corned beef sliders ($10), wine by the glass or bottle, and St. Paddy's Punch (prices vary).

St. Patrick Dinner Dance

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -
6:15pm to 11:00pm

An evening of good food, singing, and dancing with friends. Entertainment by George Moran, who has played resorts, country clubs, cruise lines, and adult communities.

Sham-Rock the House

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm

$20/person includes entertainment by Kitty and Dave of DW Wilson Inc., snacks and prizes. Cash bar.

Roy's Hall: Robbie Fulks, with Don Elliker

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00pm

Singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks was one of the more heralded talents in the alternative country movement, with a gift for writing incisive and evocative songs in the country and pop traditions and displaying an offbeat, sometimes dark sense of humor in many of his best moments. Self styled NJ singer/songwriter and all-around raconteur Don Elliker opens the show at 8pm.

SoMa Downtown Grill: Kira & Jake

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Acoustic music from the duo of Kira Crissinger, lead vocals, and Jake Schmoyer, acoustic guitar and vocals.

12th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade POSTPONED

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 3:30pm

This Irish-American tradition attracts more than 14,000 visitors—making this parade one of the biggest events in Hackettstown. Streets fill with enthusiasm as families, residents and visitors line up along the curb, in store windows and porches to celebrate and witness the festive parade, stepping off at 3:30 p.m.

Saint Patrick’s Day at The BTI-TAKEOUT ONLY

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm

Blairstown Inn will offer traditional Irish dinner and drink specials all weekend (homemade corned beef and cabbage, green beer) but stop in on March 17 in your best Irish garb for some shenanigans!


Free Tech Help for Senior Citizens

Thursday, March 5, 2020 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Friday, March 13, 2020 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

BY APPOINTMENT: You can learn technology at any age! Warren Hills High School Streak Nation Service Club offers Free Tech Help by appointment to senior citizens in Warren County. If you know of a senior citizen who could use help with ANY Tech Device including computers, cell phones and tablets, complete this LINK for a Personal Tech Help appointment, or email a request to: henningj@warrenhills.org.

Free Art Classes for Budding Artists

Monday, March 2, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020

Budding Artists' spring session of classes (Where Art and Math Meet) is open for registration for kids ages 5-18. These free classes meet Mondays in March. Choose a time: 4-5:15pm or 6-7:15pm.

Community Corner: 

Washington BID Lunch & Learn: Economic Development

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:45am

Come for lunch and information about the Warren County Economic Development Committee with EDC President Mitchell Jones and committee members Linda Stettler and Melanie Thiel.  Hear what the EDC does to benefit Warren County and come with any questions you may have.  Cost: $15/advance, $20/door.

“Remember the Ladies”: Women of the American Revolution

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -
10:30am to 11:30pm

Abigail Adams, in a letter to John Adams dated March 31, 1776, exhorted him to "Remember the Ladies." In celebration of Women's History Month, join Joel Farkas, volunteer docent at Washington's Headquarters in Morristown, to "remember the ladies" of the Revolutionary War. Farkas will discuss what it was like to be a woman at that time, health and medicine for women in Colonial times, our country's "First Ladies" - women who made a difference - and myths about well-known women such as Betsy Ross.

Plan Ahead: 

Blood Drive at Physical Therapy Plus

Friday, March 20, 2020 -
3:00pm to 8:00pm

Help save lives by participating in this local Blood Drive hosted by Physical Therapy Plus and conducted by American Red Cross. Every blood donor is a hero!

Fabulous Fridays in the Borough-CANCELED

Friday, March 20, 2020 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Every third Friday of the month shops and restaurants will be open late in Downtown Washington Borough, offering live music in several places, fun and activities for all ages. Family Friendly!

Spring Break Comedy Show - CANCELLED

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00pm

Family Promise of Warren County announces its annual evening of fun and laughter featuring the comedy of Mick Thomas, who will be joined by three other comedians, Glen Jensen, Alex Barnett, and Phil Sweet. Come out for lots of laughs, food, 50/50 raffle, cash bar - all for a good cause. Doors open at 6:30pm; show starts at 8pm.

The Seamus Egan Project-POSTPONED-date TBD

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00pm

Legendary Irish musician Seamus Egan plays the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin and tin whistle, among other instruments. Founder of the popular band Solas, he brings not only his multiple talents but also those of several musical colleagues to the the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Peter Karp "Magnificent Heart" Album Release Show- POSTPONED- new date TBA

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00pm

Karp’s striking new album, Magnificent Heart, is a stirring collection of songs and observations, that bends the boundaries from blues to ballads, all conveyed with the insight and authority for which Karp’s come to be known. Doors open at 7:30 for the 8pm show. General admission $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Murder Mystery Dinner at Four Sisters Winery-SOLD OUT

Sunday, March 22, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

An enchanted fun-filled afternoon! Formal wine tasting followed by dinner, dessert and dessert wine. Characters are selected and the mysterious plot of the evening begins. $45/person includes tax and souvenir wine glass.

The Dan Levinson Sexet at Rutherfurd Hall - POSTPONED

Sunday, March 22, 2020 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

The 2017 winner of Hot House Magazine's "NYC Jazz Fans Decision" award for Best Clarinetist, Dan Levinson is equally at home as both a band leader and sideman, having backed such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman and Leon Redbone. Check out the hot jazz from his sextet at historic Rutherfurd Hall.

Shippen Manor Talk: Jersey Girls in the Women's Suffrage Movement

Sunday, October 11, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, Shippen Manor presents a talk by Jan Hunold on "Jersey Girls in the Women's Suffrage Movement." From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Alice Paul, the program covers the women's suffrage movement from its beginnings in the mid-1800s through the passing of the 19th Amendment. Seating is limited and registration is required for this event.

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