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"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." - Larry Wilde, comedian, actor and motivational speaker

The choose-and-cut season here in the Christmas Tree Belt (that's Warren County, where the soils and climate make for the best Christmas trees) got off to a roaring start over the Thanksgiving weekend. You won't want to delay and miss out, so click here for Warren County members of the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association and find a place to make family memories. Pictured here is Wyckoff's Tree Farm near Belvidere. Other holiday events are ahead in this week's Wanderings edition, including A Christmas Carol on stage in Hackettstown, with a special online performance this Sunday. Read on, then bundle up (and mask up!) and head out. Happy Wanderings!

Starting December 3, 2020

 
This Week: 

Stress Less This Season with Jamie Novak

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

Log on for the useful tips; stay for the laughs! Join bestselling author and expert organizer Jamie Novak for this virtual program all about paring down and prepping for what matters most, especially these days. You'll log off with tips for managing your holiday to-do lists and what to toss now for a clutter-free 2021. Presented over Zoom.

Merry Green Up Weekend at Flowerland Growers

Friday, December 4, 2020 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, December 5, 2020 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Kick off the holiday season and let your imagination soar! Create a Christmas masterpiece with Flowerland's help. Design a centerpiece, door swag, mantle piece, wreath, you name it!

Hackettstown BID Tree Lighting

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 5:30pm

Drive by and wave to Santa at the Hackettstown Gazebo (corner of Main and Moore) and witness the Tree Lighting at approximately 5:30pm, then shop, dine, and visit the breweries.

Weekend Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, December 4, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Sunday, December 6, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Visit Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility for live music Friday evening (Marty Koppel) and Rich Ortiz on Sunday afternoon. Bring your own snacks/meal.

Donaldson Farms Greenhouse & Nursery Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 6:00pm

Donaldson's Greenhouse & Nursery is your holiday headquarters! Enjoy some warm cider as you choose beautiful handmade holiday decor, seek out the perfect Christmas tree or take a horse drawn carriage ride down the farm lane with the family. (* Carriage rides are weather permitting and subject to change.)

Open House Vendor Fair at Country Fresh Farm

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 4:00pm

Christmas on the farm: custom grave blankets and wreaths; crafters and vendors offering Christmas items; refreshments; farm animals.

Feliz Navidad at Villa Milagro Vineyards

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 5:00pm

Luminarios will light the indoor cantina and outdoor pergola where traditional Mexican cookies - buñuelos -  will be served with VMV holiday wines. Take a selfie with a Christmas Cactus or with Pancho the wannabe reindeer!

Winter Wonderland at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, December 5, 2020 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Dec. 2 deadline to sign up! Join Brook Hollow Winery and QCrew Catering for a delicious, socially distanced dinner in the heated 4000 sq. ft. event facility. Wine, winter wonderland, and warm food, complete with live music.

Christmas Concert: Corinne Mammana hosted by Villa Milagro Vineyards

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

Corinne Mammana performs a selection of her unique arrangements of classic Christmas songs and carols. This is a Zoom event. Order tickets and wine no later than Wednesday, December 2, to allow time for deliveries. Then invite family to join you as you listen and sing along. A truly delightful evening!

A Christmas Carol LIVE STREAM EVENT

Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 2:00pm

You may purchase access to the on-line LIVE STREAM of A Christmas Carol presented by Centenary Stage Company on Sunday, December 6 at 2pm. $10 per access link to stream. (Live production runs through Dec. 13. See "Continuing" section below for details.)

Takeout Chili Dinner from Mountain Lake Fire Co.

Sunday, December 6, 2020 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Pick up a nice chili meal, perhaps after you select your Christmas tree! Each $10 dinner includes a quart of Beef or Vegetarian chili, corn bread and dessert (takeout only). Pre orders recommended; call 908-475-2036. This last Ladies Auxiliaries fundraiser of the year.

 
Continuing: 

A Christmas Carol - CSC Family Holiday Spectacular

Friday, November 27, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 2020

Centenary Stage Company rings in the Holiday Season with a brand-new adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol by Stephen Temperley. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless and ghostly Dickens classic featuring all the favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, of course, the curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Performances run through December 13 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, with a Special Talkback with playwright Stephen Temperley and the creative team behind the show this Sunday, Dec. 6 after the 2pm performance. Ticket prices range from $15 to $29.50 with discounts available on select performances.

Christmas in the Country at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Thursday, December 24, 2020

The shop is filled with Christmas decorations, potpourri, essential oils, dried flowers and wreaths, dried organic culinary herbs and now features an expanded line of medicinal herbs. The greenhouses are stocked with a selection of attractive windowsill herbs, tender perennials in bloom and unique topiaries and more. Enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate.

Jingle on Main (Blairstown) Online Celebration

Saturday, November 28, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021

The Blairstown Enhancement Committee wants to serve as many small and local businesses as it can in this unusual time. For this reason, Jingle on Main 2020 will be a month-long, ONLINE celebration + virtual marketplace, starting on November 28, to ensure that the community has the opportunity to continue to celebrate and support local, small businesses without interruption.

 
Community Corner: 

Santa on a Fire Truck in Hackettstown

Friday, December 4, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Hackettstown Fire Department will be driving through town with Santa on their truck. While Santa would love to drive down EVERY street, he may not be able to do so.

 
More Things to Do: 

Shippen Manor Virtual Concert: Mountain Heritage

This week's virtual Lawn Concert features traditional and contemporary bluegrass music from Mountain Heritage. The band - Tim Scheetz, guitar; Bruce Rupert, Mandolin; Matt Koch, bass; Mike Terris, banjo & dobro; and Marty Smith, fiddle - has played festivals, concerts, parties, square dances, churches, and shows on TV and radio featuring a wide range of all acoustic music. These virtual concerts are offered in lieu of the annual Lawn Concert Series that was sidelined in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warren County Cultural and Heritage Division of the Department of Land Preservation, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, invites you to enjoy online concerts by the bands that were scheduled to perform. Find the performance by Mountain Heritage here.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Christmas Open House at Flowerland Growers

Friday, December 11, 2020 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, December 11, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 2020 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Stop in and enjoy the sights of the holiday, the scents of the season and the feeling of Christmas all in one place! Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and delicious holiday treats while you wander through this winter wonderland! And/or, visit later on Friday evening for Flowerland Under the Lights - the annual night of warmth and happiness under the twinkling lights that will fill you up with Christmas joy!

Winter Festival of Shows: Young Performers Workshop at Centenary Stage Co.

Friday, December 18, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020

Presenting: Peter & the Wolf & Other Dance Stories and Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil. Young Performers Workshop is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of 8 and 18. 

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