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"Summertime is always the best of what might be." - Charles Bowden (1945-2014), American non-fiction author, journalist and essayist

We celebrate Summer Solstice this Friday, and it looks like the weather is finally going cooperate in time for the weekend! Highlights include two events at Waterloo Village - Canal Day and a Food Truck & Music Festival; Garden Tours of Pohatcong and Belvidere; and Phillipsburg's Ole Towne Festival, which gets credit for the photo above, a couple of bros getting ready to compete in the festival's Hot Dog Eating Contest sponsored by Jimmy's Doggie Stand! If you go, stop by the Explore Warren tent to say hello!

Details are below, along with loads of other happenings worthy of your attention. Happy Summer, and Happy Wanderings!

P.S. - Best wishes to Dawn S. of Budd Lake, who won a pair of tickets to Nunsense at Centenary Stage Company (See, stopping by to visit us at festivals pays off!) Cheers!

Starting June 19, 2019

This Week: 

Yoga in the John R. Fisher Pavilion

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join certified instructors every Wednesday at 6pm for beginning yoga and Qi-Gong (2nd Wednesday of every month). Classes are $5 per person and held at the John R. Fisher Pavilion.

Reiki at the Orchard View Lavender Farm

Friday, June 21, 2019 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Relax with the Healing Arts of Reiki and the beautiful calm serene Orchard View Lavender Farm. Lavender and Reiki creates the perfect combination for harmony and balance.

Friday Evenings under the Arbor at Alba

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 5:00pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 5:00pm
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:00pm

Unwind from the week and relax under the arbor enjoying great wine, food, and music. Hours: 5-9pm.

32nd Ole Towne Festival in Phillipsburg

Friday, June 21, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 -
12:00pm to 10:00pm

Celebrate the town of Phillipsburg! This two-day festival will be jam-packed with festival favorites and fresh entertainment for attendees of all ages, including live music from the band Cunningham & Associates, a classic car cruise, community farmers market, free miniature train rides and more on Friday evening at Shappel Park; followed by a full day of fun on Saturday at Walters Park with even more great entertainment for the family, with bands such as Bobby Clark Band, A Few Good Men, Large Flowerheads and Lucky 7, to satisfy all musical preferences. Included will be children's activities, local vendors (find the Explore Warren tent and say hello!), food trucks, amusements, tethered hot air balloon rides, pony rides and more. There will also be a hot dog eating contest, free caricatures by Hal, Balloons the Clown, RJ the Magician, kids craft canopy and so much more. The evening will end with a traditional highly anticipated fireworks display.


T.G.I. Flynn's: Bobby Clarke

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Have a great time rockin' out to great classic rock/country. Flynn's will have plenty of food and drinks; please leave yours at home.


Quartz Singing Bowl Sound Healing at Gaia's Gifts

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 7:30pm

Bring some friends for a group sound healing session. The bowls promote relaxation which aid in self-healing. The tones of the bowls will transport you, providing a vacation for the soul.

Canal Day at Historic Waterloo Village

Saturday, June 22, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

The Canal Society of NJ will be holding its annual Canal Day on Saturday, June 22, and its museum will be open every Saturday from June 22 to September 28, 2019. 

Delaware River Railroad Excursions - Pohatcong Garden Tour and Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 12:30pm

Take a private tour of lovely gardens located on historic properties in Pohatcong Township. Start with a scenic train ride ride along the Delaware River, then shuttle to three gardens and end at Villa Milagro Vineyards for wine tastings with hot hors d'oeuvres and a tour of the vineyard and winery.

Waterloo Village Food Truck and Music Festival

Saturday, June 22, 2019 -
11:00am to 8:00pm

Celebrate a day in the sun with quality food trucks and great music. Bring your family, dog, blankets and chairs. This event is sponsored by One Step Closer Animal Rescue O.S.C.A.R.

Dine in the Vines at Villa Milagro

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 6:30pm

It's a four-course dinner served in a vineyard row as the sun sets. This month, Chef Beth Ann Raynock prepares a Parisian feast from local and organic ingredients, highlighting fresh, wholesome flavors in a gourmet presentation.

Midsummer Rejuvenation at Orchard View Lavender Farm

Sunday, June 23, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:30pm

The summer sun brings inner power, joy and abundance, brightening our lives with its sunlight. The energy of the sun inspires us to express ourselves fully, to walk in alignment and harmony.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society

Sunday, June 23, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society play '20s & '30s jazz influenced by musicians like Red Nichols and The Five Pennies, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang and Louis Armstrong. Prepare for a unique experience as Drew and Co. keep the true spirit of hot music/Hot Jazz alive with an approach to playing and improvising the music right down to dressing in vintage/second hand suits.

Albert Lee at Roy's Hall

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 8:00pm

Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over his long and illustrious career. The British-born country-rock artist started his career during the emerging rock ‘n’ roll scene of sixties London, when he swapped bands with the likes of Jimmy Page and Chris Farlowe.


Knitting Lessons at Kathy's Kove & Kafe

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:30pm

Kathy’s Kove & Kafe’ will be offering Knitting Classes beginning in June, each Wednesday evening from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Hackettstown Live Outdoor Concert Series

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Hackettstown LIVE is an outdoor concert series which celebrates both community and business! JAMBOX is a 4-piece, high-intensity vintage/classic rock cover band that gets the crowd movin' and groovin'. Stop by every Friday in June from 6pm-8:30pm and listen to great band. 

Spring Yoga at White Lake

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 8:30am
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 8:30am
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 8:30am
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 8:30am

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuinness for an all-level weekly outdoor yoga class at White Lake.

Community Corner: 

Health Careers Open House @ WCCC-PEC

Thursday, June 20, 2019 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Warren County Community College is hosting a free healthcare career open house at the Phillipsburg Education Center (PEC) located at 445 Marshall Street, Phillipsburg, NJ.

Plan Ahead: 

Saints Philip and James Carnival

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

Join them in celebrating the official start of summer with fun for the entire family. They will have new games, fantastic rides, and delicious food.

Tamron Vineyard Photography Seminar

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join Brook Hollow Winery for an evening lecture featuring a fun and educational photography seminar with professional landscape photographer, Ken Hubbard.

Comedy Night at Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Laugh the night away with Comedians Dustin Chafin, Paul Bond and Chips Cooney at Brook Hollow Winery! $20 per person and wine will be available to purchase.

Point Mountain Hike

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am

Point Mountain Hike. Meet at 10am. Join MWA as we hike the Ridge Trail of Point Mountain Reserve. This is a good hike for beginners and expert hikers.

Wonderful Lavender & Lunch at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, June 29, 2019 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

Come and enjoy a relaxing and educational day with lavender. Our day begins at 11:00 with ‘Lovely Lavender,’ a presentation by David Hyde on growing, enjoying and harvesting this herb.

Famous Fakes and Forgeries

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 1:00pm

A hands-on program, where YOU are the Autograph Detective! Join international autograph and manuscript expert, Brian Kathenes, for an exciting afternoon of intrigue and hands-on investigation.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, June 29, 2019 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, July 20, 2019 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

It's Stomping Time! A bit of nostalgia, a tasting of wine, an Italian dinner, it's something to do with friends for a special time!

Fireworks at Rutherfurd Hall

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

Bring your chairs, blankets, coolers and enjoy music, awesome food vendors and an amazing Fireworks display. For questions, please call 908- 852-1894 ext 338.

Alba Grill Night

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 5:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

Grill it up with on-site Chef Anthony Fiore on Saturday evenings! Hours: 5-9pm on June 1, June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 10. Cost is $55/person plus tax - All wine sold separately.

Elusiveness of Poetry at M Galleries

Sunday, June 30, 2019 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

"The mysteries of poetry make it one of the most complex, beautiful, and emotional forms in the writing arts. Have you dabbled in poetry, but don't consider yourself a poet?

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