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“May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, the month of hope.” - Emily Brontë (1818-1848) English novelist and poet

Is it May already? While it seems the time goes by too swiftly, Wanderings is just getting warmed up, no pun intended! Among May’s plethora of events, we are highlighting Mothers with their very own page of fun; as well as Memorial Day, honoring those who served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice. This month's cover photo depicts Blairstown's Memorial Ceremony in Cedar Ridge, part of the town's Memorial Day parade hosted by Givens-Belet American Legion Post 258. This year's parade will be honoring the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. Thank you to all moms and military members!

The Wine Train to Villa Milagro Vineyards starts up this weekend and runs through October, while the following weekend is the Spring Open House with the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians. Farmers markets are cropping up, as are summer concert series.

The 35th Annual Raritan River Music Festival runs throughout the month of May, including the Mahattan Chamber Players in Stewartsville. Check out the latest News for more information.

Check in with the Explore Warren team this weekend, at the Rock N Roll Steampunk Fair in Washington Boro on May 4 and at Shippen Manor’s 270th Anniversary celebration in Oxford on May 5. Tell us you heard about it in Wanderings; that makes our day!

Happy Mother's Day, Happy Memorial Day and Happy Wanderings!


May Day! May Day! May 2024

Coming Up: 

Opening Day 2024 @ Orchard View Lavender Farm

Orchard View opens for the season and welcomes all to the farm 10am-5pm, Friday-Sunday. Take a tour and remember Mother's Day as you peruse the gift shop, offering a wide variety of handmade artisan products and culinary items. Keep an eye out for special events throughout the season, and remember that Orchard View is also available for private events and weddings!

Barefoot Grape Stomping @ Four Sisters

Saturday, May 25, 2024 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Are you ready for a smashing good time? The Barefoot Grape Stomping is a one-of-a-kind experience, sure to intoxicate all your senses. The event begins with a formal wine tasting, followed by a Chicken Parmesan dinner, then dessert paired with dessert wines. Reservations required, and price includes souvenir wine glass.

Music & Food Truck Happy Hour @ Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 6:00pm

Brook Hollow Winery invites everyone to enjoy happy hour with an additional food truck every Friday along with live music! Seating available on the covered porch by reservation only. Fire pit seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

National Herb Day @ Well Sweep Herb Farm

Enjoy a day of free informative lectures and presentations, tours of spectacular gardens, as well as a Craft Market featuring a wide selection of vendors and food, and a large selection of 1,898 varieties of plants will be available. Full slate of featured speakers in partnership with the American Herbalist Guild of NJ.

Wine Train to Villa Milagro

The Warren County winery train rolls again starting May 4-5, continuing through October. Take a scenic trip along the banks of the beautiful Delaware River, then tour the vineyard and winery to learn how grapes are grown and wines are made, followed by a wine tasting paired with tasty appetizers.

Re-Opening of the Pergola @ Villa Milagro

It’s picnic time at the vineyard. The vines are lookin’ mighty fine and spring flowers are up. The hillside vistas are covered in 50 shades of green. BYO picnic or select handmade cheese and date-nut treats from local vendors for a charcuterie plate of fruit and crackers.

Poetry and Art Collaboration Exhibit presented by WC Arts

Warren County Arts presents a poetry and art collaboration running May-June, with a reception May 19, 2-4pm. Poetry in May brings authors Elaine Koplow and Jane Ebihara to Oxford May 11 with readings from their latest works along with comments on inspiration, forms and other aspects of writing. Refreshments, discussion and open mic to follow.

Area 57 and Flying Objects @ WCCC

Area 57 is all about tech and aviation, highlighting the Drone demonstrations by Warren Community College. This year's event will also feature Combat Robots, organized by the newly formed Garden State Combat Robotics League and of course, hot air balloons.

4th Annual Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair hosted by Washington BID

The 4th annual Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair is a day filled with live music, artisan vendors, street performers, and general steampunk shenanigans. Come dressed for the occasion! Featured performers are Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite, Frenchy and the Punk, and Victor and the Bully.

Jersey Sound @ Rutherfurd Hall

Known for their versatility and talented members, Jersey Sound is one of the Tri-state area's most popular nostalgia band. Along with live music will be '50s dance lessons, costume and hula hoop contests, vintage cars and food!

Live Music @ Architects Golf Club

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 7:00pm

Architects is hosting free live music all summer with the option of a dinner buffet. Live music includes Time Whys 5/4; Mind & Soul 5/10; Johnny’s Juke Box 5/31.

Water Street @ Roy's Hall

Calling all fan girls and boys! Water Street will be at Roy's Hall featuring new music and exciting news. Special guest Close Drive will also be performing.

Cinco de Mayo @ Villa Milagro

Get in the spirit of sunshine and warmth and become immersed in the Mexican culture by raising a glass of Sangria to toast the small town of Puebla for its victory over France to claim its independence in 1861. Wear your sombrero and use Villa's photo "booth" to take your South of the Border selfie!

24th Annual Run for the River hosted by MWA

Run for the River is live and in-person this year with a scenic loop that passes streams, pastures, historic buildings, and the beautiful Musconetcong River on a mostly flat course. The run is an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Musconetcong Watershed Association.

Celebrate Shippen Manor's 270th Birthday

This is a free family event complete with museum tours, reenactors and interpreters including the Jersey Frontier Guard and 2nd NJ Helm Co, multiple organizations including RevNJ Crossroads and 10 Crucial Days and Explore Warren!

Shippen Manor Museum Tours 2024

Sunday, June 2, 2024 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 9, 2024 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Docents will be available to give tours of the Manor and the history of the people and the local industry of Oxford.

East Asian Herbs presented by Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Learn how to grow the flavors of East Asia with Patrick McDuffee of Well-Sweep Herb Farm as he explores herbs from India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia and can be grown as perennials, tropicals and annuals and even in containers.  Adapt these plants under your conditions, preventing or treating pests, as well as a few culinary tips. Registration is required.

YARN @ Roy's Hall

Roy's Hall welcomes Yarn, an ever evolving Americana/jam/rock group based out of Brooklyn and Raleigh. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get,” said band member Blake Christiana.

Legendary Guitarist Albert Lee @ Roy's Hall

The British-born country-rock artist, 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 Crickets over his long and illustrious career.

Open Cupboard Food Pantry Gala @ Little Ridge Vineyards

This is the 2nd Annual Open Cupboard Food Pantry event in Hunterdon and Warren Counties, continuing the mission of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors." Little Ridge Vineyard will be serving some of their finest wines along with local restaurants including Tipton's Tavern and ShopRite of Hunterdon Catering. DB Acoustics will be performing classic rock, blues, country and more. Sponsorships available; ticket to attend is $125.

KALOS: An Evening of Celtic Magic @ Roy's Hall

Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald and Jeremiah McLane are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together and creates a greater whole. The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality.

5th Annual Agripalooza and Tractorcade at Van Nest-Hoff-Vanatta Farmstead

Bring your family and furry friends to celebrate all things agriculture. Complete with live music, food, tours of the historic farmstead and educational presentations. A tractorcade (a parade of farm tractors) will launch the fun with the parade starting at 10am! Hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Warren County 4-H. Admission and parking are free.

Maifest and International Day in Hackettstown

A local fair with a global flair! Highlight Hackettstown’s diverse culture with kids activities, crafts, live music from various countries and genres including a Mariachi band, bagpipers, an Oompa band, Brass Roots for Americana music and Big Easy Easton Brass brings the Mardi Gras mood; small plate food tastings; along with dancers, professional street performers and live demos.

Thai Cooking Class @ Brook Hollow Winery

A personal cooking class designed for couples. Bring your other half for splendid time learning to cook authentic Thai food from Pandan Room owner and chef, Jay Chai. Two sessions, each limited to 7 couples.

Winemaking Class @ Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, June 9, 2024
Sunday, June 16, 2024
Sunday, July 7, 2024

Have you have ever wanted to try your hand at making wine but were too intimidated by the entire process?  Sign up for this four-part series, taught by Paul Ritter, owner/vintner of Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility. Class includes a winemaking kit, choice juice to make 30 bottles of wine, 30 unlabeled bottles and 30 Brook Hollow Corks.

Water Gap Singers present "An English Spring"

The Water Gap Singers will be showcasing life in a Victorian-era English town with "An English Spring," featuring piano and chamber orchestra. This is a free concert, with free-will donations accepted and tea to follow.

Lopatcong Music in the Park

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 6:30pm

Lopatcong's weekly summer music continues with Naked Jake 6/5; Big Easy Easton Brass 6/12; Zaire 6/19; Time Whys 6/26.

Memorial Day Two Bell Ceremony @ Lopatcong Middle School

Held at Veterans Rally Point and Memorial, this ceremony will remember and honor local veterans and first responders. Two Bell Ceremony-Public Roll Call invites families, friends and members of the public who would like to read name(s) of deceased veterans and first responders to participate in the reading. Bring a lawn chair. Light refreshments provided. Rain location: Lopatcong Middle School.

Land of Make Believe's Season Opening

Sunday, May 26, 2024
Monday, May 27, 2024

Earlier this year, Land of Make Believe was named one of the most iconic amusement parks in America! This award-winning amusement park kicks off its 70th season Memorial Day Weekend, with new rides on "land and water" added in the past several years, including thrill rides for young adults, such as the Scream Machine 360, Safari Adventure, and Tumblin' Timbers roller coaster. The expansive Water Park has also added numerous challenging rides, while Land of Make Believe continues to offer plenty of rides for children of all ages and the whole family, including classics such as the Ferris Wheel, Merry Go-Round, and the Thriller Roller Coaster. 

Chillin' at the Villa Memorial Weekend Picnic @ Villa Milagro

Sunday, May 26, 2024
Monday, May 27, 2024

Pack a picnic, grab a bottle of wine and experience nature at its best! Saturday features live music; Sunday and Monday offers performances by local birds, bees and the sound of the wind to help you lull away your day. Nature and good wines are here to help you drink deep!

Memorial Motor Madness Car Show @ Mars Wrigley

Sunday, May 26, 2024 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

Rotary Club of Hackettstown presents the 28th Annual Car Show at Mars Wrigley. Cars, music and more! Register a vehicle (21 classes), or sign up as a crafter or vendor, or just come as a spectator! Rain or shine, gates open at 7:30am.

Phillipsburg Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 27, 2024 - 9:30am

A parade hosted by the Bernardine May American Legion Post #457 to honor our fallen Veterans (local and national) and local First Responders. Parade steps off at Abbot Street, to Shappell park and then down South Main Street to the Free Bridge, where both mayors will toss the memorial wreath into the Delaware River. All participants are invited to attend festivities at the American Legion afterwards.

156th Memorial Day Parade in Hackettstown

Monday, May 27, 2024 - 10:00am

Hackettstown and the American Legion Post 164 are proud to bring you the 156th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Observance. Veterans are welcome to join, with a variety of antique vehicles available for veterans to ride the parade route!

Live Music @ Architects Golf Club

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 7:00pm

Architects is hosting free live music all summer with the option of a dinner buffet. Live music includes Decoy Clones 6/28.


Cars and Coffee @ Island Dragway

Saturday, June 1, 2024 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

Happening the first Saturday of the month at Island Dragway, enjoy cars, coffee, hot chocolate or a breakfast sandwich.

Music on the Deck @ Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 12:30pm
Sunday, May 26, 2024 - 12:30pm

Four Sisters presents Music on the Deck with Anker 5/4 & Bill Ihling 5/5; D&B Acoustics 5/18; Joe Izen 5/19; Michael Patrick 5/25; Matt Kessel 5/26.

Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 1:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 6:00pm
Sunday, May 26, 2024 - 1:00pm
Monday, May 27, 2024 - 1:00pm

Jam to music at Alba Vineyard with Joe Wagner Jazz Trio 5/4; Kathy Phillips 5/5; Barbie Tatum 5/11; Lorenzo Branca 5/12; Tom McMillan Quartet 5/18; Jeff Bellfy 5/19; Corinne Mammana Duo (6pm) 5/24; Darla Rich Trio 5/25; Walt Bibinger (6pm) 5/25; Tony Forliano Trio 5/26; Barbie Tatum 5/27.

Little Ridge Vineyards Music in May

Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 1:00pm

Live music in May featuring Allan Willcockson 5/4; Lauren Christine 5/5; Scott Messina 5/11; Mother's Day 5/12, Live music by Jeff Bellfy, Cousin's Maine Lobster food truck, Mama Dee's Empanada food truck, Chuck Schubert 5/18; John Cain 5/19; Jeni Hackett 5/25.

UACNJ Saturday Astronomy Talks 2024

Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 8:00pm

UACNJ kicks off its free public programs for 2024 at Jenny Jump State Forest, presented Saturday evenings April-October. The live presentation is followed by stargazing on the club's telescopes until 10:30pm, weather permitting.

Country Line Dancing @ Brook Hollow Winery

Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 7:00pm

Taught by Country Fusion Certified instructor, Jennifer Horsey! Great for all levels of dancing abilities! Buffet dinner offered as extra. This event is limited to the first 100 people who purchase tickets.

Camp Crystal Lake Tours

Thursday, September 12, 2024
Saturday, September 14, 2024
Friday, October 11, 2024
Saturday, October 12, 2024
Sunday, October 13, 2024
Friday, October 18, 2024
Saturday, October 19, 2024

There are still plenty of tickets left for this weekend! You can tour Camp Crystal Lake even after Friday the 13th! Tickets are on sale now for shorter and longer tours. Don't miss out!

Murder Mystery Happenings @ Four Sisters

It’s not a typical who done it. It’s the guests in the audience that create a witty, weaving story line. As the plot thickens, the victim falls prey and the detectives investigate with deductive reasoning to reveal the murderer. Attendees will also enjoy a formal wine tasting, delicious Chicken Parmigiana dinner with pasta, salad, bread and dessert.

Music at Milagro

Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 1:00pm

May music brings Ken Papa & Frank Di Bussolo 5/4; Sean Gough 5/11; Sonia Weimann 5/18; Lou Pompilio 5/25.

Little Ridge Vineyards Music in June

Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 1:00pm
Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 2:00pm
Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 1:00pm
Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 2:00pm
Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 1:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 2:00pm
Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 1:00pm
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 1:00pm

Live music in June featuring Allan Willcockson 6/2; Scott Messina 6/8; Jordan Allen 6/9; Chuck Schubert 6/15; John Cain 6/16; Kelsey Condon 6/22; Jeff Bellfy & Pudgy's Famous Fries Food Truck 6/23; Peter Amadeo 6/30.

Community Corner: 

22nd Annual Frolic in the Park

Norwescap invites you to come out to their 22nd Annual Frolic in the Park for some free food and fun while learning about family resources and opportunities.

Clothing Drive sponsored by FPCH

Donations will be collected in the parking lot both days and the funds received will be used by the deacons in support of their compassionate ministries.

Shimer Mansion Yard Sale

Shimer Mansion is kicking off the 2024 season with a fundraising yard sale, located on the corner of Routes 519 and South Main Street in Pohatcong Township.

Kayak Rentals @ White Lake

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Kayaks are back at White Lake every Tuesday for free rentals May through September. Boats are limited and reservations are required.

Trivia Night Fundraiser hosted by WINGS

Calling all trivia buffs! WINGS is hosting their first trivia night complete with prizes, drinks and snacks. Registration is required. You might remember more than you think!

Yoga in the Park @ Footbridge Park

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 9:00am
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 6:30pm
Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 9:00am
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 6:30pm
Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 9:00am

Bring your mat and any extra props you'd like to Footbridge Park in the pavilion for a relaxing yoga session. Choose from classes on Wednesday @ 6:30pm and/or Saturdays @ 9am. Classes run through June 15, 2024.

3rd Annual Phillipsburg Open Air Market @ Shappell Park

Sunday, June 2, 2024 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 10:00am
Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 10:00am
Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 10:00am
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 10:00am

Phillipsburg's open air market, open every Sunday through October 27, complete with farms, crafters, baked good and artisans.

2nd Annual West End Farmers' Market in Hackettstown

Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 9:30am
Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 9:30am
Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 9:30am
Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 9:30am
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 9:30am

Hackettstown own West End Farmers' Market is opening May 5 from 9:30am-1pm with local farmers, artisans, bread makers, bakers, craftsman and more! Running through October 27!

More Things to Do: 

Paddle with the Delaware River Sojourn

It's time to sign up for the Sojourn, a guided paddling and camping trip on the Delaware River! The week-long trip is full of fun and adventure, offering a great time for all participants where wonderful memories are made. You can paddle just one day or as many as you like, as the Sojourn visits different sections of the 330-mile river. The purpose of the Sojourn is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed, and it combines canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. It is for novice to experienced paddlers of all ages, whether it’s for a day or two, or the whole event. It is a great way to get outdoors, meet new people or reconnect with old friends, and enjoy nature - a perfect “staycation” where you feel you are away but still close to home.

Plan Ahead: 

Free Paper Shredding Service for Warren County Residents

Saturday, June 1, 2024 -
8:00am to 11:00am

Warren County's semiannual Paper Shredding event is a free service to Warren County residents (not for businesses, and proof of residency required). Bring your confidential/sensitive paper materials; any document that contains personal exclusive information.  Please limit the quantity to 3 bags or boxes weighing no more than 60 lbs. each. Staff will be available to unload documents.

Spring Fest 2024 presented by Friends & Neighbors of Allamuchy

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

If you are a foodie looking for amazing tastes from the surrounding area, this is the event for you! The best of the best handpicked culinary options and restaurants, with the historic and picturesque Rutherfurd Hall as the backdrop to showcase these favorite hidden gems.  Explore all the delectable culinary options in this most elegant atmosphere, in the heart of Warren County.  All while listening to live music, sipping wine or sampling local beers & ales.

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