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Celebrating our Independence

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”John Dickinson (1732-1801), a Founding Father of the United States, solicitor and politician known as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania

Like so many other things in 2020, Independence Day is going to be different this year. But we can keep thinking outside the box, count our blessings, and find new ways to celebrate! It has been inspiring to see all the innovative and creative ways our businesses - particularly restaurants - have answered the call to survive, thrive, and welcome customers once again. 

The vintage photo above depicts Shippen Manor in Oxford, which hopes to reopen in August. Click here for the latest on other openings in New Jersey, as we continue to navigate through Stage Two. 

So read on, make plans if you wish, and please join us in the spirit of gratitude and celebration as we commemorate the 244th anniversary of the adoption of our great nation's Declaration of Independence.

Happy 4th of July, and Happy Wanderings!

 

 

This Week: 

Opening Day for Land of Make Believe

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Warren County's preeminent Water Park and Amusement Park is now open and ready to welcome you with "Acres of Fun & Miles of Smiles"! Bring a picnic and remember face masks and social distancing.
Seeking a more low-key way to cool off and give the kids a change of scenery?  Belvidere Pool is open, too.

Friday in the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Walt Bibinger

Friday, July 3, 2020 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm
Relax under the Arbor every Friday, weather permitting. No one under 21 will be admitted. Music 6-8:30pm. - $5/person cover (does not include a wine flight).

Red, White and Blue Weekend at Four Sisters Winery

Friday, July 3, 2020 to Sunday, July 5, 2020
Come out and celebrate your patriotism with a glass of your favorite red, white, or blueberry wine!

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery: Stan and Elise

Friday, July 3, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility welcomes back Stan and Elise.

Flynn's Presents The Dr Dick Show

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 6:30pm
Live music returns to Flynn's with the Dr Dick Show! Plenty of food and drinks will be available; please leave yours at home.

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Come see your favorite local farmers and food producers at the Blairstown Farmers Market! Open every Saturday through October. Local vegetables, herbs, fruit, meat, eggs, dairy, baked goods, honey, and prepared meals from 25 miles of Blairstown. Plus crafts and kids' activities! July 4 welcomes live music by Maribryd, and new vendor, Rosie's Empandas!

Washington Farmers Market

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 18, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
This weekly Farmers’ Market offers quality fruits and vegetables as well as specialty items with special events throughout the season. This week features Dove Environmental Education with a Red White & Blue Wildlife and Litter theme craft!

Chillin' at the Villa

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
11:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, July 5, 2020 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Villa Milagro Vineyards invites you to a quiet getaway from crowds, loud music and congestion to come grab a glass of wine and  experience nature at its best! Pack a picnic, enjoy spectacular views and great wines as you relax at the Villa. Rob Viola will provide live music 2-5pm on July 4. Offering sampling flights, wine by the glass, bottle and case.

Afternoon Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery & Event Facility

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 5, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility hosts Live Music both weekend days from 2-5pm: Scott Messina on Saturday, John Cain on Sunday. There is no food for sale, but they invite you to support local, by purchasing a meal from one the many restaurants in the area and enjoy it on the outside covered porch patio with a bottle of Brook Hollow Wine.

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, July 5, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
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.

Uncle Floyd LIVE at Roy's Hall

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 -
8:00pm to 9:00pm
Watch online as Uncle Floyd performs LIVE from the stage at Roy's Hall in historic Blairstown, NJ. It's an interactive evening of hilarity and song at the grand piano. Multiple cameras, professional lighting, and superb audio provide an intimate entertainment experience that's the next best thing to being there in person. Call in and speak to Uncle Floyd or request a dedication.  Tickets are just $5.
More Things to Do: 

The Warren County Library System is Virtually Open!

While our County Library buildings remain closed to the public in the traditional sense as of this date, Curbside Service is now available at all four branches. This quick video guides you through the simple process of scheduling an appointment. A variety of activities online; please refer to the events calendar and Facebook to find out about all the activities for kids and adults you may have been missing!
Plan Ahead: 

Late Night Thursdays in Hackettstown

Thursday, July 9, 2020
The Hackettstown Business Improvement District (BID) is bringing back Late Night Thursdays each week, July 9-September 24. Businesses will be encouraged to stay open until 8pm so that visitors can stroll through town, have a bite to eat, and do some shopping. check back for updates; they hope to include activities for kids and/or adults, special tastings, live music and more.

Butterfly Weekend at Flowerland

Friday, July 10, 2020 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
10:30am to 3:00pm
Stop in and take a look at all the plants that butterflies are attracted to while learning about metamorphosis and monarch butterflies!

Midsummer Herb Open House at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Friday, July 10, 2020 to Sunday, July 12, 2020
This being an unusual year, Well-Sweep decided to merge its annual Open House and Midsummer Herb Festival into one big event: the Midsummer Open House! Lectures, tours and vendors will be available. This year's International Herb Association's Herb of the Year(TM) is Rubus, which includes both Raspberries and Blackberries.

Lunar Lavendar Yoga

Friday, July 10, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Relax and restore in a lavender field. Bring balance to the body while practicing Hatha yoga amidst the gorgeous, aromatic lavender field of Orchard View Lavender Farm. $30/person.

Villa Milagro Paint n' Sip

Friday, July 10, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Villa Milagro's first in-person, social distancing Paint 'n' Sip at the Vineyards! Painting outdoors is so relaxing and adding a touch of wine makes it even better!

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
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!

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey Presents: Interstellar Alchemy: The Stardust in Your Toothpaste

Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:00pm
A free astronomy talk followed by night sky viewing, weather permitting. Bring your interest and an open mind to be amazed at the sights in our night sky!

Sunset At The Lavender Farm

Saturday, July 18, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
What could be better than spending a relaxing evening on a lavender farm, eating delicious food and listening to great music while waiting for what (we hope) will be a spectacular sunset? The folks at Orchard View are again teaming up with good friend and caterer, Chef Ed Oliveira of The Angry Chouriço BBQ to provide you with an enjoyable evening while taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. BYOB and your favorite lawn chair or blanket. 

Harry Potter Themed Summer Camp at Rutherfurd Hall: Wizardry for Muggles

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1:00pm
Sign up now to discover the wizarding world of Harry Potter in beautiful Warren County! Rutherfurd Hall, a spectacular Tudor mansion in Allamuchy, will be transformed into Hogwart’s Castle and becomes the setting for a Harry-themed camp from 9am-1pm each day.

Outdoor Adventure Camp at Rutherfurd Hall

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to Friday, July 24, 2020 - 4:00pm
Sign up now for this day camp designed for ages 6-9, which will include a variety of activities including 1-2 days of boating, hiking, science and arts and crafts projects, sports and games. Cost: $140.

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.

We hope you've found this to be informative, and now feel inspired to come out and explore Warren County! If so, please:
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This Week: 

Opening Day for Land of Make Believe

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Warren County's preeminent Water Park and Amusement Park is now open and ready to welcome you with "Acres of Fun & Miles of Smiles"! Bring a picnic and remember face masks and social distancing.
Seeking a more low-key way to cool off and give the kids a change of scenery?  Belvidere Pool is open, too.

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

Come see your favorite local farmers and food producers at the Blairstown Farmers Market! Open every Saturday through October. Local vegetables, herbs, fruit, meat, eggs, dairy, baked goods, honey, and prepared meals from 25 miles of Blairstown. Plus crafts and kids' activities! 

Washington Farmers Market

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 18, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

This weekly Farmers’ Market offers quality fruits and vegetables as well as specialty items with special events throughout the season. 

Chillin' at the Villa

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
11:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, July 5, 2020 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Villa Milagro Vineyards invites you to a quiet getaway from crowds, loud music and congestion to come grab a glass of wine and  experience nature at its best! Pack a picnic, enjoy spectacular views and great wines as you relax at the Villa. Rob Viola will provide live music 2-5pm on July 4. Offering sampling flights, wine by the glass, bottle and case.

Afternoon Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery & Event Facility

Saturday, July 4, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 5, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility hosts Live Music both weekend days from 2-5pm: Scott Messina on Saturday, John Cain on Sunday. There is no food for sale, but they invite you to support local, by purchasing a meal from one the many restaurants in the area and enjoy it on the outside covered porch patio with a bottle of Brook Hollow Wine.

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, July 5, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

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.

Uncle Floyd LIVE at Roy's Hall

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 -
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Watch online as Uncle Floyd performs LIVE from the stage at Roy's Hall in historic Blairstown, NJ. It's an interactive evening of hilarity and song at the grand piano. Multiple cameras, professional lighting, and superb audio provide an intimate entertainment experience that's the next best thing to being there in person. Call in and speak to Uncle Floyd or request a dedication.  Tickets are just $5.

Washington Farmers Market

Saturday, July 25, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, August 1, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

This weekly Farmers’ Market offers quality fruits and vegetables as well as specialty items with special events throughout the season. 

Washington Farmers Market

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, August 29, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

This weekly Farmers’ Market offers quality fruits and vegetables as well as specialty items with special events throughout the season. 

Washington Farmers Market

Saturday, September 5, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, September 12, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

This weekly Farmers’ Market offers quality fruits and vegetables as well as specialty items with special events throughout the season. 

 
More Things to Do: 

Warren County Library now offering Curbside Service and Grab and Go Bags!

The Warren County Library System is offering Curbside Service and Grab and Go Bags! Visit the library website to request books, DVDs, magazines, and more! Once your items arrive, you may make an appointment to pick them up. Not sure what to request? Try the library's newest service, Grab and Go Bags! Fill out a quick questionnaire with your interests, and library staff will pull together a bag of items for you. Complete information about these services, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the library website.

A variety of activities continue to be offered online; please refer to the events calendar and Facebook to find out about all the activities for kids and adults you may have been missing!

 
Plan Ahead: 

Late Night Thursdays in Hackettstown

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Hackettstown Business Improvement District (BID) is bringing back Late Night Thursdays each week, July 9-September 24. Businesses will be encouraged to stay open until 8pm so that visitors can stroll through town, have a bite to eat, and do some shopping. Check back for updates; they hope to include activities for kids and/or adults, special tastings, live music and more.

Butterfly Weekend at Flowerland

Friday, July 10, 2020 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
10:30am to 3:00pm

Stop in and take a look at all the plants that butterflies are attracted to while learning about metamorphosis and monarch butterflies!

Midsummer Herb Open House at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Friday, July 10, 2020 to Sunday, July 12, 2020

This being an unusual year, Well-Sweep decided to merge its annual Open House and Midsummer Herb Festival into one big event: the Midsummer Open House! Lectures, tours and vendors will be available. This year's International Herb Association's Herb of the Year(TM) is Rubus, which includes both Raspberries and Blackberries.

Lunar Lavendar Yoga

Friday, July 10, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Relax and restore in a lavender field. Bring balance to the body while practicing Hatha yoga amidst the gorgeous, aromatic lavender field of Orchard View Lavender Farm. $30/person.

Villa Milagro Paint n' Sip

Friday, July 10, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Villa Milagro's first in-person, social distancing Paint 'n' Sip at the Vineyards! Painting outdoors is so relaxing and adding a touch of wine makes it even better!

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery -SOLD OUT!

Saturday, July 11, 2020 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with two dessert wines. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! Complimentary wine glass included. $42/person includes tax. Call for tickets: 908-475-3671.

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey Presents: Interstellar Alchemy: The Stardust in Your Toothpaste

Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:00pm

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey (UACNJ) Observatory, located in Jenny Jump State Forest in Hope, NJ, begins holding public programs on July 11 with Al Witzgall. Al will discuss the origins of the chemical elements, their relationship to the presence of life, and how we are so closely related to it all.

A free astronomy talk followed by night sky viewing, weather permitting. Bring your interest and an open mind to be amazed at the sights in our night sky!

Sunset At The Lavender Farm

Saturday, July 18, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

What could be better than spending a relaxing evening on a lavender farm, eating delicious food and listening to great music while waiting for what (we hope) will be a spectacular sunset? The folks at Orchard View are again teaming up with good friend and caterer, Chef Ed Oliveira of The Angry Chouriço BBQ to provide you with an enjoyable evening while taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. BYOB and your favorite lawn chair or blanket. 

Harry Potter Themed Summer Camp at Rutherfurd Hall: Wizardry for Muggles

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1:00pm

Sign up now to discover the wizarding world of Harry Potter in beautiful Warren County! Rutherfurd Hall, a spectacular Tudor mansion in Allamuchy, will be transformed into Hogwart’s Castle and becomes the setting for a Harry-themed camp from 9am-1pm each day.

Harry Potter Themed Summer Camp at Rutherfurd Hall - CANCELED

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, July 31, 2020 - 1:00pm

The magic continues as young wizards and witches participate in new activities, attend new classes, and experience plenty of surprises. Wizarding folk will also enjoy many old favorites such as Quidditch, dueling, and competing for the house cup. (Attending the first Harry Potter camp is not required to sign up for this camp.) This camp is limited to 32 participants. Cost: $175. Ages 9-13.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with two dessert wines. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! Complimentary wine glass included. $42/person includes tax. Call for tickets: 908-475-3671.

SOLD OUT! Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 12, 2020 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with two dessert wines. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! Complimentary wine glass included. $42/person includes tax. Call for tickets: 908-475-3671.

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey Presents: Stellafane for Beginners

Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:00pm

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey (UACNJ) Observatory, located in Jenny Jump State Forest in Hope, NJ, continues it summer programing with Bill Murray presenting "Stellafane for Beginners". Stellafane is one of the oldest gatherings of telescope makers and amateur astronomers in the United States. Bill will present an overview of what Stellafane is like for those who haven’t been there and why it is special.

A free astronomy talk followed by night sky viewing, weather permitting. Bring your interest and an open mind to be amazed at the sights in our night sky!

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey Presents: What’s Up in the August Sky?

Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 8:00pm

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey (UACNJ) Observatory, located in Jenny Jump State Forest in Hope, NJ, continues it summer programing with "What’s Up in the August Sky?" Space artist, space animator, and author Lonny Buinis will take us star hopping around the August sky.  The Milky Way spans the entire sky from south to north, but our a chance to see star birthplaces and clusters and the location of an invisible black hole is a bit marred by the full moon. 

A free astronomy talk followed by night sky viewing, weather permitting. Reservations are required! Bring your interest and an open mind to be amazed at the sights in our night sky!

Late Night Thursdays in Hackettstown

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hackettstown Businesses are encouraged to stay open until 8pm all summer. There are too many highlights to list here; click "MORE" to see what treats and discounts await you this week:

Late Night Thursdays in Hackettstown

Thursday, August 13, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Order dinner from a Hackettstown restaurant, bring a growler from your favorite brewery (or BYOB), and listen to the band - halfNelson - performing live under the outdoor dining tent located in the parking lot next to Davila's and Stella G's. Click through for a huge list of specials from participating businesses! Keep an eye on Hackettstown BID's website and social media for the latest updates.

Late Night Thursdays in Hackettstown

Thursday, August 27, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Order dinner from one of the local restaurants, bring a growler from your favorite brewery (or BYOB), and listen to the great sounds of Roni James under the outdoor dining tent!. Click "MORE" for a list of this week's specials, and visit  Hackettstown BID's website and social media for the latest updates.

Late Night Thursdays in Hackettstown

Thursday, September 3, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Order dinner from one of the local restaurants, bring a growler from your favorite brewery (or BYOB), and listen to some live acoustic rock under the outdoor dining tent located in the parking lot next to Davila’s and Stella G’s from 6-8 pm. This week's artists: Bippart, Reed & Ryan. Click MORE below for this week’s specials!