The Warren County Parks Foundation and the Warren County Morris Canal Committee invite you to a family-friendly day of music, art, history, literature and more at one of the unique spots along Warren County's Morris Canal Greenway tomorrow. The Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership is pleased to bring you this Special Edition of Warren County Wanderings to tell you all about it!
The 2nd Annual ParkFest @ Bread Lock Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 features a lawn concert by three different jazz combos - bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on - while artists will be displaying their work inside the barn that dates back to the days of the Morris Canal, and WRNJ Radio will be on hand for a live broadcast.
Also on the grounds, look for "Authors Alley" where you'll meet a variety of fiction, non-fiction and children's book authors; a classic car show; local history displays and historical films; food vendors; and other activities.
The Warren County History Museum at Bread Lock Park will be open, with artifacts, displays, and working models on aspects of the county's rich history, highlighting our earliest Lenni Lenape inhabitants, the Colonial period and the birth of the iron industry in the colonies, the Morris Canal, Thomas A. Edison's nearby cement industry and the first "concrete mile" of roadway in New Jersey, and much more. The spot at Lock No. 7 West got its name from the canal era when the lock tender's wife baked and sold fresh bread to the passing canal boats.
Special events are listed below, plus enjoy Life on a Canal Boat - Living Museum, from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Boat Pavilion; the Hiking Stick Carving Demo by Brad Koller, 10:05 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., and visiting all of the exhibitors, history groups, demonstrators and vendors, including your friends at Warren County Wanderings, the Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership. We've got a special prize giveaway, too!
ParkFest is free, open to all, and reasonably accessible to persons with disabilities. A $1 per car parking donation to Franklin Township Fire/EMS is requested.
Supported by the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders, funding for ParkFest has been made possible in part by the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission, as well as sponsors including:
FirstEnergy Foundation/JCP&L; Swift Print Solutions, Belvidere, NJ; OK Auto, 4WD & Tire, Stewartsville, NJ; WRNJ Radio
Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership, Belvidere, NJ; Skylands Visitor Magazine / Guest Services, Inc., Columbia, NJ
Bread Lock Bakers:
Joseph J. Bell of Bell & Shivas, P.C., Rockaway, NJ; SGF Studios, Washington, NJ;
Blairstown Museum, Blairstown, NJ; Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettstown, NJ
Emulsitone Chemicals, Washington, NJ; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bisanti, Oxford, NJ; Muheisen's Bagel and Deli, Washington, NJ; Guy R. Wilson, Attorney at Law, Califon, NJ
Special thanks to:
The Highlands Community Service Project; New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg; Franklin Township Fire & EMS
Keep up to date on the latest with ParkFest on the event page on Facebook.
Want to be a part of ParkFest with your classic car, your artwork, or your book? Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-475-6539.
Located along the eastbound lane of Route 57 near New Village in Franklin Township, Bread Lock Park is found at 2627 New Jersey 57, Stewartsville, NJ 08886.
Don't forget to meet us in the park for ParkFest! Happy Wanderings!