Warren County Wanderings

Starting April 5, 2017

April is the cruellest month. - T. S. Eliot

The "cruellest" month? Let's make it the "coolest" month! An Art Walk kick-off; grape stomping; live music, dance, comedy and theater; a Green Fair; and if that's not intruiging enough, the Easter Bunny is cropping up here and there! And more. The weekend weather forecast looks pretty good, so do your part to make "cool" triumph over "cruel" by getting out there and enjoying life! 

Happy Palm Sunday, Happy Passover, Happy Full Moon, and, as always, Happy Wanderings!

 

This Week: 

Jazz+Wine+Tapas Wednesday at Luigi's Rancho

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Featuring Dennis Melillo, guitar and vocals, with Gary Staples, piano, playing and singing the great American Songbook featuring the songs of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Rodgers/Hart, Rodgers/Hammerstein, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Fats Waller, Cole Porter and many others.

$5 Friday Night Meal at Brook Hollow - Alpine Meats

Friday, April 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Alpine Meats of Blairstown will provide three types of Wurst - Nacht wurst, Bauernwurst and Regensburger - that will be served with pasta and a side red sauce.

Country Gate Players present: Into the Woods

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00pmSunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:00pmFriday, April 7, 2017 - 8:00pmSaturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pmSunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic musical.

Rock Creek Tavern - Truth and Soul

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Lehigh Valley party band Truth and Soul will perform at Rock Creek Tavern at 8 pm.

Flyin Blind performs at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:30pm
Flyin Blind has been entertaining audiences all over Northeastern PA and Northern NJ since 2007.

Easter Bunny Train Ride & Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 2017Sunday, April 9, 2017Saturday, April 15, 2017
Take the Easter Bunny Train Ride and visit with Mr. E. Bunny on the train and at the beautiful little glade where the kids can hunt for Easter eggs! Reserve your seats now for the Delaware River Railroad Excursion's special holiday ride.
 

Blairstown Hose Fire Co. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
7:30am to 11:00am
Breakfast will include eggs, pancakes, sausage, hash browns, coffee, tea, & juice. Adults - $6, Children - $4, Free for children age 3 and younger.

"Go Green With Hope" Green Fair

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
All are invited to this “Spring Cleanout Extravaganza” and Environmental Education Day to participate in, investigate and learn about reducing, reusing and recycling in our homes and businesses and keeping all of our neighborhoods Green. Click "more" for the full list of activities.

Sip 'n' Savor Soup at Participating Wineries

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Spring took its time to get here and it's still a bit nippy out. Take the chill off with a sip of delicious Warren County wines paired with samples of savory soups.

Think Pink this Weekend!

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
"Celebrating 20 years of farming ~ New Jersey's most award winning vineyard." Alba is open every day for wine tastings, offering a wine experience unlike any other as guests sample award-winning wines paired with small bites.  Learn the story of each wine sampled, as well as Alba's history and winemaking style.

Live Music at Brook Hollow: Gordon Thomas Ward

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm

Author, singer-songwriter, guitarist, presenter, and inspirational speaker Gordon Thomas Ward performs. Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines! 

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Booking Now - the last one SOLD OUT! Stomp to the music and feel the sensation between your toes. Formal wine tasting, delicious spaghetti and meatballs dinner with tossed salad and homemade breads, wine cellar tour and ending with a dessert wine tasting. Includes wine glass to take home. Reservations required. 

Washington Art Walk Season Opening Receptions

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
4:00pm to 9:00pm
The Washington Art Walks have evolved into professional Art Gallery Exhibitions and Receptions! Join us at our opening receptions of the season.

Raymond the Amish Comic at Mountain Lake Fire Co.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
Raymond the Amish Comic has been performing stand-up for the past 23 years, and returns to Mountain Lake this weekend. A ranter and storyteller, this show may feature a lot of bad words.
The night sky as seen from the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey observatories

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is "A Voyage Through Our Universe" with Karl Hricko. The astronomy presentation begins at 8pm in the lecture hall regardless of the weather, and is followed by stargazing on the observatory's telescopes until 10:30pm, weather permitting, in Jenny Jump State Forest.

Lite Jazz at Cafe Baci

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
9:30pm to 11:30pm
Relax and unwind with some tapas, delicious drinks and some smooth sounds, featuring Live Jazz Saturdays 9:30pm - 11:30pm.

Live Music at Bea McNally's: Little Nikki's Radio

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
Little Nikki's Radio is a high energy New Jersey-based cover band known for their diverse range in music.

Warren County Museums Open

Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Join us for the season opening of the Jim and Mary Lee Museum at Plane 9 West in the Port Warren Heritage Area, Stewartsville, and visit the Warren County History Museum at Morris Canal Bread Lock Park in New Village, too. These two museums, both located at sites on the route of the old Morris Canal, are open and staffed by volunteers today, 1-4pm. Learn how the canal boats moved up and down the hills of northern New Jersey as they traversed the state from from Port Delaware – AKA Phillipsburg – to Jersey City. Walk the towpath trail, and learn about other aspects of Warren County's rich history.

Rock Creek Tavern - Curious Dog

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
This duo performs retro covers Rock Creek Tavern at 8 pm.

CSC Dance Fest: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents "CrossCurrent"

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm
Centenary Stage Company's Dance Fest 2017 wraps up the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company presenting "CrossCurrent". A blossom of color, energy and motion that The New York Times said was "like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy," the dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American spirit with the grace and splendor of the Asian soul as this award-winning company showcases its visionary new program.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - SAGE

Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Gary Reed at Rock Creek Tavern

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
Enjoy live music in a casual atmosphere at Rock Creek Tavern.
Community Corner: 

Donaldson Farms Farm Market Re-Opens

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Our farm market re-opens for the season on Wednesday, April 5! You'll be able to stock up on our own sauces, jams, jellies and baked goods.

Argyle Fish & Chips at Mtn. Lake Fire Co.

Friday, April 7, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Sponsored by Mountain Lake Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary, in addition to Argyle Restaurant's "highest quality Scottish-style Fish 'n' Chips," a large selection of homemade desserts will also be available. If you prefer chicken, it must be ordered in advance by April 5.

More Easter Activities in Warren County

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Check here for more Easter Egg Hunts and community Easter activities in Warren County.

The Philadelphia Soul Football Clinic

Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
11:00am to 3:00pm
The Arena League Champion Philadelphia Soul will be coming to Lopatcong Park to put on a clinic for all interested student athletes from the ages of 5 to 18.

WCARTS Meeting with Artist Jeffery M Green

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
This March 16 WCArts group meeting (rescheduled from March 9) features artist Beth Murphy presenting her pressed botanical artwork - A fresh take on embracing the beauty surrounding us. Bring paper, a sketchpad, or materials of choice to draw/sketch with.

Mackey's Ice Cream Barn Opens for the Season

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm
Mackey’s Orchard & Ice Cream Barn is opening for the season at noon on April 15!

Touch a Truck at the Library

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
The Warren County Library will host a Touch-A-Truck event for the third year!

Loving Your Neighbors: Respect for Others in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:30pm
The community is invited to join in on an interfaith dialogue entitled “Loving Your Neighbors: Respect for Others in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity” at 6:30 p.m.
More Things to Do: 

Farmers’ Fair Announces Call to Artists for New Juried Fine Arts Exhibit

The Warren County Farmers’ Fair has added a new Juried Fine Arts Exhibit during this year's Fair, July 29 through August 5, 2017, and is announcing a call to artists. The show is open to Professionals and Amateurs who are residents of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 18 year or older. Categories include Class 1: Oils, acrylics, mixed media; Class 2: watercolors, gouche, casein, temepra; and Class 3: drawings, pastels.  This is a unique opportunity for artists to exhibit work in the Warren County Farmers’ Fair.
Plan Ahead: 

Women Playwright Series at Centenary Stage

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:30pmWednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:30pmWednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Centenary Stage Company announces the 2017 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) line-up, with the works of playwrights Sholeh Wolpe, Jennifer Fawcett and Michelle Kholos Brooks, and distinctive  new

Taphouse Grille Game Dinner

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us for an evening of culinary adventure! Chef Bryan Cioletti has created an amazing five-course dinner featuring alligator, wild boar and more! Paired with your choice of beer or wine.

Adult Egg Hunt at Four Sisters Winery

Friday, April 14, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:00pm
There's a little kid in all of us! Four Sisters Winery offers a chance to hunt those brightly colored eggs in the great outdoors. Yes, prizes inside... and candy, too!

Musconetcong Watershed Association 5th Annual River Clean-Up

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
From Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware River, the Musconetcong Watershed Association is seeking volunteers dedicated to cleaning litter along roadsides, parks and stream banks of the Musconetcong Rive

The Chris Bergson Band at Roy's Hall

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 8:00pm
VIP Ticket Offering Includes – Preferred Seating / Pre-Show meet and greet with Chris /  1 Complimentary alcoholic beverage / signed show poster

Bethlehem Baroque in concert: A Tour of Baroque Europe

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 6:30pm
Music at St. Luke's presents the ensemble Bethlehem Baroque in a concert entitled A Tour of Baroque Europe - Italy, Germany, England and France.

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This Week: 

Jazz+Wine+Tapas Wednesday at Luigi's Rancho

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Featuring Dennis Melillo, guitar and vocals, with Gary Staples, piano, playing and singing the great American Songbook featuring the songs of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Rodgers/Hart, Rodgers/Hammerstein, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Fats Waller, Cole Porter and many others.

Country Gate Players present: Into the Woods

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic musical.

Easter Bunny Train Ride & Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Take the Easter Bunny Train Ride and visit with Mr. E. Bunny on the train and at the beautiful little glade where the kids can hunt for Easter eggs! Reserve your seats now for the Delaware River Railroad Excursion's special holiday ride.

 

"Go Green With Hope" Green Fair

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

All are invited to this “Spring Cleanout Extravaganza” and Environmental Education Day to participate in, investigate and learn about reducing, reusing and recycling in our homes and businesses and keeping all of our neighborhoods Green. Click "more" for the full list of activities.

Sip 'n' Savor Soup at Participating Wineries

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Spring took its time to get here and it's still a bit nippy out. Take the chill off with a sip of delicious Warren County wines paired with samples of savory soups.

Think Pink this Weekend!

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

"Celebrating 20 years of farming ~ New Jersey's most award winning vineyard." Alba is open every day for wine tastings, offering a wine experience unlike any other as guests sample award-winning wines paired with small bites.  Learn the story of each wine sampled, as well as Alba's history and winemaking style.

Live Music at Brook Hollow: Gordon Thomas Ward

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm


Author, singer-songwriter, guitarist, presenter, and inspirational speaker Gordon Thomas Ward performs. Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines! 

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Booking Now - the last one SOLD OUT! Stomp to the music and feel the sensation between your toes. Formal wine tasting, delicious spaghetti and meatballs dinner with tossed salad and homemade breads, wine cellar tour and ending with a dessert wine tasting. Includes wine glass to take home. Reservations required. 

Raymond the Amish Comic at Mountain Lake Fire Co.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

Raymond the Amish Comic has been performing stand-up for the past 23 years, and returns to Mountain Lake this weekend. A ranter and storyteller, this show may feature a lot of bad words.

The night sky as seen from the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey observatories

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is "A Voyage Through Our Universe" with Karl Hricko. The astronomy presentation begins at 8pm in the lecture hall regardless of the weather, and is followed by stargazing on the observatory's telescopes until 10:30pm, weather permitting, in Jenny Jump State Forest.

Lite Jazz at Cafe Baci

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
9:30pm to 11:30pm

Relax and unwind with some tapas, delicious drinks and some smooth sounds, featuring Live Jazz Saturdays 9:30pm - 11:30pm.

Warren County Museums Open

Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us for the season opening of the Jim and Mary Lee Museum at Plane 9 West in the Port Warren Heritage Area, Stewartsville, and visit the Warren County History Museum at Morris Canal Bread Lock Park in New Village, too. These two museums, both located at sites on the route of the old Morris Canal, are open and staffed by volunteers today, 1-4pm. Learn how the canal boats moved up and down the hills of northern New Jersey as they traversed the state from from Port Delaware – AKA Phillipsburg – to Jersey City. Walk the towpath trail, and learn about other aspects of Warren County's rich history.

CSC Dance Fest: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents "CrossCurrent"

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

Centenary Stage Company's Dance Fest 2017 wraps up the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company presenting "CrossCurrent". A blossom of color, energy and motion that The New York Times said was "like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy," the dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American spirit with the grace and splendor of the Asian soul as this award-winning company showcases its visionary new program.

Country Gate Players present: Willy Wonka

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 2:00pm
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale.

 
Community Corner: 

Donaldson Farms Farm Market Re-Opens

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Our farm market re-opens for the season on Wednesday, April 5! You'll be able to stock up on our own sauces, jams, jellies and baked goods.

Argyle Fish & Chips at Mtn. Lake Fire Co.

Friday, April 7, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Sponsored by Mountain Lake Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary, in addition to Argyle Restaurant's "highest quality Scottish-style Fish 'n' Chips," a large selection of homemade desserts will also be available. If you prefer chicken, it must be ordered in advance by April 5.

The Philadelphia Soul Football Clinic

Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
11:00am to 3:00pm

The Arena League Champion Philadelphia Soul will be coming to Lopatcong Park to put on a clinic for all interested student athletes from the ages of 5 to 18.

WCARTS Meeting with Artist Jeffery M Green

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

This March 16 WCArts group meeting (rescheduled from March 9) features artist Beth Murphy presenting her pressed botanical artwork - A fresh take on embracing the beauty surrounding us. Bring paper, a sketchpad, or materials of choice to draw/sketch with.

Mackey's Ice Cream Barn Opens for the Season

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm

As always, we will be giving away a free small ice cream cone (any of our 46 flavors) to everyone who comes out on Opening Day, from noon to 9pm. Our 1/2-acre greenhouse also is open that day and we will have a great selection of Easter Flowers available.

Touch a Truck at the Library

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

A variety of trucks, heavy equipment, emergency vehicles, and community service vehicles will be on display in the library parking lot for people to see up close. Schools are on vacation that week, so it’s a great time to bring the kids to the library!

Summer Nights on the Farm at Donaldson's

Friday, June 23, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

A neighborhood favorite! Relax and enjoy delicious farm fresh food, live music, and fun. The kids will sleep great after pony rides, lawn games, and other activities. No entrance fee.

 
More Things to Do: 

Farmers’ Fair Announces Call to Artists for New Juried Fine Arts Exhibit

The Warren County Farmers’ Fair has added a new Juried Fine Arts Exhibit during this year's Fair, July 29 through August 5, 2017, and is announcing a call to artists. The show is open to Professionals and Amateurs who are residents of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 18 year or older. Categories include Class 1: Oils, acrylics, mixed media; Class 2: watercolors, gouche, casein, temepra; and Class 3: drawings, pastels.  This is a unique opportunity for artists to exhibit work in the Warren County Farmers’ Fair.

 
Plan Ahead: 

CSC Women Playwrights Series: Shame

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:30pm

Centenary Stage Company launches the 2017 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) with Shame, a fast-paced dramatic comedy about the secrets and cost of happiness, by Sholeh Wolpe. The three-week series continues with Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett on April 19 and Hitler's Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks on April 26. All three shows are presented in the Lackland Center at 7:30pm, and admission is by donation but reservations are requested as seating is often limited.

Taphouse Grille Game Dinner

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us for an evening of culinary adventure! Chef Bryan Cioletti has created an amazing five-course dinner featuring alligator, wild boar and more! Paired with your choice of beer or wine.

Adult Egg Hunt at Four Sisters Winery

Friday, April 14, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

There's a little kid in all of us! Four Sisters Winery offers a chance to hunt those brightly colored eggs in the great outdoors. Yes, prizes inside, and candy, too!

Musconetcong Watershed Association 5th Annual River Clean-Up

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

From Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware River, the Musconetcong Watershed Association is seeking volunteers dedicated to cleaning litter along roadsides, parks and stream banks of the Musconetcong River. Lunch is on us!

The Chris Bergson Band at Roy's Hall

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 8:00pm

An eloquent, evocative and lyrical songwriter with a sharp urban vision, Bergson melds jazz, blues and pop influences. The VIP Ticket Offering Includes: Preferred Seating / Pre-Show meet and greet with Chris /  1 Complimentary alcoholic beverage / signed show poster.