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Starting August 12, 2020

“You can't start worrying about what's going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what's happening now.”- Lauren Bacall (1924-2014), American actress and singer who died on this date in 2014.

Yes indeed, Ms. Bacall, we have enough to worry about right now, like deciding what to do and where to go in the coming days! Please read on for suggestions, and note that the Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off one week from today! Scroll down to that event listing to find out how to enter for a chance to win free admission, and a balloon ride for two! No worries, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

Lopatcong Music in the Park: Garabo Brothers Band

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
This Lehigh Valley band is comprised of two sets of brothers from two generations and is always a crowd pleaser. Come see them play some classic rock in the park!

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.

Live Music Thursdays at Czig Meister: Noble Brothers Band

Thursday, August 13, 2020 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
$10 cover includes the price of your first pint starting at 6:30. Full line up of beers available, as well as Lemon & Raspberry craft hard CZeltzer.

Friday in the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Guitarist Walt Bibinger

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm
Relax under the Arbor every Friday, 12-9pm. Seating for 2-4 people on a first come, first serve basis; groups of 5-7 must make a prior reservation. Live music 6:30-8pm ($5/person cover - does not include a wine flight). 

Knowlton Lions Dinner

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
A chance to get Knowlton Lions' delicious (and famous) roasted sweet corn! A nice meal will be served up under the huge Lions Pavilion (behind Smitty's Liquors on Route 46). Takeout available - limited seating. 

Sunset on the Deck

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunset on the deck with Banjo Brian and Friends! Enjoy music, evening food specials, and the view at Four Sisters Winery.

Friday Nights at Donaldson Farms w/ Dirty Blondes Band

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
This week features two gourmet Food Trucks: Summer Daze Catering and Hold My Knots, plus Donaldson's own roasted sweet corn, steamed clams, and live music by the Dirty Blondes Rock Band! (James Off Main is on vacation and will return to Donaldson Farms next Friday.) Please click through as some details have changed - admission tickets are required for all guests to attend this event. 

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Live music, weather permitting, Friday and Sunday evenings. August schedule posted on Facebook.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery: Marty Koppel

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
You are invited to bring in a meal from a local purveyor (food will not be provided by the winery), relax and enjoy the evening along with your favorite Brook Hollow wine.

T.G.I. Flynn's

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 6:30pmFriday, August 14, 2020 - 6:30pmFriday, August 21, 2020 - 6:30pm
Bobby Clark plays it hard on August 14! Reservations are required (and face masks when traveling to and getting up from your table).

Open Mic at Kathy's Kove & Kafe

Friday, August 7, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sidewalk performances to entertain guests at outdoor tables along East Washington Avenue. In addition to open mic opportunities, refreshments will be offered for purchase. Open mic hosting team for the second week will be the talented duo, "Meri Beaucoup" - otherwise known as Corrine and Scott Blachier, a married couple from Somerset.

Weekend Live Music at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Enjoy the beautiful view and live music on the deck with Rich Goldberg on Saturday and Jackie Rudy on Sunday. New menus specials at the bistro; add a glass or bottle of your favorite FSW wine to savor on the outdoor deck overlooking the picturesque 250-acre farm.

Music Under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Relax under the Arbor (weather permitting) with Jeff Bellfy & Co. on Saturday and Hazelrigg Brothers on Sunday. Freshly made food (caprese salad pictured) available for purchase. Review Alba's COVID Policy.

Afternoon Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Visit Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility for live music each weekend day: Kate and Paul on Saturday and George Baier on Sunday. There will be no food for sale, but you are invited to support local proprietors by purchasing a meal from the many restaurants in the area and enjoy it on the outside covered porch patio with a bottle of Brook Hollow Wine.

Villa Milagro's Music Under the Pergola: Dave Read

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sit in the shade of the pergola and enjoy the talent of the versatile Dave Read.

Dizaster Horse Rides Again at Rock Creek Tavern

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Dizaster Horse plays all the songs you forgot you loved - great songs from the '60s and up by great bands that never really got the recognition they deserved.

Saturday Evenings under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Leah Fuls

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Relax under the Arbor Saturday evenings, weather permitting, through September 26. This week's artist: Leah Fuls. Food available for purchase: freshly made wood-fired pizza, caprese salad, paninis, and charcuterie. Wine Flights - priced at $18-$32/person, includes cover for music. Music from 6-8:30pm - $10 cover, does not include a wine flight. No one under 21 will be admitted.

Irv Ball of Video Daze at SoMa Downtown Grill

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:00pm
Irv Ball covers hits that span four decades of great music. From rock to country, as a solo act or with his band Irv is always entertaining!

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey Presents: New Glenn vs. Old Glenn

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:00pm
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! This week, learn about "New Glenn vs. Old Glenn" presented by Dale Skran, NSS.

Sunday Brunch at the Asbury Coffee Mill with Bill Ihling

Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Enjoy some (socially distant) tunes during a nice Sunday brunch in the shade. Seating is limited in the atrium, so be sure to make a reservation.

Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020
The hot air balloon festival that happens each summer is moving to a new location for 2020 for a five-day event with morning and evening balloon launches, drone demonstrations and more. Limited tickets are available due to social distancing requirements so get your tickets today! Now in its 20th year, this year's location is Warren County Community College, a long-time sponsor, at the college's Drone Port at its campus along Route 57 in Washington Township. Learn more here or go right to their ticketing website to buy tickets.
Enter for a chance to win complimentary admission, and a FREE BALLOON RIDE for TWO! Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership, a balloon festival sponsor, is offering a chance for you and your plus-one to go up in a hot air balloon! The grand prize is the pair of tickets for a balloon ride (includes admission to the event), but we also will pick a couple of runners-up for free admission for four to the festival. Please follow the instructions below:
  • Send us an email to tourism@co.warren.nj.us with "Balloon Festival Giveaway" in the subject line by 4 p.m. this Friday, August 14.
  • Provide your name and phone number (We promise not to share your contact information, but we need to be able to get in touch with you if you win!)
  •  Solve the puzzle! Unscramble the following (very relevant) words: 
    NORED
    LOLONAB
    HREEDTTE
Include your answers in your email! We will do a random drawing from all the correct entries and notify the winners; you'll receive your tickets via email. Good luck!
Continuing: 

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, August 8, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 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, 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. August 15 is Beach Day with music by DJ Mitch Hess.

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, August 9, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 23, 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.

Story Time In the Pocket Park

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10:30amWednesday, August 5, 2020 - 10:30amWednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:30amWednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am
All ages welcome! Stories geared towards pre-school age kids, through August 26. August 12, 19 & 26 Story Time and music will be lead by Diana Dove of Dove Environmental Education. Afterward, kids' lunch specials offered for purchase at: Empanada Mamasita, Lost Ladies Cafe, Washington Candy Closet (Unicorn milk shakes and Unicorn bubble tea!)
Community Corner: 

Lord's Auction

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 9:30pm
Annual Lords Auction for Belvidere United Presbyterian Church to be held at Garret D. Wall Park. All items hand made or home grown. Browsing begins at 9:30am, Auction starts at 10:30am.
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: 

Front Porch Cabaret Concert

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
This FREE outdoor event is a celebration of Centenary Stage Company and NEXTstage Repertory past and future musical productions! Includes hit songs from Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Avenue Q, Rent, Nunsense, Beauty and the Beast, Lucky Stiff, Into the Woods, Young Frankenstein, and many more!  The Cabaret will feature some of CSC's and Centenary University's favorite singers.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 22, 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.

Wine Dinner at Alba Vineyard

Sunday, August 23, 2020 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm
A celebration of the very best in food and wine. Enjoy a four-course dinner comprised of dishes created by Chef Anthony Fiore, paired with Alba wines that originated in the estate vineyard. View Menu. Seating outdoors under the arbor and live music. Limited tickets remain - reserve now!

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:
Gray

Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership
C/o Warren County Public Information Dept.
tourism@co.warren.nj.us | ExploreWarren.org
165 County Route 519 South - Belvidere, NJ 07823
908-475-6580 / 800-554-8540

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This Week: 

Lopatcong Music in the Park: Garabo Brothers Band

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

This Lehigh Valley band is comprised of two sets of brothers from two generations and is always a crowd pleaser. Come see them play some classic rock in the park!

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.

Friday in the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Guitarist Walt Bibinger

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm

Relax under the Arbor every Friday, 12-9pm. Seating for 2-4 people on a first come, first serve basis; groups of 5-7 must make a prior reservation. Live music 6:30-8pm ($10/person cover - does not include a wine flight). 

Knowlton Lions Dinner

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

A chance to get Knowlton Lions' delicious (and famous) roasted sweet corn! A nice meal will be served up under the huge Lions Pavilion (behind Smitty's Liquors on Route 46). Takeout available - limited seating. 

Sunset on the Deck

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Sunset on the deck with Banjo Brian and Friends! Enjoy music, evening food specials, and the view at Four Sisters Winery.

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Live music, weather permitting, Friday and Sunday evenings. August schedule posted on Facebook.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery: Marty Koppel

Friday, August 14, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

You are invited to bring in a meal from a local purveyor (food will not be provided by the winery), relax and enjoy the evening along with your favorite Brook Hollow wine.

T.G.I. Flynn's

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 6:30pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:30pm

Bobby Clark plays it hard on August 14! Reservations are required (and face masks when traveling to and getting up from your table).

Open Mic at Kathy's Kove & Kafe

Friday, August 7, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sidewalk performances to entertain guests at outdoor tables along East Washington Avenue. In addition to open mic opportunities, refreshments will be offered for purchase. Open mic hosting team for the second week will be the talented duo, "Meri Beaucoup" - otherwise known as Corrine and Scott Blachier, a married couple from Somerset.

Weekend Live Music at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Enjoy the beautiful view and live music on the deck with Rich Goldberg on Saturday and Jackie Rudy on Sunday. New menus specials at the bistro; add a glass or bottle of your favorite FSW wine to savor on the outdoor deck overlooking the picturesque 250-acre farm.

Afternoon Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm

Visit Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility for live music each weekend day: Kate and Paul on Saturday and George Baier on Sunday. There will be no food for sale, but you are invited to support local proprietors by purchasing a meal from the many restaurants in the area and enjoy it on the outside covered porch patio with a bottle of Brook Hollow Wine.

Dizaster Horse Rides Again at Rock Creek Tavern

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Dizaster Horse plays all the songs you forgot you loved - great songs from the '60s and up by great bands that never really got the recognition they deserved.

Saturday Evenings under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Leah Fuls

Saturday, August 15, 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Relax under the Arbor Saturday evenings, weather permitting, through September 26. This week's artist: Leah Fuls. Food available for purchase: freshly made wood-fired pizza, caprese salad, paninis, and charcuterie. Wine Flights - priced at $20-$32/person, includes cover for music. Music from 6-8:30pm - $10 cover, does not include a wine flight. No one under 21 will be admitted.

Saturday Evening under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Corinne Mamanna Duo

Saturday, August 22, 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Relax under the Arbor Saturday evenings, weather permitting, through September 26. This week's artist: Corinne Mammana Duo. Food available for purchase: freshly made wood-fired pizza, caprese salad, paninis, and charcuterie. Wine Flights - priced at $20-$32/person, includes cover for music. Music from 6-8:30pm - $10 cover, does not include a wine flight. No one under 21 will be admitted.

 
Continuing: 

Story Time In the Pocket Park

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am

All ages welcome! Stories geared towards pre-school age kids, through August 26. August 12, 19 & 26 Story Time and music will be lead by Diana Dove of Dove Environmental Education. Afterward, kids' lunch specials offered for purchase at: Empanada Mamasita, Lost Ladies Cafe, Washington Candy Closet (Unicorn milk shakes and Unicorn bubble tea!)

 
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: 

Front Porch Cabaret Concert

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

This FREE outdoor event is a celebration of Centenary Stage Company and NEXTstage Repertory past and future musical productions! Includes hit songs from Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Avenue Q, Rent, Nunsense, Beauty and the Beast, Lucky Stiff, Into the Woods, Young Frankenstein, and many more!  The Cabaret will feature some of CSC's and Centenary University's favorite singers.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 22, 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! - Wine Dinner at Alba Vineyard

Sunday, August 23, 2020 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

A celebration of the very best in food and wine. Enjoy a four-course dinner comprised of dishes created by Chef Anthony Fiore, paired with Alba wines that originated in the estate vineyard. View Menu. Seating outdoors under the arbor and live music. Limited tickets remain - reserve now!