Warren County Wanderings

Starting August 9, 2017

Peaches are just one example of the many varieties of fruits and vegetables available in abundance right now - as you can see in the photo above courtesy of Best's Fruit Farm - so take advantage and stock up! The weekend weather forecast looks great for doing some wandering (not too hot, not too cool) so let's get out there!

Welcome to all our new Wanderers who signed up at the Explore Warren table at the Warren County Farmers' Fair last week, and congratulations to all prize winners! (Some have yet to be claimed, by the way, so it's possible we'll be drawing additional names. We don't want to raise false hope, but you never know.)

So read on and make plans - and don't run out of steam before you get down to the "Community Corner" and "Continuing" sections. There's good stuff in there, too! Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: Brighton Beach Memoirs

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 7:00pmWednesday, August 9, 2017 - 7:00pmThursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Neil Simon’s hysterical coming of age comedy is part one of Simon’s autobiographical trilogy. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

Free Outdoor Concert at Rutherfurd Hall: Brass Roots

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Brass Roots Free Lawn Concert (inside if it rains). The Brass Roots is one of northwestern Jersey’s premier rock, soul, and R&B horn cover bands.

TGI Flynn's: Dr. Dick

Friday, August 11, 2017 -
5:45pm to 9:45pm
Great food, cold drinks, and awesome entertainment. Admission is free, family friendly event, and the band plays under the pavilion. Call 908-454-0011 for more info.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - Stan & Elise

Friday, August 11, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Crepuscular Creature Crawl and Twilight Bat Hike

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
Come on a guided walk with an NJ Woodland Steward on the trails as we look for the creatures of the twilight: moths, lightning bugs and bats!

Old School Players at Rock Creek Tavern

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:00pm
Live music at Rock Creek Tavern!

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: The Robber Bridegroom

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 8:00pmSunday, August 6, 2017 - 1:00pmFriday, August 11, 2017 - 8:00pmSaturday, August 12, 2017 - 2:00pmSunday, August 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Set in 18th century Mississippi, the show follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country.  The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity coupled with an evil stepmother, a pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, making for a rollicking country romp.

Jersey's Own Hoi Polloi at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:30pm
Fun Pop/Rock hits - from Elvis & the Beatles to today's radio hits.

Delaware River Railroad Excursions - Dino Days

Saturday, August 12, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017
Take a ride back to the Jurassic Period and discover the magic of Dinosaurs! $50 all-inclusive fare. Four trips each day.

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: One-Act Playhouse

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11:00amSunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:00pm
The annual One-Act Festival features a selection  of one-act and short plays directed by Young Performers Workshop staff and students.

Hop Fest!

Saturday, August 12, 2017 -
12:00pm to 10:00pm
This 2nd Annual HopFest features more than 30 hop-forward brews all created by Czig Meister Brewing!

Alba Vineyard Music under the Arbor: Joe Wagner Jazz Trio

Saturday, August 12, 2017 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Outdoor wine tastings and wine bar under our new arbor.

Gordon Thomas Ward at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, August 12, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Sip wine and enjoy live music in a casual atmosphere. Wine for purchase by the bottle or glass at retail value. Bring your own food if you like.

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: School House Rock Live, Jr.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:00pmSunday, August 6, 2017 - 4:00pmSaturday, August 12, 2017 - 5:00pmSunday, August 13, 2017 - 1:00pm
The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon comes to life as one of the most fun musicals ever to hit the stage, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. , follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. Tom tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Featuring such emorable songs as "Just a Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" and "Conjunction Junction" bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

Dine in the Vines at Villa Milagro

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join us for our third alfresco dinner of the season to savor by sunset in Row 51 of the vineyard, served tableside and prepared by Beth Ann Raynock of Local Mama Catering in Hellertown, PA. 

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: She Loves Me

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:00pmSunday, August 6, 2017 - 7:00pmSaturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00pmSunday, August 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.  Amalia and Georg embark on a journey to discover the identity of their true loves, and of all the twists and turns along the way.

Summer Jamfest at Centenary Stage: Dr. K’s Motown Revue

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00pm
Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 Summer Jamfest closes with the sound and soul of Motown with Dr. K’s Motown Revue.

Shut Up Gus at Rock Creek Tavern

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Shut Up Gus is a collection of four professional musicians, who perform a staggering mix of high energetic, broad-based covers.

Yoga at Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Relax, Unwind + Wine! The one-hour, beginner-friendly class open to all levels is followed by a complimentary wine tasting.

Warren County History Museums Open

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Spend an afternoon visiting the Jim and Mary Lee Museum at Plane 9 West in the Port Warren Heritage Area, Stewartsville, and 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.

Music under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Kathy Phillips Trio

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Outdoor wine tastings and wine bar under our new arbor.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - SAGE

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
12:30pm to 4:00pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Murder Mystery Dinner at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
The Vintners room will be set for that very special evening including a formal wine tasting, dinner and the Murder Mystery.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - Jersey Sound

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Free Summer Lawn Concert Series continues with Jersey Sound - "New Jersey's Best Oldies Band" 
Continuing: 

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 9:00pmSunday, August 13, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Come out to this fun neighborhood restaurant and enjoy listening to some local talented musicians! Fri. evening; Sun. afternoon; and Open Mic 2nd & 4th Wed.

Music at Lopatcong Park - Crash Gordon and Debra Dynamite

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
All events will be held at the Veterans Rally Point at Lopatcong Park, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and friends!

Phillipsburg Summer Concert Series - Jeff Bellfy Band Concert & Free Pound Fitness Class

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 5:00pm
Come out for a free Pound Fitness Class by the Easton/Phillipsburg YMCA in Shappell Park at 5pm followed by the Jeff Bellfy Band's free concert at 6:30pm!

Summer Nights on the Farm at Donaldson's

Friday, August 11, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Relax and enjoy delicious farm fresh food, live music, and fun. The kids will sleep great after pony rides, lawn games, and other activities. Live music by the Gary Reed Trio, and this week's guest food purveyor is Arctic Foods. No entrance fee. Food and activities priced individually. And you can get your meal to go! Rain date August 12.

Free Open Kayaking at White Lake

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, August 4, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 12, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
A limited amount of kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the public to enjoy. Life vests and paddles are included.
Group Reservations available with a one week minimum notice. Please contact our Preserve Manager at 973-937-8748.
The night sky as seen from the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey observatories

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00pm
The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is This week's program is: "Living on Mars" presented by Karl Hricko, AAI, NWJAA. 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.

Family Fishing Basics at Pequest

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30amWednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:30amMonday, August 14, 2017 - 10:30amWednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:30am
Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more.

Live Music Every Night at Cafe Baci

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Mama's Cafe Baci offers live entertainment seven nights a week, including Monday Acoustic Cafe; Local Artists Tues.- Thurs.; George Baier on Friday; Faded Genes (Yeager & Boccito) and Lite Jazz  on Saturdays (and a new late night menu, relaxing cocktails & tapas in their new 201 Fifth bar); George Baier again on Sunday; and more.
Community Corner: 

COPS on the R.U.N. 5K

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 7:30am
This fun, fast course at Meadow Breeze Park gives runners, walkers and their families a time to shine with a 5k race, 5k fun walk and a 1k youth run. Why Support this Race?
Plan Ahead: 

Feathered Friends Art Workshop

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Attend a Watercolor Demo and workshop of “Feathered Friends” conducted by Pat Olds, one of the area’s well known artists and member of the 5 East Art Gallery.

Vintage North Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:00pmSunday, August 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Vintage North Jersey, a collaboration of northern New Jersey wineries, holds its 4th annual festival at one of the oldest North Jersey wineries – Four Sisters Winery. At least eight wineries are slated to participate, and admission includes a wine glass for tasting at the wineries, and live music.

BBQ Bash & Quoit Tournament to benefit Abilities of NW Jersey

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Music is by the Brian Dean Moore Band with BBQ by Q Crew BBQ (chicken, ribs, sides, salads, beer, wine, soda and water).

Warren County Antiques Show & Vintage Marketplace

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
A two-day show held mid-August at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Harmony Township, featuring 150 dealers offering a wide variety of antiques including primitive items, Victorian and other rare pieces, furniture, jewelry, pottery, toys and even a blacksmith and a ceramics restoration expert. Food vendors and a farmers market also available.

Notte Italiana at Alba Vineyard

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Alba has partnered with the world-renowned and Michelin starred Altamarea Restaurant Group to create the ultimate Food and Wine Experience!

5th Annual Blues & Craft Brews

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
1:00pm to 7:00pm
You can't beat the combination of great blues and craft brews (and good food)! This year's event, sponsored in part by WXPN, features the incredible Alexis P Suter Band!

Customer Appreciation Week at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Monday, August 21, 2017 to Saturday, August 26, 2017
Our customers are what make Well-Sweep Herb Farm successful. To show our thanks, we invite you to visit us during this week and receive a 20% discount on all purchases.

Preserve your Harvest Workshop

Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Learn the basics about the most popular food preservation methods to use on your fresh produce this season.  Sherri Cirignano, Registered Dietician and FCHS Educator/Associate Professor from R

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Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership
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165 County Route 519 South - Belvidere, NJ 07823
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This Week: 

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: Brighton Beach Memoirs

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Neil Simon’s hysterical coming of age comedy is part one of Simon’s autobiographical trilogy. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

TGI Flynn's: Dr. Dick

Friday, August 11, 2017 -
5:45pm to 9:45pm

Great food, cold drinks, and awesome entertainment. Admission is free, family friendly event, and the band plays under the pavilion. Call 908-454-0011 for more info.

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: The Robber Bridegroom

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 1:00pm
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Set in 18th century Mississippi, the show follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country.  The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity coupled with an evil stepmother, a pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, making for a rollicking country romp.

Hop Fest!

Saturday, August 12, 2017 -
12:00pm to 10:00pm

This 2nd Annual HopFest features more than 30 hop-forward brews all created by Czig Meister Brewing!

Gordon Thomas Ward at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, August 12, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm

Sip wine and enjoy live music in a casual atmosphere. Wine for purchase by the bottle or glass at retail value. Bring your own food if you like.

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: School House Rock Live, Jr.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 5:00pm
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon comes to life as one of the most fun musicals ever to hit the stage, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. , follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. Tom tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Featuring such emorable songs as "Just a Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" and "Conjunction Junction" bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

Dine in the Vines at Villa Milagro

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us for our third alfresco dinner of the season to savor by sunset in Row 51 of the vineyard, served tableside and prepared by Beth Ann Raynock of Local Mama Catering in Hellertown, PA. 

CSC's Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows: She Loves Me

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.  Amalia and Georg embark on a journey to discover the identity of their true loves, and of all the twists and turns along the way.

Shut Up Gus at Rock Creek Tavern

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 9:00pm

Shut Up Gus is a collection of four professional musicians, who perform a staggering mix of high energetic, broad-based covers.

Yoga at Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Relax, Unwind + Wine! The one-hour, beginner-friendly class open to all levels is followed by a complimentary wine tasting.

Warren County History Museums Open

Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Spend an afternoon visiting the Jim and Mary Lee Museum at Plane 9 West in the Port Warren Heritage Area, Stewartsville, and 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.

 
Continuing: 

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Come out to this fun neighborhood restaurant and enjoy listening to some local talented musicians! Fri. evening; Sun. afternoon; and Open Mic 2nd & 4th Wed.

Summer Nights on the Farm at Donaldson's

Friday, August 11, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Relax and enjoy delicious farm fresh food, live music, and fun. The kids will sleep great after pony rides, lawn games, and other activities. Live music by the Gary Reed Trio, and this week's guest food purveyor is Arctic Foods. No entrance fee. Food and activities priced individually. And you can get your meal to go! Rain date August 12.

Free Open Kayaking at White Lake

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, August 4, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 12, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

A limited amount of kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the public to enjoy. Life vests and paddles are included.
Group Reservations available with a one week minimum notice. Please contact our Preserve Manager at 973-937-8748.

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

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00pm

The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is This week's program is: "Living on Mars" presented by Karl Hricko, AAI, NWJAA. 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.

Live Music Every Night at Cafe Baci

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mama's Cafe Baci offers live entertainment seven nights a week, including Monday Acoustic Cafe; Local Artists Tues.- Thurs.; George Baier on Friday; Faded Genes (Yeager & Boccito) and Lite Jazz  on Saturdays (and a new late night menu, relaxing cocktails & tapas in their new 201 Fifth bar); George Baier again on Sunday; and more.

 
Community Corner: 

COPS on the R.U.N. 5K

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 7:30am

This fun, fast course at Meadow Breeze Park gives runners, walkers and their families a time to shine with a 5k race, 5k fun walk and a 1k youth run. Why Support this Race?

 
Plan Ahead: 

Feathered Friends Art Workshop

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Attend a Watercolor Demo and workshop of “Feathered Friends” conducted by Pat Olds, one of the area’s well known artists and member of the 5 East Art Gallery.

Vintage North Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Vintage North Jersey, a collaboration of northern New Jersey wineries, holds its 4th annual festival at one of North Jersey's oldest wineries – Four Sisters Winery. At least eight wineries are slated to participate, and admission includes a wine glass for tasting at the wineries, and live music.

Warren County Antiques Show & Vintage Marketplace

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

A two-day show held mid-August at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Harmony Township, featuring 150 dealers offering a wide variety of antiques including primitive items, Victorian and other rare pieces, furniture, jewelry, pottery, toys and even a blacksmith and a ceramics restoration expert. Food vendors and a farmers market also available.

5th Annual Blues & Craft Brews

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
1:00pm to 7:00pm

You can't beat the combination of great blues and craft brews (and good food)! This year's event, sponsored in part by WXPN, features the incredible Alexis P. Suter Band!

Customer Appreciation Week at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Monday, August 21, 2017 to Saturday, August 26, 2017

Well-Sweep shows its appreciation by offering a 20% discount on all purchases this week, plus on Saturday they host a Native Plant Lecture at 11am, as well as Herb Garden Tours at 12pm and 2pm, and serve complimentary herbal refreshments all day. Free admission and parking.

Preserve your Harvest Workshop

Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Learn the basics about the most popular food preservation methods to use on your fresh produce this season. Bring a chair; held at the historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead.