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Starting December 27, 2017

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written." - Melody Beattie (b. 1948), American Author

It’s that auld lang syne-y time of the year, when we look back on the year that’s ending, but also look ahead to the book yet to be written. We at Warren County Wanderings want to take this moment to thank you for being loyal Wanderers and for all the positive feedback we’ve received for this project of the Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership. We also want to take a quick look back and another forward before we get into this week’s offerings. As we’ve seen over the past year, there is no shortage of things to do in Warren County!

Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, which just celebrated its fifth year as a cultural center and museum, continues to offer more and more public events, including concerts, paint nights, yoga, summer camps, and festivals. In the new year, they plan a lecture about FDR and Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd (one of the more popular aspects of Rutherfurd Hall’s history) and to launch The Allamuchy Carnival in June, held elsewhere in the township but benefitting Rutherfurd Hall. Our lead photo this week, by the way, is of fireworks at Rutherfurd Hall by Charlie Fineran.

Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Fest is just around the corner, plus they have a trio of exciting musical performances planned for February and March, and a world premiere of the play Hitler’s Tasters – developed through the CSC Women Playwrights Series – opening in April.

Phillipsburg launched a successful new event, Pork Roll Palooza, last October and plans to make it bigger and better on Oct. 13, 2018. Another new event in 2017 was Park Fest at Breadlock Park, hosted by the Warren County Parks Foundation and the county’s Morris Canal Committee, and it’s coming back for a second annual on June 9, 2018. Meanwhile, Warren County’s annual Preservation Day always moves to a new location to highlight a different preserved property each time – for 2018 it’s the Roseberry Homestead in Phillipsburg – but it also is moving to a new month, happening Sept. 15, 2018 from 10am to 4pm.

The two Business Improvement Districts in Warren County – Hackettstown BID and Washington BID – continue to present a full calendar of fun. Hackettstown has its 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade coming up on March 11, plus Spring Festival May 4-6, a restaurant event in July, and a scarecrow contest in the fall, while Washington welcomes back the Arts, Sweets & Crafts Festival in April, the big Festival in the Borough with lots of live bands in September, plus Hometown Halloween and Hometown Holiday later in the year.

Blairstown celebrated becoming an official Appalachian Trail Community with an event last spring – the first spot in New Jersey to receive that designation – and namesake John I. Blair, a major American figure of the 19th Century, was finally enshrined in the Warren County Hall of Fame. Roy’s Hall continues to offer a wide range of excellent bands plus some theater and screenings of the original Friday the 13th horror movie (which was filmed in northern Warren County) whenever the calendar gives us a Friday the 13th. The whole town gets in on the fun, so mark April 13 and July 13 on your 2018 calendar! Plus, the Blairstown Museum continues to add new events and displays. With 94 events in ’17, and a new trolley to offer various tours – barn, farm, antiques, Friday the 13th sites – they’ll surely top 100 in the new year.

Some events and attractions hit major milestones in 2017, as the Hope Christmas Craft Market celebrated its 40th year, and the Warren County Farmers’ Fair marked its 80th, while the Fair’s Traditional Arts Expo hit the 20-year mark. The fair will be back July 28-August 4, 2018, so again, mark those calendars!

Happy New Year, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 
Kate and Paul at the Inn at Millrace Pond September 23

Live Music at The Inn at Millrace Pond: Kate & Paul

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
Live music at the historic inn, a restored 1769 stone gristmill, features soft rock from Kate & Paul.
 

Holiday Open House at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, December 30, 2017 -
11:00am to 6:00pm
Join Four Sisters Winery as it celebrates and says goodbye to 2017. Appetizers, wine tasting, complimentary glass of wine, and a souvenir wine glass. $12/person or 2 for $20.

Marty Koppel at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, December 30, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Professional Partiers Night With The Dr Dick Show

Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 9:00pm
You can go out on New Year's Eve with all the amateurs, or you can come out the night before and have a great time, be a professional partier!

First Night Warren at Rutherfurd Hall

Sunday, December 31, 2017 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Entertainment and activities for the whole family, including a magician, a balloon animal artist, a contortionist, Hawaiian and Irish step dancers, live musical acts, various actors and interactive shows, a reptile show, face painting and airbrush tattoos as Rutherfurd Hall hosts its 3rd Annual First Night celebrationl Fireworks are scheduled for approximately 7:15pm. Food vendors also will be on site.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - Kyle Baker

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
Enjoy some delicious wine while you listen to Kyle Baker!

New Year's Eve Dinner at The Inn at Millrace Pond

Sunday, December 31, 2017 -
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Enjoy a delicious meal on New Year's Eve at The Inn at Millrace Pond. $75 per person. Pairing wine options are offered as well. Call to make your reservation now at 908-459-4884. 

Celebrate New Years Eve at The Architects Golf Club

Sunday, December 31, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
New Year's Eve Grand Champagne Buffet at Architechs!

Buck's Rocking New Year's Eve

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 6:00pm
Celebrate New Year's "Gatsby Style"! Menu looks delicious with filet mignon and pan seared salmon.

Live Music at Panther Pub: Pentley Holmes & The Lucid Dream

Sunday, December 31, 2017 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Check out Pentley Holmes & The Lucid Dream at Panther Pub. Enjoy their music while you check out their menu which includes prime rib and lobster pot pie.

New Year's Eve Party with DJ Nappz at Bea McNally's Irish Pub

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hang out with DJ Nappz at Bea McNally's!

New Year's Eve Party at Flynn's On The Hill

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 7:30pm
Spend your New Year’s Eve partying at Flynn’s! $70 per person. $65 per person if you purchase a table of 8. The party starts at 7:30pm. Call now for reservations at 908-454-0011!

Rock Creek Ringing In 2018!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
New Year's Eve is the perfect time to bid goodbye to the year gone by and welcome in the New Year. It's the time to rock and roll with family and friends!

NYE Dinner Dance at Marianna's Restaurant

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
Come listen to Johnny's Jukebox live and dance your socks off! $80 per person includes cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, entertainment, champagne toast and party favors.

Zabava New Year's Eve Party

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Zabava Bar 133. Make your reservations today!

NYE Bash at Draught House

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
NYE bash at the Draught House! No cover. DJ Mike Roberti will be there and free champagne will be served at midnight.

33rd Annual New Year's Day Hike on the PVT

Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Start your new year on the right foot with a 4-5 mile hike along the Paulinskill Valley Trail. It's the 33rd annual of this New Year's Day tradition, hosted by the Kittatinny Valley State Park's Friends organization. The cinder-based trail provides easy, level walking. Bring lunch and beverage!

New Year's Yoga Class to support the CSG at Genesis Farm

Monday, January 1, 2018 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Begin the New Year by doing something good for yourself.
Plan Ahead: 

Meditation Class

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Rutherfurd Hall Introduces a Meditation Class with Jean Marie DuHamel, MA, of Fostering the Journey, which will include a short introduction, 50 minute silent meditation, & Q&A.

Skylands Songwriters Guild at The Inn at Millrace Pond

Friday, January 5, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Start the New Year off right with a little music at The Inn! An evening of performances by three talented Skylands Songwriters Guild members.

Create The Life You Want Workshop

Saturday, January 6, 2018 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Imagine if you created a blueprint to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Led by two professional life coaches, this workshop is an interactive experience consisting of short presentations, discussions and exercises designed to show life’s unlimited possibilities. 

CSC January Thaw Music Fest - Freda Payne: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 2:00pm
Centenary Stage Company kicks off the annual January Thaw Music Fest with Freda Payne celebrating the career of the great Ella Fitzgerald. Payne scored a #1 hit with her '70 pop anthem, Band of Gold, and over the course of the last four decades has toured the world in concerts, theater performances and one-woman shows.

Gatos Blancos – featuring members of Cabinet, American Babies

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 8:00pm
A Vermont band born in Pennsylvania, Gatos Blancos can mesh the best of their musical worlds, backgrounds, influences and interests for the greater good of the music community.

CSC Comedy Night with Larry Miller

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 8:00pm
As one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, Larry Miller has appeared in over 100 film and television shows. He brings his edgy one-man comedy show to the Lackland PAC's Sitnik Theatrer for a special performance to benefit Hackettstown Rotary Club and the Centenary Stage Company's artists' fund.

Swing that Music! A Jazz Tribute to the Three Louis

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
Danny Bacher swings the praises of Louis with Armstrong, Prima & Jordan in an unforgettable performance paying homage to the era of jumpin' jive with a dollop of Dixieland. 

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall: Bill Charlap & Peter Washington

Sunday, January 21, 2018 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time.

Matuto (Brazilian Bluegrass)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 8:00pm
"The joyous, ebullient music of Matuto merges the folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all - American bluegrass" says the Chicago Tribune.

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This Week: 

Holiday Open House at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, December 30, 2017 -
11:00am to 6:00pm

Join Four Sisters Winery as it celebrates and says goodbye to 2017. Appetizers, wine tasting, complimentary glass of wine, and a souvenir wine glass. $12/person or 2 for $20.

First Night Warren at Rutherfurd Hall

Sunday, December 31, 2017 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Entertainment and activities for the whole family, including a magician, a balloon animal artist, a contortionist, Hawaiian and Irish step dancers, live musical acts, various actors and interactive shows, a reptile show, face painting and airbrush tattoos as Rutherfurd Hall hosts its 3rd Annual First Night celebrationl Fireworks are scheduled for approximately 7:15pm. Food vendors also will be on site.

New Year's Eve Dinner at The Inn at Millrace Pond

Sunday, December 31, 2017 -
5:00pm to 10:00pm

Enjoy a delicious meal on New Year's Eve at The Inn at Millrace Pond. $75 per person. Pairing wine options are offered as well. Call to make your reservation now at 908-459-4884. 

New Year's Eve Party at Flynn's On The Hill

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 7:30pm

Spend your New Year’s Eve partying at Flynn’s! $70 per person. $65 per person if you purchase a table of 8. The party starts at 7:30pm. Call now for reservations at 908-454-0011!

Rock Creek Ringing In 2018!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 8:00pm

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to bid goodbye to the year gone by and welcome in the New Year. It's the time to rock and roll with family and friends!

NYE Dinner Dance at Marianna's Restaurant

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 8:00pm

Come listen to Johnny's Jukebox live and dance your socks off! $80 per person includes cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, entertainment, champagne toast and party favors.

NYE Bash at Draught House

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 9:00pm

NYE bash at the Draught House! No cover. DJ Mike Roberti will be there and free champagne will be served at midnight.

33rd Annual New Year's Day Hike on the PVT

Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:00am

Start your new year on the right foot with a 4-5 mile hike along the Paulinskill Valley Trail. It's the 33rd annual of this New Year's Day tradition, hosted by the Kittatinny Valley State Park's Friends organization. The cinder-based trail provides easy, level walking. Bring lunch and beverage!

Irish Brunch Every Sunday at Bea McNally's

Sunday, January 7, 2018 -
11:30am to 3:00pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018 -
11:30am to 3:00pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018 -
11:30am to 3:00pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018 -
11:30am to 3:00pm

Come and enjoy an Irish brunch at Bea McNally's. Bring the whole family, enjoy time together and eat a delicious meal.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Meditation Class

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Rutherfurd Hall Introduces a Meditation Class with Jean Marie DuHamel, MA, of Fostering the Journey, which will include a short introduction, 50 minute silent meditation, & Q&A.

Skylands Songwriters Guild at The Inn at Millrace Pond

Friday, January 5, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Start the New Year off right with a little music at The Inn! An evening of performances by three talented Skylands Songwriters Guild members, Carolyn Messina, Mark Ryan, and Michaela McClain.

Create The Life You Want Workshop

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Imagine if you created a blueprint to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Led by two professional life coaches, this workshop is an interactive experience consisting of short presentations, discussions and exercises designed to show life’s unlimited possibilities. 

CSC January Thaw Music Fest - Freda Payne: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 2:00pm

Centenary Stage Company kicks off the annual January Thaw Music Fest with Freda Payne celebrating the career of the great Ella Fitzgerald. Payne scored a #1 hit with her '70 pop anthem, Band of Gold, and over the course of the last four decades has toured the world in concerts, theater performances and one-woman shows.

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall: Bill Charlap & Peter Washington

Sunday, January 21, 2018 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Charlap has performed with many leading artists. Known for his interpretations of American popular songs, he's teamed with talented jazz double bassist Peter Washington for this special concert in beautiful Rutherfurd Hall.

CSC January Thaw Music Fest: Matuto (Brazilian Bluegrass)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

The January Thaw fest wraps up with Brazilian bluegrass from Matuto. Their name is slang for "country boy" but these urbanized virtuosos have headlined renowned Bluegrass, Jazz, and World Music Festivals across North America. "The joyous, ebullient music of Matuto merges the folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all-American bluegrass" says the Chicago Tribune.