Warren County Wanderings

Starting December 7, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and Hanukah, Winter Solstice, and all the other holidays of the season. There's a full schedule of fun for you and your family in store, with theater (last chance to see Mary Poppins before she opens her umbrella and flies away, while the curtain rises on several other shows), live music, tree lightings, craft classes, and other yuletide celebrations. There's still time to find your fresh Jersey Grown Christmas tree - use our page to find a farm here in the Christmas Tree Belt - or to check out the Christmas in the Country Trail. Meanwhile, let's pause for a moment on this 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor to remember all who served in World War II and who have served since then to keep us safe. We salute you! Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

Jazz+Wine+Tapas Wednesday at Luigi's Rancho

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
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.

Hometown Holiday in Washington Borough

Friday, December 9, 2016 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Santa Claus is coming to town! Help light the Christmas Tree at Borough Hall then parade with us to the Pocket Park for our second tree lighting, and the Menorah lighting at Arcana Toys and Games. Crafts for the kids, seasonal music. And don't forget to have your picture taken with Santa!
Holiday Yule Celebration at Roseberry House, Phillipsburg, December 9

Holiday Yule Celebration at Roseberry House

Friday, December 9, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Tour the historic home and experience how a colonial family would celebrate the Winter Solstice and holiday season, coupled with a celebration of our current holiday traditions. Music, cider, apples, gingerbread, a roaring fire, and history, plus candy canes, cookies and activities for children. Free.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - John Cain

Friday, December 9, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Live Music at Inn at Millrace Pond: Scott Messina

Friday, December 9, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Live music at the historic inn, a restored 1769 stone gristmill, features local artists. 908-459-4884.

California Guitar Trio at Roy's Hall

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary! Their performances are astounding, their diversity unparalleled. Paul Richards from Los Angeles, Bert Lams from Belgium and Hideyo Moriya from Japan perform unique originals to dazzling, cleverly arraigned interpretations of music from Queen and the Beatles, to Bach and Beethoven, and surf music from the Ventures. The Trio’s appearance at Roy’s Hall will feature a generous sampling of holiday favorites in keeping with the season.

Bobby Clark at Rock Creek Tavern

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Country recording artist and songwriter Bobby Clark "Plays it Hard" at Rock Creek Tavern!

Buck Hill Brewery at Triple Creek Farm

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Blairstown's new Buck Hill Brewery and Restaurant will be at the farm with local holiday beers to sample.

Evergreen Christmas Tree Workshop

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Create a long-lasting festive tree for your holiday table using fresh boxwood, holly and assorted winter greens. You will then decorate with pine cones, stars, ribbon and other novelties.

Gingerbread House Craft at Well-Sweep

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Check website or call for details; registration is required. 908-852-5390

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - Gordon Thomas Ward

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Country Gate Players present: A Christmas Carol - The Musical

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 2:00pmSaturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00pmSunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 2:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 8:00pmSunday, December 18, 2016 - 2:00pm
Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens breathe fantastic new life into this classic tale from Dickens, as prosperous curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future.

Corks and Cookies at Villa Milagro

Saturday, December 10, 2016 to Sunday, December 11, 2016
A gift made by hand is a gift from the heart. Come on out to make cork ornaments for your tree, cork wreaths for your door, cork trivets for the kitchen and other items to gift.

Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows: The Boy Friend

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 8:00pmSunday, December 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns this holiday season with a delightful selection of musical favorites for the annual Winter Festival of Shows. 

Murder Mystery Dinner at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
It’s not a typical who-done-it; the guests in the audience that create a witty, weaving story line.

Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo - A Christmas Pastorale: 600 Years of Carols, Chorales, Preludes, & Pastorales

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 6:00pm
Villa Milagro Vineyards presents a special holiday concert celebrating the rich musical tradition of the Christmas season, performed by Laura Oltman and Michael Newman, guitars. The program includes a wonderful variety of Christmas music, little-known gems, and wonderful variations on familiar themes, composed by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Brahms, Corelli, and Luther, among others.

Slackjaw Blues Band at Rock Creek Tavern

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
Enjoy live music in a casual atmosphere at Rock Creek Tavern.

Flyin Blind performs at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 9:30pm
Flyin Blind has been entertaining audiences all over Northeastern PA and Northern NJ since 2007.

The Santa Carver at Woodsedge Tree Farm

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Ken Dispoto aka "The Santa Carver" will be at the farm doing a carving demonstration and selling his wares.

Brook Hollow Winery at Triple Creek Farm

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Columbia's Brook Hollow Winery be at the farm for a wine tasting with some of their delicious vintages.

Christmas in the Country at Ramsaysburg

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
'Tis the Season...and you are invited! Activities for this annual event include historic site tours, tree lighting, holiday music, caroling, Santa's visit and children's crafts.

Morris Canal Museum Open

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Morris Canal Bread Lock Park is open daily until dusk, but the Warren County History Museum is open the second Sunday of the month, with models and displays of Warren County history with emphasis on the Morris Canal, Shippen Manor, Oxford Furnace, Thomas Edison's local businesses, and the Lenape Indians.
 

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - SAGE

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Gary Reed at Rock Creek Tavern

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 4:00pm
Enjoy live music in a casual atmosphere at Rock Creek Tavern.

Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 5:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 5:00pmSunday, December 18, 2016 - 1:00pm
Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns this holiday season with a delightful selection of musical favorites for the annual Winter Festival of Shows. 

Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows: A Chorus Line

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 7:00pmFriday, December 16, 2016 - 8:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 2:00pmSunday, December 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns this holiday season with a delightful selection of musical favorites for the annual Winter Festival of Shows. 

Inspiring Sign Class at the BTI

Monday, December 12, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Blairstown Inn is hosting a inspiring sign party, open to the public. You will be painting your favorite quote or saying on a 12" Wood Slated Board. You pick your colors and saying!
Plan Ahead: 

Radio-On-Stage Version of A Christmas Carol

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 8:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 8:00pmSunday, December 18, 2016 - 3:00pm
Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” will return to the Roy’s Hall stage for a third annual presentation as a classic 1940’s radio stage production.

New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at Centenary Stage

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 2:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2016 - 7:00pmSunday, December 18, 2016 - 3:00pm
The holiday season concludes with a flourish as CSC welcomes back the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet and the annual performances of Nutcracker, featuring World Ballet Gold Medalist Emma Crow, a Hackettstown native.

First Night at Rutherfurd Hall

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 12:00pm
The 2nd annual family friendly event with lots of live entertainment, food vendors, AND Fireworks. Pre-sale is underway - $10 per button (reserve your button soon, last year it sold out!)  Shuttle buses will bring guests from remote locations but you can also pre-purchase Premier Parking onsite for $25 per car.
Continuing: 

CSC Presents: Family Holiday Musical Mary Poppins

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:00amThursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:30pmFriday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00pmSaturday, December 10, 2016 - 2:00pmSaturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00pmSunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
It's your last chance to catch Mary Poppins, everyone’s favorite nanny who is practically perfect in every way! This “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure, an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, astonishing stagecraft and a live orchestra, runs through Dec. 11. PLUS - after Saturday's matinee, kids can get their photo taken with Mary!

"The Karl Jam" Open Mic/Jam Session

Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm
The Rock Creek Tavern, Warren County's newest spot for night life, hosts "The Karl Jam" open mic/jam session every Thursday night.
Community Corner: 

Kids Holiday Paint Night at Rutherfurd Hall

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Kids Paint Night! Drop children ages 8 and above or accompany your child 7 and under. $20 per child includes canvas and paint, canvas, instruction and snack.

Adult Paint Night at Rutherfurd Hall

Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Calling aspiring artists and wine lovers... time to get your hands dirty and cup full! Join us for a night of art therapy! Bring a bottle of wine and paint a beautiful winter scene.

Pet Photos with Santa "Claws"

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Bring your furry family members into Pet Valu, Route 57, Mansfield on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Holiday Vendor Fair

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Mansfield Cub Scout Pack 222 hosts its 3rd annual Holiday Vendor Fair!

Winter Winery Vendor Fair

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Your one stop shop can be found at Brook Hollow Winery this year! Sip and shop with a variety of vendors. Find something for everyone on your list this year.

Mindfulness Breathing Meditation at Rutherfurd Hall

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
With the holidays coming, our lives can become even more hectic. As a way to be more mindful and present in our lives, in these sessions we will practice mindfulness breathing. This class will include teaching, meditation practice, and a short discussion afterwards. Pre-registration required.

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This Week: 

Jazz+Wine+Tapas Wednesday at Luigi's Rancho

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
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.

Hometown Holiday in Washington Borough

Friday, December 9, 2016 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Santa Claus is coming to town! Help light the Christmas Tree at Borough Hall then parade with us to the Pocket Park for our second tree lighting, and the Menorah lighting at Arcana Toys and Games. Crafts for the kids, seasonal music. And don't forget to have your picture taken with Santa!

Holiday Yule Celebration at Roseberry House, Phillipsburg, December 9

Holiday Yule Celebration at Roseberry House

Friday, December 9, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Tour the historic home and experience how a colonial family would celebrate the Winter Solstice and holiday season, coupled with a celebration of our current holiday traditions. Music, cider, apples, gingerbread, a roaring fire, and history, plus candy canes, cookies and activities for children. Free.

California Guitar Trio at Roy's Hall

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

Celebrating their 25th Anniversary! Their performances are astounding, their diversity unparalleled. Paul Richards from Los Angeles, Bert Lams from Belgium and Hideyo Moriya from Japan perform unique originals to dazzling, cleverly arraigned interpretations of music from Queen and the Beatles, to Bach and Beethoven, and surf music from the Ventures. The Trio’s appearance at Roy’s Hall will feature a generous sampling of holiday favorites in keeping with the season.

Evergreen Christmas Tree Workshop

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Create a long-lasting festive tree for your holiday table using fresh boxwood, holly and assorted winter greens. You will then decorate with pine cones, stars, ribbon and other novelties.

Corks and Cookies at Villa Milagro

Saturday, December 10, 2016 to Sunday, December 11, 2016

A gift made by hand is a gift from the heart. Come on out to make cork ornaments for your tree, cork wreaths for your door, cork trivets for the kitchen and other items to gift.

Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo - A Christmas Pastorale: 600 Years of Carols, Chorales, Preludes, & Pastorales

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Villa Milagro Vineyards presents a special holiday concert celebrating the rich musical tradition of the Christmas season, performed by Laura Oltman and Michael Newman, guitars. The program includes a wonderful variety of Christmas music, little-known gems, and wonderful variations on familiar themes, composed by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Brahms, Corelli, and Luther, among others.

Christmas in the Country at Ramsaysburg

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

'Tis the Season...and you are invited! Activities for this annual event include historic site tours, tree lighting, holiday music, caroling, Santa's visit and children's crafts.

Morris Canal Museum Open

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Morris Canal Bread Lock Park is open daily until dusk, but the Warren County History Museum is open the second Sunday of the month, with models and displays of Warren County history with emphasis on the Morris Canal, Shippen Manor, Oxford Furnace, Thomas Edison's local businesses, and the Lenape Indians.

 

Inspiring Sign Class at the BTI

Monday, December 12, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Blairstown Inn is hosting a inspiring sign party, open to the public. You will be painting your favorite quote or saying on a 12" Wood Slated Board. You pick your colors and saying!

 
Continuing: 

CSC Presents: Family Holiday Musical Mary Poppins

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:00am
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm

It's your last chance to catch Mary Poppins, everyone’s favorite nanny who is practically perfect in every way! This “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure, an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, astonishing stagecraft and a live orchestra, runs through Dec. 11. PLUS - after Saturday's matinee, kids can get their photo taken with Mary!

"The Karl Jam" Open Mic/Jam Session

Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm

The Rock Creek Tavern, Warren County's newest spot for night life, hosts "The Karl Jam" open mic/jam session every Thursday night.

 
Community Corner: 

Kids Holiday Paint Night at Rutherfurd Hall

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Kids Paint Night! Drop children ages 8 and above or accompany your child 7 and under. $20 per child includes canvas and paint, canvas, instruction and snack.

Adult Paint Night at Rutherfurd Hall

Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Calling aspiring artists and wine lovers... time to get your hands dirty and cup full! Join us for a night of art therapy! Bring a bottle of wine and paint a beautiful winter scene.

Pet Photos with Santa "Claws"

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Bring your furry family members into Pet Valu, Route 57, Mansfield on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Holiday Vendor Fair

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Mansfield Cub Scout Pack 222 hosts its 3rd annual Holiday Vendor Fair!

Winter Winery Vendor Fair

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Your one stop shop can be found at Brook Hollow Winery this year! Sip and shop with a variety of vendors. Find something for everyone on your list this year.

Mindfulness Breathing Meditation at Rutherfurd Hall

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

With the holidays coming, our lives can become even more hectic. As a way to be more mindful and present in our lives, in these sessions we will practice mindfulness breathing. This class will include teaching, meditation practice, and a short discussion afterwards. Pre-registration required.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Radio-On-Stage Version of A Christmas Carol

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 3:00pm

Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” will return to the Roy’s Hall stage for a third annual presentation as a classic 1940’s radio stage production.

New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at Centenary Stage

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 3:00pm

The holiday season concludes with a flourish as CSC welcomes back the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet and the annual performances of Nutcracker, featuring World Ballet Gold Medalist Emma Crow, a Hackettstown native.