Warren County Wanderings

Starting July 26, 2017

This is it! The Big Week begins! That's right, the Warren County Farmers' Fair opens for the 80th time this Saturday and runs until the following Saturday, August 5. There's so much going on at the fair we will just advise you to click on their item below to read all about it. One of the big parts of the fair since 2001 is the Hot Air Balloon Festival, with just a couple of the many colorful balloons pictured here in this photo by Don Myles. And besides the fair there are events galore throughout Warren County, so read on, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

Free Outdoor Concert at Rutherfurd Hall: Never Too Late

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
This Americana band of four golden agers has, collectively, more than 200 years of musical experience.  In addition to classic country music (Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton,Willy Nelson), this eclectic group performs soft rock (Eagles, Linda  Ronstadt, Judy Collins) and old standards from the 1930s and 1940s (George Gershwin, Hoagie Carmichael, Gus Khan). Free and held rain or shine (moving indoors if needed).

Live Music at Inn at Millrace Pond: Scott Messina

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
The historic inn, a restored 1769 stone gristmill, features an evening with Scott Messina, an acoustic guitarist/vocalist performing classic rock hits spanning 6 decades.

Country Gate Players present: Willy Wonka

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 8:00pmSunday, July 23, 2017 - 2:00pmFriday, July 28, 2017 - 8:00pmSaturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00pmSunday, 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.

TGI Flynn's: Inch and the Echoes

Friday, July 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:30pm
Great food, cold drinks, and awesome entertainment. Admission is free, family friendly event, and the band plays from 6 - 9:30pm under the pavilion.

Live Music at Rock Creek Tavern - Venture to Zen

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
Five-piece acoustic band featuring two female vocalists, two acoustic guitars and percussion covering many different genres of music.

Warren County Farmers' Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017
Celebrating its 80th year of providing affordable family fun, the Farmers' Fair now includes the Hot Air Balloon Festival and the 20th Annual Traditional Arts Expo. Where else can you thrill to a hot air balloon ride, eat cotton candy on a carnival midway, watch traditional craftsmen at work, get down-and-dirty in a Mud Bog competition, and cheer your neighbor on in a tractor pull... all in the same place? There's lots more in store, so click for all the details and look for a Special Edition of Warren County Wanderings on the Fair later this week!

Bi-State Hispanic Cultural Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
12:00pm to 10:00pm
This bi-state cultural festival will be held in Easton's Scott Park and Phillipsburg's Riverside Way. There will be kids activities, live music, food vendors, beer tents, cultural fashion show, a Best Guacamole in the Valley contest, and more, with fireworks at dusk.

Mushroom Cultivation at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms lectures on the basics of mushrooms and fungi, and you'll learn how to use fungi to build up our soils, reduce erosion, supply us with food and even medicine. Additionally, you will create and take home your own inoculated log featuring Oyster Mushrooms. Reservations required, $52.

Old Mill Red Release and Music under the Arbor: Eric Mintel Quartet

Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
This weekend celebrate the release of our most popular wine - Old Mill Red! Perfect for every occasion and everyday enjoyment. Old Mill Red - our vineyard cuvee; soft, dry, easy drinking.

Concerts in the Barn - Nancy & Spencer Reed Quartet

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Indoor, outdoor and cabaret seating available, held rain or shine, as Nancy, Spencer and their Quartet present lively jazz and vocal harmonies. Gates open 5pm for the 6pm concert. Bring a picnic!

Four Sister's Winery: Summer Glass Sip And Paint Event

Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
A tour of the wine cellar including a tasting paired with cheeses is followed by a two-hour Sip and Paint event. All guests receive two stemmed wine glasses for painting. You will be guided through the entire process with simple techniques to unleash your inner artist.

Summer Jamfest at Centenary Stage: The British Invasion Years

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
Jamfest continues with an invasion from “across the pond” with three shows in one as audiences experience an amazing nostalgic journey through the '60s and celebrate a groovy generation. Starting with the classic songs of iconic British groups - the bad boy soul of The Rolling Stones, the defiant anthems of The Who, the raw and powerful guitar sounds of The Kinks, the flower power grooves of The Zombies, and the uplifting pop of Herman’s Hermits - the program then shifts to the celebrated American artists influenced by the British sound (The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors and Steppenwolf) before wrapping up with music from the four lads who started it all: The Beatles.

Live Music at Rock Creek Tavern - Rock Solid

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
A mix of classic rock, southern rock, country, pop, and everything in between. If you're up for a night of dancing, you've found your band! 

Mountain Lake Fire Company Car, Truck, Bike & Tractor Show

Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
The car show is back! Last year htere were more than 130 vehicles and 30 motorcycles. Hoping to break 200 this year! Car, truck, motorcycle, antique firetruck, and antique tractor classes.

Old Mill Red Release and Music under the Arbor with the 6th Street Trio

Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
This weekend celebrate the release of our most popular wine - Old Mill Red!
Perfect for every occasion and everyday enjoyment.

Moondogs Sunday Funday at the Sand Bar

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 3:00pm
'60s and '70s covers and originals performed by a tight and seasoned R&B Quartet!

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - The Lost Ramblers

Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Relax on a the lawn at Shippen Manor  with the authentic Appalachian acoustic sounds of The Lost Ramblers as they offer high-energy, foot-tapping beats, tight harmonies, and a repertoire that is as entertaining as it is eclectic. Running the gamut from bluegrass and gospel, to swing, Irish, and favorite old-timey music, The Lost Ramblers put on a fun and entertaining show for the whole family.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
Continuing: 

HKTWN Restaurant Weeks & Passport Program

Friday, July 14, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017
Enjoy Hackettstown's diverse and exciting dining options as the 5th Annual Restaurant Weeks “Passport to HKTWN” continues through Sunday, July 30, and you could win prizes, too! Diners simply visit participating establishments during the event to enjoy prix fixe lunches and/or dinners, and other specials and get your passport stamped at every meal, then turn it in for a chance to win prizes including $50 BID Bucks.

Live Music Every Night at Cafe Baci

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 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.

Concert at Shappell Park + Free Fitness Class - Ryan O. Moore

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 5:00pm
A Choose Healthy, Warren County Family Fitness Class from 5-5:45pm is followed by the 6pm concert. Both are free events.
The night sky as seen from the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey observatories

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is Eclipses, Occultations, and Transits" with Gregg Waldron, 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.

Blairstown Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 15, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 22, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Now in its 10th season, the Market accepts SNAP and is located on Route 521 across from the Blairstown Elementary School next to the Agway every Saturday, featuring a variety of local farmers, artisans, speakers, workshops, musicians and children’s activities.

Washington Borough Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 22, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Each Saturday, featuring a dozen farmers and artisans! Special activities will also include live music, face painting, and more. Rain or Shine. This week features a special performance 10am-12:30pm of the Gerry Gessie Show - featuring Gerry and his wife Ronnie - combining good natured comedy and music with the audience encouraged to join in on the fun during the "Build a Band" segment.

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, July 23, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
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.
Community Corner: 

Music at Lopatcong Park: Jesse Rivera

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
All events will be held at the Veterans Rally Point at Lopatcong Park, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and friends!
Plan Ahead: 

Tour de Blairstown

Saturday, August 5, 2017 -
6:30am to 2:00pm
Marty’s Reliable Cycle and the Foodshed Alliance present the second Tour de Blairstown, in a beautiful town ready to share the secret of its unparalleled cycling with the rest of the world! Ride 25, 40 or 62 mile routes through Blairstown and the surrounding area on marked routes with rest stops along the way, to benefit the Foodshed Alliance. Check-in for registered riders on August 5, 6:30-9am, with Continental breakfast. Register online - $45 online and $50 the day of the event. Lunch after the ride is included in your registration fee and is being catered by Race Farm Cafe and Creamery. 
Following the ride, shop at the Blairstown Farmers’ Market and/or enjoy Blairstown Historic Day, sponsored by the Blairstown Museum, a celebration of Blairstown’s heritage on Main Street, just one block from the market. Spend the afternoon enjoying the ambiance of a bygone era with live entertainment; antique, craft and food vendors; antique/vintage car show; a birthday celebration for Blairstown founder John Insley Blair and much more.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 5, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
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. 

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:
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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: 

Free Outdoor Concert at Rutherfurd Hall: Never Too Late

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

This Americana band of four golden agers has, collectively, more than 200 years of musical experience.  In addition to classic country music (Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton,Willy Nelson), this eclectic group performs soft rock (Eagles, Linda  Ronstadt, Judy Collins) and old standards from the 1930s and 1940s (George Gershwin, Hoagie Carmichael, Gus Khan). Free and held rain or shine (moving indoors if needed).

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.

TGI Flynn's: Inch and the Echoes

Friday, July 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:30pm

Great food, cold drinks, and awesome entertainment. Admission is free, family friendly event, and the band plays from 6 - 9:30pm under the pavilion.

Warren County Farmers' Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017

Celebrating its 80th year of providing affordable family fun, the Farmers' Fair continues through Saturday, featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival and the 20th Annual Traditional Arts Expo as well. Highlights include carnival wrist band specials; motorized events (tractor pulls Wednesday and Thursday, Demolition Derby Friday, and the unique Mud Bog events Saturday); a hay bale rolling contest; pro wrestling; music; a reunion of past Fair Queens; Mass Hot Air Balloon Launches; and so much more!

Bi-State Hispanic Cultural Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
12:00pm to 10:00pm

This bi-state cultural festival will be held in Easton's Scott Park and Phillipsburg's Riverside Way. There will be kids activities, live music, food vendors, beer tents, cultural fashion show, a Best Guacamole in the Valley contest, and more, with fireworks at dusk.

Mushroom Cultivation at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm

Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms lectures on the basics of mushrooms and fungi, and you'll learn how to use fungi to build up our soils, reduce erosion, supply us with food and even medicine. Additionally, you will create and take home your own inoculated log featuring Oyster Mushrooms. Reservations required, $52.

Concerts in the Barn - Nancy & Spencer Reed Quartet

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 5:00pm

Indoor, outdoor and cabaret seating available, held rain or shine, as Nancy, Spencer and their Quartet present lively jazz and vocal harmonies. Gates open 5pm for the 6pm concert. Bring a picnic!

Four Sister's Winery: Summer Glass Sip And Paint Event

Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

A tour of the wine cellar including a tasting paired with cheeses is followed by a two-hour Sip and Paint event. All guests receive two stemmed wine glasses for painting. You will be guided through the entire process with simple techniques to unleash your inner artist.

Summer Jamfest at Centenary Stage: The British Invasion Years

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00pm

Jamfest continues with an invasion from “across the pond” with three shows in one as audiences experience an amazing nostalgic journey through the '60s and celebrate a groovy generation. Starting with the classic songs of iconic British groups - the bad boy soul of The Rolling Stones, the defiant anthems of The Who, the raw and powerful guitar sounds of The Kinks, the flower power grooves of The Zombies, and the uplifting pop of Herman’s Hermits - the program then shifts to the celebrated American artists influenced by the British sound (The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors and Steppenwolf) before wrapping up with music from the four lads who started it all: The Beatles.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - The Lost Ramblers

Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Relax on a the lawn at Shippen Manor  with the authentic Appalachian acoustic sounds of The Lost Ramblers as they offer high-energy, foot-tapping beats, tight harmonies, and a repertoire that is as entertaining as it is eclectic. Running the gamut from bluegrass and gospel, to swing, Irish, and favorite old-timey music, The Lost Ramblers put on a fun and entertaining show for the whole family.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

 
Continuing: 

HKTWN Restaurant Weeks & Passport Program

Friday, July 14, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017

Enjoy Hackettstown's diverse and exciting dining options as the 5th Annual Restaurant Weeks “Passport to HKTWN” continues through Sunday, July 30, and you could win prizes, too! Diners simply visit participating establishments during the event to enjoy prix fixe lunches and/or dinners, and other specials and get your passport stamped at every meal, then turn it in for a chance to win prizes including $50 BID Bucks.

Live Music Every Night at Cafe Baci

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 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.

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

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00pm

The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is Eclipses, Occultations, and Transits" with Gregg Waldron, 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.

Blairstown Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 15, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 22, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Now in its 10th season, the Market accepts SNAP and is located on Route 521 across from the Blairstown Elementary School next to the Agway every Saturday, featuring a variety of local farmers, artisans, speakers, workshops, musicians and children’s activities.

Washington Borough Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 22, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

Each Saturday, featuring a dozen farmers and artisans! Special activities will also include live music, face painting, and more. Rain or Shine. This week features a special performance 10am-12:30pm of the Gerry Gessie Show - featuring Gerry and his wife Ronnie - combining good natured comedy and music with the audience encouraged to join in on the fun during the "Build a Band" segment.

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, July 23, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
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.

 
Community Corner: 

Music at Lopatcong Park: Jesse Rivera

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

All events will be held at the Veterans Rally Point at Lopatcong Park, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and friends!

 
Plan Ahead: 

Tour de Blairstown

Saturday, August 5, 2017 -
6:30am to 2:00pm

Marty’s Reliable Cycle and the Foodshed Alliance present the second Tour de Blairstown, in a beautiful town ready to share the secret of its unparalleled cycling with the rest of the world! Ride 25, 40 or 62 mile routes through Blairstown and the surrounding area on marked routes with rest stops along the way, to benefit the Foodshed Alliance. Check-in for registered riders on August 5, 6:30-9am, with Continental breakfast. Register online - $45 online and $50 the day of the event. Lunch after the ride is included in your registration fee and is being catered by Race Farm Cafe and Creamery. Following the ride, shop at the Blairstown Farmers’ Market and/or enjoy Blairstown Historic Day (see the next item).

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, August 5, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

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.