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Starting July 31, 2019

"We're A Little Bit Country. That's How We Roll"

This week's quote comes directly from the website of the Warren County Farmers' Fair, now in its 82nd year and featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival. It's Warren County's big annual get-together, where there's not only lots to do (read on to find out about that) but lots of people to see as well. Including your friends from Explore Warren! Welcome to all the new Wanderers who have visited our booth in the "Warren County And You" building at the fair and signed up for this newsletter, and hello to everyone who has entered our contest for one of the great prizes donated by our tourism partners. Congratulations to Jen LaParch who won a hot air balloon ride this week, Denise Klein who will be going to Saturday's Mud Bog, and Joe Sedlacek, who won tickets to the Funny Car Throwdown at Island Dragway in Great Meadows. There are still lots more prizes to be awarded after the fair ends, including gift certificates or tickets from Acasia Thai, Mama's Café Baci, Land of Make Believe, Well-Sweep Herb Farm, Rutherfurd Hall, G&G's Closet, and Centenary Stage Company, a t-shirt from United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, a big jar of their own honey from Woodsedge Tree Farm, and a fabulous gift basket from Abilities of NW Jersey. So come and see us while you're at the fairgrounds. Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

Warren County Farmers' Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, July 27, 2019 to Saturday, August 3, 2019
The big event of the year is in full swing! Four days in and there are four more days to go, jam-packed with fun for the whole family! Ride the rides, see the farm animals, check out the power events like today's tractor pull, tomorrow's truck pull, Friday's Demolition Derby and Saturday's famous Mud Bog, visit the vendors, take in the free musical performances, see the displays and sample all the tasty food. There's a mass hot air balloon launch every evening at 6:30 p.m., too. Go right to the full schedule here.

Carly’s Healthy Cooking Camp JUNIOR (ages 4-6) at Shop Rite in Washington

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:30amWednesday, July 31, 2019 - 10:30amWednesday, August 21, 2019 - 10:30am
Parents are welcome to do their grocery shopping while their kids enjoy a fun and educational morning filled with healthy activities and cooking!

Cosmic Jerry Band at Lopatcong Music in the Park

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cosmic Jerry Band plays everything Jerry Garcia. Funding has been made possible, in part, by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Division of Land Preservation

Family Fishing Basics at Pequest Trout Hatchery

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:30amWednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:30amTuesday, August 13, 2019 - 10:30amMonday, August 19, 2019 - 10:30am
Ever wanted to learn how to fish? Learn about fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more.

Phillipsburg Summer Concert Series: Cunningham & Associates

Thursday, August 1, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
This six-piece rhythm and blues, rock n' roll band, led by former Bethlehem Mayor and Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham on guitar and vocals, is a staple at Lehigh Valley festivals and special events.

Summer Musical Festival: Jesus Christ Superstar at Centenary Stage Co.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:30pmFriday, August 2, 2019 - 8:00pmSaturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pmSunday, August 4, 2019 - 2:00pm
What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. This timeless rock opera is s et against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers. Opening Thursday and continuing this weekend and next, through August 11.

Young Audience Series: A Year with Frog and Toad at Centenary Stage Co.

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 1:45pm
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. 

Evan & Dennis Acoustic Duo

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 5:00pm
Dennis Thatcher and Evan Rohrs-Dodge have been playing music together in Warren County and beyond for years, both as an acoustic duo and in a rock and roll band, First Time Offenders. They're hosted by the Pequest Co-Op.

Fridays under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Bev and Wayne of BC Combo

Friday, August 2, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Unwind from the week and relax under the arbor enjoying great wine, food, and music from Bev and Wayne of BC Combo.

Free Lawn Concert at Rutherfurd Hall: Jukebox Trio

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a Free Lawn Concert sponsored by the Friends of Rutherfurd Hall. Performing unique acoustic arrangements of classic and eclectic cover songs.

WC Farmers' Fair Free Concert: Bobby Clark and the "Play It Hard" Band

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
Enjoy the music of Bobby Clark and the "Play It Hard" Band, performing on stage, free for your enjoyment.

Wine Cocktail Party at Villa Milagro

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
In these hot summer months, it is refreshing to have recipes for cocktails that are unique, delicious, cooling and safe enough to drink several! Learn more at Villa Milagra's weekend wine cocktail party.

Volunteer Day

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Help the Ridge and Valley Conservancy stewards with a variety of tasks such as trail clearing and invasive plant removal. Tools will be provided.

Annual Clam Bake at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Argyle Restaurant will be joining us for the fourth year as we present to you our annual Clam Bake! Specializing in the highest quality Scottish Fish n' Chips, you won't be disappointed!

Alba Vineyard's Music under the Arbor: Jeff Bellfy & Co.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Relax to the sounds of Jeff Bellfy & Co. - wide variety of music blending songs from the '70s through today's hits. Wood-fired pizza, estate premium wine, and music will be available.

Music & Wine at Four Sisters Winery: Henry Wieczorek

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
2:00pm to 7:00pm
Enjoy some live music on the deck with Henry Wieczorek!  Henry is an Acoustic Soloist currently living in Flemington NJ.  

WC Farmers' Fair Free Concert: Leah Marie Fuls

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
It has been four years since singer and songwriter Leah Marie Fuls won the "Country Idol" contest at the Warren County Farmers' Fair, and she hasn't stopped impressing audiences.

The Nerds & Bobby Clark at Draught House

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
It's a Double Header at the Draught House! Bobby Clark Band on at 8pm-9:30pm, followed by The Nerds from 10pm-12am.

Phido at Rock Creek Tavern

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
Come on out and have fun with Phido at Rock Creek Tavern offering the best food, drinks and wait staff!

Paddle Meditation at White Lake

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
7:30am to 8:15am
Join yoga teacher Kate McGuiness for a 30-minute paddle on the quiet, early morning water of White Lake.

Island Dragway's Funny Car Throwdown

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Island Dragway celebrates its 59th anniverssary with a day of funny cars - nostalgia and modern, drag races and a car show. Gates open at 9am.

Music & Wine at Four Sisters: Dylan Carter

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
12:30pm to 4:30pm
Enjoy the vocal/piano stylings of Dylan as he plays songs from the '60s, '70s and more.

Sunday Polka Funday at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
1:00pm to 6:00pm
Polka down to Four Sisters Winery. It's a New Generation with sounds of the past. Box On is the culmination of time in the life of one family.

Music under the Arbor at Alba: Eric Mintel Trio

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Unwind from the week and relax under the arbor enjoying great wine, food, and music, this week featuring Eric Mintel Trio.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - Pyrenesia

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Pyrenesia is a gypsy-swing-jazz-folk quartet based in the beautiful river town Lambertville, NJ.

Watercolor the Watershed!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Attendees will meet at Doris Ettlinger’s art studio – an historic mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River. Using the beauty of the river as inspiration, you will begin a watershed sketchbook journal. All materials are provided and no previous experience is needed!
Continuing: 

Warren County Library's Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019
Reading is important all year! The Warren County Library's summer reading program, A Universe of Stories, runs through August 17 at all branches of the library.

The Sunflower Trail at VonThun Farms

Saturday, July 20, 2019 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
It's Sunflower season! The sunflower trail is a great place for pictures, an afternoon out or to cut your own sunflowers! Event dates are anticipated and approximate, as Mother Nature will determine when the Trail will open & close.

Sunset Yoga at Donaldson Farm with Larissa Harm

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:45pmWednesday, July 24, 2019 - 6:45pmWednesday, July 31, 2019 - 6:45pm
Find your breathe and peace of mind as you practice yoga in the fresh air with sweeping views of our our vegetable crop fields and fruit orchard and a chance to view a spectacular sunset!

United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey Presents: What's Up in the August Sky?

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
A free astronomy talk followed by night sky viewing (weather permitting). Bring your interest and an open mind to be amazed at the sights in our night sky!

Lite Jazz at Mama's & Cafe Baci

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:30pmSaturday, August 10, 2019 - 9:30pm
Relax and unwind with some tapas, delicious drinks and some smooth sounds.

Biker Breakfast at Tramontin

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, August 11, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 9:00am
Enjoy some breakfast before you go on a ride! Fresh made to order breakfast from Chefs Catering.

Open Mic Night at Mama's & Cafe Baci

Monday, August 5, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, August 12, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Open Mic Night is available to single or duo acoustic players and vocalists. No amps, drums or bands allowed.
Plan Ahead: 

Young Performers Workshop: Summer Festival of Shows at Centenary Stage Co.

Friday, August 9, 2019 to Sunday, August 18, 2019
Young Performers Workshop is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of eight and 18. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people. List of shows is as follows: Assassins, The Act, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, Wait Until Dark and Mini-Musicals/The One Act Playhouse.

Wine & Song at Four Sisters Winery: Joe Izen

Friday, August 9, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Joe Izen, renowned Singer/Guitarist and Songwriter, brings a wealth of musical history from his earliest days opening for Richie Havens and Joe Cocker, to playing with the great Bluesman Willie Dixon. He brings the best of the Blues, Soul and well known songs to his performances from the Greats he has met and worked with along the way.

Summer Nature Walk

Saturday, August 10, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander and her husband, Wade, to explore the amazing profusion of plant and insect life to be found in high summer in the flower-filled meadows of White Lake.

Alba Grill Night

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 5:00pm
Grill it up with on-site Chef Anthony Fiore on Saturday evenings! Hours: 5-9pm, cost is $55/person plus tax - All wine sold separately. Reservations are required by calling 908-995-7800.

3rd Annual Historic Blairstown Day

Sunday, August 11, 2019 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Dust off your bonnets and bow ties ladies and gentlemen -- and get ready to party like its 1899! Spend the day enjoying the ambiance of a bygone era with nostalgic music; antique, craft and food vendors; classic car show; a birthday celebration for town founder John Insley Blair and much more. Free admission.

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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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This Week: 

Warren County Farmers' Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, July 27, 2019 to Saturday, August 3, 2019

The big event of the year is in full swing! Four days in and there are four more days to go, jam-packed with fun for the whole family! Ride the rides, see the farm animals, check out the power events like today's tractor pull, tomorrow's truck pull, Friday's Demolition Derby and Saturday's famous Mud Bog, visit the vendors, take in the free musical performances, see the displays and sample all the tasty food. There's a mass hot air balloon launch every evening at 6:30 p.m., too. Go right to the full schedule here.

Cosmic Jerry Band at Lopatcong Music in the Park

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Cosmic Jerry Band plays everything Jerry Garcia. Funding has been made possible, in part, by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Division of Land Preservation

Family Fishing Basics at Pequest Trout Hatchery

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:30am
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 10:30am

Ever wanted to learn how to fish? Learn about fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more.

Phillipsburg Summer Concert Series: Cunningham & Associates

Thursday, August 1, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

This six-piece rhythm and blues, rock n' roll band, led by former Bethlehem Mayor and Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham on guitar and vocals, is a staple at Lehigh Valley festivals and special events.

Summer Musical Festival: Jesus Christ Superstar at Centenary Stage Co.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 2:00pm

What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. This timeless rock opera is s et against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers. Opening Thursday and continuing this weekend and next, through August 11.

Young Audience Series: A Year with Frog and Toad at Centenary Stage Co.

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 1:45pm

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. 

Evan & Dennis Acoustic Duo

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 5:00pm

Dennis Thatcher and Evan Rohrs-Dodge have been playing music together in Warren County and beyond for years, both as an acoustic duo and in a rock and roll band, First Time Offenders. They're hosted by the Pequest Co-Op.

Free Lawn Concert at Rutherfurd Hall: Jukebox Trio

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a Free Lawn Concert sponsored by the Friends of Rutherfurd Hall. Performing unique acoustic arrangements of classic and eclectic cover songs.

Wine Cocktail Party at Villa Milagro

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

In these hot summer months, it is refreshing to have recipes for cocktails that are unique, delicious, cooling and safe enough to drink several! Learn more at Villa Milagra's weekend wine cocktail party.

Volunteer Day

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

Help the Ridge and Valley Conservancy stewards with a variety of tasks such as trail clearing and invasive plant removal. Tools will be provided.

Annual Clam Bake at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Argyle Restaurant will be joining us for the fourth year as we present to you our annual Clam Bake! Specializing in the highest quality Scottish Fish n' Chips, you won't be disappointed!

WC Farmers' Fair Free Concert: Leah Marie Fuls

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 6:00pm

It has been four years since singer and songwriter Leah Marie Fuls won the "Country Idol" contest at the Warren County Farmers' Fair, and she hasn't stopped impressing audiences.

Phido at Rock Creek Tavern

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pm

Come on out and have fun with Phido at Rock Creek Tavern offering the best food, drinks and wait staff!

Paddle Meditation at White Lake

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
7:30am to 8:15am

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuiness for a 30-minute paddle on the quiet, early morning water of White Lake.

Island Dragway's Funny Car Throwdown

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Island Dragway celebrates its 59th anniverssary with a day of funny cars - nostalgia and modern, drag races and a car show. Gates open at 9am.

Sunday Polka Funday at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
1:00pm to 6:00pm

Polka down to Four Sisters Winery. It's a New Generation with sounds of the past. Box On is the culmination of time in the life of one family.

Watercolor the Watershed!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Attendees will meet at Doris Ettlinger’s art studio – an historic mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River. Using the beauty of the river as inspiration, you will begin a watershed sketchbook journal. All materials are provided and no previous experience is needed!

 
Continuing: 

The Sunflower Trail at VonThun Farms

Saturday, July 20, 2019 to Sunday, August 25, 2019

It's Sunflower season! The sunflower trail is a great place for pictures, an afternoon out or to cut your own sunflowers! Event dates are anticipated and approximate, as Mother Nature will determine when the Trail will open & close.

Sunset Yoga at Donaldson Farm with Larissa Harm

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:45pm
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 6:45pm
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 6:45pm

Find your breathe and peace of mind as you practice yoga in the fresh air with sweeping views of our our vegetable crop fields and fruit orchard and a chance to view a spectacular sunset!

Lite Jazz at Mama's & Cafe Baci

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:30pm
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 9:30pm

Relax and unwind with some tapas, delicious drinks and some smooth sounds.

Open Mic Night at Mama's & Cafe Baci

Monday, August 5, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, August 12, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Open Mic Night is available to single or duo acoustic players and vocalists. No amps, drums or bands allowed.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Young Performers Workshop: Summer Festival of Shows at Centenary Stage Co.

Friday, August 9, 2019 to Sunday, August 18, 2019

Young Performers Workshop is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of eight and 18. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people. Shows are: Assassins, The Act, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, Wait Until Dark and Mini-Musicals/The One Act Playhouse.

Wine & Song at Four Sisters Winery: Joe Izen

Friday, August 9, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

Joe Izen, renowned Singer/Guitarist and Songwriter, brings a wealth of musical history from his earliest days opening for Richie Havens and Joe Cocker, to playing with the great Bluesman Willie Dixon. He brings the best of the Blues, Soul and well known songs to his performances from the Greats he has met and worked with along the way.

Summer Nature Walk

Saturday, August 10, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander and her husband, Wade, to explore the amazing profusion of plant and insect life to be found in high summer in the flower-filled meadows of White Lake.

Alba Grill Night

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

Grill it up with on-site Chef Anthony Fiore on Saturday evenings! Hours: 5-9pm, cost is $55/person plus tax - All wine sold separately. Reservations are required by calling 908-995-7800.

3rd Annual Historic Blairstown Day

Sunday, August 11, 2019 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Dust off your bonnets and bow ties ladies and gentlemen -- and get ready to party like its 1899! Spend the day enjoying the ambiance of a bygone era with nostalgic music; antique, craft and food vendors; classic car show; a birthday celebration for town founder John Insley Blair and much more. Free admission.