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Warren County Wanderings

Starting July 6, 2017

We are in full-blown summer mode now. Looking for things to do, looking for ways to keep cool, looking for where to wander! Why, right here in Warren County, where you can take the kids to Land of Make Believe amusement park in Hope, which includes the Pirate's Cove waterpark pictured above. Or book tickets for a train ride along the scenic Delaware River, including the special excusions this weekend and next with Thomas the Tank Engine (read on for details). And don't forget to plan ahead for the upcoming Warren County Farmers' Fair - see the More Things to Do section below so you can line up tickets for all the special events, and see which fair contests you want to enter. Plenty of ideas await you in this issue and in the What To Do section of the Explore Warren website, so forge ahead, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

Living Wall Frame Workshop at Flowerland Growers

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Think succulents or ferns and ivy creating a living piece of art on your wall! Living Wall Frame Workshop conducted in our greenhouse workshop space.

Day Out With Thomas: Ride the Bel-Del RR with Thomas the Tank Engine

Friday, July 7, 2017Saturday, July 8, 2017Sunday, July 9, 2017Friday, July 14, 2017Saturday, July 15, 2017Sunday, July 16, 2017
A family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine. Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement of railroading.

Sun to Sugar Native Plant Sale and Walk at Wild Ridge Plants

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm
From the light of the sun and carbon in the air, plants create life. Join us in celebrating the sweetness that native plants create – for wildlife, for people. Find our best selection of native plants at our location. See the plants in bloom in our gardens, shrubland, and meadow.

Ghana 4E Fundraiser Dinner, and Open Mic

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Dinner served 6-8pm with authentic Ghanaian food, followed by Sampson Oboh of Ghana 4E’s Ghanian Team sharing about Ghana and his journey to help his people. He will make a short presentation about our vision and mission and why it is so important to bring it to Ghana. Our Friday Open Mic is 7-10pm outdoors (weather permitting).

Brook Hollow Winery: Marty Koppel

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Enjoy wine while listening to live music by Marty Koppel.

Little Nikki's Radio Band at Draught House Bar & Grill

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Little Nikki's Radio is a high energy New Jersey based cover band known for their diverse range in music. At the outdoor Boat Bar Stage.

Rock Creek Tavern: Diesel Martini

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Lehigh Valleys newest dance rock band! Wendy Meixell, Dave Lewis, Kerry Renninger, Scott Siska, performing music from  the '80s to today!

Craft Fair at Wilbur's Country Store

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:30pm
Wilbur's has been hosting craft fairs for 36 years! The fair features forty-or-so craftspeople and artists from four states, held in charming country setting. Crafts include, jewelry, pottery, quilting, folk art, dolls. Decorative signs and country wood items, silk and dried flower arrangements, stained glass creations, pillows, toys, children’s clothes, bird houses and much, much, more.

Canal Day at Historic Waterloo Village

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
The Canal Society of New Jersey offers a wide range of programming at Waterloo Village this year including the new Highlands Canal Boat Exhibit featuring the recently discovered remains of what may be the last Morris Canal Boat. Some of the historic buildings will be open, historic trades & crafts will be demonstrated, and there will be canal boat rides.

Native Plants & Permaculture Design Class at Wild Ridge Plants

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Permaculturist Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences and our own Jared Rosenbaum will team up to teach this day-long class.

Villa Milagro Vineyards: Food Basket Treasure Hunt

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Buy Local - Buy Fresh!  It's a food forage event!  Like a treasure hunt for the best flavors at farms near the winery. Pick up a map with directions or download in advance, start at the winery and then fill your food basket with wonderful, fresh products grown and produced nearby!

Meet the Author: "Look at the Sun" Author Don Carswell

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Visit the Blairstown Museum to enjoy light refreshments and meet the author of Look at the Sun, Don Carswell, and hear about what may well be the world’s first "coming-of-middle-age" novel.

Music under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard: Joe Wagner Jazz Trio

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Outdoor wine tastings and wine bar under our new arbor.

Washington Art Walk

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
The Borough’s Second Saturdays Art Walk with professional exhibitions at 5 East Art Gallery and at M Galleries - look for the Flutter flags to mark these locations. Exhibiting guest artists are Nancy Steele and Joe Castronova.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, July 8, 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. 

Rock Creek Tavern: Naked Jake

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
"Everyone's favorite party band" juggles a variety of covers in its set -- including Guns 'N Roses, Garth Brooks and Def Leppard -- with an emphasis for anything and everything '80s.

Moonlight Paddle at White Lake

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
8:30pm to 11:30pm
Join us for a moonlight paddle on the placid waters of White Lake. A limited number of kayaks will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Dirty Blondes Band at Draught House Bar & Grill

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 8:30pm
A five-piece Rock Band based in North Jersey, with a Classic Rock repertoire as eclectic as its members.

Yoga at Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, July 9, 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.

Alba Vineyard Music under the Arbor: Acoustic Gumbo

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Acoustic Gumbo features Bill Brain, Rich Giraud and Jon Male from Cairo along with Caren Kennedy, serving up a delightfully diverse mix of rock, reggae, and R&B, spiced with Latin, jazz, and funk.

Warren County History Museums Open

Sunday, July 9, 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.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - Bovine Social Club

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Relax on a the lawn and enjoy alt-country twangrass legends Bovine Social Club, a wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas with a sound happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic and gospel vocabularies. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!

Monkey Monkey Music - Gazebo Concert at the Library

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Let's get groovy in the gazebo with Monkey Monkey Music! Kids, families, and friends, please come and enjoy the energy and original music of NYC's very own!

Paint n Sip with Anna K.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
This ever popular Dandelion design is a fan favorite and easy to learn! BYOB and the price includes everything that you will need to paint. No experience necessary; Anna makes painting easy and fun! Held at Blair Woods Artisans Emporium.
Continuing: 

CANCELED! Concert at Shappell Park and Free Fitness Class

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 5:00pm
Enjoy the Craig Thatcher Band at 6:30pm - they earned a great reputation for blending classic rock and blues standards with impressive original tunes - but come earlier for the Choose Healthy, Warren County free Family Fitness Class conducted 5-5:45pm, this week with Unlimited Fitness NYC’s Boxing Demo Team.
 

Summer Nights on the Farm at Donaldson's

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
A neighborhood favorite! Relax and enjoy delicious farm fresh food, live music, and fun. The kids will sleep great after pony rides, lawn games, and other activities. No entrance fee.

Farmers' Market - Washington Borough

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 15, 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.

Blairstown Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 1, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 8, 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.

Warren County Farmers' Market

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, July 16, 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.

BBQ Sundays at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Music featuring Cosby Gibson. $12 for your choice of  pulled pork, baby back ribs or chicken quarter with two sides and bread. Other menu options also available. Complimentary wine tasting and wine cellar tours available weekends.
More Things to Do: 

Get Ready for the Warren County Farmers' Fair!

There are just a few more weeks until the start of the 80th Annual Warren County Farmers' Fair featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival and the 20th Annual Traditional Arts Expo, and just a few more days to order advance tickets for the nightly Power Events: two Demolition Derbies, Truck Pulls, Tractor Pulls, and the Mud Bog Competition (pictured here - you have to see it to believe it!) that caps fair week. Those tickets must be ordered by July 10, so head directly to the fair's page at this link where you'll find all the details on these events plus a link to download the order form. 
Meanwhile, the BBQ Ribs Cook Off is back by popular demand, and there are plenty of other contests where YOU can be a part of the fair - everything from the Big Wheel Competition open to boys and girls ages 1 to 8; all the livestock, fruit and vegetable, canning and baking shows; the handwork show and the new Fine Arts juried show - there's even a Frying Pan Throwing Contest for ladies, and Butter Sculpting Contest for tweens! Details with rules and regulations, pre-registration applications and anything else you need are found at this link.
Plus, you'll want to plan your visits by checking out the full schedule of entertainment and events. Find it all at the Farmers' Fair website located here.  See you at the Fair!
Plan Ahead: 

Jazz Summer Series at Rutherfurd Hall: Rio Clemete Trio

Saturday, July 15, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Rio Clemente Trio, the Bishop of Jazz featuring the music of Rogers and Hart.

Summer Jamfest at Centenary Stage: Drive (The Cars Tribute Band)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 8:00pm
CSC launches the 2017 Summer Jamfest with Drive: A Tribute to the Cars, dedicated to producing accurate recreations of classic songs from the '80s and highlighting a special tribute to The Cars.

Murder in the Fast Lane at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Brook Hollow Winery becomes The Chrome Valley Raceway site of the Chrome Valley 500 Car Race.

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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: 

Living Wall Frame Workshop at Flowerland Growers

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

Think succulents or ferns and ivy creating a living piece of art on your wall! Living Wall Frame Workshop conducted in our greenhouse workshop space.

Day Out With Thomas: Ride the Bel-Del RR with Thomas the Tank Engine

Friday, July 7, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017

A family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine. Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement of railroading.

Sun to Sugar Native Plant Sale and Walk at Wild Ridge Plants

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm

From the light of the sun and carbon in the air, plants create life. Join us in celebrating the sweetness that native plants create – for wildlife, for people. Find our best selection of native plants at our location. See the plants in bloom in our gardens, shrubland, and meadow.

Ghana 4E Fundraiser Dinner, and Open Mic

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Dinner served 6-8pm with authentic Ghanaian food, followed by Sampson Oboh of Ghana 4E’s Ghanian Team sharing about Ghana and his journey to help his people. He will make a short presentation about our vision and mission and why it is so important to bring it to Ghana. Our Friday Open Mic is 7-10pm outdoors (weather permitting).

Rock Creek Tavern: Diesel Martini

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:00pm

The Lehigh Valleys newest dance rock band! Wendy Meixell, Dave Lewis, Kerry Renninger, Scott Siska, performing music from  the '80s to today!

Craft Fair at Wilbur's Country Store

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:30pm

Wilbur's has been hosting craft fairs for 36 years! The fair features forty-or-so craftspeople and artists from four states, held in charming country setting. Crafts include, jewelry, pottery, quilting, folk art, dolls. Decorative signs and country wood items, silk and dried flower arrangements, stained glass creations, pillows, toys, children’s clothes, bird houses and much, much, more.

Canal Day at Historic Waterloo Village

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

The Canal Society of New Jersey offers a wide range of programming at Waterloo Village this year including the new Highlands Canal Boat Exhibit featuring the recently discovered remains of what may be the last Morris Canal Boat. Some of the historic buildings will be open, historic trades & crafts will be demonstrated, and there will be canal boat rides.

Villa Milagro Vineyards: Food Basket Treasure Hunt

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Buy Local - Buy Fresh!  It's a food forage event!  Like a treasure hunt for the best flavors at farms near the winery. Pick up a map with directions or download in advance, start at the winery and then fill your food basket with wonderful, fresh products grown and produced nearby!

Meet the Author: "Look at the Sun" Author Don Carswell

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Visit the Blairstown Museum to enjoy light refreshments and meet the author of Look at the Sun, Don Carswell, and hear about what may well be the world’s first "coming-of-middle-age" novel.

Washington Art Walk

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

The Borough’s Second Saturdays Art Walk with professional exhibitions at 5 East Art Gallery and at M Galleries - look for the Flutter flags to mark these locations. Exhibiting guest artists are Nancy Steele and Joe Castronova.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, July 8, 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. 

Rock Creek Tavern: Naked Jake

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

"Everyone's favorite party band" juggles a variety of covers in its set -- including Guns 'N Roses, Garth Brooks and Def Leppard -- with an emphasis for anything and everything '80s.

Moonlight Paddle at White Lake

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
8:30pm to 11:30pm

Join us for a moonlight paddle on the placid waters of White Lake. A limited number of kayaks will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Yoga at Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, July 9, 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.

Alba Vineyard Music under the Arbor: Acoustic Gumbo

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm

Acoustic Gumbo features Bill Brain, Rich Giraud and Jon Male from Cairo along with Caren Kennedy, serving up a delightfully diverse mix of rock, reggae, and R&B, spiced with Latin, jazz, and funk.

Warren County History Museums Open

Sunday, July 9, 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.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - Bovine Social Club

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Relax on a the lawn and enjoy alt-country twangrass legends Bovine Social Club, a wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas with a sound happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic and gospel vocabularies. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!

Paint n Sip with Anna K.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 5:30pm

This ever popular Dandelion design is a fan favorite and easy to learn! BYOB and the price includes everything that you will need to paint. No experience necessary; Anna makes painting easy and fun! Held at Blair Woods Artisans Emporium.

Shippen Manor Lawn Concert - Kinderhook

Sunday, July 16, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Relax on a the lawn and enjoy alt-country twangrass legends Bovine Social Club, a wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas with a sound happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic and gospel vocabularies. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!

 
Continuing: 

CANCELED! Concert at Shappell Park and Free Fitness Class

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Enjoy the Craig Thatcher Band at 6:30pm - they earned a great reputation for blending classic rock and blues standards with impressive original tunes - but come earlier for the Choose Healthy, Warren County free Family Fitness Class conducted 5-5:45pm, this week with Unlimited Fitness NYC’s Boxing Demo Team.

 

Summer Nights on the Farm at Donaldson's

Friday, July 7, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

A neighborhood favorite! Relax and enjoy delicious farm fresh food, live music, and fun. The kids will sleep great after pony rides, lawn games, and other activities. No entrance fee.

Farmers' Market - Washington Borough

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 15, 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.

Blairstown Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 1, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, July 8, 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.

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, July 16, 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.

BBQ Sundays at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Music featuring Cosby Gibson. $12 for your choice of  pulled pork, baby back ribs or chicken quarter with two sides and bread. Other menu options also available. Complimentary wine tasting and wine cellar tours available weekends.

BBQ Sundays at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, September 10, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Enjoy your food and wine while live music is playing: September 10 features Jason Coveleski and September 17 features Rich Berry. Complimentary wine tasting and wine cellar tours available weekends.

 
More Things to Do: 

Get Ready for the Warren County Farmers' Fair!

There are just a few more weeks until the start of the 80th Annual Warren County Farmers' Fair featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival and the 20th Annual Traditional Arts Expo, and just a few more days to order advance tickets for the nightly Power Events: two Demolition Derbies, Truck Pulls, Tractor Pulls, and the Mud Bog Competition (pictured here - you have to see it to believe it!) that caps fair week. Those tickets must be ordered by July 10, so head directly to the fair's page at this link where you'll find all the details on these events plus a link to download the order form. 

Meanwhile, the BBQ Ribs Cook Off is back by popular demand, and there are plenty of other contests where YOU can be a part of the fair - everything from the Big Wheel Competition open to boys and girls ages 1 to 8; all the livestock, fruit and vegetable, canning and baking shows; the handwork show and the new Fine Arts juried show - there's even a Frying Pan Throwing Contest for ladies, and Butter Sculpting Contest for tweens! Details with rules and regulations, pre-registration applications and anything else you need are found at this link.

Plus, you'll want to plan your visits by checking out the full schedule of entertainment and events. Find it all at the Farmers' Fair website located here.  See you at the Fair!

 
Plan Ahead: