Starting May 17, 2017

Schöpferische Zerstörung: Creative destruction. Out with the old, in with the new and improved. We usually put a prettier picture at the top of Wanderings each week, but today we're giving you a recent photo of the day the old stage at the Waterloo Village concert field - a stage that hosted many big-name acts over the years, but none for a long, long time - was razed. This weekend, a new stage will be in its place as live music returns to the Waterloo field in Allamuchy, Warren County, with the two-day Bourbon Street Blues Fest. This is just the start of something big! But if you're not feeling the blues, there's plenty more in store in this week's edition, so read on, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

"Searching for Yankee Doodle - Washington's Soldiers in the American Revolution" talk by Robert A. Mayers

Thursday, May 18, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Phillipsburg Area Historical Society and the Roseberry Homestead host author and professor Robert A. Mayers, the Revolutionary War Detective, to speak about his book based on original documents and oral accounts passed down through his family for generations. He is the descendant of patriot soldier Corporal John Allison, and an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University. Free admission, held in the historic Roseberry Homestead.

The Gibson Brothers Return to Roy's Hall

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
The return of IBMA 2012 and 2013 Entertainer of the Year, The Gibson Brothers, to the Roy's Hall stage. The Gibsons are touring in support of their newest release “In The Ground” and will take the audience on a journey through some of the greatest brother harmony songs from the 20th century. 

Nonpareil presents: Spencer Reed

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, May 26, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Enjoy jazz guitarist and vocalist Spencer Reed, a staple at the legendary Deerhead Inn jazz haunt in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania.

Stan & Elise and $5 Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Brook Hollow's Featured local caterer this month is Dalton's Columbia Inn.

Mattar's Bistro: Kate and Paul

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
8:00pm to 11:00pm
Kate and Paul perform favorite covers and original tunes in this charming bistro setting that has an excellent menu. 

Live Music at Rock Creek Tavern: JJ Lynch Band

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:00pm
JJ Lynch Band rocks the stage with their blues and rock 'n' roll covers and originals! Bring your family and friends. 

Supernova at Buck Hill

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
SUPERNOVA covers a wide variety of music from the 70’s to today’s hits.

10th Annual Bourbon Street Blues Fest

Saturday, May 20, 2017 to Sunday, May 21, 2017
The weekend-long Blues Festival brings live music back to a famed historic site! Saturday features Kenny Wayne Shephard, Above Ground Blues Band, Bob Lanza Blues Band, Lee Delray, Bernard Allison, Mike Esposito, and Mike Zito. Sunday features Robert Cray Band, Bonerama, Billy Hector, The Fins, and Robert Ross.  Tickets available online; Two-day and VIP passes available. Free Parking; open the grounds open at 10:30 a.m.

Tack Sale & Swap and Family Fun Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Bring the kids and join in Donaldson Farm's first Spring event at its Tack Sale & Swap and Family Fun Day!

3rd Annual Sci-Fi Fantasy Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
The Washington Business Improvement District, in partnership with Arcana Toys, Games & Hobbies, is ready to once again bring this out-of-this-world experience back to the Downtown.

Troop 54, Where Are You? Car and Truck Show

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Boy Scouts of America Troop 54 presents its annual Car and Truck Show:  Car Troop 54, Where Are You? Bring your wheels or just come out to see the cars and trucks that others have entered in the show while you enjoy food and music. Dash Plaques for the first 50 cars registered.

Group Hike on the Paulinskill Valley Trail

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00am
A 4- to 5-mile hike along the Paulinskill Valley Trail with the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee (PVTC) friends group.  The cinder-based trail provides easy, level walking; Bring lunch and a drink.

Maifest in Hackettstown

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00pm to 8:00pm
Maifest is a traditional German celebration of Spring. Join your local Hackettstown craft breweries for bier, food, music & fun for the family!

Bar Pie Tasting at Villa Milagro

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
The hottest fresh market and caterer in Warren County and the Lehigh Valley is oKaysions

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Jeff Bellfry & Co. performs Music under the Arbor at Alba Vineyard on Sunday.

Back From The Edge Fest Benefit

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 3:00pm
This is a great day for a great cause! Live music, 50/50s, specials and more!

James Maddock and Band at Roy's Hall

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
James has been a perennial favorite at Roy’s Hall: A songwriter’s songwriter, he's earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, and has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. His songs are elegantly spare, conveying sentiments in the most direct possible way.

Spring Fling with Hollowpoint at Mountain Lake Fire Co.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Hollowpoint - the band formally known as the Gypsy Rose Band - is a group of veteran musicians who came together to make great music and have fun doing it, and will be rocking the firehouse.

Warren County Preservation Day

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Celebrate Warren County's vast array of parkland, historic preservation projects, farmland and open space at this free event, happening rain or shine, with live music and other entertainment, historic displays, re-eanctors, informative talks, guided hikes and more! The Metrotrails Early Bird Hike starts the day from 8:30am-10am, then catch a full day of events at the historic Van Nest - Hoff - Vannatta Farmstead in Harmony Township. Look for the Explore Warren table and say hello to the folks behind Warren County Wanderings!

Alba Vineyard Music under the Arbor: Acoustic Gumbo

Sunday, May 21, 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.

Hope Hootenanny

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Stop in for a little while, or hang out for all three hours. Bring your instrument and/or your voice. Or just sit in and enjoy the music.

Rutherfurd Hall presents: The Royal Bopsters in Concert

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
It's a vocal summit where the talents of singers Amy London, Pete McGuinness, Dylan Pramuk, and Holli Ross unite in harmony to pay tribute to the art of vocalese singing and to the forefathers and mothers of their favored art form.

Murder Mystery Dinner at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
There's a mysterious event at the winery with an unraveling plot, a victim, a murderer, and a cast of characters!

Brosky and Meyer at Rock Creek Tavern

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
Lehigh Valley icon Steve Brosky teams up with Jimmy Meyer, and these guys are good together! Steve brings that bluesy/gravely (been around the block once or twice) voice and Jimmy brings it on the guitar!

Billy Strings - Bluegrass Phenom at Roy's Hall

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 8:00pm
Billy Strings was practically born into bluegrass: his mother’s water broke while she was attending a birthday party packed with musicians and baby Billy was born with the echo of guitars and banjos in his ears. Blessed with the voice of an old soul from the mountains, a gentlemanly air, and the ability to sling hundreds of notes with razor-crisp precision at the speed of a machine gun, Strings’ flat-picking talent seems almost beyond comprehension to veterans of the local bluegrass scene, especially given his youth.

Shannon McNally with Special guest Johnny Duke

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:30pm
“She has the voice: bruised, smoky and ornery, right at home where country and soul meet. She has the melodies and the timing – she’s irresistible.”  wrote Jon Pareles in The New York Times. Come and see for yourself!
Continuing: 

BBQ Sundays at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
12:00am to 5:00pm
$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.
Community Corner: 

Free Paper Shredding Service for Warren County Residents

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
8:00am to 11:00am
Warren County's semiannual Paper Shredding event is a free service to Warren County residents (not for busineses).

Mountain Lake Fire Co. Ladies Aux. Buffet Breakfast

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
8:00am to 11:30am
This buffet breakfast is back and boasts a large selection of great food! Adults $7, Seniors $6 and Child $4. For more information, call 908-475-2036.

Basic Lawn Care Workshop

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:30am
Did you know your lawn can work FOR you?  That your lawn can fertilize itself?  Did you know home owners are the biggest polluters of waterways from over fertilizing their lawns? Learn all this in a short workshop that will give you the basics of lawn care using common sense and natural approaches based on science that won't break the bank or add to polluted waterways. Pre-registration by June 5 is a must! $10 fee, space is limited!
More Things to Do: 

Best Burgers!

Congratulations to Humpty Junior's for snagging "best burger" honors with their Grass-Fed Burger in NJ.com's survey seeking the best hamburger in each county. "Humpty Junior's is a cool, kitschy roadside hangout," NJ.com wrote. That it is, and the food is great, too. You'll find them on that stretch of Route 46 that is not at all like Route 46 in other parts of the state (come and see for yourself). Congrats also to runners-up Sullivan's On The Main, Phillipsburg, for their Alpine Burger, and Marley's Gotham Grill, Hackettstown, for the Mac Daddy.
Plan Ahead: 

Sip and Art Soirées at Ridge and Valley Conservancy

Friday, April 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00pmFriday, June 2, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
This year's Sip and Art Soiree sessions will focus on learning about landscape painting and painting using a variety of mediums.

Land of Make Believe Season Opening Weekend

Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Monday, May 29, 2017
Land of Make Believe opens for another summer season of fun with its Memorial Day Weekend Grand Opening.

Dine in the Vines at Villa Milagro

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join us for our first alfresco dinner of the season in Row 51 of the vineyard. Chef Francesco Sorgiavanni of Francesco's Italian Restaurant in Phillipsburg, NJ will prepare an Italian outdoor feast to savor by sunset!!

ParkFest @ Bread Lock Park

Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
11:00am to 6:00pm
The Warren County Parks Foundation and the Warren County Morris Canal Committee invite you to a new event to enjoy a day of music, art, history, literature and more at one of the unique spots along Warren County's Morris Canal Greenway. ParkFest will feature a lawn concert by three different jazz combos, while artists display their work inside the barn that dates back to the days of the Morris Canal. In "Authors Alley" you'll meet a variety of fiction, non-fiction and children's book authors. There's also a classic car show; local history displays; food vendors; and other entertainment, and the Warren County History Museum at Bread Lock Park will be open, with artifacts, displays, and working models on aspects of the county's rich history. ParkFest is free and open to all. Want to be a part of ParkFest with your classic car, your artwork, or your book? Click for more info!

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This Week: 

"Searching for Yankee Doodle - Washington's Soldiers in the American Revolution" talk by Robert A. Mayers

Thursday, May 18, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Phillipsburg Area Historical Society and the Roseberry Homestead host author and professor Robert A. Mayers, the Revolutionary War Detective, to speak about his book based on original documents and oral accounts passed down through his family for generations. He is the descendant of patriot soldier Corporal John Allison, and an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University. Free admission, held in the historic Roseberry Homestead.

The Gibson Brothers Return to Roy's Hall

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:00pm

The return of IBMA 2012 and 2013 Entertainer of the Year, The Gibson Brothers, to the Roy's Hall stage. The Gibsons are touring in support of their newest release “In The Ground” and will take the audience on a journey through some of the greatest brother harmony songs from the 20th century. 

Nonpareil presents: Spencer Reed

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, May 26, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Enjoy jazz guitarist and vocalist Spencer Reed, a staple at the legendary Deerhead Inn jazz haunt in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania.

Mattar's Bistro: Kate and Paul

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
8:00pm to 11:00pm

Kate and Paul perform favorite covers and original tunes in this charming bistro setting that has an excellent menu. 

Supernova at Buck Hill

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:30pm

SUPERNOVA covers a wide variety of music from the 70’s to today’s hits.

10th Annual Bourbon Street Blues Fest

Saturday, May 20, 2017 to Sunday, May 21, 2017

The weekend-long Blues Festival brings live music back to a famed historic site! Saturday features Kenny Wayne Shephard, Above Ground Blues Band, Bob Lanza Blues Band, Lee Delray, Bernard Allison, Mike Esposito, and Mike Zito. Sunday features Robert Cray Band, Bonerama, Billy Hector, The Fins, and Robert Ross.  Tickets available online; Two-day and VIP passes available. Free Parking; open the grounds open at 10:30 a.m.

3rd Annual Sci-Fi Fantasy Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

The Washington Business Improvement District, in partnership with Arcana Toys, Games & Hobbies, is ready to once again bring this out-of-this-world experience back to the Downtown.

Troop 54, Where Are You? Car and Truck Show

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Boy Scouts of America Troop 54 presents its annual Car and Truck Show:  Car Troop 54, Where Are You? Bring your wheels or just come out to see the cars and trucks that others have entered in the show while you enjoy food and music. Dash Plaques for the first 50 cars registered.

Group Hike on the Paulinskill Valley Trail

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00am

A 4- to 5-mile hike along the Paulinskill Valley Trail with the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee (PVTC) friends group.  The cinder-based trail provides easy, level walking; Bring lunch and a drink.

Maifest in Hackettstown

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00pm to 8:00pm

Maifest is a traditional German celebration of Spring. Join your local Hackettstown craft breweries for bier, food, music & fun for the family!

James Maddock and Band at Roy's Hall

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8:00pm

James has been a perennial favorite at Roy’s Hall: A songwriter’s songwriter, he's earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, and has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. His songs are elegantly spare, conveying sentiments in the most direct possible way.

Warren County Preservation Day

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Celebrate Warren County's vast array of parkland, historic preservation projects, farmland and open space at this free event, happening rain or shine, with live music and other entertainment, historic displays, re-eanctors, informative talks, guided hikes and more! The Metrotrails Early Bird Hike starts the day from 8:30am-10am, then catch a full day of events at the historic Van Nest - Hoff - Vannatta Farmstead in Harmony Township. Look for the Explore Warren table and say hello to the folks behind Warren County Wanderings!

Alba Vineyard Music under the Arbor: Acoustic Gumbo

Sunday, May 21, 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.

Hope Hootenanny

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Stop in for a little while, or hang out for all three hours. Bring your instrument and/or your voice. Or just sit in and enjoy the music.

Rutherfurd Hall presents: The Royal Bopsters in Concert

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 3:00pm

It's a vocal summit where the talents of singers Amy London, Pete McGuinness, Dylan Pramuk, and Holli Ross unite in harmony to pay tribute to the art of vocalese singing and to the forefathers and mothers of their favored art form.

Brosky and Meyer at Rock Creek Tavern

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Lehigh Valley icon Steve Brosky teams up with Jimmy Meyer, and these guys are good together! Steve brings that bluesy/gravely (been around the block once or twice) voice and Jimmy brings it on the guitar!

Billy Strings - Bluegrass Phenom at Roy's Hall

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 8:00pm

Billy Strings was practically born into bluegrass: his mother’s water broke while she was attending a birthday party packed with musicians and baby Billy was born with the echo of guitars and banjos in his ears. Blessed with the voice of an old soul from the mountains, a gentlemanly air, and the ability to sling hundreds of notes with razor-crisp precision at the speed of a machine gun, Strings’ flat-picking talent seems almost beyond comprehension to veterans of the local bluegrass scene, especially given his youth.

 
Continuing: 

BBQ Sundays at Four Sisters Winery

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
12:00am to 5:00pm

$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.

 
Community Corner: 
 
More Things to Do: 

Best Burgers!

Congratulations to Humpty Junior's for snagging "best burger" honors with their Grass-Fed Burger in NJ.com's survey seeking the best hamburger in each county. "Humpty Junior's is a cool, kitschy roadside hangout," NJ.com wrote. That it is, and the food is great, too. You'll find them on that stretch of Route 46 that is not at all like Route 46 in other parts of the state (come and see for yourself). Congrats also to runners-up Sullivan's On The Main, Phillipsburg, for their Alpine Burger, and Marley's Gotham Grill, Hackettstown, for the Mac Daddy.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Sip and Art Soirées at Ridge and Valley Conservancy

Friday, April 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Friday, June 2, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

This year's Sip and Art Soiree sessions will focus on learning about landscape painting and painting using a variety of mediums.

Land of Make Believe Season Opening Weekend

Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Monday, May 29, 2017

Starting its 63rd year of entertaining generations of visitors and creating unforgettable memories, Land of Make Believe opens for another summer season of fun with its Memorial Day Weekend Grand Opening. Their Pirate-themed Waterpark is filled with "Pirate" rides such as Pirate's Escape, Pirate's Peak, and the new Queen Anne's Revenge. But the Pirates are even taking over some land at the park this year, as the newest ride,  Blackbeard's "Flying Pirate Ship", is a perfect "sailing" experience for young children who want to ride with the Neverland Pirates.

The park has been family-owned since Day One, specifically designed by an educator so parents and children could participate together. While always changing and growing, Land of Make Believe continues to stay true to its roots with parental participation in a clean, affordable and wholesome environment.

Dine in the Vines at Villa Milagro

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us for our first alfresco dinner of the season in Row 51 of the vineyard. Chef Francesco Sorgiavanni of Francesco's Italian Restaurant in Phillipsburg, NJ will prepare an Italian outdoor feast to savor by sunset!!

ParkFest @ Bread Lock Park

Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
11:00am to 6:00pm

Enjoy a day of music, art, history, literature and more on Warren County's Morris Canal Greenway. ParkFest will feature a lawn concert by three different jazz combos – bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy The Louis Pettinelli Quartet, The Jack Furlong Quartet, and The Dennis Melillo Swing Quartet on stage. Artists and the Evening Star Quilt Guild display their work inside the barn, where you’ll also have a chance to see local filmmaker John General’s short documentary “Extra 1104 - The Story of the Rockport Train Wreck” and a special exhibition of canal paintings by the late Richard Schisler.

In "Authors Alley" you'll meet a variety of fiction, non-fiction and children's book authors, plus the WC Library Bookmobile will be there. A classic car show; local history displays; food vendors; and other entertainment are featured, and the Warren County History Museum at Bread Lock Park will be open, with artifacts, displays, and working models on aspects of the county's rich history. ParkFest is free and open to all. Want to be a part of ParkFest with your classic car, your artwork, or your book? Click for more info!