Starting May 24, 2017

The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. - Jeff Miller, American Politician

      Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. While it does mean outdoor barbeques, the opening of swimming facilities, and that we can wear white shoes again, we hope you will set aside some time to reflect and honor on those who died in active military service for our country. The photo above depicts the Warren County War Memorial next to the County Courthouse in Belvidere. We have some Memorial events listed in Community Corner, but there may be other remembrances we're not aware of, so we invite you to explore your options. 

      Aside from some rain in the forecast for Sunday, the weather looks pretty good this weekend, so read on for more fun things to do! And start planning ahead, because lots of interesting happenings are on the horizon in Warren County. We also extend a special welcome to those who just signed up for Wanderings last weekend - we hope you enjoy it.

      Happy Memorial Day, and as always, Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

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!

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.

Gordon Thomas Ward and $5 Food at Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, May 26, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
This month's featured local caterer is Dalton's Columbia InnMusic and $5 meatball parm sandwich  from 6 - 8:30pm.

Live Music at Rock Creek Tavern - Skin Of My Teeth

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 8:00pm
Punk-inspired rock 'n' roll courtesy of Easton-area band, Skin Of My Teeth.

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.

A Mindful Walk

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
9:00am to 9:30am
Join certified Yoga Teacher Kate McGuiness for a 30-minute mindful walk at White Lake, starting with some gentle stretching and movement, followed by an easy walk focused on connecting with the breath, the environment, and the moment.

Spring Fling Season Opening at Millbrook Village

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Travel back in time for a free “Spring Fling” marking the season opening  of the historic village in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. NPS rangers and park volunteers will open the General Store, Depue Cabin, and other historic buildings, as craftspeople demonstrate spinning, weaving, woodworking and blacksmithing, while the kids enjoy 19th century games and activities. Bring a picnic lunch or other refeshments and enjoy a relaxing and fun day.

Memorial Weekend at Alba Vineyard

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Relax under the new arbor to kick off of the unofficial start of summer! Sample award winning new releases and old favorites from New Jersey's acclaimed winery.

Chillin' at the Villa Memorial Weekend

Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Sunday, May 28, 2017
While everyone else is fighting the traffic and the crowds, you can come on out this weekend and chill. Bring a tent, a blanket, a chair. Bring your picnic; the grill will be fired up for you.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - Marty Koppel

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

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

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is "Ham Radio and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse" with Nathaniel Frissell. 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.

Live Music at Rock Creek Tavern - Redz Vision

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
Rock, Pop, Blues and Soul.

Bird Walk Around White Lake

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
8:00am to 10:00am
Join Ridge and Valley Conservancy Trustee Sharon Wander at the height of songbird migration to see (and hear!) the colorful visiting and breeding birds that thrive in the many hospitable habitats around White Lake. Our three-hour hike will follow the 4-mile trail that encircles the lake through upland fields, deciduous forest, fen, and coniferous forest. Wear good walking shoes.

Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery - SAGE

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Come enjoy free live music with family, friends, and delicious wines!

Live Music at Rock Creek Tavern - Dharma's Kindness

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Come on down to the Rock Creek Sunday afternoon to help welcome Dharma's Kindness to the stage!

Memorial Day Celebration at Brook Hollow Winery

Monday, May 29, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Brook Hollow Winery will be open for Memorial Day! Open 10am through 6pm. Enjoy $5 Hot Dogs/Hamburgers with chips and a pickle and live music from Stan and Elise 1-4pm.
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: 

Givens-Belet Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Blairstown marks Memorial Day with a service at Cedar Ridge Cemetery beginning at noon, followed by a parade concluding at Footbridge Park with free refreshments for all.

Memorial Day Candlelight Ceremony

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
Bring a chair. Honor Bell Ceremony, Veterans and First Responders held at Veterans Rally Point. Call 908-319-2800.

Memorial Day Parade in Phillipsburg/Easton

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 9:00am
Parade starts at 9 am at Abbott and South Main. continues north to Shappell Park where a brief ceremony will be held. The parade will then continue on to Union Square where the Mayors of both Phillipsburg and Easton will jointly drop a wreath of flowers into the Delaware River.

Memorial Day Parade in Hackettstown

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 9:30am
Hosted by American Legion Post 164, the 2017 Memorial Day Parade and Observance is scheduled for Monday, May 29 and will run regardless of weather.

Memorial Day Picnic by the River

Monday, May 29, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Knowlton Township Historical Commission's annual picnic, held at the Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead! Historian Dennis Bertland to speak on river trade (2pm).

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: 

Memorial Day Weekend Train Rides

Enjoy a relaxing day with your family this Memorial Day Weekend on The Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Head to 877trainride.com for tickets.
Plan Ahead: 

Marc Broussard (Acoustic duo w/Ted Broussard) at Roy's Hall

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms.

Spring Open House at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Welcome to Well-Sweep Herb Farm! Enjoy a day of free informative lectures and presentations, as well as tours of our spectacular gardens.

Touch Mother Earth Community Gathering

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
A solution-based community gathering designed to bring the community together to raise awareness through sustainable, transformative and thought-provoking workshops and presentations; live music; and spiritual-minded, hand-selected vendors and services; as well as delicious healthy food. This gathering is intended to address the need in our communities for a change in our lifestyle to create an environment of sustainability for the planet, ensuring us a habitable home where we can all thrive to the fullest.

GREEN Festival

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 2:00pm
Join the Washington Business Improvment District to kick off the summer season! Free admission.

Pequest Open House and Sportsmen's Flea Market

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
See the trout we raise at the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery as well as numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell. Activities include fishing for kids between the ages of 4 and 16, archery ranges for those aged 10 years and above, hunter education (pre-registration required), and more. A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, June 3, 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. 

Music at St. Luke's: Bluegrass

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Brian Molnar (pictured) and Slow Rolling Low - featuring members of the former Cannons in the Cornfield - will be joined by special guest Harry “Hap” Noble, who will play standup bass for this very special concert on June 3. Slow Rolling Low’s lineup includes Harry Noble III on banjo, guitar and vocals. Noble is one of the founders of Cannons in the Cornfield and Quimby Mountain Band. Trevor Newcomb is on percussion.

Spring Yoga Series at White Lake

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 8:30amSunday, June 11, 2017 - 8:30amSunday, June 18, 2017 - 8:30amSunday, June 25, 2017 - 8:30am
“First move well, then move often.” – Gray Cook

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!

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:
Gray

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: 

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!

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.

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.

A Mindful Walk

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
9:00am to 9:30am

Join certified Yoga Teacher Kate McGuiness for a 30-minute mindful walk at White Lake, starting with some gentle stretching and movement, followed by an easy walk focused on connecting with the breath, the environment, and the moment.

Spring Fling Season Opening at Millbrook Village

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Travel back in time for a free “Spring Fling” marking the season opening  of the historic village in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. NPS rangers and park volunteers will open the General Store, Depue Cabin, and other historic buildings, as craftspeople demonstrate spinning, weaving, woodworking and blacksmithing, while the kids enjoy 19th century games and activities. Bring a picnic lunch or other refeshments and enjoy a relaxing and fun day.

Memorial Weekend at Alba Vineyard

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Relax under the new arbor to kick off of the unofficial start of summer! Sample award winning new releases and old favorites from New Jersey's acclaimed winery.

Chillin' at the Villa Memorial Weekend

Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Sunday, May 28, 2017

While everyone else is fighting the traffic and the crowds, you can come on out this weekend and chill. Bring a tent, a blanket, a chair. Bring your picnic; the grill will be fired up for you.

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!!

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

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 8:00pm

The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is "Ham Radio and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse" with Nathaniel Frissell. 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.

Bird Walk Around White Lake

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
8:00am to 10:00am

Join Ridge and Valley Conservancy Trustee Sharon Wander at the height of songbird migration to see (and hear!) the colorful visiting and breeding birds that thrive in the many hospitable habitats around White Lake. Our three-hour hike will follow the 4-mile trail that encircles the lake through upland fields, deciduous forest, fen, and coniferous forest. Wear good walking shoes.

Memorial Day Celebration at Brook Hollow Winery

Monday, May 29, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Brook Hollow Winery will be open for Memorial Day! Open 10am through 6pm. Enjoy $5 Hot Dogs/Hamburgers with chips and a pickle and live music from Stan and Elise 1-4pm.

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 15, 2017 - 8:00pm

The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is "The Life of Stars" with Walt Windish. 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.

 
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: 

Givens-Belet Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Blairstown marks Memorial Day with a service at Cedar Ridge Cemetery beginning at noon, followed by a parade concluding at Footbridge Park with free refreshments for all.

Memorial Day Candlelight Ceremony

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 7:30pm

Bring a chair. Honor Bell Ceremony, Veterans and First Responders held at Veterans Rally Point. Call 908-319-2800.

Memorial Day Parade in Phillipsburg/Easton

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 9:00am

Parade starts at 9 am at Abbott and South Main. continues north to Shappell Park where a brief ceremony will be held. The parade will then continue on to Union Square where the Mayors of both Phillipsburg and Easton will jointly drop a wreath of flowers into the Delaware River.

Memorial Day Parade in Hackettstown

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 9:30am

Hosted by American Legion Post 164, the 2017 Memorial Day Parade and Observance is scheduled for Monday, May 29 and will run regardless of weather.

Memorial Day Picnic by the River

Monday, May 29, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Knowlton Township Historical Commission's annual picnic, held at the Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead! Historian Dennis Bertland to speak on river trade (2pm).

 
More Things to Do: 
 
Plan Ahead: 

Spring Open House at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm

Enjoy a day of free informative lectures and presentations, as well as tours of our spectacular gardens. Our farm, a family endeavor, is located in the picturesque mountains of Warren County and is home to one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country.

Touch Mother Earth Community Gathering

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 8:00pm

A solution-based community gathering designed to bring the community together to raise awareness through sustainable, transformative and thought-provoking workshops and presentations; live music; and spiritual-minded, hand-selected vendors and services; as well as delicious healthy food. This gathering is intended to address the need in our communities for a change in our lifestyle to create an environment of sustainability for the planet, ensuring us a habitable home where we can all thrive to the fullest.

GREEN Festival

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 2:00pm

Join the Washington Business Improvment District to kick off the summer season! Free admission.

Pequest Open House and Sportsmen's Flea Market

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

See the trout we raise at the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery as well as numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell. Activities include fishing for kids between the ages of 4 and 16, archery ranges for those aged 10 years and above, hunter education (pre-registration required), and more. A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, June 3, 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. 

Music at St. Luke's: Bluegrass

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 7:30pm

Brian Molnar (pictured) and Slow Rolling Low - featuring members of the former Cannons in the Cornfield - will be joined by special guest Harry “Hap” Noble, who will play standup bass for this very special concert on June 3. Slow Rolling Low’s lineup includes Harry Noble III on banjo, guitar and vocals. Noble is one of the founders of Cannons in the Cornfield and Quimby Mountain Band. Trevor Newcomb is on percussion.

Spring Yoga Series at White Lake

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 8:30am
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 8:30am
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 8:30am
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 8:30am

“First move well, then move often.” – Gray Cook.  A one-hour, all levels Hatha Yoga class using the beauty of nature as studio. All levels of experience are welcome.

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!

Miniature Garden at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon creating your very own miniature garden. Start with a 14″ planter and your choice of five dwarf plants.