Warren County Wanderings

Starting November 22, 2016

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. - O. Henry

There's a chill in the air but our hearts will be warm as we gather with family and friends to give thanks for all we have. And we have lots of events to wander to this long holiday weekend! Plus, the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the choose-and-cut Christmas Tree season here in New Jersey's "Christmas Tree Belt." Learn why Warren County is becoming known by that designation, and where you can find your perfect pine, a fabulous fir or a superior spruce for your holiday tree: Find more information by clicking here. Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

Southbound Thanksgiving Eve Party at Luigi's Rancho

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 8:00pm
Annual gathering of great friends, good food, and awesome Southern rock courtesy of Southbound! C'mon out and dance, relax, socialize, eat, dance, and dance some more! 

Turkey Bash with The Big Fuss band

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 8:00pm
Enjoy live music in a relaxed atmosphere at Rock Creek Tavern. The Big Fuss bills itself at a "hard rockin' cover band" from central NJ. 

Thanksgiving Eve at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 9:30pm
Join us for a great night with friends and family here at Buck Hill Brewery! Music will be provided by Magic Touch DJ’s.

Holiday Greenhouse Tour

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:00amFriday, November 25, 2016 - 2:00pmSaturday, November 26, 2016 - 11:00amSaturday, November 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
Welcome in the holidays and dispel the winter doldrums by joining Cyrus Hyde for an informative lecture-tour of his collection of herbs from around the world.

CSC Presents: Family Holiday Musical Mary Poppins

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 2:00pmFriday, November 25, 2016 - 8:00pmSaturday, November 26, 2016 - 8:00pmSunday, November 27, 2016 - 2:00pm
Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes flight this holiday season as CSC's Family Holiday Musical. This “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, astonishing stagecraft and a live orchestra.

Villa Milagro - GSWGA Holiday Wine Trail Weekend

Friday, November 25, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Villa Milagro Vineyards participates (in its own unique way) in Garden State Wine Growers Association Holiday Wine Trail Weekend.

Holiday Open House at Alba Vineyard

Friday, November 25, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Thanksgiving weekend is a time to celebrate family, friends, and the completion of a great harvest.  It is a time for laughter, memories, and best of all great wine and food!

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend at Four Sisters Winery

Friday, November 25, 2016 to Sunday, November 27, 2016
Spend Black Friday, Saturday, & Sunday far from the mall crowds, in the safe confines of New Jersey’s tasting rooms.

Live Music at Inn at Millrace Pond: Chelsea Carlson

Friday, November 25, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Live music at the historic inn, a restored 1769 stone gristmill, features local artists. 908-459-4884.

Holiday Jam at Rock Creek Tavern - Run Amuck

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 8:00pm
Enjoy live music in a relaxed atmosphere at Rock Creek Tavern.

Post-Thanksgiving Hike at Point Mountain

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 10:00am
Set aside the Saturday after Thanksgiving (10am-12pm) to burn off those extra calories for our annual hike at the Point Mountain Reserve trail.

Bridal Questions and Cocktails at Bella Giorno

Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Current and future brides are welcome for an afternoon of information and a tour of this venue. Complimentary signature cocktails will be served. No appointment necessary.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Small Business Saturday, nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, puts the spotlight on the nation's 28 million shops along Main Street.

Live Music at Rock Creek Tavern - Harrison Brothers Band

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 8:00pm
Enjoy live music in a casual atmosphere at Rock Creek Tavern.

Comedy Night at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
9:30pm to 11:00pm
The Looney Bin Comedy Club Comes to Buck Hill Brewery! Enjoy a night of belly busting laughs, while enjoying great food and drinks. You won’t want to miss this event!

Live Music at SoMa - Naked Jake

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 9:30pm

Sunday Brunch at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Sunday, November 27, 2016 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Farm-to-table, locally-sourced seasonal menu with breakfast and lunch entrees, including stuffed french toast, citrus cured smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, an omelet station and a carving station.

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall: Bill Charlap, Piano

Sunday, November 27, 2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall on Sunday, November 27 will feature the amazing talent of Bill Charlap at the piano in a solo performance.

Sip and Savor at Ellias Restaurant

Monday, November 28, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brook Hollow Winery has coupled with local restaurateur and accomplished Chef Elias Lahoud from Ellias Creative American Cuisine, to present an evening of fine cuisine and wine.

Christmas Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Monday, November 28, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Create your own fresh evergreen 16″ wreath using various types of pine and holly. These contrasting greens will be wire wrapped onto a metal-form; making a long-lasting attractive display.
Plan Ahead: 

Late Night Thursdays in Hackettstown

Thursday, October 6, 2016Thursday, November 3, 2016Thursday, December 1, 2016
Late Night Thursdays is the first Thursday of each month, when shops will remain open until 8pm or later.

Hackettstown's Hometown Holiday

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Save the Date! The Hackettstown BID and Centenary University will host the 11th Annual Hometown Holiday celebration.
Look for all of your favorite activities and events!

A Very Slambovian Christmas at Roy's Hall

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/Americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry

Holiday Bazaar at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
11:00am to 8:00pm
Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary's Holiday Bazaar is a day filled with wonderful crafts and specialty items like our Boxwood Centerpiece handmade by our wildlife volunteers for the holiday season!

Jingle on Main (Blairstown)

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sponsored by the Greater Blairstown Business Association (GBBA), featuring unique gift ideas for shoppers from more than 30 local crafters, vendors, businesses and organizations in Historic Main Street. Enjoy free snacks and activities for the whole family, such as the popular Winter Wonderland of Christmas characters. Join in caroling with groups along the street or enjoy music from a band. ​The day will culminate in a visit from Santa and the official tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 pm. Local restaurants will be open for dinner, too!

Celebrate the Holidays at Rutherfurd Hall

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 12:00pm
In December, Rutherfurd Hall is beautifully decorated, so Celebrate the Holidays at Rutherfurd Hall! Photo ops with Santa, live music, holiday crafts and much more!

Ha Ha Holiday Comedy Show at Rutherfurd Hall

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 7:00pm
Live Stand Up Comedy Show -21 and over please. Cash Bar and refreshments 7-8 pm Show starts at 8 pm

Downton Abbey Holiday High Tea at Rutherfurd Hall

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 1:00pm
Downton Abbey authentic High Tea $45 per person
Doors will open at 12:30 for an Optional Tour
Register online or call  908-852-1894 x138

7th Annual Crafts in the Warren Tech

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Please join us for our 7th Annual Warren County Technical School Craft Show.

Santa's Secret Workshop

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
A venue that allows your child to shop independently in a safe environment!  All gifts in our Kids Holiday Shop are $12 or under, many for under $5!  There is something for everyone on your list at a budget YOU set for your child!

Hope Christmas Craft Market

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Welcome to the 2016 Hope Christmas Craft Market. This year will be our 29th anniversary and looking forward to another great holiday event!

Victorian Christmas at Millbrook Village

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Visit Millbrook Village and step back into another era where the toys and games don't need batteries.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 5:00pm
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. $35/person plus tax and 10% gratuity.  Reservations required. Book early as this event will sell out every time. Call 908-475-3671.

Father Christmas at the Farmstead

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join us at the farmstead on a magical night and visit with Father Christmas in the Summer Kitchen by the fire! A wonderful time for children of all ages!
Community Corner: 

Belly Dance Fusion Class at Rutherfurd Hall

Monday, November 28, 2016 -
6:45pm to 7:45pm
This new adult education offering will be a one-hour introduction to a great form of exercise: a fusion of Belly dance, Yoga, Pilates.
More Things to Do: 

Order Your Thanksgiving Pies

If you're ordering pies for the Thanksgiving holiday, there may still be time! Check with your favorite local bakery, or we suggest the following farms: Donaldson Farms, Mackey's Orchard, and Just Made Bakery at Tree-Licious Orchards.

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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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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: 

Turkey Bash with The Big Fuss band

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 8:00pm

Enjoy live music in a relaxed atmosphere at Rock Creek Tavern. The Big Fuss bills itself at a "hard rockin' cover band" from central NJ. 

Holiday Greenhouse Tour

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 11:00am
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 2:00pm

Welcome in the holidays and dispel the winter doldrums by joining Cyrus Hyde for an informative lecture-tour of his collection of herbs from around the world.

CSC Presents: Family Holiday Musical Mary Poppins

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 2:00pm
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes flight this holiday season as CSC's Family Holiday Musical. This “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, astonishing stagecraft and a live orchestra.

Villa Milagro - GSWGA Holiday Wine Trail Weekend

Friday, November 25, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Villa Milagro Vineyards participates (in its own unique way) in Garden State Wine Growers Association Holiday Wine Trail Weekend.

Holiday Open House at Alba Vineyard

Friday, November 25, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Thanksgiving weekend is a time to celebrate family, friends, and the completion of a great harvest.  It is a time for laughter, memories, and best of all great wine and food!

Post-Thanksgiving Hike at Point Mountain

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 10:00am

Set aside the Saturday after Thanksgiving (10am-12pm) to burn off those extra calories for our annual hike at the Point Mountain Reserve trail.

Bridal Questions and Cocktails at Bella Giorno

Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Current and future brides are welcome for an afternoon of information and a tour of this venue. Complimentary signature cocktails will be served. No appointment necessary.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday, nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, puts the spotlight on the nation's 28 million shops along Main Street.

Comedy Night at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Saturday, November 26, 2016 -
9:30pm to 11:00pm

The Looney Bin Comedy Club Comes to Buck Hill Brewery! Enjoy a night of belly busting laughs, while enjoying great food and drinks. You won’t want to miss this event!

Sunday Brunch at Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Sunday, November 27, 2016 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

Farm-to-table, locally-sourced seasonal menu with breakfast and lunch entrees, including stuffed french toast, citrus cured smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, an omelet station and a carving station.

Sip and Savor at Ellias Restaurant

Monday, November 28, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Brook Hollow Winery has coupled with local restaurateur and accomplished Chef Elias Lahoud from Ellias Creative American Cuisine, to present an evening of fine cuisine and wine.

 
Community Corner: 
 
More Things to Do: 
 
Plan Ahead: 

Hackettstown's Hometown Holiday

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Hackettstown BID and Centenary University host the 11th Annual Hometown Holiday celebration, with Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides through the Historic District; Holiday Bazaar Shopping and Dining Tent; Businesses Open Late with Specials and Offers; Centenary University Grand Illumination and Holiday Celebration; Santa Parade, Tree Lighting, & Santa Photo Station; and Musical performances throughout Main Street area.

A Very Slambovian Christmas at Roy's Hall

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 8:00pm

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, NY over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/Americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry and under the radar while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums. The band’s ‘Very Slambovian Christmas’ show has developed into one of the premier Slambovian events of the year, attracting fans from near and far. Drawing on a set list comprised of traditional Christmas songs with a twist, a sprinkling of original holiday tunes, and a generous helping of non-traditional musical fare, it is guaranteed there will be something for everyone.

Holiday Bazaar at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
11:00am to 8:00pm

Food and animals and shopping! What better way to spend the day help support Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary and their mission to care and rehabilitate wildlife? A day filled with wonderful crafts and specialty items like our Boxwood Centerpiece handmade by our wildlife volunteers for the holiday season! Old fashioned Franky Banky Holiday Cookies - like your grandma made - and lots of other goods available. Lunch and dinner will be available for takeout, or eat in while you are shopping.

Jingle on Main (Blairstown)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sponsored by the Greater Blairstown Business Association (GBBA), featuring unique gift ideas for shoppers from more than 30 local crafters, vendors, businesses and organizations in Historic Main Street. Enjoy free snacks and activities for the whole family, such as the popular Winter Wonderland of Christmas characters. Join in caroling with groups along the street or enjoy music from a band. ​The day will culminate in a visit from Santa and the official tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 pm. Local restaurants will be open for dinner, too!

Celebrate the Holidays at Rutherfurd Hall

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

In December, Rutherfurd Hall is beautifully decorated, so Celebrate the Holidays at Rutherfurd Hall! Photo ops with Santa, live music, holiday crafts and more family fun!

Ha Ha Holiday Comedy Show at Rutherfurd Hall

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

Live Stand Up Comedy Show featuring several NY/NJ comedians. An evening of fun and laughs; and refreshments (cash bar). 21 and over please. Doors open at 7pm - event starts at 7:30 pm.

7th Annual Crafts in the Warren Tech

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

More than 130 of the area's finest crafters and artisans come together for this one-day juried event to display their unique handmade items. The event features door prizes, lunch options, bake sales, a special visit from Santa, and more for a fun-filled holiday shopping experience.

Santa's Secret Workshop

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

A venue that allows your child to shop independently in a safe environment!  All gifts in our Kids Holiday Shop are $12 or under, many for under $5!  There is something for everyone on your list at a budget YOU set for your child!

Hope Christmas Craft Market

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Now celebrating its 28th anniversary, it's a town-wide event with more than 200 artisans participating. The $4 fee allows you access to all the buildings and the shuttle buses that travel through the town both days. To add to your holiday experience, Hope offers several antique stores as well as The Inn at Millrace Pond, a unique dining experience that offers overnight accommodations.

Victorian Christmas at Millbrook Village

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
11:00am to 4:00pm

Step back into another era where the toys and games don't need batteries. Millbrook Village's buildings are adorned with old-time decorations, while volunteers and park staff in period clothing will demonstrate how the season was celebrated in years past. The kids can make a decoration or play with some of the wonderful old time toys and games that will be in the parlor.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 5:00pm

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. $35/person plus tax and 10% gratuity.  Reservations required. Book early as this event will sell out every time. Call 908-475-3671.

Father Christmas at the Farmstead

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us at the farmstead on a magical night and visit with Father Christmas in the Summer Kitchen by the fire! A wonderful time for children of all ages!