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Starting September 8, 2021

"To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall." – Ann Patchett, American author

This quote sums up our recent weather, with Hurricane Ida being a notable exception. We are in the open windows zone - neither A/C nor heat required - with a touch of chill in the air as we get out of bed in the morning. The weekend ahead looks splendid, weather-wise, and there is still plenty to do outdoors, so let's revel in it! The NJ Sunflower Trail at Von Thun Farms - previously slated to close after Labor Day is still in bloom and open for visitors. Oktoberfest-themed events are kicking off, Belvidere Heritage Day (a reincarnation of Victorian Days) is this Saturday, and there is still plenty of outdoor, live music to enjoy, day and night.

Confession: the photo above was taken across the border in Hunterdon County (maybe less than mile away, as the crow flies, in Alexandria Township). Because it was one of those gorgeous days last weekend, and that's where Dexter the Dog lives. We should all have such joy and enthusiasm in our hearts! Happy September, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

Oktoberfest at Tranquillity Farms

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
The family-friendly event features farm activities, craft vendors, live music, beer by Czig Meister Brewing Company, and food by James on Main.  
Tickets include parking, band cover, sunflower trail & unlimited hayrides. Adults: $13 online, $16 at door; Children (13 or younger): $5; infants are free.

Comedy Night and Dinner @ Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
6:30pm to 10:00pm
This comedy night features Joey Callahan, Steve Shaffer and Tom Daddario. Ticket price includes dinner and show. Dinner is half roasted chicken with steamed veggies and potatoes. Wine not included in ticket price but can be purchased by the glass or bottle at retail value.

Jukebox Trio Lawn Concert

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 7:00pm
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a FREE lawn concert. Jukebox Trio shares their talents by performing unique acoustic arrangements of classic hits. Light refreshments will be available for sale to benefit Rutherfurd Hall

Last Weekend for Live Music at the Boat Stage

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 9:00pmSaturday, September 11, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, September 10: Winslow, an Eagles Tribute Band. $15 cover charge at the door or on sale at the bar beforehand.
Saturday, September 11: Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns. $10 cover charge at the door or on sale at the bar beforehand.
Draught House is not only donating all cover charges collected on 9/11 to Tunnel to Towers, but will match it! If you want to make any additional donations besides the cover charge, they will match those too! Come out to enjoy a great show, support an amazing foundation and honor our fallen heroes. This will be the last weekend of bands at the Boat Stage for the season. 

Belvidere Heritage Day

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Celebrate Belvidere's Heritage and History! This annual event, previously called Victorian Days, will be a one-day affair this year. Things to see and do include a Vintage Car Show, Historical Walking Tour at your own pace, Plein Air Art Competition, and the opportunity to stroll through the newly improved Garret D. Wall Park, which will be filled with Artisan/Craft/Antique vendors. Stop by the Explore Warren table and say hello!

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with dessert wine. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! $42.50/person, plus tax - complimentary wine glass included. Tickets are required; please call 908-475-3671. Can't make this one? The next Grape Stomp is scheduled for September 18.

Coo Coo Cacho returns to Asbury Coffee Mill

Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Ed Jankiewicz and Thomas Johnston return with classic songs as you enjoy brunch.

Friends & Family Reunion Concert @ Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 1:00pm
Bring food or leave it at home with an onsite food truck. Enjoy our wine and live music with friends and family. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs and games!

Jazz Concert: Hannah Marks

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 1:30pm
Jazz goes to church! Bandleader Hannah Marks’ compositions reflect her musical upbringing in folk and spirituals, while staying grounded in an appreciation for creative improvisation and longtime love of jazz and rock. Hosted by Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church. Free will donations accepted.

Tea with the Other Side

Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Long time Kathy's Kove medium, Marion, will channel messages from your loved ones who have passed to see if there is a message for you! Reserve soon, space is limited.
Continuing: 

Lopatcong Music in the Park

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 6:00pm
This weekly summer music series, held at Veterans Rally Point at Lopatcong Municipal Park, is winding down, a couple having been rescheduled due to weather cancelations. The final three concerts: Wednesday, 9/8: Andrew Lobby. Thursday, 9/9: Mark and Ralph Acoustic Duo. Thursday, 9/16: Video Daze. Bring a chair, and soft drinks/snacks if you like.

Rutherfurd Hall Outdoor Lecture Series with Joan Salvas

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 5:30pmThursday, September 9, 2021 - 5:30pmThursday, September 16, 2021 - 5:30pm
Please bring a lawn chair for an outdoor 3-lecture series featuring Miss Mercer, Master Franklin, Mrs. Rutherfurd and Mr. Roosevelt, on the great lawn at Rutherfurd Hall. $20 for 3 lectures or $10 at the door.

Grill Night at Alba Vineyard

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Grill Nights are back! Reservations required - $50/person, wine sold separately. Your choice of steak, fish or chops - all served with seasonal vegetables, potato, and salad. Three seatings every half hour from 5-7pm. 

Weekend Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Spend part of your afternoon at Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility for live music. Enjoy music with Marty Koppel on Friday, Bill Ruddy on Saturday and Scott Messina on Sunday.

Evening Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday: Waterfront Blue Duo; Saturday: Corinne Mammana Duo. Enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, food and music under the arbor. 

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
8:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Will Hoppy on Friday, Sue + Mike on Sunday. Call 908-441-6127 to book a table!

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, September 4, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Come see your favorite local farmers and food producers at the Blairstown Farmers Market!

Washington Borough Farmers Market

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Held each Saturday in downtown Washington borough through October 2, the market runs along Route 57, anchored in the Pocket Park located at 44 E. Washington Ave.

Live Music on the Deck at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm
Enjoy the beautiful view and live music on the deck with Bill Ihling on Saturday and Joe Izen on Sunday. $5 wine tastings and no reservations required. Vineyard View Bistro menu items available.

Afternoon Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Enjoy an afternoon of wine, food, and music at Alba Vineyard. Jeff Bellfy on Saturday; The VooDUDES on Sunday. All guests must be 21+

Live Music at The Sand Bar

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 3:00pmSunday, September 12, 2021 - 3:00pm
Enjoy some great bands outdoors on the scenic Delaware River! Doc Holiday on Saturday, Leah Fuls  on Sunday. 

UACNJ Presents: All Our Energy Comes from the Stars

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
8:00pm to 10:30pm
Join UACNJ for "All Our Energy Comes from the Stars" presented by Dr. David Buckley, ESU. Space is limited and reservations are required. 

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, September 5, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
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, and live music has been known to happen there!
Community Corner: 

Maker Club: So Cool for School

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:30pm
The Catherine Dickson Hofman branch of the Warren County Library conducts outdoor, hands-on STEAM activities every Wednesday at 4:30pm.

Tricky Tray to Benefit Washington Borough Library

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 12:00pm
Tricky Tray - doors open at noon and drawing is at 2:15pm. Prizes include a kayak, a roomba and a 50-inch TV. Questions? Contact Donna Dean at 908-328-5640.
Plan Ahead: 

Free Outdoor Concert: The Outcrops

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:30pm
The Outcrops have dug their roots deep into blues, funk, R&B, soul, and more. Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner, and some dancing shoes. Weather dependent - this will be presented at the outdoor Gazebo. For all ages. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Please register at warrenlib.org

Autumn Planter Workshop at Flowerland Growers

Friday, September 17, 2021 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Celebrate the wonderful season of autumn by creating your very own masterpiece with gorgeous mums, celosia, grasses, asters, rudbeckia, ornamental peppers, kale and cabbage and an adorable accent s

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 6:00pm
The veterans of The American Legion, Carl D. Archer Post 528 of White Township will be holding a Recognition Day ceremony at the established permanent POW/MIA memorial, located at the Oscar Unangst Memorial Fields. The ceremony will honor former POWs, including a local POW who passed away this year, and include National POW/MIA Recognition day history, the history of the POW/MIA flag, the POW/MIA empty chair and the Missing Man table and Honors ceremony.

Festival in the Borough

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
11:00am to 10:00pm
Northwest Jersey's largest street and music festival retruns to Downtown Washington, with live music, vendors, kid's fun area, food, beer garden, and more! Three stages offer a diverse range of musical styles, plus dozens of vendors and local businesses will provide hours of shopping along with children's games and activities. This event is free to attend and includes plenty of free parking, and takes place rain or shine.
Main Stage Performers: Big Easy Easton Brass Band; Belly Dancers; Kinderhook (country rock); Bobby Harden Band (soul); Southbound (southern rock); Katie Henry Band (blues/rock); Smithereens (ROCK)

Ginger & The Schnappes: Concert Under the Stars at Villa Milagro Vineyards

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ginger and The Schnappes - a group so authentic in sound that you will swear you are back in the big band era!

NJ Highlands Fall '21 Car Trek

Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:30pm
Hop in your car for the 2021 Fall Tour of Highlands Car Trek! This year's tour features the historic bridges of the Highlands, as featured in Skylands Visitor Magazine. This 75-mile tour of the forests, scenic vistas, rolling farm fields and quaint villages frozen in time. Registration begins at Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, then follow the turn-by-turn route instructions, which include descriptions of the natural and historic features that combine with the region’s legendary natural beauty to make a memorable road trip with places you’ll want to revisit.  The trip winds up at Four Sisters Winery. 

Warren County Hot Air Balloon Fun and Games Festival

Friday, September 24, 2021 -
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 -
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Hot Air Balloons will once again take to the skyways when the first Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Fun and Games Festival at Warren County Community College. The event, which runs until 8 p.m. each night, is more than just hot air balloons. This event is intended as a community-wide celebration with non-profits invited to participate and use the 3-day affair to raise funds for their respective organizations.

Wine & Music Festival at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm
A weekend for the family at Four Sisters Winery, featuring live music, great food, wine tasting ($5/person), wine by the glass or bottle. No cover charge, no admission fee, and no parking fee.

Feast of San Gennaro at Villa Milagro

Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Relax and listen to traditional Italian music by Lou Pompilio and dance the tarantella.

CeCe Teneal: Portrait of a Queen

Saturday, October 2, 2021 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm
The Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin taught us how to “Think” and demand “Respect” while “Ridin’ on the Freeway!” Portrait of a Queen, featuring the voice of the Century Cece Teneal, is a dynamic musical production that will have you on the edge of you seats from start to finish. CeCe Teneal has travelled the world performing and has opened the stage for talents such as Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Johnny Lang, and the legendary B.B. King among others. Her original sound has earned her fans across the globe and her music video “Eleanor Rigby” was exclusively premiered on the Huffington Post.

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This Week: 

Oktoberfest at Tranquillity Farms

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm

The family-friendly event features farm activities, craft vendors, live music, beer by Czig Meister Brewing Company, and food by James on Main.  
Tickets include parking, band cover, sunflower trail & unlimited hayrides. Adults: $13 online, $16 at door; Children (13 or younger): $5; infants are free.

Comedy Night and Dinner @ Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
6:30pm to 10:00pm

This comedy night features Joey Callahan, Steve Shaffer and Tom Daddario. Ticket price includes dinner and show. Dinner is half roasted chicken with steamed veggies and potatoes. Wine not included in ticket price but can be purchased by the glass or bottle at retail value.

Jukebox Trio Lawn Concert

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a FREE lawn concert. Jukebox Trio shares their talents by performing unique acoustic arrangements of classic hits. Light refreshments will be available for sale to benefit Rutherfurd Hall

Last Weekend for Live Music at the Boat Stage

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 9:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 9:00pm

Friday, September 10: Winslow, an Eagles Tribute Band. $15 cover charge at the door or on sale at the bar beforehand.
Saturday, September 11: Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns. $10 cover charge at the door or on sale at the bar beforehand.

Draught House is not only donating all cover charges collected on 9/11 to Tunnel to Towers, but will match it! If you want to make any additional donations besides the cover charge, they will match those too! Come out to enjoy a great show, support an amazing foundation and honor our fallen heroes. This will be the last weekend of bands at the Boat Stage for the season. 

Belvidere Heritage Day

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
9:00am to 5:00pm

Celebrate Belvidere's Heritage and History! This annual event, previously called Victorian Days, will be a one-day affair this year. Things to see and do include a Vintage Car Show, Historical Walking Tour at your own pace, Plein Air Art Competition, and the opportunity to stroll through the newly improved Garret D. Wall Park, which will be filled with Artisan/Craft/Antique vendors. Stop by the Explore Warren table and say hello!

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with dessert wine. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! $42.50/person, plus tax - complimentary wine glass included. Tickets are required; please call 908-475-3671.

Jazz Concert: Hannah Marks

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 1:30pm

Jazz goes to church! Bandleader Hannah Marks’ compositions reflect her musical upbringing in folk and spirituals, while staying grounded in an appreciation for creative improvisation and longtime love of jazz and rock. Hosted by Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church. Free will donations accepted.

Tea with the Other Side

Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Long time Kathy's Kove medium, Marion, will channel messages from your loved ones who have passed to see if there is a message for you! Reserve soon, space is limited.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with dessert wine. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! $42.50/person, plus tax - complimentary wine glass included. Tickets are required; please call 908-475-3671.

 
Continuing: 

Rutherfurd Hall Outdoor Lecture Series with Joan Salvas

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 5:30pm
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 5:30pm
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 5:30pm

Please bring a lawn chair for an outdoor 3-lecture series featuring Miss Mercer, Master Franklin, Mrs. Rutherfurd and Mr. Roosevelt, on the great lawn at Rutherfurd Hall. $20 for 3 lectures or $10 at the door.

Grill Night at Alba Vineyard

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Grill Nights are back! Reservations required - $50/person, wine sold separately. Your choice of steak, fish or chops - all served with seasonal vegetables, potato, and salad. Three seatings every half hour from 5-7pm. 

Weekend Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Spend part of your afternoon at Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility for live music. Enjoy music with Marty Koppel on Friday, Bill Ruddy on Saturday and Scott Messina on Sunday.

Evening Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Friday: Waterfront Blue Duo; Saturday: Corinne Mammana Duo. Enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, food and music under the arbor. 

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, September 10, 2021 -
8:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Will Hoppy on Friday, Sue + Mike on Sunday. Call 908-441-6127 to book a table!

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, September 4, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

Come see your favorite local farmers and food producers at the Blairstown Farmers Market!

Washington Borough Farmers Market

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Held each Saturday in downtown Washington borough through October 2, the market runs along Route 57, anchored in the Pocket Park located at 44 E. Washington Ave.

Live Music on the Deck at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm

Enjoy the beautiful view and live music on the deck with Bill Ihling on Saturday and Joe Izen on Sunday. $5 wine tastings and no reservations required. Vineyard View Bistro menu items available.

Afternoon Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm

Enjoy an afternoon of wine, food, and music at Alba Vineyard. Jeff Bellfy on Saturday; The VooDUDES on Sunday. All guests must be 21+

Live Music at The Sand Bar

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 3:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 3:00pm

Enjoy some great bands outdoors on the scenic Delaware River! Doc Holiday on Saturday, Leah Fuls  on Sunday. 

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, September 5, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

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, and live music has been known to happen there!

 
Community Corner: 

Maker Club: So Cool for School

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:30pm

The Catherine Dickson Hofman branch of the Warren County Library conducts outdoor, hands-on STEAM activities every Wednesday at 4:30pm.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Free Outdoor Concert: The Outcrops

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:30pm

The Outcrops have dug their roots deep into blues, funk, R&B, soul, and more. Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner, and some dancing shoes. Weather dependent - this will be presented at the outdoor Gazebo. For all ages. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Please register at warrenlib.org

NJ Highlands Fall '21 Car Trek

Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:30pm

Hop in your car for the 2021 Fall Tour of Highlands Car Trek! This year's tour features the historic bridges of the Highlands, as featured in Skylands Visitor Magazine. This 75-mile tour of the forests, scenic vistas, rolling farm fields and quaint villages frozen in time. Registration begins at Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, then follow the turn-by-turn route instructions, which include descriptions of the natural and historic features that combine with the region’s legendary natural beauty to make a memorable road trip with places you’ll want to revisit.  The trip winds up at Four Sisters Winery. 

Wine & Music Festival at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm

A weekend for the family at Four Sisters Winery, featuring live music, great food, wine tasting ($5/person), wine by the glass or bottle. No cover charge, no admission fee, and no parking fee. Pick-your-own apples $20 per bag while the apple supplies last; a hayride will take you to the orchard and return.