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Warren County Wanderings

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June." - Al Bernstein, American sportscaster, writer, stage performer, recording artist, and speaker.

June is coming in hot, and Wanderings has all the cool places to be, like paddling with the Delaware River Sojourn June 14-22 as they cruise down the Delaware with guides and a safety crew, as pictured above. You can paddle for just one day or as many as you like, and pick a single or tandem boat or bring your own. If the river isn’t calling your name, we've compiled a list of Warren County's favorite Swimming Destinations and Ice Cream spots so take a gander!

Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts and Crafts Festival is taking place this weekend at the Warren County Commnity College, and Explore Warren has free tickets for admission and tethered balloon rides! Send us an email at tourism@co.warren.nj.us with a subject line that reads "Take me Ballooning" for your chance to win! Specify whether you need admission and tethered rides for 2, 3 or 4 people - we've got a ticket for 2, two sets of tickets for 3, and one for a group of 4 so you can bring friends and family along. This is a first come, first served offer, so don't delay if you want to attend the balloon festival on us! Parking is included, too.

Don't miss the More Things To Do section featuring Warren County Habitat for Humanity Community Center events in June and Summer Activities for the Kids. And National Trails Day is Saturday, so get out there to celebrate our beautiful rural spaces!

We’re also highlighting Father’s Day with events around the county and, seeing as it's a couple of weeks away, the page is a tad sparse so continue to check the calendar as more events pop up.

With that, we'll let you get to reading and wandering!

Happy June, Happy Father's Day and Happy Wanderings!

 

Some Like It Hot June 2024

Coming Up: 

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 9:30am
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 9:30am

This year marks the 17th annual Blairstown Farmers Market. An official marker of summer and fresh produce, you'll find local farmers, foods, vendors and music. You're bound to find great things to partake in and take home!

Spring Fling @ Angry Dad's Draught House

Angry's Dad's is bringing you a Spring Fling with 40 vendors and crafters, each one is a little different. Come shop and stay for the live music, cold beer and awesome food!

Community Day in Hackettstown

Hackettstown Community Day (formerly Spring Festival) will be held at Hackettstown High School and the Hackettstown Recreation field, Sheldon Field, Warren St. Events include Battle of the Bands, talent show, mini rides and inflatables (wristbands), Mars Wrigley candy giveaway, food, vendors and more!

Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival

Balloon fest season begins as the Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival returns to Warren County Community College for a weekend of fun. In addition to balloon activities like the daily Mass Hot Air Balloon launches, the festival features arts & crafts, along with first Chalk Art Contest, vendors, over 10 food trucks, children’s activities including Autocades Mobile Games Trailer, School of Rock House Band, car show and more. Remember, Explore Warren is giving away admission tickets, see the opening paragraphs above!

Cornhole Tournament @ Brook Hollow Winery

Grab your partner, brush up on your toss, and let's see who reigns supreme in the ultimate game of cornhole! Top two teams each week move on to the championship rounds. If you didn't make it this week, come back and try the next week. Championship rounds kick off on August 3 with the top 16 teams battling it out. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. It's gonna be a-maize-ing!

Sunset Concerts @ Villa Milagro

Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 6:30pm

Villa Milagro is featuring three concerts in June with The Little Red Rooster Blues Band 6/1; Full Grown Men Band 6/8; and The Hip Replacements 6/26. Pack a picnic and enjoy a bottle of Villa's finest wine.

The Sleeping Beauty @ CSC

Presented by New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty is a cherished fairytale that tells the story of the conflicting forces of good versus evil and love conquering over revenge set to Tchaikovsky's magical score.

Tuesday Cruise Night 2024 @ Joe's Steak Shop

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 4:00pm

Music Man plays this week at Joe's Steak Shop during their 20th season of Cruise night. Bring a friend, a chair, and enjoy the music, cars, and delicious food and drinks.

Czig Meister's 8th Anniversary Celebration

Czig Meister’s invites everyone to celebrate 8 years in business with a special beer, live music, food vendors, and a handmade artisan market. This is a family and dog friendly event.

Quilts in the Vineyard @ Brook Hollow

Evening Star Quilters’ Guild of Belvidere, New Jersey presents “Quilts in the Vineyards,” amazing quilts made by local artists will be available to view while you enjoy your wine tasting and personal charcuterie boards. There will also be hand-crafted items available for sale.

Late & Alone: An Intimate Portrait of Johnny Cash

Featuring more than 20 songs from Johnny’s 40+ year career, Scott Moreau - who has been traveling the world performing as Johnny Cash for more than 15 years - creates a stripped down look into the life and times of this American icon and the album he never got the chance to make: Late And Alone. Presented at the Richard D. Gardner Branch of the Warren County Library and registration is required.

Starving Artists Dinner Club @ Propagate Studio

This is free and open to anyone who creates, makes, has made a business, or is a hobby maker. Please bring something to share with a label of what it is (and if it is vegan, gluten free, vegetarian etc.) with the group and a piece of your art or ornament wrapped for a blind art exchange and new or used art supplies for the Art Supply Thrift Shop.

Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen @ Roy's Hall

Fronted by the transcendent lead guitarist/singer/songwriter Dustin Douglas, drummer Tommy Smallcomb and bassist Matt “The Dane” Gabriel, they command the stage with virtuosic musicianship and classic-rock spirit mixed with punk rock attitude that leaves even the most discerning music fans falling in love with their style.

Comedy Night @ Architects Golf Club

Get ready for a night of uproarious comedy with Buddy Fitzpatrick! Hailing from Philadelphia, Buddy's unique act combines monologue skills with physical humor, bringing his observations to life in a side-splitting way. With a background in theater and numerous film and TV appearances, he's a seasoned performer who knows how to keep the laughs coming.

"Shippen Talks" with Dr. Scott Paul Gordon

“Shippen Talks” presents Dr. Scott Paul Gordon of Historic Jacobsburg (PA). Dr. Gordon will be discussing “The Henrys at Oxford, 1830s-1920s: Reviving a Furnace and Visiting a Family.”

GOOD STUFF plays Steely Dan @ Roy's Hall

GOOD STUFF performs the music with skill and perfection by some of the finest session players in the region. Music lovers and concert goers who enjoy the sophisticated music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen are in for a rare treat.

Delaware River Sojourn

The Sojourn, a guided paddling and camping trip on the Delaware River, is full of fun and adventure, offering a great time for all participants where wonderful memories are made! The purpose of the Sojourn is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed, which flows for 330 miles through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The Sojourn combines canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. It is for novice to experienced paddlers of all ages; participants can sign up for the whole event or for the section(s) or day(s) of their choice. The Sojourn is fully insured and sanctioned by the American Canoe Association. Each day is accompanied by a safety team, made up of members of the National Canoe Safety Patrol.

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ Roy's Hall

Love always. Love forever. Love until the end of time. The Great Cosmic Playlist is testimony to the endurance of an emotion that is easy to conjure but hard to maintain. But for Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, who have been coupled consciously since 1986, love is more than a pop song; they are the bards of the long term committed relationship.

Group Hike on the Paulinskill Valley Trail

A hike of roughly four miles 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. Meeting in Columbia (at the river), Green and Washington Streets. Please RSVP, click MORE for details.

Sustainability Green Music and Arts Festival- Washington BID

Washington BID celebrates sustainability and healthy living options. Attendees can enjoy live music and activities for children while parents can browse for renewable product options offering green living solutions and art and craft vendors. Held concurrently with opening day of the Borough's Farmers' Market. Free admission and held rain or shine! 

Moe-tion Dance Theater @ CSC

Under the artistic direction of Maureen Glennon Clayton, Moe-tion Dance is dedicated to experimenting and creating new forms of expression.

Friday Nights on the Farm @ Donaldson Farms

Friday, June 21, 2024 - 5:00pm
Friday, June 28, 2024 - 5:00pm

Featuring Bombed Opera along with a tribute to all First Responders 6/21 and The Big Fuss 6/28, Friday Nights on the Farm is back with live music and food, plus activities including laser tag, glitter tattoos and pony ride! Enjoy outdoor dining while surrounded by the stunning views of your local farm. As a family-friendly event, James on Main collaborates with Donaldson Farms to create delicious farm-fresh and locally sourced cuisine for their guests.

Yoga in the Vineyard @ Alba

Friday, June 21, 2024 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

Need an excuse to yoga? Come out to Alba Vineyard for International Yoga Day hosted by Far Hills Power Yoga and sponsored by Lululemon in Bridgewater.

Artist Workshop Offered by Warren County ARTS

Saturday, June 22, 2024 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

Let's paint together! A full day of creating in this Artist Workshop: Morning session (9am-12pm) is Watercolor & Gouach with Aida Birritteri instructing.

Washington Borough Farmers Market

Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 10:00am
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 10:00am

Come out to Washington's market for fresh-picked produce, farm-fresh eggs, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, handmade soaps, jewelry, and crafts.

Ole Towne Festival in Phillipsburg

Saturday, June 22, 2024 -
2:00pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate the town of Phillipsburg! This festival boasts entertainment for all ages, a classic car cruise, community farmers market, free miniature train rides and more at Walters Park. Children's activities, local vendors, food trucks, amusements, and concludes with a fireworks display.

Paint and Pick @ VonThun Farms

Sunday, June 23, 2024 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

You will be guided, step-by-step, by a professional artist while you learn how to paint this beautiful sunflower with bees, explore the raspberry fields to pick your own and receive free admission to the sunflower trails!

Footbridge Summerfest @ Footbridge Park

Sunday, June 23, 2024 -
11:00am to 4:00pm

This event is to benefit the Footbridge Skate & Arts Park with live music, food trucks, beer tent, silent auction, skate demos and more!

Wine Bottling Session @ Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, June 23, 2024 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Unleash your inner winemaker with this great team building opportunity by diving into the art of bottling with hands-on education and create your own souvenir bottle with a custom label. Savor exquisite wine tastings guided by the Winemaker and Assistant Winemaker, accompanied by delectable charcuterie boards. Reservations required.

Cousins Maine Lobster @ Invertase

Saturday, June 29, 2024 -
12:00pm to 8:00pm

Name a better duo than a lobster quesadilla in one hand, beer in the other. Cousins Maine will be setting up shop at Invertase for lunch or dinner.

Sunset Concerts @ Villa Milagro

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 6:30pm

Villa Milagro is featuring DiBussolo Jazz Quartet 7/27. Pack a picnic and enjoy a bottle of Villa's finest wine.

Cornhole Tournament @ Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, July 6, 2024 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Grab your partner, brush up on your toss, and let's see who reigns supreme in the ultimate game of cornhole! Top two teams each week move on to the championship rounds. If you didn't make it this week, come back and try the next week. Championship rounds kick off on August 3 with the top 16 teams battling it out. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. It's gonna be a-maize-ing!

 
Continuing: 

Yoga in the Park @ Footbridge Park

Bring your mat and any extra props you'd like to Footbridge Park in the pavilion for a relaxing yoga session. Choose from classes on Wednesday @ 6:30pm and/or Saturdays @ 9am. Classes run through June 15, 2024.

Music under the Pergola @ Villa Milagro

Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 1:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 1:00pm

It’s picnic time at the vineyard. The vines are lookin’ mighty fine and spring flowers are up. The hillside vistas are covered in 50 shades of green. BYO picnic or select handmade cheese and date-nut treats from local vendors for a charcuterie plate of fruit and crackers.

June Music @ Tiptons Tavern

Friday, June 21, 2024 - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 8:00pm
Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 8:00pm
Friday, June 28, 2024 - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 8:00pm

Tipton's has live music every weekend in June featuring Mr. T Band 6/1; Decoy Clones 6/7; Doubletime Paradigm 6/8; Amber Peirce 6/9; Acoustic Kitty Project 6/14; Out Past Curfew 6/15; Chuck Shubert & Jeff Bellfy 6/21; Gear Box 6/22;Hannah Noel 6/23; Michael Patrick 6/28; Dizaster Horse 6/29.

UACNJ Saturday Astronomy Talks 2024

Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 8:00pm

UACNJ kicks off its free public programs for 2024 at Jenny Jump State Forest, presented Saturday evenings April-October. The live presentation is followed by stargazing on the club's telescopes until 10:30pm, weather permitting.

2nd Annual West End Farmers' Market in Hackettstown

Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 9:30am
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 9:30am

Hackettstown own West End Farmers' Market is opening May 5 from 9:30am-1pm with local farmers, artisans, bread makers, bakers, craftsman and more! Running through October 27!

Phillipsburg Open Air Market @ Shappell Park

Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 10:00am
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 10:00am

Phillipsburg's open air market, open every Sunday through October 27, complete with farms, crafters, baked good and artisans.

Little Ridge Vineyards Music in June

Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 2:00pm
Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 1:00pm
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 1:00pm

Live music in June featuring Allan Willcockson 6/2; Scott Messina 6/8; Jordan Allen 6/9; Chuck Schubert 6/15; John Cain 6/16; Kelsey Condon 6/22; Jeff Bellfy & Pudgy's Famous Fries Food Truck 6/23; Peter Amadeo 6/30.

Lopatcong Music in the Park

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 6:30pm

Lopatcong's weekly summer music continues with Naked Jake 6/5; Big Easy Easton Brass 6/12; Zaire 6/19; Time Whys 6/26.

Wellness Walks with Warren County Parks

Take charge of your year with Wellness Walks led by Warren County naturalist Jen. Walks will vary in time and length and held once a month on a Sunday. Registration required.

Country Line Dancing @ Brook Hollow Winery

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 7:00pm

Taught by Country Fusion Certified instructor, Jennifer Horsey! Great for all levels of dancing abilities! Buffet dinner offered as extra. This event is limited to the first 100 people who purchase tickets.

Live Music @ Architects Golf Club

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 7:00pm

Architects is hosting free live music all summer with the option of a dinner buffet. Live music includes Decoy Clones 6/28.

Poetry and Art Collaboration Exhibit presented by WC Arts

Warren County Arts presents a poetry and art collaboration running May-June, with a reception May 19, 2-4pm. Poetry in May brings authors Elaine Koplow and Jane Ebihara to Oxford May 11 with readings from their latest works along with comments on inspiration, forms and other aspects of writing. Refreshments, discussion and open mic to follow.

Country Line Dancing @ Brook Hollow Winery

Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 7:00pm
Thursday, August 8, 2024 - 7:00pm
Thursday, August 22, 2024 - 7:00pm

Taught by Country Fusion Certified instructor, Jennifer Horsey! Great for all levels of dancing abilities! Buffet dinner offered as extra. This event is limited to the first 100 people who purchase tickets.

Little Ridge Vineyards Music in July

Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 2:00pm
Sunday, July 7, 2024 - 1:00pm
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 2:00pm
Sunday, July 21, 2024 - 1:00pm
Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 1:00pm

Live music in June featuring Allan Willcockson 7/6; Matthew Lynch 7/7; Scott Messina 7/13; Jeni Hacket & Pudgy's Famous Fries Food Truck 7/14; Chuck Schubert 7/20; DB Acoustics Duo & Cousin's Maine Lobster Food Truck 7/21.
​July 27-John Cain

 
Community Corner: 

Free Paper Shredding Service for Warren County Residents

Warren County's semiannual Paper Shredding event is a free service to Warren County residents (not for businesses, and proof of residency required). Bring your confidential/sensitive paper materials; any document that contains personal exclusive information.  Please limit the quantity to 3 bags or boxes weighing no more than 60 lbs. each. Staff will be available to unload documents.

Open Volunteer Day with RVC

Saturday, July 20, 2024 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 2024 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, September 7, 2024 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

Be an agent of change by volunteering some time at one of RVC's many trails. Tools will be provided appropriate to the project.

Heartsaver CPR/AED training @ Rutherfurd Hall

Heartsaver CPR AED provides students the highest quality training in the lifesaving skills of CPR, and use of an AED. This course empowers students to act with confidence in the event of an emergency at work, home, or in the community.

Phillipsburg Town Wide Yard Sales

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 5:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 9:00am
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 9:00am

Come explore Phillipsburg while finding some treasures along the way!

 
More Things to Do: 

Warren County Habitat for Humanity Community Center events in June

The month of June is heating up with events at the Habitat for Humanity Community Center in Washington. Activities for kids and adults alike! Check out some of the classes below and head over to Habitat's website for more fun.

6/7 - Adult Craft 5:30-7:30pm ($10) wine cork American Flag
6/13 - Kids Art Workshop 2-3pm
6/18 - Senior Craft 1-3pm
6/20 - Luau Party 2-4pm
6/25 - Kids Art Workshop 2-3pm
6/26 - Lego/ Friendship Bracelets 10am-12pm
 

 
Plan Ahead: 

Blairstown Fourth 2024 @ Footbridge Park

Thursday, July 4, 2024 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day with Blairstown. Family activities include shopping, games, food, live music, contests and fireworks at North Warren Highschool in the evening.

Warren County Bicentennial Summer Concert

Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 4:00pm

Get ready for Warren County's 200th birthday with another concert, this time at Bread Lock Park featuring the Stereo Junkies, with Kate & Paul opening.

86th Annual Warren County Farmers' Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 12:00pm
Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 12:00pm
Monday, July 29, 2024 - 3:00pm
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 3:00pm
Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 3:00pm
Friday, August 2, 2024 - 3:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 12:00pm

Celebrating its 86th year of providing affordable family fun, the Warren County Farmers' Fair includes the 23rd Hot Air Balloon Festival and the return of the Traditional Arts Expo. Even though it may seem far in the future, tickets are on sale now along with the updated 2024 Contest Rules and Regulations. There's a contest for everyone whether you love to bake, have a green thumb for gardening, or have the perfect photo. There's even a Chicken Toss contest for those who like to throw chickens! And let's not forget the Demo Derby! Check out the contest page here!

 

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