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September

Tuesday, 23; Stanhope

FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER. Food raised at the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, tours of Waterloo Village, live music 6pm. $100pp. Waterloo Village, 525 Waterloo Road.

Foodshed Alliance; 908-362-7486

Friday, 26-27; Morristown

Morristown Festival of Books

Saturday, 27; Dingmans Ferry, PA

HARVEST FESTIVAL. Enjoy animal presenters, arts & crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-timey activities, & more! 10am - 4pm. $5 per car. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 27; Hackettstown

IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN. Young Audience Series 11am. The Little Theater.

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 27; Hackettstown

FALL GARDEN INSTRUCTION. Fall pruning, fertilizing and preparing your garden for its winter rest. 1:30pm. Free. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 27; Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor Historical Society; 973/586-1564

Saturday, 27; Port Murray

PUMPKIN, PUMPKIN, PUMPKIN. Listen to a lecture on the versatility of this vine growing fruit. and enjoy a tasty lunch based on pumpkin. 11am - 1pm. Resv. req., $36. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 27; Stanhope

WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 908/722-9556

Saturday, 27-28; Augusta

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200

Saturday, 27-28; Chester

16TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST. German music, food, and dance, and a special Oktoberfest beer only available for a short time. 12 - 8pm. $6, under 12 free. Chubb Park, Rt. 513.

Chester Lions Club; 908/879 6543

Saturday, 27-28; Franklin

ANNUAL FRANKLIN-STERLING HILL GEM AND MINERAL SHOW. Dealers, gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, stone carvings, lectures, literature, fluorescent mineral exhibits, mineral collecting, museum tours and the traditional swap/sell. $7/ $4 ages 6-16. Franklin School, Washington Ave..

Franklin Mineral Museum; 973/827-3481

Saturday, 27-28; Walpack

CAROL DECKER ART SHOW AND SALE. Meet the artist and enjoy new original wildlife art. Walpack Inn.

Wildlife Art Studio; 973/948-3890

Sunday, 28; Hope

OKTOBERFEST. Live music, tasty beer, authentic German food, vendors. 3pm - 7pm. Free admission. 319 Hope Johnsonburg Rd. (Rt. 519).

Inn at Millrace Pond; 908/459-4884

Sunday, 28; Montague

WINE CAMP OCTOBERFEST. Join Expert Wine Sommelier Alex Meloi on a virtual journey through the World's greatest wine growing regions. 1 - 2:30pm. $25. 141 Clove Road.

Westfall Winery; 973/293-3428

Sunday, 28; Morristown

FALL FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN. Entertainment, food, and exhibits of historic, recreational and educational aspects of life in Morristown.

Morristown Partnership; 973/455-1133

Sunday, 28; Morristown

FUNGUS FEST. Guided mushroom walks, cooking demonstrations, slide shows and lectures, fascinating arts and crafts, children’s corner. 10 - 4. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 53 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 908/852-7564

Sunday, 28; New Brunswick

RARITAN RIVERFEST AND DUCK RACE . 12 - 6pm. Free. Boyd Park.

Sunday, 28; Stillwater

STILLWATER FALL FESTIVAL. Hayrides, crafters, food, pumpkins, antiques, pony rides, games. 11 - 4:30. Stillwter School.

Stillwater Historical Society; 908/698-4143

Tuesday, 30; Lafayette

RESTORATION OF GREY TOWERS. Ed Brannon, the former director of Grey Towers, will discuss the rehabilitation of the Pinchot Estate 7 - 9:30pm. Ludlum Mabee House, 115 Rt 15.

History Alliance of Sussex County;

October

Friday, 3; Blairstown

RORY BLOCK. 8:30pm. $30. 30 Main Street.

Historic Blairstown Theatre; 908/362-1399

Friday, 3; Far Hills

HYPERTUFA WORKSHOP. Hypertufa is a handmade material that resembles “tufa” (too-fa), a rugged volcanic rock used to make troughs that are especially suited for small rock garden plants. 10 - 11:30am. $35. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Friday, 3; North Branch

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ. The Coasters headline this salute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller in a raise the roof, song-and-dance celebration of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits! 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 3-4; Wantage

BENEFIT BARN SALE. Two Barns filled with furniture, toys, home/garden items, used books, tools, sporting goods, and miscellaneous treasures. Bake Sale too. 9am - 3pm. Free. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 862/266-5021

Saturday, 4; Asbury

ANNUAL WINE TASTING EVENT. Sample over 50 imported and domestic wines (and some beer) with an array of delicious finger foods, (all included with admission) near the banks of the Musconetcong River. 2 - 5pm. $25 advance, $30 at door. Warren County Rod and Gun Club.

Musconectong Watershed Association; 908/537-7060

Saturday, 4; Blairstown

DAY AT THE RACE'S. Enjoy the farm and all it’s bounty with food games/prizes and live music. 93 Belcher Rd.

Race Farm; 908/362-8151

Saturday, 4; Columbia

ANNUAL PIG ROAST. A fun filled day of great food, your favorite wines, live music. 1 - 4pm. $50 pp, advance sale only; wine available by the glass, $5.. 594 State Highway 94.

Brook Hollow Winery; 908/496-8200

Saturday, 4; High Bridge

High Bridge Events Committee; 908/638-6455


Saturday, 4; Hope

HARVEST FESTIVAL. Over forty vendors, arts, crafts, live music, food, kid fun,. 11am - 4pm. 561 Blairstown Rd.

Longmeadow Farm; 908/459-5351

Saturday, 4; Long Valley

AUTUMN IN THE VALLEY. Historic house tour through the old German Valley area. 11am - 4pm. $20/ $25. 6 Fairview Avenue.

Washington Twp Historical Society; 908/876-9696

Saturday, 4; Sussex

Friends of High Point State Park; 973/702-0488

Saturday, 4; Whippany

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151


Farmstead Arts (Joanne Devine)

Saturday, 4-5; Bernards Township and Bernardsville

4TH ANNUAL ARTSEE OPEN STUDIO TOUR. Seventeen area artists will open their studio doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm both days. FREE, self-paced tour. Download tour map at www.ARTseeTour.com. 12 - 5pm. Bernardsville and Bernards Twp..

ArtSee Studio Tours; 908/208-7516

Saturday, 4-5; Millbrook Village

Millbrook Village; 908/496-4458

Sunday, 5; Basking Ridge

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/766-2489

Sunday, 5; Dingmans Ferry, PA

MATH IN NATURE: FRACTAL HIKE. Discover the mathematical patterns in nature! 1 - 3pm. $5. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 5; Montague

WINE CAMP OCTOBERFEST. Join Expert Wine Sommelier Alex Meloi on a virtual journey through the World's greatest wine growing regions. 1 - 2:30pm. $25. 141 Clove Road.

Westfall Winery; 973/293-3428

Sunday, 5; Morristown

PETER GROS. Peter Gros shares his exciting animal world experiences, introduces friendly exotic animals to audience members, and tells inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming. 1:30 & 4:30 pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Monday, 6; Bedminster

MIRACLES MADE SIMPLE GOLF INVITATIONAL. fun-filled day of golf, a luncheon, cocktails, awards dinner, auction and more. Proceeds benefit local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 900 Lamington Road.

RE/MAX of New Jersey and Simplicity Title; 856/266-9106

Friday, 10-12; Blairstown

DELAWARE WATER GAP AUTUMN WANDERINGS WEEKEND. $179, $149 member. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 603/466-2727

Friday, 10-13; Flemington

COLUMBUS DAY SALE. Shop brilliantly at this colonial American shopping village with additional discounts off the everyday savings of 25% - 65% off. 1 Church Street.

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 11; Augusta

SUSSEX COUNTY HARVEST, HONEY AND GARLIC FESTIVAL. Countywide autumn celebration includes farmers market, family activities, craft demonstrations, agricultural exhibits and vendors. 10am - 4pm. Free. Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Sussex County Farmland Preservation and Conservation;

Saturday, 11; Chester

CELEBRATING APPLES. Try a hand-cranked apple peeler and assist with cider pressing as it was done in 1880's Milltown. 1 - 3:30pm. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 11; Morristown

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Saturday, 11; Port Murray

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 11; Stanhope

WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 908/722-9556

Saturday, 11; Warren

OKTOBERFEST 2014. Food, beverage, kids’ fun 11 - 5pm. $7, under 10 free. Forest Lodge, 11 Reinman Road.

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Saturday, 11-12; Chester

ANNUAL HARVEST CELEBRATION. Live entertainment, games, antique car show, chili cook-off. 11 - 5. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-2900

Saturday, 11-12; Morris County

PATHWAYS OF HISTORY MUSEUM TOUR. Visit twenty northern Morris County landmark sites. A brochure and map will be available at each venue. 10am - 4pm. Free.

Boonton Historical Society & Museum; 973/316-0976

Saturday, 11-12; Shawnee-On-Delaware

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 11-12; Somerset County

WEEKEND JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST. Twenty-six historic sites countywide open free to visitors. Tours, history interpretations, exhibitions, programs, arts and more. Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12-4pm. Free.

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission 908/231-7110

Sunday, 12; Basking Ridge

Keeping Babies Safe;

Sunday, 12; Bedminster

OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY FAIR. Hayrides, Clydesdales, field maze, scarecrows, face painting, farm animals, music 11:30am - 4:30pm. $20 per vehicle. Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road.

Raritan Headwaters Association; 908/234-1852

Sunday, 12; Delaware

RIVERSIDE FALL FESTIVAL. Music, storytelling by the campfire, pumpkin painting, corn husk dolls, wine tasting, tours of the Ramsaysburg Homestead historic site, refreshments. 1 - 4pm. Route 46 and Ramsaysburg Road.

Knowlton Township Historic Commission; 908/475-5352

Sunday, 12; Morristown

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 14; Hackettstown

IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. Young Audience Series 11am. The Little Theater.

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Tuesday, 14; Morristown

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 17; Morristown

A BRONX TALE. Chazz Palminteri in the original one-man show he wrote and performed in 1989 that made him an in-demand character actor. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 17; Newton

RONNIE EARL AND THE BROADCASTERS. 8pm. $29 - $39. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 17; Sussex

YOGA ON THE MOUNTAIN. Enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. Registration is suggested, but not required. 5:30pm. $5 suggested donation. Interpretive Center, 1480 State Route 23.

Friends of High Point State Park; 973/702-0488

Saturday, 18; Allamuchy

PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Saturday, 18; Blairstown

HARVEST FESTIVAL. Live music, food, crafts and free wine tasting. 93 Belcher Rd.

Race Farm; 908/362-8151

Saturday, 18; Chester

A MILLER'S HALLOWEEN. Create corn husk dolls, color pumpkins, and play old time games. 1 - 3:30pm. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 18; Far Hills

FAR HILLS RACE MEETING. The 94th running of this prestigious steeplechase horse race benefits Somerset Medical Center. 8. Moorland Farms.

Somerset Medical Center; 908/685-2929

Saturday, 18; Finesville

Pohatcong Township Historic Preservation Commission; 908/387-1493

Saturday, 18; Lebanon

BARN DANCE. With easy to follow instructions. 7 - 9:30pm. $5. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Saturday, 18; Morristown

BONES AND STONES . Fall historical graveyard tour explores historic bones and decorative stones at the Presbyterian Church. 4:15pm. $12. 57 East Park Place.

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Saturday, 18; North Branch

CAPITOL STEPS. For this show, they’re bringing Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, Pope Francis and many more. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 18; Ogdensburg

Sterling Hill Mine Tour and Museum; 973/209-MINE

Saturday, 18-19; Long Pond, PA

Highlands Tourism Partnership; info@pumpkinsling.com

Saturday, 18-19; Shawnee-On-Delaware, PA

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Sunday, 19; Lambertville

AUTUMN HOUSE TOUR. Historic public and private sites and canal walks. 11pm - 5pm. $25/ $20 advance by mail. Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Rt. 29.

Lambertville Historical Society; 609/397-0770

Sunday, 19; Morristown

HISTORIC DISTRICT HOUSE TOUR: A WALK THROUGH TIME. Visit eight historic properties in one of Morristown’s most prestigious Historic Districts. 11am - 5pm. $40 in advance; $45 event day. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 19; Newton

FALL FESTIVAL. Apple tasting, special desserts, entertainment, and more! Free admission. 359 Ridge Road (Rt. 519).

Windy Brow Farms; 973/579-9657

Thursday, 23-26; Hackettstown

UP ON THE ROOF. Tony Pace in a one-man, semi-autobiographical show recalls legendary entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Danny Kaye. 8pm. Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Friday, 24; Franklin

Somerset County Park Commission; 732-873-2459

Friday, 24-26; Somerset

SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL. 10 - 6. $10. Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr..

Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc; 800/210-9900

Saturday, 25; Flemington

Flemington Historic Preservation Commission; 908/782-1288

Saturday, 25; Hackettstown

THE AMAZING FACE. A special selection of fun and surprising StoryFaces. 2pm. Little Theatre, Centenary College.

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 25; North Branch

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET. A world premiere by ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, Kirk Peterson’s dynamic and lyrical Tears of the Moon, and more. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 25; Phillipsburg

COMEDY NIGHT. Carla, Phil Sweet, Robin Fox, Tim Hayes 7:30pm. $35 incl hor d’oeuvres, beer and soda. Flynn’s, 341 Pursel St..

Phillipsburg Rotary; 908/763-4106

Saturday, 25; Port Murray

SOAP MAKING. Choose from a varied selection of herbs to create your own specialty soap. 1:30am - 3:30pm. $34. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 25; Stanhope

WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 908/722-9556

Sunday, 26; Morristown

BONES AND STONES . Fall historical graveyard tour explores historic bones and decorative stones at the Presbyterian Church. 3 & 4:15pm. $15. 57 East Park Place.

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Sunday, 26; Morristown

PUMPKIN ILLUMINATION. Artistically-carved pumpkins will be lit up by the reflective pool in front of the mansion as part of the fourth annual community-wide Halloween celebration. 5pm. Vail Mansion, 110 South St..

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/285-5115

Sunday, 26; North Branch

THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS. Nebraska Theatre Caravan with one-woman play about Ann Landers. 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Wednesday, 29; Morristown

Morris Animal Inn; 973/539-0377

Wednesday, 29; Newton

ROBIN TROWER. 8pm. $29 - $39. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Thursday, 30; North Branch

MIKE AIKEN . Mike has consistently had his songs on the Country/Roots and Americana Charts in both the USA and Europe. 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 31; Chester

HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST AND PARADE. Parade, trick or treat, refreshments on Main Street. Cash prizes for best costumes: $500/$200/$100 2 - 5pm. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/897-2900

Friday, 31; Flemington

HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT CHILDREN’S’ ENTERTAINMENT. Children of all ages can visit participating stores throughout the Village. Entertainment starts at 4pm. 3:15 - 5pm. 1 Church Street .

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550


Future Events...

Ongoing Programs and Events

Paulinskill Valley Trail, Andover to Columbia

Saturdays • NATURE WALKS. Hike the Paulinskill Valley Trail. Hike different sections with various themes. Hikes leave from Kitatinny SP, Warbasse Jct., or Footbridge Park in Blairstown. Free.

Paulinskill Vally Trail Committee; 908/684-4820

NJAA Observatory, High Bridge

Weekends • ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS. New Jersey Astronomical Association Observatory is open to the public every weekend from Memorial Day to Halloween. Saturday evening programs begin at 8:30 PM and include a tour of the facility and public viewing of planets/deep space objects through the 26" telescope, as well as other smaller scopes. On Sunday afternoons from 2-5 PM, the public is invited to look at sun spots through the 10" scope equipped with special solar filters. For additional information, call or visit NJAA’swebsite.

Voorhees State Park, Rt. 513. ; 908/638-8500

United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, Hope

Saturdays • PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT UACNJ OBSERVATORY. Astronomy presentations followed by observing sessions, weather permitting.

Jenny Jump State Park ; 908/459-4366

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, Oxford

Weekends • A series of programs about the natural world around us for young and old alike. Preregistration is usually required. Topics range from a child’s first introduction to nature to seminars for expert fly fishers.

605 Pequest Rd.; 908/637-4125

Skylands Botanical Gardens, Ringwood

Sundays • SKYLANDS MANOR TOURS. Free guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of each month, March through November at 2pm.

20 Morris Rd.. ; 973/962-9534

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

Gallery 23, Blairstown

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

USGA Museum, Far Hills

Permanent • THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS. The signature architectural space in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History celebrates every USGA champion and championship to date, housing all 13 USGA national championship trophies, while the names of every USGA champion are inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the room.

77 Liberty Corner Road ; 908/234-2300

Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown

Ongoing • TOURS OF WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FORD MANSION. The Washington’s Headquarters Museum includes includes three exhibit galleries, a 30-minute introductory video, Tours of the furnished house will be made available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. Adults (Age 16 and up): $4.00, cash or check only, Children: Free

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210