This Week in the New Jersey Skylands.

    Think Skylands! Northwest New Jersey and destinations just beyond those borders, in Pennsylvania and New York, are equally intriguing and convenient offer brilliant ways to get out and enjoy the pleasures of the season.

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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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Friday, 28-30; Morristown

The Folk Project

Sunday, 30; Hope

Bob Lanza at the Inn at Millrace Pond

BLUES AND CRAFT BREWS. Bob Lanza, Brother Buddha, and Slackjaw with great food, craft beers and vendors. 2pm. $15/ $10. 319 Hope Johnsonburg Rd. (Rt. 519).

Inn at Millrace Pond ; 908/459-4884

Sunday, 30; Oxford

WAYFARERS & COMPANY. Gospel music and old time songs, as well as a cappella arrangements of traditional music. 6pm. 8 Belvidere Ave..

Shippen Manor Museum ; 908/453-4381

Monday, 31; Hackettstown

AUTUMN LAMPLIGHT DINNER. The town’s impressive array of fine restaurants are showcased in a European style Piazza de la Moore', with live entertainment. 5pm - 9pm. $50 advance/ $55 door Couple $90/ $110 Table of 10 $450 advance only. Main Street Gazebo.

Hackettstown BID ; 908/850-5004


Wednesday, 2-6; Parsippany

LEAD EAST. Oldies music and old car weekend, 1,800 vintage cars. Parsippany Hilton, Route 10.

Appleton Productions; 908/876-9100

Friday, 4-7; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets ; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 5; Franklin

AUTUMN IN THE PERENNIAL GARDEN. Plant care and gardening techniques. 9 - 11am. $12. Colonial Park Perennial Garden (Parking Lot F).

Somerset County Park Commission; 732-873-2459

Saturday, 5; Port Murray

TEA TIME. Learn about teas from around the world includes customs, rituals, and a tasting of different specialties. 1:30 - 3:30pm. $30. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm ; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 5-6; Shawnee-On-Delaware

POCONO GARLIC FESTIVAL. Over 50 food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. Between tastes, enjoy a variety of Pocono-grown entertainment. With two outdoor stages, a children's activity area, education tent & multiple strolling acts, festival goers will enjoy a wide variety of non-stop live music & "garlic themed" novelty shows for the whole family. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain ; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 5-7; Frenchtown

Decoys and Wildlife Gallery ; 908/996-6501

Sunday, 6; Budd Lake

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL. The 31st annual heritage festival celebrates the Nordic regions: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden. Food, crafts, authentic gifts, entertainment, dancing, folkdress, vikings, kids' events, and renactors. 10am - 6pm. $14/ $11 advance sale. Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Rd.

Scandinavian Fest ; 610/417-1483

Tuesday, 8; Morristown

GREAT SWAMP BONSAI SOCIETY. Educational meetings, beginners welcome 7pm. Free. 353 East Hanover Ave..

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Sunday, 6; Oxford

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL. Hillbilly Folk Jazz 6pm. 8 Belvidere Ave..

Shippen Manor Museum ; 908/453-4381

Saturday, 12; Morristown

SILENT ART AUCTION. Art from 20+ renowned artists and photographers and tours of The Frelinghuysen Mansion are offered to raise funds for the Fosterfields' draft horses. Please call for tickets. 12 - 4pm. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Frelinghuysen Mansion, 353 East Hanover Avenue.

Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Mill; 973/512-3458

Friday, 11-13; Delaware Water Gap, PA

COTA Jazz and Arts; 570/424-2210

Friday, 11; Hackettstown

CREATIVE FALL CONTAINERS. Create wonderful unique fall containers using foliage and flowering plants. Pre-registration required 6:15pm. $35. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery ; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 12; Basking Ridge

FALL FESTIVAL. The 15th annual event will feature monarch butterflies with free food, demonstrations, arts and crafts, face painting, and exhibits. 10:30am - 3:30pm. Helen Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge ; 973/425-0215

Saturday, 12; Hampton

HAMPTON DAY. Lots of fun things to do for everyone, live music by the Snake Oil Willy band. 10am - 6pm. Free. Hampton Park; 1 Rumsey Way.

Spirit of the Arts Foundation; 973/975-2068

Saturday, 12; Hillsborough

SOURLAND SPECTACULAR BIKE RALLY. Cyclists come for the low traffic roads, lovely woods, scenic vistas , mountain streams and postcard-perfect farms.

Sourland Planning Council; 609/397-1233

Saturday, 12; Mendham

WILDLIFE ARTIST'S RECEPTION AND FUNDRAISER. Paintings and giclees by James Fiorentino available for purchase with 30% of proceeds to benefit Schiff. Reception includes wine & cheese, music and a chance to win a giclee. 6 - 9pm. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.

Schiff Nature Preserve ; 973/543-6004

Saturday, 12; 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 ; 973/292-2755

Saturday, 12; Sussex

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

Saturday, 12-13; Belvidere

Belvidere Victorian Days ; 908/310-4283 or email

Saturday, 12-13; Chester

42ND ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Over 200 tents filled with the finest handmade crafts. 10am - 5pm. $5. Municipal Field; Gazebo Park on Main Street.

Historic Chester Business Association ; 908/879-2900

Saturday, 12-13; Ringoes

SHEEP AND FIBER FESTIVAL. Sheep shows, shearing, spinners, vendors, artisans, food, children's activities, llamas, alpacas, fleece contest, photo contest, skein contest and more! 99am - 5pm. $10/carload, $5/single. Hunterdon County Fairgrounds.

Garden State Sheep Breeders; 908/730-7189

Sunday, 13; Clinton

DINOSAUR DAY. Help build a dinosaur on the museum terrace. 11am - 2pm. 7 Lower Center St..

Hunterdon Art Museum; 908/735-8415

Sunday, 13; Lake Hopatcong


Canal Society of New Jersey ; 973/292-2755

Sunday, 13; Morristown

Gran Fondo NJ; 973/538-7773

Sunday, 13; Morristown

THE D&R CANAL. Talk by Linda Barth. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum ; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 13; Walpack

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

Wildlife Art Studio; 973/948-3890

Monday, 14; Morristown

TOWPATHS AND TENDERS: CANALS IN NEW JERSEY. Children ages 5 to 8 will explore canals by building a canal model and boat. 1pm - 3pm. $8. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum ; 973/538-2404

Wednesday, 16; Morristown

GROW, COOK, EAT. Monthly garden series concentrates on melons, from spade to spatula. 7 - 8:30pm. $20/ $15 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum ; 973/326-7601

Thursday, 17; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery ; 908/852-7314

Thursday, 17; Lake Hopatcong

HALFWAY TO ST. PATS. Sinner or saint, this is the trip for you! Come aboard and dine on fine irish fare catered to you by Thatchers in Denville. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises ; 973/663-5000

Saturday, 19; Hackettstown

CURTAIN UP: A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN. Shadows of the 60s pays tribute to the tremendous legacy of The Four Tops, Temptations & Supremes. 8pm. $35/ $25. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company ; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 19; Parsippany

FALL FAMILY DAY. The museum’s biggest family program of the year is a day of old-fashioned family fun, including hayrides, pumpkin painting, and a museum open house. 12 - 4pm. $7 per child, adults accompanying children are free. . 2352 Route 10 West.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms ; 973/540-0311

Saturday, 19; Port Murray

PRESSED FLOWER WORKSHOPS. Dorothy Kovak & Linda Conrad, experienced artists, will lecture on the art of pressed flowers and botanicals. Design workshop follows at 1pm 10am - 3pm. Resv. req., $28 each workshop. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm ; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 19-20; Blairstown

TOWN WIDE YARD SALE. Proceeds support community charitable giving, scholarships, and military.

Blair Woman's Club; 908/459-4129

Saturday, 19-20; Millbrook Village

Millbrook Village Society/National Park Service ; 908/496-4458

Saturday, 19-20; Newton

Wilbur’s Country Store ; 908/362-8833

Saturday, 19-20; Raritan

JOHN BASILONE PARADE CELEBRATION. The annual event honors the World War II Marine hero with a parade, fireworks, and commemorative concerts. Boro of Raritan, LaGrange St to Somerset Street.

; 908/429-8868

Saturday, 19-20; Shawnee-On-Delaware, PA

Shawnee Mountain ; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 19-20; Stanhope

NJ Highlands Coalition; 973/588-7190

Sunday, 20; Hamilton

23RD ANNUAL NEW JERSEY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. Forty storytellers tell tales for all ages, morning storytelling workshops, tell your own story at the Story Slam at noon 12 - 6pm. Grounds For Sculpture 126 Sculptors Way.

New Jersey Storytelling Network; 973/625-8548

Sunday, 20; Lake Hopatcong

NFL CRUISE. Cruise the lake in fall splendor while watching some of the best division matchups in football along with a plentiful buffet including everything from savory wings to mouthwatering dessert. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises ; 973/663-5000

Sunday, 20; Morristown

POETS IN THE GARDEN. Guests are Cool Women 4pm. $8. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum ; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 20; Morristown

LOCALLY GROWN GALA. A celebration of local chefs, farmers and sustainability champions in the greater Morristown area. The evening includes a tasting dinner, open bar, auction, awards, live music and program guide. 4 - 7pm. $100. Hyatt Morristown.

Sustainable Morristown;

Sunday, 20; Morristown

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum ; 973/326-7601

Sunday, 20; Readington

5K TRAIL RUN AND 3K WALK FOR HUNGER. Benefits the NORWESCAP food bank. Pre-registration$25 - $30 day of race. Deer Path Park.

ShopRite of Hunterdon County; 908/454-4322

Monday, 21; Morristown

SARAH PARTRIDGE QUARTET. Jazz Showcase 8pm. $18/ $15 advance. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3706

Saturday, 26; Columbia

GARY STAPLES QUARTET. The second in a series of concerts in the barn at the historic homestead along the Delaware River. 6pm. Free. Ramsaysburg Rd, and Rt 46.

Knowlton Twp Historic Commission ; 908/475-5352

Saturday, 26; Hackettstown

DAVID BURGESS. One of today's outstanding guitarists, Burgess’s international appearances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him to concert halls throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. 8pm. $35/ $25. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company ; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 26; Hackettstown

PUMPKIN WORKSHOP. Make your home extra festive ~ and join us for a fun ‘design and create’ your own floral arrangement in a pumpkin!! Cost includes all materials and instruction. 12:15pm. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery ; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 26; Milford

MILFORD ALIVE. Music and arts festival in lovely river town. Live music, face painters, puppet shows, arts, demonstrations, fireworks. Wacky "bed race" at 2pm. Free. Bridge Street.

Milford Merchants Association; 908/995-4854

Saturday, 26; Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor Historical Society ; 973/975-0001

Saturday, 26; Port Murray

BACKYARD MEDICINE. Join Kerry Adams, a practicing herbalist of 35 years, for an indepth study of wild plants with medicinal value. Reservations required. 1 - 3pm. $22. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm ; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 26; Rocky Hill

D&R CANAL WALK. Hike 6.6 miles from Rocky Hill to Blackwells Mills Causeway (the meeting place) or choose the 3.1 - mile walk to Griggstown. 10am.

Canal Society of New Jersey ; 201/401-3121

Saturday, 26; 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 ; 973/292-2755

Saturday, 26; Walpack


Saturday, 26; Washington

FESTIVAL IN THE BOROUGH. Warren County’s largest music and street festival features three stages of entertainment with an array of musical genres, vendors, children's activities, rides, an assortment of food.

Washington Business Improvement District; 908/689-4800

Saturday, 26-27; Augusta

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200

Saturday, 26-27; Chester

OKTOBERFEST AND ANTIQUE CAR SHOW. 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, 26-27; 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..

Sterling Hill and Franklin Mineral Museums ; 973/827-3481

Sunday, 27; New Brunswick

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

Sunday, 27; West Milford

THE AMERICANA JUBILEE. Day and evening of historic American Roots Music and BBQ raises funds for the historic restoration of the Wallisch Farm. 12 - 9pm. Lodge at Ocawasin, 820 Macopin Road.

Friends of Wallisch Homestead;

Wednesday, 30; Morristown

7TH ANNUAL HERBAL VINEGAR WORKSHOP. Learn how to make a perfect salad accompaniment, grilling and basting blend, or dessert finisher! Herbs, bottles, labels, and trendy raffia ties are provided. Register by September 23. 7pm. $40. 353 East Hanover Ave..

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum ; 973/326-7601

Upcoming Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Shippen Manor Museum, Oxford

Sundays • SHIPPEN MANOR LAWN CONCERTS. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic supper, then relax and enjoy these evening concerts presented by the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

8 Belvidere Ave.. ; 908/453-4381

Ongoing Programs and Events

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

Morris Canal at Waterloo

Canal Society of New Jersey, Stanhope

Saturdays: August 29, September 12 and 26 and October 10 and Sunday, October 26 • WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS.

Waterloo Village. ; 973/292-2755

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): $7, Children: Free

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210