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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Monday, 18-23; Port Murray

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK. Visit the farm during this week and receive a 20% discount on all purchases. On Saturday, August 23, come take a guided Perennial Garden Tour at 11:00, as well as Herb Garden Tours at 12:00 and 2:00. On this day complimentary herbal refreshments will be served. Free admission and parking. Free admission and parking.. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Wednesday, 20; Morristown

GROW, COOK, EAT. Monthly garden series concentrates on Mizuna, Claytonia, Tatsoi and Mache; not your ordinary salad greens: 7 - 8:30pm. $20/ $15 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Wednesday, 20-24; Ringoes

HUNTERDON 4-H AND AGRICULTURAL FAIR. Old-fashioned country fair featuring 4-H youth and and adult shows and contests, amusement rides, tractors pulls, varied entertainment and all kinds of food. 10am - 10pm. Free, parking $10 per car. Fairgrounds, South County Park, Route 179.

Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, Inc.; 908/782-6809

Friday, 22; Lebanon

HUNTERDON COUNTY IN THE CIVIL WAR. Lecture held in the Pre-revolution Wade-Wycoff Barn. 7 - 8:30pm. $5. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Friday, 22; Sparta


SpartaArts Concert Series; 973/729-2383

Saturday, 23; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 23; Flemington

LEFTY MANN. Summer Music Series in the Courtyard. 1 - 4pm. 1 Church Street.

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 23; Morristown

Morristown National Historical Park; 973/543-4030

Saturday, 23; Sussex

TEDDY BEAR DAY. Any child that brings a teddy bear gets in free. Special demonstrations and Teddy Bear Magic Show. 218 Rt 519.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum; 973/875-5800

Saturday, 23; Wharton

Canal Day Association; 973/989-0237

Saturday, 23-24; Basking Ridge

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/766-2489

Saturday, 23-24; Stroudsburg, PA

Pocono State Craft Festival; 570/476-4460

Sunday, 24; Bridgewater

JOHN KUSE & THE EXCELLENTS AND BOB MIDANDA & THE HAPPENINGS. Double bill. 5:30 - 8:30pm. Free. Duke Island Park, Old York Road.

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/722-1200

Sunday, 24; Oxford

CHURCH POINT RIOT. Cajun/Zydeco 5pm. 8 Belvidere Ave..

Shippen Manor Museum; 908/453-4381

Wednesday, 27; Morristown

NICKI PARROTT. 8pm. $18/ $15 advance. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3706

Wednesday, 27; Pittstown

Snyder Research Farm; 908/730-9419

Wednesday, 27-31; Parsippany

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

Appleton Productions; 908/876-9100

Friday, 29-30; Morristown

UKULELE FESTIVAL. This festival will interest long-time uke players, beginning uke players and anyone who has ever been curious about the instrument. Friday night, $15; Saturday day and night, $65; both days, $75. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd..

The Folk Project

Friday, 29-1; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 30; Flemington

FUN IN THE SUN. Summer Music Series in the Courtyard. 1 - 4pm. 1 Church Street .

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 30; Millington

The Raptor Trust; 908/647-1091

Saturday, 30; 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, 30-31; Shawnee-On-Delaware

POCONO GARLIC FESTIVAL. Celebrating 20 years of Pocono grown garlic, this year's festival will feature over sixty unique vendors including garlic growers, skilled artisans and one of a kind garlic dishes. 10 - 6pm. $10/ $7.50 advance; 2 day: $15/13. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 30-1; Frenchtown

Decoys and Wildlife Gallery; 908/996-6501

Sunday, 31; Budd Lake

Scandinavian Fest; 610/417-1483

Sunday, 31; Oxford

HOT SEATS. String Band Modern 5pm. 8 Belvidere Ave..

Shippen Manor Museum; 908/453-4381


Monday, 1; Flemington

BOARDWALK BUDDIES. Summer Music Series in the Courtyard. 1 - 4pm. 1 Church Street .

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Friday, 5-7; Delaware Water Gap, PA

COTA Jazz and Arts; 570/424-2210

Saturday, 6; Basking Ridge

FALL FESTIVAL. The 14th annual event will have a wilderness theme with free food, demonstrations, arts and crafts, face painting, and exhibits. 10am - 3pm. Helen Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; 973/425-0215

Saturday, 6; Dingmans Ferry, PA

WILDERNESS SKILLS HIKE. Build a shelter, try your hand at fire making, and learn other useful skills for survival. 2pm - 4pm. $20. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 6; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 6; 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, 6; Port Murray

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

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 6-7; Belvidere

Belvidere Victorian Days; 908/475-4124

Saturday, 6-7; Chester

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-2900

Saturday, 6-7; Morristown

Gran Fondo NJ; 973/538-7773

Saturday, 6-7; Ringoes

20TH ANNUAL 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

Saturday, 6-7; 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 Assn; 908/689-4800

Sunday, 7; Morristown

MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL. The nonprofit theatre company, Chinese Theater Works, presents a shadow puppetry performance of “Tiger Tales” to celebrate the Chinese traditional Mid Autumn Moon Festival 1pm. $3. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7603

Sunday, 7; Oxford

PADDY & PALE BOYS. Irish Pub Music 5pm. 8 Belvidere Ave..

Shippen Manor Museum; 908/453-4381

Friday, 12-14; Somerville

CENTRAL JERSEY JAZZ FESTIVAL. Three days of jazz in Flemington (Friday), New Brunswick (Saturday) and Somerville (Sunday).


Saturday, 13; Bedminster

DAN CAMPANELLI. Reception for the artist, whose work is being displayed 2 - 4pm. 285 Lamington Rd..

Lamington General Store; 908/439-2034

Saturday, 13; Hackettstown

PAUL REISER. Stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Paul Reiser re-emerges on the comedy scene with his quick wit and comedic talent in this 2014-2015 season kick off 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 13; 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, 13-14; Newton

WILBUR’S COUNTRY CRAFT FAIR. Fifty craftspeople and artists from four states, held in charming country setting. 10am - 4:30pm. 735 Route 94.

Wilbur’s Country Store; 908/362-8833

Sunday, 14; Clinton

BLACKSMITH HAMMER-IN & TOOL SWAP. 10am - 4pm. $9. Red Mill, 56 Main St..

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Sunday, 14; Somerset

Meadows Foundation;

Sunday, 14; Walkill

HARVEST FESTIVAL. wine tasting before dinner. a full course family style dinner, dessert, coffee, wine on every table. 12 - 5pm. $60/person. 172 Strawbridge Road.

Wayne Lions Club; 973/628-8545

Future Events...

Ongoing Concerts and Theater

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison

August 6-August 24 • THE ALCHEMIST. This rowdy, bawdy, lunatic comedy, by Ben Jonson, about con men in 1610 shows how little has changed about greed or gullibility in the affairs of mankind.

F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre 36 Madison Avenue. ; 973/408-3807

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

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, Newton

July 12-August 2 • CELEBRATE SUMMER ART EXHIBIT. 10am - 4pm.

133 Spring St. ; 973/383-0027