SCOTCH & CHOCOLATE. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..
SWING INTO THE ARTS AND DANCE WITH THE STARS. Dinner, dance competition and auction fundraiser. 6 - 11pm. $110 pp. Skyview Golf Club, 226 Lafayette Rd.
FESTIVAL OF BOOKS. Authors will speak and answer questions at one of several convenient Morristown locations. Book sales and signings, following author presentations, will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. Vail Mansion.
ANNUAL PIG ROAST. A fun filled day of great food, your favorite wines, live music. 1 - 4pm. $45 pp, advance sale only; wine available by the glass, $5.. 594 State Highway 94.
BLAST FROM THE PAST CRUISE. Use your imagination to experience the lake circa 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Taste the food that the hotels had to offer, listen to the music that the amusement parks played on the weekends. Narration by Lake Hopatcong’s very own historian, Marty Kane. 11am - 1pm. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..
FERNS AND THEIR SHADY FRIENDS. Both common and uncommon types will be discussed and shown in a slide presentation. Fern life cycles, propagation and companion plants will be covered as well. 10am. $15 members / $20 non-members. 353 East Hanover Ave..
EDGAR WINTER BAND. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.
THE LORD STIRLING 1770S FESTIVAL. Revolutionary War military detachment camps and conducts maneuvers, while Colonial trades and crafts, hayrides, clay crafts, stenciling, and toy making deploy on the lawns of the former Lord Stirling estate, who lived on the site and served under General George Washington. 11:30am - 4:30pm. $5. 190 Lord Stirling Road.
THE SEEING EYE DOGGY DASH. There will be a leisurely walk, followed by a dog pageant, a costume contest, music, food, a raffle, and more. The first 300 registrants get a free goodie bag. 11am - 2pm. 10 Washington Valley Road.
ANNUAL AUTUMN LEAVES HIKE . Guided group hike. Pre-register with leader, Kevin Mitchell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 - 3:30pm. Free. 50 Neilson Road.
EXPLORE THE TRAILS: VACATION DAY PROGRAM. If you are not celebrating Rosh Hashanah at home, explore the trails of Schiff with a naturalist on your day off of school. Play the trail games for which Schiff is famous! Ages 6+. Advance registration required 9am. Members $10; nonmembers $15. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.
ANNUAL WINE TASTING EVENT. Sample over forty wines from around the world and premium craft beers. Free wine glass for the first 100 registrants. Silent auction and rubber duck race for 50/50. Rain date 10/9/16. Must be 21 or older to register. 2 - 5pm. $30 prepaid, $35 door. Warren County Rod and Gun Club, 279 Asbury Bloomsbury Rd..
SUSSEX COUNTY HARVEST, HONEY AND GARLIC FESTIVAL. The seventh annual countywide autumn celebration includes farmers market, family activities, craft demonstrations, agricultural exhibits and vendors. We’ll have a farmers market with Sussex County and Jersey Fresh products like fruit, veggies, flowers and wine. The Sussex County Beekeepers Assoc. will have educational displays, materials and an array of honey products. For those who love all things garlic, we’ll have the Garden State Garlic Growers. The Festival will also have displays and info from organizations highlighting northern New Jersey's open spaces and history. There will be activities like scarecrow making for the kids and vendors for adults. 10am - 4pm. Free. Sussex County Fairgrounds.
FIRST UMC OF BLAIRSTOWN 205TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. The celebration will include live music, chicken barbecue, children’s activities, exotic animals, and vendors. 1 - 9pm. Free. 10 Stillwater Road.
HALF ANNIE. A group of three women guitarists and singers, will give a benefit concert for Haven of Hope for Kids 7pm. 346 High Street.
THE COURTSHIP OF BETSY SCHUYLER AND ALEXANDER HAMILTON. During the Revolutionary War, a young and dashing Alexander Hamilton, General George Washington’s aide-de-camp at the Ford Mansion, spent the winter and spring in Morristown while his future wife, Betsy Schuyler, was nearby at the home of the Campfields. Hear the romantic tale of their courtship from members of the D.A.R., the conservators of the c. 1760 Schuyler-Hamilton House. This tour will only be given once this year. 10am & 1pm. $15. Schuyler-Hamilton House, Five Olyphant Place.
AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET. This exciting three-part performance includes Rite of Spring, inspired by revolutionary works by Ballets Russes. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
FALL HARVEST CELEBRATION & AMELIA EARHART. Pat Jordan from the American Historical Theatre will portray Earhart in captivating stories of this inspirational woman. 6 - 9pm. $67. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.
BARN DANCE. Dance the night away at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead! No experience is necessary for this family-friendly event! 7 - 9pm. $5. Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road.
AUTUMN TIMBER FESTIVAL. Lumberjack competitions, blacksmith demos by Jim Doherty, saw mill demos, chainsaw sculptures, K-9 dog shows, live music, childrenâ s activities and food & craft vendors galore. 11am - 5pm. $12-$15. 401 Hollow Road.
PATHWAYS OF HISTORY MUSEUM TOUR. Visit northern Morris County landmark sites. A brochure and map will be available at each venue. 10am - 4pm. Free.
WEEKEND JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST. Twenty-six historic sites countywide will be open free to visitors featuring tours led by costumed interpreters and actors portraying historical figures, special collections and exhibitions, and a seemingly unending variety of activities for public involvement and enjoyment. Among the many offerings:
Enjoy old-time silent-movie shorts, complete with live organ music, at the Brook Theatre in downtown Bound Brook.
Witness authentic, traditional blacksmithing at the Old Millstone Forge in Millstone.
At the Gen. John Frelinghuysen House (Raritan Public Library), learn how soap was made during the period when the Frelinghuysens lived there, with quest presenter Hayley McHendry discussing the process of soap-making and how it has changed over the years.
Learn about 18th-century relationships such as “wooing,” wedding rites and traditions of the Irish and Dutch along with live fiddling and participatory dance at the Van Horne House.
Enjoy live theatre and more live music, including a strolling troubadour singing songs of the American Revolution, at the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead in Basking Ridge.
Children are invited to enjoy SNAG® Golf and a scavenger hunt in the U.S. Golf Association Museum in Bernards. The USGA also will host a hickory-putting demonstration in authentic costume and presentations on the history of the Pope Mansion, now the USGA headquarters; for those interested in the science behind the game of golf, take a guided tour of the USGA equipment standards lab.
Learn about 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus, and the trials and tribulations of fighting fires decades ago, at the Relief Hose Co. No. 2 Engine House in Raritan and the Somerville Fire Museum.
Drawing for Prizes: Adults visiting four or more participating historic sites during this weekend event will qualify for a free drawing to win one of several $25 prepaid gasoline gift cards.
10am - 5pm. Free.
SUSSEX COUNTY HERITAGE WEEKEND. Self-guided tour provides an opportunity to visit a number of historical sites and museums 133 Spring St., Newton.
OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY FAIR. Activities and demonstrations celebrating conservation and country life on a beautiful 170 acre wildlife preserve 11:30am - 4:30pm. $25 per vehicle. Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road.
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER 2016 ART AUCTION & CLOSING RECEPTION. The evening will feature a live auction of the Dog Days of Summer sculptures. The event will also feature a silent auction of animal themed art, live music and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, 11th Hour Rescue. 5 - 8pm. $25 Donation. Sage Day Hall, 215 Hill Street.
LAKE LOOP. Come enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Hopatcong on a 20, 40 or 62 mile scenic bike ride, and/or 1.5 mile or 5K adventure trail run/walk and/or a beautiful paddle on the lake itself. NEW this year we have added a dog walk. 8am - 4pm. 260 Lakeside Blvd.
JAZZ AND PIG ROAST. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and relax in our paradise for an autumn afternoon with a free concert by the Mitchell Cheng Trio 1 - 4pm. 369 Stamets Road.
WANTAGE TOWNSHIP 9TH ANNUAL VETERANS MEMORIAL CAR, TRUCK & BIKE SHOW. Food, live music, 50/50, tricky tray. Proceeds benefit Welcome Home Vets Fund of New Jersey Inc. 11am - 4pm. Woodbourne Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road.
PARIS WASHBOARD. 8pm. $20/ $17 advance. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..
OKTOBERFEST. For a delicious meal and festive experience on the lake, join us for a lavish buffet-style meal prepared specially for you. The selections are sure to delight, from Saurbraten to Spatzel. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..
D-GENERATION – AN EXALTATION OF LARKS. Puppet theater piece explores creativity and communication in people with late-stage dementia. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
40TH ANNUAL MORRISTOWN CRAFTMARKET. Juried artists display extraordinary, one-of-a-kind works in jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, wood, metal, wearable fiber, and more. Proceeds benefit not-for-profit organizations. 12pm - 5pm. National Guard Armory, 430 Western Avenue.
ROCKTOBERFEST. Five bands, including Darren DeMarco, The Gully Hubbards, Run A Muck, The Receptors, & Gypsy Rose 2pm. $10. 1090 State Route 173.
CRYSTAL BOWERSOX. 8pm. $35 - $40. 30 Main Street.
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.
FAR HILLS RACE MEETING. The 96th running of this prestigious steeplechase horse race benefits Somerset Medical Center. 8. Moorland Farms.
HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR FOR POHATCONG TOWNSHIP. Explore an eclectic mix of stone and clapboard structures dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. 10 - 4. $25 / $55 winery train. Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 627.
GHOSTLY REVELATIONS AT THE FORD MANSION . Photos, audio recordings, developing theories, and information collected from a paranormal study of the Ford Mansion, General George Washington’s home for 200 days in 1780, and the Jacob Ford family’s home for three generations. 10am. $15. Schuyler-Hamilton House, Five Olyphant Place.
6TH ANNUAL SCHOLARS SYMPOSIUM. Presentations will focus broadly on topics related to American Art Pottery and will specifically highlight the rich history of Newcomb pottery. 9am - 12:30pm. 2352 Route 10 West.
PLANT MEDICINE. Learn how to make your own creams and salves for topical applications. 1 - 3pm. $24. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
STILLWATER FALL FESTIVAL. Hayrides, crafters, food, pumpkins, antiques, pony rides, games. 11am - 4:30pm. Stillwter School.
CHESTER'S 33RD ANNUAL HARVEST CELEBRATION. Enjoy this free two-day event with live entertainment, games, pumpkin carving, antique car show, apple press. Don’t miss the Soup and Chili chef competition on Saturday! 11 - 5. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.
POCONO FOOD TRUCK & ART FESTIVAL. 30 food trucks from the Pocono Mountains, New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. The Hope Lodge will house 60+ artists and artisans on two floors. 11am - 5pm. $8-$10. 401 Hollow Road.
HOUSTON PERSON. with Dave Leonhardt Trio. 3pm. $30/ $25 advance. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).
RIVERSIDE FALL FESTIVAL. Music, storytelling by the campfire, pumpkin painting, corn husk dolls, wine tasting, tours of the Ramsaysburg Homestead historic site, refreshments. 1 - 3pm. Route 46 and Ramsaysburg Road.
AUTUMN HOUSE TOUR. Historic public and private sites and canal walks. 11pm - 5pm. $25/ $20 advance. Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Rt. 29.
SUNDAY MORNING FITNESS HIKE. A brisk 5-mile hike over varied terrain across the Preserve offered the 3rd Sunday of each month. Hikers meet at McVickers Brook parking lot at 239 Pleasant Valley Road. Advance registration required 8am. Free for Schiff members; $10 per person for non-members. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.
MURDER ON THE NILE. Aquila Theatre 4pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
VAN CAMPEN DAY. Tours of the eighteenth-century Van Campen Inn presented by costumed guides, music provided by the Colonial Musketeers Fife and Drum Corps, colonial crafts, re-enacted encampment and hikes to Fort Shapanack, the slave cemetery, and Shapanack cemetery. 10 - 5. Old Mine Road.
ARACHNIDS. Much like bats and black cats, spiders are a symbol of Halloween, but what makes them so scary? Learn about some of the spiders that make New Jersey their home and what the wolf spider looks like. 10am - 5:30pm. $15. 11 Layton Rd.
BADI ASSAD. Transcending traditional styles of native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and ethnic sounds from around the world 12 & 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
PUMPKINFEST. Enjoy a night of magic with face painting, balloon artists, horse-drawn hay rides and more.
SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL. 10 - 6. $10. Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr..
FALL FAMILY FUN DAY ( SPECIAL NEEDS FOCUS). Offering fun, free educational mentorships for parents; plus crafts, workshops, and student enrollment opportunities for all children; ages 5-10 years of age; as well as STEM explanations for the public to understand: what is "Next Generation Science" 12 - 2:30pm. Echo Hills Lodge- 42 Lilac Place.
NIGHT HIKE. Explore the night woods through a guided hike and activities designed to attune your senses to the quiet of the forest. Itâ s a good time of the year to hear owls calling. Ages 8+. Advance registration required 7pm. Members $10; nonmembers $15. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.
OCTIVITIES. From 3-6 pm, village buildings will be open with self-guided tours and historic demonstrations, and a variety of seasonal crafts will be offered for children including apple-head and corn husk dolls. Beginning at 6:30 pm, park rangers and volunteers will offer guided tours of the village by lantern light and storytelling around a crackling campfire. Tours begin in the parking lot and run every half hour. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes. Light refreshments will be available during the event. Free. Old Mine Road & Cty Route 602.
THE CAPITOL STEPS. A unique blend of music and political comedy. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
SOAP MAKING. Choose from a varied selection of fragrant essential oils and herbs – to create your own specialty soap. 1 - 3pm. $35. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.
BRIGADE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION RE-ENACTMENT. Watch re-enactors portraying Continental soldiers, Hessians, and militiamen build fortifications, practice drilling, maneuver artillery, and even skirmish with British Redcoats! $5. Vanderveer House, 955 US Highway 202/206.
RICKIE LEE JONES. 7pm. 234 Spring Street.
FRANK VIGNOLA TRIO WITH JON-ERIC KELSO. 8pm. $20/ $17 advance. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..
FALL FEST DOG DAYCARE PARTY. Apple Bobbing, Hay Maze, Costume Party, Photo Booth and more! Call to reserve your dogâ ’s spot today $69.95-200.00. 120 Sand Spring Road.
MURDER MYSTERY. Experience a fun and interactive play which follows the life of Miss Lotta Crabtree. Who will make it to shore alive? There is only one way to find out… 7 - 9pm. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..
AN ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE. Learn about our solar system with professional astronomer Paul Cirello. View breathtaking celestial photographs and discover how to identify constellations and locate planets. Advance registration required 7pm. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.
KICK. Follow former Rockette Bernie from a kick line to "A Chorus Line" to Hollywood and back in a powerful one woman show that weaves a tale with wisdom and humor. 8pm. Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHT. Enjoy the holiday without the crowds on this two hour cocktail cruise. Costumes highly encouraged! 6 - 8pm. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..
A MILLER'S HALLOWEEN. Create corn husk dolls, color pumpkins, and play old time games. 1 - 3pm. 66 Route 24.
THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Composer-conductor Benoît Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original score, in tandem with a screening of the outrageous and universally acclaimed animated film, The Triplets of Belleville. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
OPEN HEARTH COOKING. Demonstration of open hearth cooking on the H.P.S.P. Interpretive Center fireplace. Enjoy a sample tastings of delectable soups, meats, and desserts all cooked fireside. Seasonal crafts for children. Rain or shine. 11am - 3pm. Free, $5 donation per famiy appreciated. High Point State Park, 1480 State Route 23.
BRICKFAIR NJ 2016. A fun family LEGO event for all ages. 11am - 4pm. $12. Garden State Expo Center, 50 Atrium Drive.
TRICKK OR TREAT. Join us for a free, safe, fun-filled afternoon for the whole family with decorated cars, candy, costumes and refreshments. 3 - 4:30pm. Free. Rt 15 & 385 Houses Corner Rd.
September 9-October 1 • DEATHTRAP. Deathtrap is about a writer of Broadway thrillers. The plot twists and turns with devilish cleverness, and with an abundance of thrills and laughter keeping audiences enthralled until the final startling moments of the play. Fri, Sat 8pm & Sun 2pm$20.
October 7-October 23 • SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY. 8pm.
October 5-November 6 • RICHARD III. Since the recent discovery of the remains of the real Richard III, both the real life monarch and Shakespeare’s monstrous version of him have been much talked about.
Saturdays • NATURE WALKS. Hike the Paulinskill Valley Trail. Hike different sections with various themes. Hikes leave from Kittatinny SP, Warbasse Jct., or Footbridge Park in Blairstown. Free.
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.
Saturdays • PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT UACNJ OBSERVATORY. Astronomy presentations followed by observing sessions, weather permitting.
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.
Sundays • SKYLANDS MANOR TOURS. Free guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of each month, March through November at 2pm.
September 1-September 30 • FEATURED ART OF THE MONTH. All artists are featured in celebration of the gallery’s fifteenth anniversary. Reception September 10.
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