Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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Having family and friends for Thanksgiving weekend? Wondering what to do with them come Friday while the turkey soup simmers? Here are a couple ideas... Keep an eye on ourcalendar and Think Skylands for the Holidays!


Friday, 16; Far Hills

THANKFUL LIGHTS. Participants will create their own lantern decorated with a personalized message and attached to an illuminated float that will be released on Buck Garden’s Lower Pond. 5 - 6:30pm. $15. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Friday, 16; Newton

RENAISSANCE. Annie Haslam’s still there. 8pm. $44 - $59. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Saturday, 17; Augusta

Northwest Christian School; 973/383-9713

Saturday, 17; Blairstown

Blairstown Enhancement Committee; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 17; Branchburg

CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE. Handmade crafts, door prizes, bake sale, refreshments, 50/50 raffle, and free parking. Benefits students and charitable donations. 10am - 3pm. $1, children free. Central School, 220 Baird Rd.

Branchburg Womans’ Club; 908/866-1824

Saturday, 17; Flemington

THE HISTORIC LENAPE LIFESTYLE, LIVING WITH NATURE. The ancestral Lenape who once lived in New Jersey made the most of the native plants around them for food, shelter, and medicine. Ages 8-adult. Pre-registration required. 3 - 4pm. $5. 42 Lilac Drive.

Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation; 908/782-1158

Saturday, 17; Morristown

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO. Mexico’s most revered traditional dance company. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Sunday, 18; Allamuchy

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894 x338

Sunday, 18; Basking Ridge

SONGS OF THE GAELS HARP. Concert with James Ruff 2 - 3:30pm. $20. 450 King George Road.

Farmstead Arts; 908/636-7576

Friday, 23-24; Port Murray

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 24; Blairstown

JINGLE ON MAIN. Join us once again for a wonderful small-town tradition, featuring vendors, music, kids crafts, food and, of course, Santa in his own Winter Wonderland. Official Blairstown tree lighting! 12 - 5pm. Main Street.

Blairstown Business Association; 908/362-1214

Saturday, 24; Bridgewater

HOLIDAY SWAG WORKSHOP. Colonial Park Gardens' creative staff will guide you while you work with materials such as fresh pine, fir, boxwood, cedar, and arborvitaes. 10 - 11:30am. $35, pre-reg by 11/19. 355 Milltown Road.

North Branch Park; 908/722-1200 x5721

Weekends; November 24 - December 2; Bedminster

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS. Museum tours, holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans, festive music, period decorations, reenactors, Santa visits. 10am - 4pm. Vanderveer House, 3055 River Road, River Road Park.

Friends of Jacobus Vanderveer House; 908/396-6053

Sunday, 25; Dingmans Ferry, PA

ANIMAL TRACKING. Explore our natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, chew marks, and other signs animals leave as they travel through the fields and forests of the Poconos. 10am - 12pm. $5. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 25; Morristown

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Everyone's favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production live on stage. 1pm. $56. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 802/255-1826

Tuesday, 27; Port Murray

CHRISTMAS EVERGREEN WREATH. Create your own fresh evergreen 16 wreath using various types of pine and holly.Reservations required. 7 - 9pm. $39. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Thursday, 29; Washington

Former Asbury Graphite buildings serve as the Musconetcong Watershed Association’s River Resource Center and future interpretive center and office space at the mill (above).

ASBURY MILL DINNER. Celebrate the Asbury Mill restoration progress at a fundraiser dinner. 6 - 9pm. $75. Hawk Pointe Golf Club, 4 Clubhouse Drive.

Musconectong Watershed Association; 908/537-7060


Saturday, 1; Blairstown

PETER KARP AND THE ROADSHOW. 8pm. $25 – $30. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 1; High Bridge


Borough of High Bridge; 908/638-6455

Saturday, 1; Morristown

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Saturday, 1; North Branch

A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS. Word-renowned violinist Eileen Ivers and her band joyfully perform a program of American and Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites. 8pm. $25 & $35. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 1; Parsippany

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Holiday shopping, live music, light refreshments, and a fun kids’ craft. One day only 10am - 4pm. free-$10. 2352 Route 10 West.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms; 973/540-0311

Saturday, 1; Port Murray

CHRISTMAS EVERGREEN WREATH. Create your own fresh evergreen 16 wreath using various types of pine and holly.Reservations required. 10am - 2pm. $39. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 1; Princeton

PRINCETON BATTLEFIELD SOCIETY EDUCATION FORUM: SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS IN PRINCETON WINTER 1776 TO 1777. Four noted historians discuss ten crucial days during the winter of 1776 to 1777. 1:30 - 5pm. 55 Stockton Street.

Morven Museum & Garden; 609/924-8144

Saturday, 1-2; Wantage

Friends of Lusscroft Farm; 973-288-2760

Saturday, 1-9; Belvidere

GODSPELL. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. 114 Greenwich St..

Country Gate Players; 908/475-1104

Weekends, Dec. 1 - 9; Walpack

Walpack Historical Society; 973/948-4903

Sunday, 2; Basking Ridge

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. 1 - 5pm. $20. 450 King George Road.

Farmstead Arts; 908/636-7576

Sunday, 2; Stanton

DUTCH CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE. Open hearth cooking, colonial musicians and Sinterklass. 1 - 4pm. Free, donations welcome. Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Tuesday, 4; Harmony

FATHER CHRISTMAS AT THE FARMSTEAD. Children of all ages can visit with Father Christmas by the fire in the summer kitchen. 5 - 7pm. Free. Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead, 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).

Harmony Historic Preservation Commission; 908/213-1600

Tuesday, 4; Princeton

Morven Museum & Garden; 609/924-8144

Thursday, 6; Flemington

CONIFERS AT CHRISTMAS. Take a walk through our gardens to discover how many different evergreens grow here at the Arboretum. Conifers are an ancient & diverse group of trees, but are all conifers evergreens? 12:30pm - 1:30pm. $3. Echo Hill, 42 Lilac Drive.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Friday, 7; North Branch

THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER. Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dances have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. 4 & 8pm. $40 & %40. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 7-8; Parsippany

CANDLELIGHT TOURS. Explore early 20th century holiday traditions and Gustav Stickley's own ideas about the season on special after-hours guided Candlelight Tours of the decorated Log House. 5:30 - 7pm. $5 Member; $12 Non-Member. 2352 Route 10 West.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms; 973/540-0311

Saturday, 8; Port Murray

HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE. Using holly and various types of fresh greens, create a delightful centerpiece for your holiday table. 10am - 2pm. $39. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 8; Port Murray

EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS TREE. Create a long-lasting festive tree for your holiday table using fresh boxwood, holly, and assorted winter greens. 1:30 - 3:30pm. $45. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 8-9;

15TH ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR. Purchase gifts that support ten local and international charities. Plus fair trade items: handcrafted clothing, accessories, kitchen, and décor 8:30am. 21 Normandy Heights Rd.

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship; 973/540-1177

Sunday, 9; Allamuchy

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894 x338

Sunday, 9; Delaware

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. Music, refreshments and tree lighting at Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site. 1 - 3pm. Route 46 and Ramseyburg Road.

Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead; 908/496-4273

Sunday, 9; Newton

GLEN MILLER ORCHESTRA. 3pm. $29 - $44. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 14; Ringwood

The New Weis Center; 973/835-2160

Friday, 14-16; Hackettstown

THE NUTCRACKER. New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet. Lackland Center, 715 Grand Avenue.

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Sunday, 30; Ringwood

MUSIC AT MIDVALE: ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC. Showcase your special musical talent in the tradition of music halls and hootanannies of yesteryear. 3 - 5pm. Free.. 150 Snake Den Road.

The New Weis Center; 973/835-2160

Monday, 31; Morristown

First Night Morris; 973-455-0708

Upcoming Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison

October 24-November 18 • CHARLEY’S AUNT. Part Oscar Wide, part Fawlty Towers, with a dash of South American spice.

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

Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown

November 9-November 18 • BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR. This memory play is the celebrated story of the World War I flying ace, credited with 72 victories and billed as the top pilot in the British Empire.

6 Normandy Heights Rd.. ; 973/971-3700

The Folk Project, Morristown

MINSTREL CONCERT SERIES. Shows every Friday, presenting traditional American and ethnic "folk" music, as well as music of contemporary, primarily acoustic songwriters. The second Friday of the month is an open stage/audition night. 7:30pm. $10 adults; children 12 and under free.

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. ; 973/335-9489

Ongoing Programs and Events

4 Track Bike Hike and Hobby, Blairstown

15 Main St . ; 908-362-5699

Paulinskill Valley Trail, Andover to Columbia

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

Paulinskill Vally Trail Committee; 908/684-4820

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center , Oxford

; 908/637-4125

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

Gallery 23, Blairstown

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

Morristown National Historical Park Morristown

The Discover History Center at the Washington Museum

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210

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