Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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March

Saturday, 25; Belvidere

BACKYARD BEEKEEPING. How to get started 10 - 11:30am. $10. County Admin Building, 165 CR 519 South.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension; 908/475-6507

Saturday, 25; Blairstown

Foodshed Alliance; 908-362-7967

Saturday, 25; Blairstown

Knot Just Flies;

Saturday, 25; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 25; Madison

A FESTIVAL OF MUSIC 3 TO BENEFIT THE SEEING EYE. Beacon Hill Musicians is returning to the stage with our third annual benefit concert. 7:30 - 9:30pm. Drew University Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, 36 Madison Avenue.

The Seeing Eye; 973/539-4425

Saturday, 25; Morristown

Canal Society of New Jersey; 973/292-2755

Saturday, 25; Sparta

ANNUAL FUND RAISING BANQUET. Raffles, silent auctions for fishing gear, guided trips, jewelry support restoration of Sparta Glen. Open bar, 6pm, dinner, 7:30. $62. Perona Farms, Andover-Sparta Rd.

Trout Unlimited; 908/850-8773

Saturday, 25-26; Wantage

MAPLE SUGARING OPEN HOUSE. Learn how sap becomes delicious maple syrup. Ongoing demonstrations of tapping the trees, collecting the sap, and operating the evaporator. Fresh maple syrup available for purchase. 10am - 3pm. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farm; 973/262-4732

Sunday, 26; Allamuchy

CHICO MENDOZA LATIN JAZZ SEXTET. 3pm. $30/ $25 advance. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 26; Hackettstown

MOE - TION DANCE THEATER. 8pm. Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Sunday, 26; North Branch

CHE MALAMBO. Argentine-based company excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming and singing. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 30; North Branch

Raritan Valley Community College; 908/526-1200

April

Saturday, 1; Basking Ridge

POLLINATORS IN PERIL – NATIVES TO THE RESCUE!. discover why some native plants are more important to butterflies and moths and how people can help increase the numbers in the home garden. 2 - 3pm. $7. 190 Lord Stirling Road.

Environmental Education Center; 908/766-2489

Saturday, 1; Blairstown

DON KINCAID AND THE WAIT. 8pm. $25 - $30. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 1; Chester

OPENING DAY AT COOPER GRISTMILL. Join in celebrating the beginning of our 38th season 10am - 5pm. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 1; Clinton

MILITARY REENACTMENT DAY. Civil War and Revolutionary War reenactments on site in conjunction with our WWI centennial exhibition opening on April 6th. Free to all active military, veterans and their families. 10am - 4pm. Red Mill, 56 Main St..

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Saturday, 1; Hackettstown

NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY. The dances of Nai - Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American spirit with the grace and splendor of the Asian soul. 2pm. Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 1; Randolph

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms; 973/540-0311

Saturday, 1-2; Oxford

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND FISHERMAN’S FLEA MARKET. Activities include kids trout fishing, shotgun and archery ranges, crafts and other kids activities, wildlife artists and conservation groups, a fishing flea market and more! 10am - 4pm. Free. 605 Pequest Rd..

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center ; 908/637-4125

Sunday, 2; North Branch

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS. The best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 6; Morristown

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE: SWAN LAKE. 7:30pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 7; Newton

SHEMEKIA COPELAND. The New Queen of Blues! 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 7; West Milford

COMEDY NIGHT. Three comedians, BYOB and snacks. 8. $30.

; 201/306-1174

Saturday, 8;

TROUT SEASON OPENS. Don’t forget your 2017 fishing license!

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Saturday, 8; East Rutherford

8TH ANNUAL WALK WITH ME AND 5K RUN. A fun-filled day for kids, adults, families and friends to raise funds for people living with disabilities and special needs in our local communities. 9am.

Easterseals New Jersey; 732/257-6662

Saturday, 8; Hillsborough

SOURLANDS SMACKDOWN. New Jersey’s only outdoor bouldering competition is a fun day for participants and spectators. 9am.

Sourland Mountain Preserve; 908/231-0802

Saturday, 8; Hope

Hope Township Environmental Commission; 908/459-5011

Saturday, 8; Mendham

FIGHT INVASIVES. GO NATIVE!. The ten most common invasive plants found in Morris County and various methods for their removal. 10 - 11am. $12/ $8. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Saturday, 8; North Branch

BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL. Master improvisers gather made-up hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 8-9; Bound Brook

Friends of the Abraham Staats House;

Sunday, 9; Ledgewood

DRAKESVILLE OPEN HOUSE. Tours of King Canal Store, King House Museum and Main Street, Drakesville historic district. 1 - 4pm. Free. 209-213 Main Street.

Roxbury Historic Trust; 973/584-1457

Sunday, 9; Milford

MATZOH MAKING WORKSHOP. Make "Biblical" matzoh in our wood-fired oven. $15. 369 Stamets Road.

Bobolink Dairy and Bakeyard; 973/764-4888

Sunday, 9; Wantage

Friends of Lusscroft Farm; 973/702-2289

Thursday, 13; High Bridge

Wild Ridge Plants; 908/319-7230

Thursday, 13; Newton

CARBON LEAF. Ether-Electrified Porch Music. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Saturday, 15; Blairstown

CHRIS BERGSON BAND. 8pm. $25 - $30. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 15; Morristown

THE ILLUSIONISTS: LIVE FROM BROADWAY. 4:30 & 7:30pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 15; Newton

DEL & DAWG. Del McCoury and David Grisman 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 21; Bernardsville

CROAKS, TRILLS, AND SPLASHES!. Start with a short slide presentation of the frogs of the sanctuary, and then we’ll head out with flashlights, buckets, and nets to the ponds. 7 - 8:30pm. 11 Hardscrabble Road .

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary; 908/396-7409

Friday, 21; Blairstown

KINKY FREIDMAN. 8pm. $25 - $30. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 22;

EARTH DAY.

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Saturday, 22;

CAREGIVERS CONFERENCE IN SUSSEX COUNTY. Free event for caregivers featuring three workshops, free breakfast and lunch Registration required. 9am - 1pm. Newton Medical Center Romano Conference Center.

United Way of Northern NJ; 973-993-1160x305

Saturday, 22; Blairstown

A LEGACY OF VEGETABLE GARDENING. Sussex County Master Gardener presents on different aspects of vegetable gardening 10:30 - 11:30am. Free. Catherine Dickson Hoffman Library 4 Lambert Road.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension; 908/475-6507

Saturday, 22; Blairstown

Blairstown Business Association; 908/362-1371

Saturday, 22; Peapack

27TH ANNUAL STREAM CLEANUP. A large-scale effort which last year drew over 1,350 volunteers to dozens of river and stream sites in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties 9am - 12pm. Natirar Park, 2 Main Street.

Raritan Headwaters Association; 908/234-1852

Saturday, 22; Succasunna

FOLK 60’S MUSIC WITH CHARLIE ZAHM. 7:30 - 9:30pm. $20/ $15 online. Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Ave.

Roxbury Arts Alliance; 862/219-1379

Saturday, 22-23; Augusta

MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW AND SWAP MEET. Historic military vehicles from World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars are on display. Over 200 vendors and reenactors. $5. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..

Military Transport Association of North Jersey; 973/803-9725

Saturday, 22-23; Far Hills

SPRING PLANT SALE AND EARTH DAY CELEBRATION. Plant sale, garden lectures, and guided tours. 10am - 5pm. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Sunday, 23; Allamuchy

TONY DESARE. 3pm. $30/ $25 advance. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 23; Columbia

BROOK HOLLOW WINERY COOK OFF!. Sign up to be a contestant or a judge. The only requirement for this cook off is that your recipe must incorporate at least one wine from Brook Hollow Winery! 1 - 4pm. 594 State Highway 94.

Brook Hollow Winery; 908/496-8200

Sunday, 23; Ringwood

EARTH DAY FAMILY WOODLAND WALK. An easy, kid-friendly walk in the Garden's woodlands 10am. $5; Seniors: $3; Ages 6-18: $1; Under 6: free. 20 Morris Rd..

Skylands Botanical Gardens; 973/962-9534

Thursday, 27; Augusta

ARTISANS FAIRE. Professional artisans featuring artwork, photography, pottery, sculpture, floral & fiber arts. Music & light refreshments. Benefits the Richards Building Renovation Project 5 - 9pm. 37 Plains Rd..

Sussex County Fairgrounds,; 973/383-9713

Friday, 28; Mount Tabor

MARTY STUART AND HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES. 7:30pm. $45. 31 Simpson Ave..

At The Tabernacle Concert Series;

Saturday, 29; Branchburg

FLEA MARKET. Refreshments for sale. Free parking. 10am - 2pm. Branchburg Central Middle School, 220 Baird Rd.

Branchburg Woman’s Club; 908/866-1824

Saturday, 29; Harmony

HOFF-VANNATTA OPEN HOUSE. Tours of restored farmstead that dates from the late 18th and 19t centuries, riber arts and craft demonstrations, open hearth cooking, war re-enactors, hit-and-miss engines. 10am - 4pm. Free. 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).

Harmony Historic Commission; 908/454-7470

Saturday, 29; New Brunswick

NEW JERSEY FOLK FESTIVAL. Turkish Traditions! Live music and dance performances, an astounding array of crafts and food vendors as well as children's activities and heritage demonstrations. Free. Eagleton Institute (Woodlawn), at the corner of George Street and Ryders Lane.

Rutgers University; 848/932-5775

Saturday, 29; North Branch

TAYLOR, CHAPIN & EVA. Together, the exceptional artistry of these renowned musicians create an unparalleled musical dynamic and unique new sound. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 29; Washington

ARTS, SWEETS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. 10am - 5pm. Washington Ave.

Washington Business Improvement District; 908/689-4800

Saturday, 29-30; Asbury

NATIVE PLANT SALE. Native plants can eliminate the need for pesticides and the need less water to survive. 9am - 2pm. River Resource Center, 10 Maple Ave..

Musconectong Watershed Association; 908/537-7060

Saturday, 29-30; Franklin

NJ Earth Science Association; 973/827-3481

Saturday, 29-30; Lambertville

SHAD FESTIVAL. Artists, crafters, shad hauling demonstrations, guide walking tours, entertainment, and a shad dinner. 12:30 - 5:30pm. Bridge and Union Streets.

Lambertville Chamber of Commerce; 609/397-0055

Sunday, 30; Basking Ridge

PROJECT E.A.R.T.H. - SWAMP SEARCH!. Scavenger hunt teaches about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Enjoy environmental activities and games for children of all ages. 12 - 4:30pm. 190 Lord Stirling Road.

Environmental Education Center; 908/766-2489


Upcoming Events...


Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Saturdays; North Branch

Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium; 908/231-8805

Ongoing Programs and Events

Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Trout Unlimited, Sparta

Sparta VFW, 66 Main St. ; 201/207-0928

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

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210

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