NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY. Historic garden buzzes with family activities and presentations. 2 - 5pm. Free. 45 Macculloch Avenue.
AMERICAN SPIRITS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Nine bands, all ticket sales for Muscular Dystrophy. 12pm - 3am. $10. 1090 State Route 173.
WOMEN AND TEA IN THE VICTORIAN ERA. Learn the history of tea in Victorian England while enjoying freshly brewed tea and British sweets. 1:30pm. 2 Shotwell Drive.
THIRD ANNUAL LAKE HOPATCONG BLOCK PARTY . Visit the museum or some 200 vendors who will be at the park, including great food, boats, and demonstrations. Hopatcong State Park, 323 Lakeside Blvd.
LA FIOCCO BAROQUE ENSEMBLE. Colonists and Rebels: Music of New Jersey and Pennsylvania c. 1600-1800 7:30pm. Prallsville Mills.
MOTHER'S DAY AT SPACE FARMS. Free drawing to win a season pass. Special nursery feedings and sessions on maternal behavior. 218 Rt 519.
BIRD AND NATURE WALK. Join Dennis Briede on a bird and nature walk on the trails at White Lake. It is one of the premier spots in Warren County to observe a large diversity of wildlife. Look for wildflowers and many bird species. Bring binoculars. 8am - 12pm. White Lake, Stillwater Road.
FLOWERS GALORE TOUR AND TEA. In the cool of the morning, take a tour of our grounds under the expert tutelage of the horticulture staff. Then, on to the charming Matilda’s Café located adjacent to the Haggerty Education Center, for a sumptuous selection of scones, traditional tea sandwiches, baked from scratch pastries and teas from around the world and from our own herb garden. 11am. $35 members / $40 non-members. 353 East Hanover Ave..
MAKE A CULINARY HERB STRAWBERRY JAR. You will learn the professional’s secret tricks for successful strawberry jars and your jar will flourish all summer. 6:30pm. $35 members / $40 non-members. 353 East Hanover Ave..
HUDSON FARM SPRING CHARITY HIKE. Hike trails at Hudson Farm to benefit Hopatcong's local serivce organizations. 270 Stanhope-Sparta Rd.
GARDEN PARTY. Garden pARTy: Cultivating Creativity in the Community for all ages, featuring fine art exhibit/sale, community artwork, music, demonstrations, garden tours, more! Bring a picnic, enjoy the afternoon! 12 - 5pm. Free. The Ross Farm, 135 North Maple Avenue.
BORN TO BE SHORN. Hand shearing of sheep, weaving and spinning. 11am - 4pm. $3. 66 Route 24.
MUSES IN THE VINEYARD. A festival of music of the women, by the women and for everyone! $32/ $20. Brook Hollow Winery, 594 State Route 94.
GROWING ORGANIC TOMATOES. Learn the fundamentals of selecting, growing, cultivating, harvesting, and enjoying tomatoes in an organic “Jersey” system. 10am - 12pm. $10. 80 Route 206.
SPIRIT OF THE JERSEYS STATE HISTORY FAIR. Award-winning historical festival is fun for the entire family. Special activities throughout the day including period games, reenactors, and music. 11am - 5pm. Free/$10 parking. Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 State Route 33.
BOBOLINK PIG ROAST. We're roasting two of our whey-fed pigs in a Cuban "Caja China", and serving them up on a roasted garlic and duckfat ciabatta. Each sandwich is a half of a ciabatta, stuffed with pork and served with gravy on the side. Reservations are a must. 12 - 5pm. 369 Stamets Road.
BEBIMBOP. International Jazz Trio 7:30pm. Stanton Reformed Church.
ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF BIRDING. Teams and individuals have up to 24 hours to count as many species as they can identify by sight or sound. Each species seen or heard counts as one. There are four levels of competition. Most teams use the event as a fund-raiser through pledges for an organization, bird club, or favorite conservation organization. Over $500,000 is raised annually by all participants all on behalf of conservation.
MORRIS CANAL TOUR. A day-long bus ride along the Warren County canal corridor from Port Colden to Plane 9 West. Lunch served at the Jim and Mary Lee Museum. Seating is limited to thirty. Reservations are required. 9am - 3pm. $20 includes box lunch.
EIGHTH ANNUAL MEDICINE WHEEL FESTIVAL AND COMMUNITY GARDEN CELEBRATION. The two day event features an array of great live music, a pop-up art gallery, gardening workshops, plant walks, garden tours & hikes, a plant sale, craft and food vendors, a bake sale, pony and wagon rides, and more! Proceeds support the continued restoration of the gardens and historical buildings. 10am. $7/ children free. 50 Neilson Road.
16TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR AND ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW. Two thrilling exhibits: Classic Cars, Trucks & Military Vehicles and Antique Tractors. Free Transportation to each location via Ole Fashioned Trolley Car. All Day Shopping! Musical entertainment. 11am - 4pm. Routes 206 & 24/513.
JEFF NEWELL NEW-TRAD OCTET. Combines instruments and elements of a traditional New Orleans brass band. 12 & 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
MEDICINAL HERB WALK & CHEROKEE STORYTELLING. Join David Winston and learn about nature’s pharmacy just beyond your doorstep - followed by Native American stories around a campfire. Reservations required. 6:30pm - 9pm. $43. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
CHESTER IRON FURNACE WALK. Explore the abandoned Chester Furnace site and the railroad right-of-way on a moderate walk with plenty of off trail exploration. 10am - 12pm. $5 per family. 66 Route 24.
WARREN COUNTY PRESERVATION DAY. Explore the Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead on the Delaware River and learn about similar sites and programs in Warren County. 10am - 4pm. Free. 150 Route 46 at Ramseyburg Road.
PIANIST THOMAS SAUER & FRIENDS. 7:30pm. Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church.
SCI-FI FANTASY DAY. Washington Ave.
STEPHANIE NAKASIAN JAZZ CONCERT. 3pm. $25 in advance. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED). This show covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes to Shakespeare and Moliere to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and, of course, Anthony Weiner. 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
RAPTOR TRUST BENEFIT CONCERT AND AUCTION. Benefit dinner, family activites and concert featuring All-star band, Bob Lanza Blues Band, Raccoon Ridge Ramblers. Silent auction featuring local crafts and artwork, live hawks and owls on site. 2 - 8pm. Suggested donation $5. Stilring Hotel, 227 Main Ave..
TASTE OF SOMERSET. The 24th annual Taste of Somerset, the area’s original gourmet tasting event provides the unique opportunity to sample the finest appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages that the region has to offer 6 - 9pm. $75. The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue.
WINE & SPIRITS WITH LORRAINE MOORE SPIRIT CONNECTIONS. Reservations required, as seating is limited. 6 - 9pm. Lakeview Room at Mt. Lake, 99 Tamarack Road.
TOUR OF SOMERVILLE CYCLING SERIES. The annual three-day Tour of Somerville Cycling Series culminates every Memorial Day with the fifty-mile Kugler-Anderson race, named in honor of its first winners, Furman Kugler of Somerville (1940, 1941) and Carl Anderson of Clifton (1942). Both men lost their lives during World War II. Furman’s father, Fred “Pop” Kugler, whose strength and skill in his era as a cycling champion were the foundation of the enterprises that informed the rest of his career, advanced the sport of competitive cycling by coaching succeeding generations of cyclists and developing racing bikes. Begun under his direction, the Tour of Somerville has consistently drawn the best racing cyclists in America to the roadways of Somerset County. Today, the event organizer and beneficiary is Middle Earth, a non-profit agency that helps middle and high school children become responsible and productive community members. Known as the "Kentucky Derby of Cycling." The Tour is the oldest major bicycle race in the United States and a legend in the lore of bicycle racing. Free admission. Main Street.
LIVING HERB WREATH. Create an attractive wreath of living herbs that will supply culinary snippets throughout the season. Reservations required. 1:30pm - 3:30pm. $48. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
NEWMAN & OLTMAN GUITAR DUO & SPECIAL GUESTS. Preview of the Duo’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT SPACE FARMS. Snake handling demonstrations, nursery and carnivore feedings. 218 Rt 519.
SHAWNEE CELTIC FESTIVAL. Non-stop Celtic music, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers, and a variety of Celtic craft and food vendors. 11am - 5pm. $12-15. 401 Hollow Road.
May 11-May 29 • A SONG AT TWILIGHT. Noël Coward’s final and semi-autobiographical play kicks off the season in high style.
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.
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.
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