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

All events are subject to change or cancellation. Please click or call ahead to confirm.

May

Thursday, 28-31; Stanhope

ST MICHAEL SCHOOL ITALIAN FESTIVAL. Rides, games, international food, vendors, entertainment, beer/wine garden. Proceeds support Saint Michael parochial school in Cranford, NJ. Waterloo Village.

St Michael School; 973/347-0039

Friday, 29-31; Augusta

CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. 4 - 8pm. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..

MVA Productions; 973/948-5500

Saturday, 30; Bernards Township and Bernardsville

ARTsee and the Friends of Boudinot-Southard-Ross Farm; 908/208-7516

Saturday, 30; Sparta

SPARTA MOUNTAIN FIELD TRIP. Visit portions of NJ Audubon's Sparta Mountain Sanctuary, Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area in search of breeding Golden-winged Warblers and other young forest species. Call to register and for directions. 8 - 11am. $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary; 908/766-5787

Saturday, 30-31; Chester

SPRING CRAFT SHOW. Ranked as one of the top sixty craft shows in the country, quality crafters represent many types of wares. 10 - 5. $4. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-4814

Saturday, 30-31; Morristown

GARDEN STATE QUILT SHOW. 10am - 4pm. $8. William G. Mennen Sports Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave.

Garden State Quilt Show Guild; 973/326-7651

Sunday, 31; Allamuchy

WARREN COUNTY PRESERVATION DAY. Explore the Rutherfurd Hall historical site and learn about county-wide similar programs. Group hikes, kayaking, wine tasting, food. Download brochure here. 10am - 4pm. Free. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517.

Warren County Dept. Land Preservation; 908/453-2650

Sunday, 31; Milford

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse; 973/764-4888

Sunday, 31; Morristown

NAST THE HOMEBODY. Talk by Ken and Nancy Miller. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 31; Peapack

MEET THE RIVER. Activities include searching for stream life, fly fishing demonstrations and water color painting. Visit www.raritanheadwaters.org for details and schedule of activities. 12 - 2pm. Natirar Park, 2 Main Street.

Raritan Headwaters Association; 908/234-1852

June

Friday, 5-7; Blairstown

HIKE, PADDLE, AND PLAY GETAWAY. Escape to nature and meet new friends. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Friday, 5-7; Randolph

BIG GREEK FESTIVAL. Live Greek music and entertainment featuring Greek folk dancing. traditional Greek food, wines and liquors 11am - 8pm. 1447 Sussex Tnpk.

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church; 973/584-0388

Saturday, 6; Bernardsville

NATIVE PLANT SALE. Come for a wonderful selection of native wildflowers, ferns, grasses, shrubs, and small trees to turn your backyard into a haven for wildlife. 9am - 4pm. 11 Hardscrabble Road .

Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education; 908/766-5787

Saturday, 6; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 6; Hackettstown

2015 COMEDY NIGHT. Annual scholarships fundraiser features comedians Bob Gonzo hosting, opener Bob Levy and headliner Mike Marino 7pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 6; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Saturday, 6; Morristown

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Sunday, 7; Clinton

BRITISH CAR DAY. Classic British cars showcased on the Museum's historic grounds. 10am - 3pm. $9/ $7 seniors/ $5 ages 6-12. Red Mill, 56 Main St..

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Wednesday, 10; Morristown

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 12-14; Augusta

CIRCUS MAXIMUS. All American thrill show, petting zoo and live animal rides. $12. Rt. 15 & 206.

Skylands Stadium; 973/383-7644

Friday, 12-14; Blairstown

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR SKILLS. Gain fundamental skills in this empowering hands-on course. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Saturday, 13; Franklin Township

Somerset County Park Commission; 732/873-2459

Saturday, 13; Morristown

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Saturday, 13; Oxford

FREE FISHING DAY. You don’t need a license to fish this Saturday! 605 Pequest Rd..

NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife; 908/637-4125

Saturday, 13; Pittstown

BONNIE BRAE POLO CLASSIC. Equestrian contests, art exhibit, antique and classic car parade, polo cuisine. 12 noon - 6pm. Fieldview Farm, 342 Quakertown Road.

Bonnie Brae; 908/647-0800

Sunday, 14; Morristown

BILLY STRAYHORN ORCHESTRA. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Wednesday, 17; Chatham

MASTERWORK CHORUS SUMMER SINGS. The Masterwork Chorus launches the summer series, featuring Brahms’ A German Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; Thomas Juneau, conductor. 8pm. $15/$7.50. Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street.

Masterwork Chorus; 908/233-7018

Saturday, 20; Belvidere

Belvidere Woman’s Club; 908/475-8944

Saturday, 20; Morristown

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Saturday, 20; Mount Arlington

41ST ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW. Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, North Bertrand Road and Willow Street.

Lake Hopatcong Antique and Classic Boat Society;

Saturday, 20-21; Montague

FATHER'S DAY SANGRIA PICNIC WEEKEND. Sample award winning wines, sip some Sangria and enjoy a day on the farm. 12 - 5pm. Free. 141 Clove Road.

Westfall Winery; 973/293-3428

Saturday, 20-27; Delaware River

ANNUAL DELAWARE RIVER SOJOURN. A seven-day guided paddling trip on the wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. This year’s theme is “Birthplace of America”. Call for fees.

Delaware River Sojourn; 646/205-2724

Sunday, 21; Milford

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse; 973/764-4888

Friday, 26; Morristown

PETER FRAMPTON. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 26-27; Augusta

ROCK, RIBS & RIDGES FESTIVAL. Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker and food. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road.

Rock, Ribs and Ridges; 973/882-8240

Saturday, 27-5; Kutztown, PA

Kutztown Folk Festival; 610/683-1537

Sunday, 28; Morristown

CURRIER & IVES: MORE THAN A CHRISTMAS CARD. Talk by Steve Miller. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404


Future Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Farmstead Art Center, Basking Ridge

Weekends, May 8 - 23 • SHAKEPEARE’S THE TEMPEST. Performances by the Lord Stirling Theater Company

450 King George Road. ; 347/927-8748

Ongoing Programs and Events

New Jersey Audubon Society

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road . ; 908/766-5787

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

Schiff Nature Preserve, Mendham

Thursdays May 14-28 • SUNSET YOGA IN THE GARDEN. Three class series, all levels welcome. 5pm. $45.

339 Pleasant Valley Road. ; 973/543-6004

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

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