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

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April

Monday, 20; Morristown

BUTTERFLY!. Hudson Vagabond Puppets for ages 4-12. 10 am & 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 21; Far Hills

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Beginner and intermediate instruction from Brien Szabo. 9 - 11:30am. $35. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Tuesday, 21; Morristown

LYLE LOVETT AND JOHN HIATT. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Wednesday, 22;

EARTH DAY.

Thursday, 23; Bernardsville

ROADSIDE GEOLOGY LECTURE. Author David Harper talks about how ice ages, rift valleys, weathering and erosion changed the supercontinent Rodinia to create the present day landscape. 7 - 8pm. $5. 11 Hardscrabble Road .

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary; 908/766-5787

Friday, 24; Morristown

PETER SCHICKELE. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 24-26; Blairstown

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING. Gain fundamental skills in this 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, 25; Dingmans Ferry, PA

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL. Interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, animals, crafts, food, music. 10am - 4pm. $5 per car. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 25; Hackettstown

HERB GARDENING IN CONTAINERS. Discuss culinary and medicinal uses for a variety of herbs and create a planted container of herbs to take home. Preregistration required. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 25; Harmony

HOFF-VANNATTA OPEN HOUSE. Tours of restored farmstead including barn, house, wagon shed and summer kitchen. Open hearth cooking demonstrations, war re-enactors, live demonstrations. 10am - 4pm. Free. 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).

Harmony Historic Commission; 908/454-7470

Saturday, 25; Millington

The Raptor Trust; 973/647-1091

Saturday, 25; Morristown

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS /FELIX CAVALIERE. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 25; New Brunswick

Rutgers University; 848/932-5775

Saturday, 25; North Branch

STEPCREW. Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and tap come together as this cast of champions show you the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles. 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 25-26; 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

Saturday, 25-26; Franklin

NJ Earth Science Association; 973/827-3481

Saturday, 25-26; 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

Saturday, 25-26; Morristown

NORTH AMERICAN GRAPPLING ASSOCIATION'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. America's largest mixed grappling tournament circuit. 10am - 6pm. $10 in advance & $15 after 4/17 Children under 7 are FREE. William G. Mennen Sports Arena 161 East Hanover Ave.

North American Grappling Association; 860/295-0403

Sunday, 26; Augusta

MARCH FOR BABIES. Register to walk at marchforbabies.org. 8am. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road.

March of Dimes; 973/882-0700

Sunday, 26; 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.

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/766-2489

Sunday, 26; Bedminster

Jacobus Vanderveer House; 908/396-6053

Sunday, 26; Dingmans Ferry, PA

SALAMANDERS, FROGS AND MORE. Explore nearby breeding pools for salamanders, frogs, and egg masses. 1 - 3pm. $5.

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING. Join Will Daskal from the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a fun afternoon and learn some new skills. 9am - 12pm. $15. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 26; Morristown

THE MORRIS CANAL & THE MORRIS CANAL GREENWAY. Talk by Joe Macesek. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Thursday, 30; Morristown

2CELLOS. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008


Future Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown

April 10-April 26 • THEN CAME EACH ACTOR. Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso celebrate some of the great (and not so great) performers ever to have acted in Shakespeare's plays. 8pm.

Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center. ; 908/979-0900

Ongoing Programs and Events

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

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