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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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February

Saturday, 28; Flemington

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION. Walk to the sugar bush to collect that day’s sap. 1 - 2:30pm. $3. Echo Hill, 42 Lilac Drive.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Saturday, 28; Madison

BLACK MARIA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL. The evening will feature a number of short films and videos from 45 winning films selected from over 700 entries. 2 & 8pm. $10. Madison Public Library, 39 Keep Street.

Madison Arts and Culture Alliance; 973/377-1743

March

Sunday, 1; Bedminster

REVOLUTIONARY FIRST LADIES. Re-enactors portraying First Ladies Abigail Adams and Martha Washington will discuss their lives during the American Revolution and the role of women in a democracy. 1 - 4pm. Vanderveer House, 955 US Highway 202/206.

Jacobus Vanderveer House; 908/396-6053

Thursday, 5; North Branch

THE JAMMIN' DIVAS. Aoife Clancy, Nicole Zuraitis, Hadar Noiberg & Kath Buckell come together to perform traditional and contemporary original music from their cultures. 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 6; North Branch

TIMBER!. Clearly off the beaten track, this show’s creators designed unusual apparatus inspired directly from the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm. The experience feels and smells authentic. 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 6-8; Chester

ORCHID OPEN HOUSE. Hundreds of varieties and thousands of orchid blooms in a wide range of colors. 8 Route 24.

Stony Hill Gardens and Farm Market; 908/879-2696

Saturday, 7; Dingmans Ferry, PA

SUGAR SHACK SCRAMBLE. Use a map and compass to reach the sugar shack and then enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup! Spaces limited. 9am - 12:30pm. $10. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 7; Morristown

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Saturday, 7; Morristown

DR. SEUSS FAMILY FESTIVAL. Celebrate the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel with a host of readings and activities. 11am - 4pm. $7/child, $10/adult. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum ; 973/971-3700

Saturday, 7; Summit

COME AWAY. Sun Min Lee, finalist in Masterwork's music director search, conducts works by Brahms, Paulus, Sametz and Hogan, exploring the joys, sorrows, and hopes shared by mankind across the centuries. 8 - 9:30pm. $25. Calvary Church, 31 Woodland Ave.

Masterwork Chorus; 973/277-1814

Sunday, 8; Morristown

ONE SINGULAR NIGHT: THE MUSIC OF GEORGE GERSHWIN AND MARVIN HAMLISCH. Interpretations by national and international young piano virtuoso, Thomas Pandolfi. 2pm. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3706

Thursday, 12-15; Augusta

SPRINGFEST GARDEN SHOW. Discover charming shops and horticultural services tucked among colorful garden displays. 10am - 5pm. $11 adult. 37 Plains Rd..

Sussex County Fairgrounds; 973/948-9948

Friday, 13-15; Morristown

SPRING CRAFT MORRISTOWN. 150 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country. Morristown Armory.

ArtRider; 845/331-7900

Friday, 13-15; Somerset

SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Contemporary crafts and fine art. 10am - 6pm. $9/ under 12 free. Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr..

Sugarloaf Art Fairs; 800-210-9900

Saturday, 14; Dingmans Ferry, PA

WOODCOCK WALK. See the mysterious woodcock and its spectacular springtime mating display. Ages 10+ please. 6:30 - 8:30pm. Free. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 14; Hackettstown

COLCANNON. Authentic, joyous Irish music, traditional with a touch of chamber music and music hall. 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 14; North Branch

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET. Inspired by the 20th-century works of Sergei Diaghilev's revolutionary Ballets Russes, this evening includes Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s Firebird. 2 & 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 14-15; 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 while supplies last. 10am - 3pm. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 973/262-4732

Sunday, 15; Flemington

ABC'S OF DNA. Prize-winning photographer and public speaker Walter Choroszewski talks about ABCs of DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and Genomics. The public is invited. Refreshments served. 2pm. Free. Flemington Presbyterian Church 10 East Main Street.

The Hunterdon County Historical Society; 908/782-1091

Sunday, 15; Hackettstown

ST. PATRICK'S PARADE. Attracting over 14,000 visitors, the streets come alive with area families lining the streets celebrating this Irish-American tradition.

Hackettstown BID; 908/850-5004

Sunday, 15; Morristown

BLOOD TYPE RAGU. A hilarious and poignant exploration of the Sicilian immigrant experience based on the life of writer and performer Frank Ingrasciotta. 2pm. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3706

Sunday, 15; Morristown

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm; 973/326-7645

Saturday, 21; Blairstown

CHRIS BERGSON BAND. 8:30pm. 30 Main Street.

Historic Blairstown Theatre; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 21; Madison

Harmonium Choral Society; 973/538-6969

Saturday, 21; Mendham

FOCUS ON RAPTORS PHOTO EVENT. An opportunity for committed shutterbugs to take close-range photographs of our educational raptors in outdoor settings. Registration required. 2 - 4pm. $150 per person. Schiff Nature Preserve 339 Pleasant Valley Road.

The Raptor Trust; 973/647-1091

Saturday, 21; Mendham

NATURE DISCOVERY DAYS FOR KIDS. Program includes explanation, activities, & time on the trail. Ages 6 & up drop off; caregivers may stay with younger children. 9:30 - 11am. $10 pp members; $15 non members. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Sunday, 22; Morristown

SINATRA AND ALL THAT JAZZ. Rob Zappulla, backed by his five piece band. 2pm. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3706

Wednesday, 25; Far Hills

PRUNING FUNDAMENTALS. Learn how to maintain the health and beauty of your home garden. 9 - 11am. $12. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Wednesday, 25; Morristown

ANNUAL BLACKBURN SCHOLARSHIP TEA. Ornithologist Randolph Scott Little treats us to his talk on “Bird Songs in Your Garden” based on a book he helped produce with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. 1pm - 3pm. $55/ 50 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Thursday, 26; Hackettstown

MOE-TION DANCE THEATER. Contemporary modern dance company dedicated to experimenting and creating new forms of expression. 7:30pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 28; Hackettstown

NAI-NI CHEN. The dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 28; North Branch

THEATRE OF ILLUSION. Combining theatre with cutting-edge illusions, the Spencers bring the age-old art of magic into the 21st century. 2 & 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 28-29; 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, 29; Dingmans Ferry, PA

TUMBLING WATERS HIKE. This 3 mile loop features a beautiful waterfall and a scenic overlook of the Delaware River Valley. 1 - 4pm. Free. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 29; Dingmans Ferry, PA

WILD EDIBLES WALK. Call to reserve a seat in the van. 10am - 12pm. $5. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 29; Hackettstown

CLAIRE PORTER. American choreographer/comedienne known for blending comedic monologues with dance movement. 5pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900


Future Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

The Planetarium at RVCC, North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/231-8805

Ongoing Programs and Events

Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Trout Unlimited, Jefferson Township

Camp Jefferson Recreation Hall, 81 Weldon Road. ; 917/418-3590

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