Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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Friday, 6; Morristown

NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY. Historic garden buzzes with family activities and presentations. 2 - 5pm. Free. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Saturday, 7; Asbury

AMERICAN SPIRITS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Nine bands, all ticket sales for Muscular Dystrophy. 12pm - 3am. $10. 1090 State Route 173.

American Spirits Roadhouse;

Saturday, 7; Belvidere

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.

Friends of the Warren County Library; 908/475-6322

Saturday, 7; Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Museum

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.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation; 973/663-2500

Saturday, 7; Stockton

LA FIOCCO BAROQUE ENSEMBLE. Colonists and Rebels: Music of New Jersey and Pennsylvania c. 1600-1800 7:30pm. Prallsville Mills.

Raritan River Music Festival; 908/213-1100

Sunday, 8; Sussex

MOTHER'S DAY AT SPACE FARMS. Free drawing to win a season pass. Special nursery feedings and sessions on maternal behavior. 218 Rt 519.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum; 973/875-5800

Sunday, 8; Hardwick

Ridge and Valley Conservancy; 908/362-7989

Wednesday, 11; Morristown

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Friday, 13; Morristown

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..

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Saturday, 14; Andover

HUDSON FARM SPRING CHARITY HIKE. Hike trails at Hudson Farm to benefit Hopatcong's local serivce organizations. 270 Stanhope-Sparta Rd.

Hudson Farm Club; 973/398-4330

Saturday, 14; Basking Ridge

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.

ARTsee; 908/208-7516

Saturday, 14; Chester

BORN TO BE SHORN . Hand shearing of sheep, weaving and spinning. 11am - 4pm. $3. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 14; Columbia

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.

Foul Rift Productions; 570/801-1771

Saturday, 14; Hillsborough

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.

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Saturday, 14; Manalapan

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.

NJDEP; 732/462-9616

Saturday, 14-15; Milford

Bobolink Dairy and Bakeyard; 973/764-4888

Saturday, 14; Stanton

BEBIMBOP. International Jazz Trio 7:30pm. Stanton Reformed Church.

Raritan River Music Festival; 908/213-1100

Saturday, 14; Statewide

NJ Audubon Society; 908/766-5787

Saturday, 14; Washington

Warren County Morris Canal Committee; 908/475-6532

Saturday, 14-15; Wantage

Lusscroft Farm; 862/268-1557

Sunday, 15; Chester

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.

Chester Business Association; 973/223-2665

Thursday, 19; North Branch

JEFF NEWELL NEW-TRAD OCTET. Combines instruments and elements of a traditional New Orleans brass band. 12 & 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 20; Port Murray

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.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 21; Chester

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.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 21; Delaware

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.

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

Saturday, 21; Stewartsville

PIANIST THOMAS SAUER & FRIENDS. 7:30pm. Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church.

Raritan River Music Festival; 908/213-1100

Saturday, 21; Washington

SCI-FI FANTASY DAY. Washington Ave.

Washington Business Improvement District; 908/689-4800

Sunday, 22; Allamuchy

STEPHANIE NAKASIAN JAZZ CONCERT. 3pm. $25 in advance. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 22; North Branch

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.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 22; Stirling

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..

The Raptor Trust; (908) 647-2353

Monday, 23; Somerset


Friday, 27; Belvidere

WINE & SPIRITS WITH LORRAINE MOORE SPIRIT CONNECTIONS. Reservations required, as seating is limited. 6 - 9pm. Lakeview Room at Mt. Lake, 99 Tamarack Road.

Mountain Lake Fire Company & Ladies Auxiliary; 908/310-3077

Friday, 27-30; Somerville

Tour of Somerville; 908/725-7223 x13

Saturday, 28; Port Murray

 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.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 28; TBA

NEWMAN & OLTMAN GUITAR DUO & SPECIAL GUESTS. Preview of the Duo’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Raritan River Music Festival;

May 28-30; Sussex

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT SPACE FARMS. Snake handling demonstrations, nursery and carnivore feedings. 218 Rt 519.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum; 973/875-5800

Saturday, 28-29; East Stroudsburg

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.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Upcoming Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison

May 11-May 29 • A SONG AT TWILIGHT. Noël Coward’s final and semi-autobiographical play kicks off the season in high style.

F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue. ; 973/408-3807

Ongoing Programs and Events

Paulinskill Valley Trail, Andover to Columbia

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.

Paulinskill Vally Trail Committee; 908/684-4820

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

Skylands Botanical Gardens, Ringwood

Sundays • SKYLANDS MANOR TOURS. Free guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of each month, March through November at 2pm.

20 Morris Rd.. ; 973/962-9534

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

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): $7, Children: Free

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210

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