Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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Wednesday, 28; Lake Hopatcong

SCOTCH & CHOCOLATE. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Friday, 30; Sparta

SWING INTO THE ARTS AND DANCE WITH THE STARS. Dinner, dance competition and auction fundraiser. 6 - 11pm. $110 pp. Skyview Golf Club, 226 Lafayette Rd.

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council; 973/383-0027

Friday, 30-1; Morristown

Book lovers at Vail Mansion in Morristown

Morristown Festival of Books;


Saturday, 1; Columbia

ANNUAL PIG ROAST. A fun filled day of great food, your favorite wines, live music. 1 - 4pm. $45 pp, advance sale only; wine available by the glass, $5.. 594 State Highway 94.

Brook Hollow Winery; 908/496-8200

Saturday, 1; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Saturday, 1; Morristown

FERNS AND THEIR SHADY FRIENDS. Both common and uncommon types will be discussed and shown in a slide presentation. Fern life cycles, propagation and companion plants will be covered as well. 10am. $15 members / $20 non-members. 353 East Hanover Ave..

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Saturday, 1; Newton

EDGAR WINTER BAND. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Sunday, 2; Basking Ridge

Environmental Education Center; 908/766-2489

Sunday, 2; Morristown

THE SEEING EYE DOGGY DASH. There will be a leisurely walk, followed by a dog pageant, a costume contest, music, food, a raffle, and more. The first 300 registrants get a free goodie bag. 11am - 2pm. 10 Washington Valley Road.

The Seeing Eye; 973/539-4425

Sunday, 2; Wantage

ANNUAL AUTUMN LEAVES HIKE . Guided group hike. Pre-register with leader, Kevin Mitchell, at 2 - 3:30pm. Free. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farm; 973/702-2289

Monday, 3; Mendham

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Saturday, 8; Asbury

Musconectong Watershed Association; 908/537-7060

Saturday, 8; Augusta

Sussex County Farmland Preservation and Conservation ; 973/579-0500

Saturday, 8; Blairstown

FIRST UMC OF BLAIRSTOWN 205TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. The celebration will include live music, chicken barbecue, children’s activities, exotic animals, and vendors. 1 - 9pm. Free. 10 Stillwater Road.

First United Methodist Church of Blairstown; 908/362-6693

Saturday, 8; Hope

HALF ANNIE. A group of three women guitarists and singers, will give a benefit concert for Haven of Hope for Kids 7pm. 346 High Street.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; 908/818-9661

Saturday, 8; Morristown

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Saturday, 8; North Branch

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET. This exciting three-part performance includes Rite of Spring, inspired by revolutionary works by Ballets Russes. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 8; Port Murray

FALL HARVEST CELEBRATION & AMELIA EARHART. Pat Jordan from the American Historical Theatre will portray Earhart in captivating stories of this inspirational woman. 6 - 9pm. $67. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 8; Stanhope

WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 973/292-2755

Saturday, 8; Stanton

BARN DANCE. Dance the night away at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead! No experience is necessary for this family-friendly event! 7 - 9pm. $5. Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Saturday, 8-9; East Stroudsburg

AUTUMN TIMBER FESTIVAL. Lumberjack competitions, blacksmith demos by Jim Doherty, saw mill demos, chainsaw sculptures, K-9 dog shows, live music, childrenâ s activities and food & craft vendors galore. 11am - 5pm. $12-$15. 401 Hollow Road.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 8-9; Morris County

PATHWAYS OF HISTORY MUSEUM TOUR. Visit northern Morris County landmark sites. A brochure and map will be available at each venue. 10am - 4pm. Free.

Boonton Historical Society & Museum; 973/316-0976

Saturday, 8-9; Somerset County

Rich Wagner will demonstrate colonial beer brewing during the 2016 Weekend Journey through the Past at the Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster.

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission; 908/231-7110

Saturday, 8-9; Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY HERITAGE WEEKEND. Self-guided tour provides an opportunity to visit a number of historical sites and museums 133 Spring St., Newton.

Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council; 973/383-0027

Sunday, 9; Bedminster

OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY FAIR. Activities and demonstrations celebrating conservation and country life on a beautiful 170 acre wildlife preserve 11:30am - 4:30pm. $25 per vehicle. Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road.

Raritan Headwaters Association; 908/234-1852

Sunday, 9; Boonton

Boonton Arts; 862/307-5919

Sunday, 9; Landing

Lake Hoptacong Foundation; 973/663-2500

Sunday, 9; Milford

JAZZ AND PIG ROAST. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and relax in our paradise for an autumn afternoon with a free concert by the Mitchell Cheng Trio 1 - 4pm. 369 Stamets Road.

Bobolink Dairy and Bakeyard; 973/764-4888

Sunday, 9; Wantage

WANTAGE TOWNSHIP 9TH ANNUAL VETERANS MEMORIAL CAR, TRUCK & BIKE SHOW. Food, live music, 50/50, tricky tray. Proceeds benefit Welcome Home Vets Fund of New Jersey Inc. 11am - 4pm. Woodbourne Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road.

Wantage Township Recreation Commission; 973/352-9203

Monday, 10; Morristown

PARIS WASHBOARD. 8pm. $20/ $17 advance. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3700

Friday, 14; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Friday, 14-15; North Branch

D-GENERATION – AN EXALTATION OF LARKS. Puppet theater piece explores creativity and communication in people with late-stage dementia. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 14-16; Morristown

40TH ANNUAL MORRISTOWN CRAFTMARKET. Juried artists display extraordinary, one-of-a-kind works in jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, wood, metal, wearable fiber, and more. Proceeds benefit not-for-profit organizations. 12pm - 5pm. National Guard Armory, 430 Western Avenue.

The Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township; 973/442-2840

Saturday, 15; Asbury

ROCKTOBERFEST. Five bands, including Darren DeMarco, The Gully Hubbards, Run A Muck, The Receptors, & Gypsy Rose 2pm. $10. 1090 State Route 173.

American Spirits Roadhouse;

Saturday, 15; Blairstown

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX. 8pm. $35 - $40. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 15; Chester

CELEBRATING APPLES. Try a hand-cranked apple peeler and assist with cider pressing as it was done in 1880's Milltown. 1 - 3:30pm. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 15; Far Hills

FAR HILLS RACE MEETING. The 96th running of this prestigious steeplechase horse race benefits Somerset Medical Center. 8. Moorland Farms.

Somerset Medical Center; 908/685-2929

Saturday, 15; Finesville

HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR FOR POHATCONG TOWNSHIP. Explore an eclectic mix of stone and clapboard structures dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. 10 - 4. $25 / $55 winery train. Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 627.

Pohatcong Township Historic Preservation Commission; 908/387-1493

Saturday, 15; Morristown

Morris County Tourism Bureau; 973/631-5151

Saturday, 15; Parsippany

6TH ANNUAL SCHOLARS SYMPOSIUM. Presentations will focus broadly on topics related to American Art Pottery and will specifically highlight the rich history of Newcomb pottery. 9am - 12:30pm. 2352 Route 10 West.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms; 973/540-0311

Saturday, 15; Port Murray

PLANT MEDICINE. Learn how to make your own creams and salves for topical applications. 1 - 3pm. $24. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 15; Stillwater

STILLWATER FALL FESTIVAL. Hayrides, crafters, food, pumpkins, antiques, pony rides, games. 11am - 4:30pm. Stillwter School.

Stillwater Historical Society; 908/698-4143

Saturday, 15-16; Chester

CHESTER'S 33RD ANNUAL HARVEST CELEBRATION. Enjoy this free two-day event with live entertainment, games, pumpkin carving, antique car show, apple press. Don’t miss the Soup and Chili chef competition on Saturday! 11 - 5. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Village; 973/223-2665

Saturday, 15-16; East Stroudsburg

POCONO FOOD TRUCK & ART FESTIVAL. 30 food trucks from the Pocono Mountains, New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. The Hope Lodge will house 60+ artists and artisans on two floors. 11am - 5pm. $8-$10. 401 Hollow Road.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area; 570/421-7231

Sunday, 16; Allamuchy

HOUSTON PERSON. with Dave Leonhardt Trio. 3pm. $30/ $25 advance. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 16; Delaware

RIVERSIDE FALL FESTIVAL. Music, storytelling by the campfire, pumpkin painting, corn husk dolls, wine tasting, tours of the Ramsaysburg Homestead historic site, refreshments. 1 - 3pm. Route 46 and Ramsaysburg Road.

Knowlton Township Historic Commission; 908/475-5352

Sunday, 16; Lambertville

AUTUMN HOUSE TOUR. Historic public and private sites and canal walks. 11pm - 5pm. $25/ $20 advance. Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Rt. 29.

Lambertville Historical Society; 609/397-0770

Sunday, 16; Mendham

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Sunday, 16; North Branch

MURDER ON THE NILE. Aquila Theatre 4pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 16; Walpack

Walpack Historical Society; 973/948-4903

Wednesday, 19; Far Hills

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Thursday, 20; North Branch

BADI ASSAD. Transcending traditional styles of native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and ethnic sounds from around the world 12 & 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 21; Clinton

PUMPKINFEST. Enjoy a night of magic with face painting, balloon artists, horse-drawn hay rides and more.

Clinton Guild;

Friday, 21-23; Somerset

SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL. 10 - 6. $10. Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr..

Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc; 800/210-9900

Saturday, 22; Flemington

Lavender Hills Farms Education; 973/335-7080

Saturday, 22; Mendham

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Saturday, 22; Millbrook

National Park Service; 570/426-2452

Saturday, 22; North Branch

THE CAPITOL STEPS. A unique blend of music and political comedy. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 22; Port Murray

SOAP MAKING. Choose from a varied selection of fragrant essential oils and herbs – to create your own specialty soap. 1 - 3pm. $35. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 22; Stanhope

WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS . Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 973/292-2755

Saturday, 22-23; Bedminster

BRIGADE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION RE-ENACTMENT. Watch re-enactors portraying Continental soldiers, Hessians, and militiamen build fortifications, practice drilling, maneuver artillery, and even skirmish with British Redcoats! $5. Vanderveer House, 955 US Highway 202/206.

Friends of Jacobus Vanderveer House; 908/212-7000

Sunday, 23; Newton

RICKIE LEE JONES. 7pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Monday, 24; Morristown

FRANK VIGNOLA TRIO WITH JON-ERIC KELSO. 8pm. $20/ $17 advance. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3700

Monday, 24-28; Morristown

FALL FEST DOG DAYCARE PARTY. Apple Bobbing, Hay Maze, Costume Party, Photo Booth and more! Call to reserve your dogâ ’s spot today $69.95-200.00. 120 Sand Spring Road.

Morris Animal Inn; 973/539-0377

Thursday, 27; Lake Hopatcong

MURDER MYSTERY. Experience a fun and interactive play which follows the life of Miss Lotta Crabtree. Who will make it to shore alive? There is only one way to find out… 7 - 9pm. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Thursday, 27; Mendham

AN ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE. Learn about our solar system with professional astronomer Paul Cirello.  View breathtaking celestial photographs and discover how to identify constellations and locate planets.  Advance registration required 7pm. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Thursday, 27-30; Hackettstown

KICK. Follow former Rockette Bernie from a kick line to "A Chorus Line" to Hollywood and back in a powerful one woman show that weaves a tale with wisdom and humor. 8pm. Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Friday, 28; Lake Hopatcong

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHT. Enjoy the holiday without the crowds on this two hour cocktail cruise. Costumes highly encouraged! 6 - 8pm. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Saturday, 29; Chester

A MILLER'S HALLOWEEN. Create corn husk dolls, color pumpkins, and play old time games. 1 - 3pm. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 29; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 29; Sussex

Friends of High Point State Park; 973/875-4800

Saturday, 29-30; Somerset

BRICKFAIR NJ 2016. A fun family LEGO event for all ages. 11am - 4pm. $12. Garden State Expo Center, 50 Atrium Drive.

BrickFair LEGO Fan Festivals;

Sunday, 30; Sparta

TRICKK OR TREAT. Join us for a free, safe, fun-filled afternoon for the whole family with decorated cars, candy, costumes and refreshments. 3 - 4:30pm. Free. Rt 15 & 385 Houses Corner Rd.

Sparta Evangelical Free Church; 973/300-1717

Upcoming Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

The Barn Theatre, Montville

32 Skyline Rd. ; 973/334-9320

Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown


Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave.. ; 908/979-0900

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison

October 5-November 6 • RICHARD III. Since the recent discovery of the remains of the real Richard III, both the real life monarch and Shakespeare’s monstrous version of him have been much talked about.

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 Kittatinny 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

Gallery 23, Blairstown

September 1-September 30 • FEATURED ART OF THE MONTH. All artists are featured in celebration of the gallery’s fifteenth anniversary. Reception September 10.

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

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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