TASTE OF SOMERSET. The 24th annual Taste of Somerset, the area’s original gourmet tasting event provides the unique opportunity to sample the finest appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages that the region has to offer 6 - 9pm. $75. The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue.
WINE & SPIRITS WITH LORRAINE MOORE SPIRIT CONNECTIONS. Reservations required, as seating is limited. 6 - 9pm. Lakeview Room at Mt. Lake, 99 Tamarack Road.
TOUR OF SOMERVILLE CYCLING SERIES. The annual three-day Tour of Somerville Cycling Series culminates every Memorial Day with the fifty-mile Kugler-Anderson race, named in honor of its first winners, Furman Kugler of Somerville (1940, 1941) and Carl Anderson of Clifton (1942). Both men lost their lives during World War II. Furman’s father, Fred “Pop” Kugler, whose strength and skill in his era as a cycling champion were the foundation of the enterprises that informed the rest of his career, advanced the sport of competitive cycling by coaching succeeding generations of cyclists and developing racing bikes. Begun under his direction, the Tour of Somerville has consistently drawn the best racing cyclists in America to the roadways of Somerset County. Today, the event organizer and beneficiary is Middle Earth, a non-profit agency that helps middle and high school children become responsible and productive community members. Known as the "Kentucky Derby of Cycling." The Tour is the oldest major bicycle race in the United States and a legend in the lore of bicycle racing. Free admission. Main Street.
SPRING FLING. NPS rangers and park volunteers will provide tours of the general store, Hill House, Trauger House, Depue Cabin, and other historic buildings. Volunteer craftspeople will present demonstrations of spinning, weaving, woodworking and blacksmithing. Nineteenth century games and activities for children will also be available. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a relaxing and fun day. 10 - 4. 12 mi north of Rt 80 at Old Mine Road and Rt 602.
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.
NEWMAN & OLTMAN GUITAR DUO & SPECIAL GUESTS. Preview of the Duo’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT SPACE FARMS. Snake handling demonstrations, nursery and carnivore feedings. 218 Rt 519.
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.
ALAN RIGOLETTO. Classical guitar 7pm. $15. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave..
SPRING INTO SUMMER VENDOR EVENT AND YARD SALE. Over twenty vendors, crafters, and others. Children's activities, community organizations with volunteer opportunities for you! 10am - 4pm. 455 Old Main St. .
NATIVE PLANT SALE. Turn your backyard into a haven for wildlife. 9am - 4pm. 11 Hardscrabble Road .
CRAFTED EVENINGS: NOLA NIGHT. The evening will feature live jazz, Cajun-style heavy hors d’oeuvres, signature NOLA cocktails, and the museum’s special exhibition: Early Newcomb Pottery from the Barbara and Henry Fuldner Collection. Advance registration required. 5:30 - 7:30pm. $40 Party Only; $65 VIP Package. 2352 Route 10 West.
SPRING OPEN HOUSE. Enjoy a day of free informative lectures, herb & perennial presentations, as well as tours of our spectacular gardens. 9am - 5pm. Free. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
SPRING CRAFT SHOW. A wide variety of handmade items including traditional & country crafts. 10am - 5pm. $4. Routes 206 & 24/513.
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..
BIG TREE HIKE. Visit a few of the largest trees in the state, including the 4th largest Red Oak in New Jersey (our State tree!), many other Champion trees, and quite a few trees that haven’t made the official list but are impressive in their own right 10am - 2pm. $15. 80 Route 206.
THE BUILDING AND GRANDEUR OF BRESLIN PARK. 6. Jefferson House, Nolans Point.
THE BREAK LIGHTS. Indie. 7pm. $15. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave..
BIG GREEK FESTIVAL. Music and entertainment featuring Greek folk dancing, traditional food, wines and liquors. 11am - 8pm. 1447 Sussex Tnpk.
BELVIDERE IN BLOOM. A summer festival of artisans, antiques and activities. Castles and Cottages house tours, Wuthering Heights Tea, Architectural and Historical walking tours. Delicious foods offered for sale at churches around Garret D. Wall Park. Belvidere Garden Club presents their “Secret Garden Tours”.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH BIRDS OF PREY. Delaware Valley Raptor Center presents a meet-and-greet discussion on predator/prey relationships and issues facing wildlife today. Registration necessary at (908) 475-6321 or www.warrenlib.org. 11am. 2 Shotwell Drive.
GROOVE IN THE GROVE SONGWRITER FESTIVAL. Acoustic performances by local/regional independent songwriters, focusing on original music. The Grip Weeds will perform in the evening concert. Two outdoor stages, playground, vendors, food/beer available. 1 - 9pm. Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Road.
ROSE DAY FESTIVAL. The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of many varieties, both modern and of historic significance. Visitors are invited to stroll through the gardens, enjoying music and live entertainment, meeting local artisans, and indulging in some great food! Roses plants will also be for sale. 11am - 5pm. Free, suggested donation. Mettlers Road.
FREE FISHING DAY. You don’t need a license to fish this Saturday! 605 Pequest Rd..
GARDEN TROUGH. Create two of your own hypertufa trough planters with that Old English look. Reservations required. 1:30 - 3:30pm. $46. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
THE NEW WEIS CENTER OPENING DAY CELEBRATION. Activities include mini-sessions of upcoming summer camps, nature walks, food, games & music. 10am - 3pm.
EXPLORING THE NEGRI-NEPOTE GRASSLAND PRESERVE. The trees will be in full foliage and all the birds we see will be established on breeding territories. 9 - 11am. Free. 260 Skillmans Lane.
BARN AND BAKE SALE. 9am - 3pm. Free. 50 Neilson Road.
DISCOVER DRAGONS AND DAMSELS. Come and learn about these fascinating and beautiful members of the insect world. 1:30 - 3:30pm. Free, preregister by 6/17. 11 Hardscrabble Road .
PEOPLE-POWER DAY. Demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet, typical of the 1890s. 1 - 3pm. 66 Route 24.
ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW. Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, North Bertrand Road and Willow Street.
HERBAL TOPIARY WORKSHOP. The design and sculpture of herbs into a creation of an edible art piece. Reservations required. 10am - 12pm. $36. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
MINIATURE FAIRY GARDEN. Create your very own fairy garden. Reservations required. 1:30 - 3:30pm. $39. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
SONRISE MOUNTAIN REVIVAL BAND CONCERT. A bluegrass / folk concert to benefit home rehabilitation and community programs in rural West Virginia. 6:30pm. Rt 15 & 385 Houses Corner Rd.
CAR SHOW. Vehicles of all types dating back as far as the 1920s. A host of vendors will participate in the Green Fair, which will also include special activities and demonstrations. Washington Ave.
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.
FATHERS DAY AT SPACE FARMS. Free drawing to win a season pass. Special nursery feedings and sessions on paternal behavior. 218 Rt 519.
HUNTERDON SYMPHONY. The rousing music of the 2016 Pops Concert. 7 - 9pm. Free. Deer Path Park, West Woodschurch Road.
THE BUSKERS. Country. 7pm. $15. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave..
WONDERFUL LAVENDER & LUNCH. Enjoy a relaxing and educational day with lavender. Starting with a lecture followed by a lavender lunch, then create your own 12” lavender wreath. Reservations required. 11am - 2pm. $52. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
ANNUAL WATERLOO CANAL DAY FESTIVAL. Boat rides on the Morris Canal, exhibits on aspects of canal history, walking tours of the village's canal features and of its architectural history. Eight Waterloo Village buildings will be open with historic trades demonstrated at the carpenter, seamstress and blacksmith shops. 10am - 4pm. Free. Waterloo Village.
ROCK, RIBS & RIDGES FESTIVAL. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road.
GIRALDA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL. Music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, an art show and sale, a picnic contest with fabulous prizes, kids’ activities, an antique ice cream truck and the relaxed atmosphere of the beautiful lawns of the former Dodge estate $20/ $5 children. Giralda Farms.
SMITTY’S POLKA BAND TRIO. 12:30 - 1:30pm. Free. Morristown Green.
HUNTERDON HARMONIZERS. Comprised of more than fifty men, the chorus offers a wide variety of music sung in a capella & close 4-part harmony. 7 - 9pm. Free. Deer Path Park, West Woodschurch Road.
May 11-May 29 • A SONG AT TWILIGHT. Noël Coward’s final and semi-autobiographical play kicks off the season in high style.
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.
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.
Saturdays • PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT UACNJ OBSERVATORY. Astronomy presentations followed by observing sessions, weather permitting.
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.
Sundays • SKYLANDS MANOR TOURS. Free guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of each month, March through November at 2pm.
Through MAY 30: Sandy Pancrazi and Ellen Mulligan, pottery
Ellen Mulligan is a ceramic artist making pottery for everyday use. She works in porcelain and stoneware, and enjoys using imagery on her work. Pottery has been unbelievably rewarding for me. Seeing my tableware in daily use makes it all fall into place. I like to imagine my pots stacked in the dishwasher -- sturdy, dirty and well-used. They can be used for a Thanksgiving dinner, mid-week takeout or morning cereal."
Sandy Pancrazi is a studio potter working out of her basement studio. She works in earthenware and stoneware making functional pottery. Artist statement: “I love the palate of colors available in Earthenware pottery. hose colors combined with the rich velvety color of the clay make an alluring combination. Painting on the clay gives rise to an infinite number of designs and never gets boring. I like to think of my pottery being used in the daily rituals of family life and one of my favorite pastimes, eating good food.”
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