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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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Thursday, 23-26; Hackettstown

UP ON THE ROOF. Tony Pace in a one-man, semi-autobiographical show recalls legendary entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Danny Kaye. 8pm. Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company ; 908/979-0900

Friday, 24; Franklin

Somerset County Park Commission; 732-873-2459

Friday, 24-25; Allamuchy

HALL OF HAUNTS III. Using Rutherfurd Hall's history, the Medium Theater Company presents "Alchemy!" Performances Friday & Saturday run on the hour and every 20 minutes from 6 PM. Last tour/show at 10PM. 7 - 9:30pm. $10. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517.

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894

Friday, 24-26; Somerset

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

Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc; 800/210-9900

Saturday, 25; Hope

VINCENT PRICE TRIBUTE DINNER. Jody Price with some of Vincent’s favorite recipes and wines. Music from 7-8, commentary starts at 8:15. $49. 319 Hope Johnsonburg Rd. (Rt. 519).

Inn at Millrace Pond ; 908/459-4884

Saturday, 25; Flemington

Flemington Historic Preservation Commission; 908/782-1288

Saturday, 26; Harmony

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

Harmony Historic Commission; 908/454-7470

Saturday, 25; Hackettstown

THE AMAZING FACE. A special selection of fun and surprising StoryFaces. 2pm. Little Theatre, Centenary College.

Centenary Stage Company ; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 25; North Branch

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET. A world premiere by ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, Kirk Peterson’s dynamic and lyrical Tears of the Moon, and more. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC ; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 25; Phillipsburg

COMEDY NIGHT. Carla, Phil Sweet, Robin Fox, Tim Hayes 7:30pm. $35 incl hor d’oeuvres, beer and soda. Flynn’s, 341 Pursel St..

Phillipsburg Rotary; 908/763-4106

Saturday, 25; Port Murray

SOAP MAKING. Choose from a varied selection of herbs to create your own specialty soap. 1:30am - 3:30pm. $34. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm ; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 25; 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; 908/722-9556

Sunday, 26; Milford

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse; 973/764-4888

Sunday, 26; Morristown

BONES AND STONES . Fall historical graveyard tour explores historic bones and decorative stones at the Presbyterian Church. 3 & 4:15pm. $15. 57 East Park Place.

Morris County Tourism Bureau ; 973/631-5151

Sunday, 26; Morristown

PUMPKIN ILLUMINATION. Artistically-carved pumpkins will be lit up by the reflective pool in front of the mansion as part of the fourth annual community-wide Halloween celebration. 5pm. Vail Mansion, 110 South St..

Morris County Tourism Bureau ; 973/285-5115

Sunday, 26; North Branch

THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS. Nebraska Theatre Caravan with one-woman play about Ann Landers. 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC ; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 26-27; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC ; 908/725-3420

Wednesday, 29; Morristown

Morris Animal Inn ; 973/539-0377

Wednesday, 29; Newton

ROBIN TROWER. 8pm. $29 - $39. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Thursday, 30; North Branch

MIKE AIKEN . Mike has consistently had his songs on the Country/Roots and Americana Charts in both the USA and Europe. 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC ; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 30; Sparta

CAMP NORLAND AND THE GERMAN-AMERICAN BUND. Wayne McCabe will deliver a talk with photos concerning Camp Norland that was located in Andover $5. Sparta Ambulance Building, 14 Sparta Ave.

Sussex County HIstorical Society; 973/383-6010

Friday, 31; Chester

HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST AND PARADE. Parade, trick or treat, refreshments on Main Street. Cash prizes for best costumes: $500/$200/$100 2 - 5pm. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association ; 908/897-2900

Friday, 31; Flemington

HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT CHILDREN’S’ ENTERTAINMENT. Children of all ages can visit participating stores throughout the Village. Entertainment starts at 4pm. 3:15 - 5pm. 1 Church Street .

Liberty Village Premium Outlets ; 908/782-8550


Saturday, 1; Hackettstown

ALEXIS P. SUTER BLUES BAND. Benefit concert also features the VooDUDES. 7 - 11pm. $25. Sitnik Theater at Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave.

WNTI Centenary Radio; 908/979-4355

Saturday, 1; Morristown

FROM ROMANCE TO TRAGEDY; GREAT MOMENTS IN BALLET. New Jersey Ballet’s Season Opening Night 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 1; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 1; Ringwood

Gentle Giants Dog Rescue and Sanctuary;

Saturday, 1-2; Somerset

BRICKFAIR NJ 2014. LEGO Fan Festival celebrates the most awesome toy ever, with displays, games, building and creating, prizes, and more. 11am - 4pm. $10. Garden State Expo Center, 50 Atrium Drive.

BrickFair LEGO Fan Festivals; 240/481-7998

Sunday, 2; Lebanon

OPEN HEARTH COOKING DEMO. Learn about 18th century cooking 1 - 4pm. Free. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Friday, 7; Morristown

VOCA PEOPLE. No instruments, no sound effects - just eight incredible, talented singer-comedians. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 8; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 8; Morristown

DOG EXPO. Join local rescue groups and business owners for a celebration of all things dog. 11am - 3pm. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum; 973/971-3700

Saturday, 8; Sussex

YOGA ON THE MOUNTAIN. Enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. Registration is suggested, but not required. 9:30am. $5 suggested donation. Interpretive Center, 1480 State Route 23.

Friends of High Point State Park; 973/702-0488

Saturday, 8-9; Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon

NOT JUST WINE TRAIL. Visit Vintage North Jersey wineries this weekend to receive coupons, discounts and directions to nearby restaurants, hotels, farm markets and stands, specialty food stores, unique shops and more.

Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail ;

Sunday, 9; Hackettstown

NJ BALLET: PETER & THE WOLF-BEAUTY & THE BEAST. The power of courage and kindness are at the heart of this delightful double feature. 2pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Sunday, 9; North Branch

10 HAIRY LEGS. Randy James’ all-male repertory dance company. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Tuesday, 11; Morristown

NJ350 LECTURE: TRAVELS ACROSS NEW JERSEY: THE BOLD, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE UNUSUAL. Pete Genevese reveals some of New Jersey’s best known, least known and most interesting Jerseyanna. 7:30pm. Free, reserve tickets. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Wednesday, 12; Morristown

AN EVENING WITH MARIO BATALI. Co-host of TV’s The Chew will speak on all things food 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 13-16; Hackettstown

KEN WALDMAN ALASKAS FIDDLING POET: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AS SANTA CLAUS. One-part Appalachian-string band concert, one-part riveting storytelling, one-part poetry reading, and one-part early Christmas gift exchange. 8pm. Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 15; Blairstown

PETER ROWAN. 8:30pm. $30. 30 Main Street.

Historic Blairstown Theatre; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 15; Branchburg

CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE. Crafters and vendors, tricky tray raffles. Refreshments available. Benefits students and charitable donations. 10am - 4pm. Free. Central School, 220 Baird Rd.

Branchburg Womans’ Club; 908/866-1824

Saturday, 15; Chester

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA. Fair trade gifts, handmade crafts and home baked goodies, Soups to G, and more! Tea with Savories and Sweets will be available. 10am - 3pm. 220 Main Street.

Community Presbyterian Church; 908/879-5859

Saturday, 15; Hackettstown

IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE. Young Audience Series The Little Theater.

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 15; North Branch

MANXMOUSE: THE MOUSE WHO KNEW NO FEAR. Sampler Series: Recommended 6+ 1 & 3:30pm. $10. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 15-16; Shawnee-On-Delaware

ART ON THE MOUNTAIN. The Hope Lodge will house more than sixty artisans on two floors. The artwork on sale will fit any budget. 11am - 5pm. Free. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Sunday, 16; Morristown

RAINBOW MAGIC LIVE!. Children's books come to life in a musical stage production, ages 4-10 1:30 & 4pm. Free, reserve tickets. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Future Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey , Madison

October 15-November 9 • HENRY VIII.

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

Ongoing Programs and Events

Liberty Village Premium Outlets, Flemington

1 Church Street . ; 908/782-8550

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

Gallery 23, Blairstown

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

USGA Museum, Far Hills

Permanent • THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS. The signature architectural space in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History celebrates every USGA champion and championship to date, housing all 13 USGA national championship trophies, while the names of every USGA champion are inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the room.

77 Liberty Corner Road ; 908/234-2300

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