Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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When the first early spring rains come, thousands of salamanders, frogs and toads emerge from their winter slumber to make short stealthy migrations through the forest to breed and lay their eggs in vernal pools. The journey is often treacherous. (Photo: MacKenzie Hall)

March

Saturday, 23; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 23-24; 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. 10am - 3pm. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farm; 973/262-4732

Sunday, 24; Bridgewater

Middle Earth; 908/725-7223

Monday, 25; Asbury

WOODCOCK WATCH. American Woodcocks inhabit our wet fields and have one of the most fascinating courtship behaviors of any New Jersey bird. 7 - 8pm. $3. Tower Hill, 944 Mountain View Road.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Wednesday, 27; Far Hills

PRUNING WORKSHOP. Learn how to maintain the health and beauty of your home garden. 10am. $15. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Friday, 29; Blairstown

STEVE FORBERT. with special guest Jesse Bardwell 8pm. $27.50 – $32.50. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

April

Wednesday, 3; Belvidere

BACKYARD CHICKENS. Learn how to start and care for your own flock. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. 7 - 8:15pm. $10. Wayne Dumont Jr. Administration Building.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension; 908-475-6507

Thursday, 4; Morristown

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE. 7:30pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 5; Blairstown

THE NATIONAL RESERVE. 8pm. $25 – $30. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Friday, 5; Hillsborough

ECOLOGY OF DUKE FARMS. In this 2-hour program, we will review the stewardship initiatives at Duke Farms after reviewing the interesting history of the property. 5 - 7pm. $5. 80 Route 206.

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Friday, 5; North Branch

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS. 7pm. $25 & $35. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 6;

TROUT SEASON OPENS. Don’t forget your 2019 fishing license!

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Saturday, 6; Blairstown

CITIZENS BAND RADIO. 8pm. $17.50 – $22.50. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 6; Chester

OPENING DAY AT COOPER GRISTMILL. Experience the powerful energy of the Black River, as it runs the 1826 Cooper Gristmill's huge waterwheel and four floors of machinery to grind grain seeds into flour. 10am - 5pm. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 6; Flemington

EAGLE NEST WATCH. Check out our Bald Eagle pair nesting near County parkland in the Three Bridges area with volunteer nest monitor Dan Kroon! 7 - 8pm. $3. South Branch Wildlife Management Area, 442 Three Bridges Road, Hillsborough Township.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Saturday, 6; Franklin Township

ROSE PRUNING WORKSHOP. Basic pruning techniques and proper tools used for pruning. 9am - 12pm. $15. Mettlers Road.

Colonial Park; 908-722-1200

Saturday, 6; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 6; High Bridge

EASTER EGG HUNT. Main Street.

Borough of High Bridge; 908/638-6455

Saturday, 6-7; Morristown

Morristown National Historical Park; 973/539-2016 x210

Sunday, 7; Allamuchy

RONNY WHYTE TRIO SINGS SINATRA. Ronny Whyte is an interpreter of Classic American Popular Song, an outstanding jazz pianist, and a successful songwriter. 3pm. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894 x338

Sunday, 7; Basking Ridge

RARE HERPS!. Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) of New Jersey biologist, Allegra Mitchell, will discuss some of the rarest reptile and amphibian species in the state. 1 - 2pm. Free. 190 Lord Stirling Road.

Environmental Education Center; 908/722-1200 ext. 5002

Sunday, 7; Clinton

MILITARY HERITAGE DAY. Reenactors and artifacts representing America’s military history. 12 - 4pm. Red Mill, 56 Main St..

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Sunday, 7; North Branch

BROADWAY’S NEXT HIT MUSICAL. 3pm. $20 & $30. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 7; Oxford

Shippen Manor Museum; 908/453-4381

Sunday, 7; West Milford

BUNNY LUNCH. 12 - 2pm. $8, RSVP by 4/3/2019. 666 Macopin Rd.

Apshawa Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary; 201/306-1170

Monday, 8; Hillsborough

PLANNING YOUR GARDEN FOR BEGINNERS. Building soil health, designing your garden space, growing plants from seed or transplant and vegetable seasonality. 6:30 - 8:30pm. $10. 80 Route 206.

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Monday, 8; Morristown

RIO CLEMENTE AND FRIENDS. 7:30pm. $20. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3700

Thursday, 11; Mount Tabor

COTTAGE COMMUNITIES. Author Sara Hines presents images and discussion of camp meetings. 7 - 9pm. Free. The Bethel at Trinity Park.

Mount Tabor Historical Society; 973/975-0001

Thursday, 11; Princeton

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING & PAINTING FOR ADULTS. Join local artist and published illustrator Barbara DiLorenzo on a guided exploration of Morven interiors and exteriors. 10am - 1pm. $220. 55 Stockton Street.

Morven Museum & Garden; 609/924-8144

Friday, 12; Blairstown

SCOTT SHARRARD REDUX. 8pm. $27 – $32. 30 Main Street.

Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Friday, 12; West Milford

COMEDY SHOW. 3 Comedian Show, presented by Danny C. Entertainment. 7 - 11pm. $20. 666 Macopin Rd.

Apshawa Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary; 201/306-1174

Saturday, 13; Boonton

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE WALK. Split Rock Furnace – Morris County’s only standing iron furnace Split Rock Rd..

Canal Society of NJ; 973/326-7600

Saturday, 13; Gladstone

ANNUAL STREAM CLEANUP. Watershed-wide cleanup takes place in 38 municipalities. Register online. 9am - 12pm. Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road.

Raritan Headwaters Association; 908/234-1852

Saturday, 13; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 13; Hope

Hope Township Environmental Commission; 908/459-5011

Saturday, 13; Morristown

RODNEY ATKINS. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 13; Oxford

CHINESE PAINTING, HISTORY & STYLES. Lecture by Derek Wang. 1 - 3pm. $4. Oxford Municipal Building. 11 Green St..

Warren County ARTs Corporation; 908/581-5185

Saturday, 13-14; Bound Brook

Friends of the Abraham Staats House;

Sunday, 14; Ledgewood

DRAKESVILLE OPEN HOUSE. Tours of King Canal Store, King House Museum and Main Street, Drakesville historic district. 1 - 4pm. Free. 209-213 Main Street.

Roxbury Historic Trust; 973/584-1457

Sunday, 14; Sussex

ANNUAL VERNAL POOL EXPLORATION. Visit vernal pools to explore these habitats and learn why these sites are important to many species of amphibians, reptils, insects, and other wildlife. 2 - 3:30pm. Free, donation requested. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farm; 973/702-2289

Wednesday, 17; Asbury

AMPHIBIANS AT JUGTOWN. Join Allegra Mitchell of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, to explore the pools at Jugtown and hope to catch frogs, insect larvae, and frog eggs. 6:30 - 7:30pm. $15. Mountain Preserve, 402 Mine Road.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Wednesday, 17; Hillsborough

SUCCESSION PLANTING: TIPS & TRICKS. How to succession plant your garden to harvest crops such as lettuce, carrots, and string beans all season long. 6:30 - 8:30pm. $10. 80 Route 206.

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Friday, 19; Morristown

THE ROMEROS. Three generations of one family of guitarists is unprecedented in classical music. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 20; Ringwood

WILDFLOWER WALK. Early bloomers in the woodlands of the Wildflower Garden! 1pm. $5 donation. 20 Morris Rd..

Skylands Botanical Gardens; 973/962-9534

Saturday, 20-22; Ringwood

EARTH DAY WEEKEND. Special programs. Free. 20 Morris Rd..

Skylands Botanical Gardens; 973/962-9534

Monday, 22;

EARTH DAY.

Thursday, 25; Morristown

PILOBOLUS. In this brand new repertory show, come back to your senses and explore the connection between the human body and the analog world around us. 7:30pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 26; Newton

UPROOTED BAND WITH MICHAEL GLABICKI OF RUSTED ROOT. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Saturday, 27; Asbury

NATIVE PLANT SALE. Native plants can eliminate the need for pesticides and the need less water to survive. 9am - 2pm. River Resource Center, 10 Maple Ave..

Musconectong Watershed Association; 908/537-7060

Saturday, 27; Flemington

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL. Enjoy a variety of recycled crafts and games. At 11:00, enjoy a live animal show with Eyes of the Wild. All ages welcome! 10:30am - 7:30pm. Free. 42 Lilac Drive.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Saturday, 27; Gillette

The Raptor Trust; 908/647-1091

Saturday, 27; Harmony

Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township & Harmony Historical Society; 908/213-1600

Saturday, 27; Hillsborough

SQUARE FOOT ORGANIC GARDENING. Participants in this program will leave with practical information that will help minimize effort and maximize yield. 10am - 12pm. $10. 80 Route 206.

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Saturday, 27; Millington

The Raptor Trust; 908/647-1091

Saturday, 27; New Brunswick

NEW JERSEY FOLK FESTIVAL. Free. Eagleton Institute (Woodlawn), at the corner of George Street and Ryders Lane.

Rutgers University; 848/932-5775

Saturday, 27; Washington

ARTS, SWEETS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. 10am - 5pm. Washington Ave.

Washington Business Improvement District; 908/689-4800

Saturday, 27-28; Augusta

MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW AND SWAP MEET. Historic military vehicles from World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars are on display. Over 200 vendors and reenactors. $7. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..

Military Transport Association of North Jersey; 973/803-9725

Saturday, 27-28; Far Hills

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908-722-1200, ext. 5621

Saturday, 27-28; Franklin

ANNUAL GEM AND MINERAL SHOW. Over 100 dealers, special exhibits showing Lapidary, fossils, minerals, as well as an extensive presentation of the world famous deposits of Sussex County's fluorescent minerals. Sat., 9-5:30; Sun., 10-5. $6. Littel Community Center, 12 Munsonhurst Rd..

NJ Earth Science Association; 973/827-3481

Saturday, 27-28; 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, 28; Basking Ridge

PROJECT E.A.R.T.H. - SWAMP SEARCH!. Scavenger hunt teaches about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Enjoy environmental activities and games for children of all ages. 12 - 4:30pm. 190 Lord Stirling Road.

Environmental Education Center; 908/766-2489

Sunday, 28; Morristown

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Xian Conducts Mozart 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 30; Asbury

RIVER TALK: BIRDING 101. Join MWA and guest speaker Brian Butler for discussions about optics, field guides, local places to bird and more. River Resource Center, 10 Maple Ave..

Musconectong Watershed Association; 908/537-7060

Tuesday, 30; Belvidere

BASIC LAWN CARE. Rid your lawn of grubs, pests, and disease to achieve a sustainable, healthy and beautiful lawn using Integrated Pest Management. 12 - 1:15pm. $10. Wayne Dumont Jr. Administration Building.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension; 908-475-6507

Tuesday, 30; Far Hills

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - FLOWER & LANDSCAPE. This class will involve plant close-ups and landscape scenes and is designed for both digital and film photographers. 9 - 11:30am. $35, preregistration. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/722-1200, ext. 5621


Upcoming Events...


Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Country Gate Players, Belvidere

March 16-March 24 • MAMMA MIA!. ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father.

114 Greenwich St.. ; 908/475-1104

Dover Little Theater, Dover

69 Elliot St. ; 973/328-9202

Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown

Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center. ; 908/979-0900

The Folk Project, Morristown

MINSTREL CONCERT SERIES. Shows every Friday, presenting traditional American and ethnic "folk" music, as well as music of contemporary, primarily acoustic songwriters. The second Friday of the month is an open stage/audition night. 7:30pm. $10 adults; children 12 and under free.

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. ; 973/335-9489

Ongoing Programs and Events

Paulinskill Valley Trail, Andover to Columbia

Saturdays • NATURE WALKS. Hike the Paulins Kill 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

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center , Oxford

; 908/637-4125

Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Trout Unlimited, Sparta

Sparta VFW, 66 Main St.. ; 201/207-0928

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

Gallery 23, Blairstown

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

ArtYard, Frenchtown

January 12-April 14 • THE CREATIVE COMMONS. Works from three non-profit studios influenced by the work of Creative Growth founders Florence and Elias Katz.6 - 8pm.

62A Trenton Ave. ; 908/996-5018

Morristown National Historical Park Morristown

The Discover History Center at the Washington Museum

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210

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