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May

Friday, 1; Newton

TODD RUNDGREN. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 1; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 1-3; Far Hills

RUMMAGE SALE. NJ's oldest and largest rummage sale. 75,000 square feet of goods for sale. Rain or shine. Parking is free. 9:30am - 3:30pm. Far Hills Fairground, Route 202 & Peapack Road.

Visiting Nurse Association; 908/766-0180

Saturday, 2; Hackettstown

PRETTY POTS. Paint and plant 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 2; Morristown

ALL-COUNTY GARAGE SALE. Benefits the historic site. 9am - 4pm. $5. Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave.

Morris County Park Commission; 973/285-6534

Saturday, 2; Stockton

PUBLIQUARTET. 7:30pm. $21; $14 for students and seniors. Prallsville Mills 22 Risler Street (Route 29).

Raritan River Music Festival; 908/213-1100

Saturday, 2-3; Morristown

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Sunday, 3; Allamuchy

DOWNTON ABBEY STYLE MOTHER’S DAY TEA & LUNCHEON. Limited seating for this special event! Admission includes includes soup, salad, an assortment of gourmet tea sandwiches and delicious desserts. Tours of the mansion will be available after lunch. 12pm. $45. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 3; Layton

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200

Sunday, 3; Morristown

ZHANG CONDUCTS MOZART & BRAHMS. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Monday, 4; Morristown

MARIACHI DEL SOL. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 5; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises;

Tuesday, 5; Morristown

REINVENTING RADIO. Ira Glass, creator of This American Life and editorial advisor for Serial, talks about pushing broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 5; Morristown

CINCO DE MAYO WITH PUPS. Enjoy a block party and Dog Fiesta in our indoor pool, enjoy fajitas and more. RSVP your pup. $59.95. 120 Sand Spring Road.

Morris Animal Inn; 973/539-0377

Tuesday, 5; North Branch

UNSINKABLE WOMEN: STORIES AND SONGS FROM THE TITANIC. Based on diaries, letters and interviews, this piece brings to life nine famous figures. 12 & 7. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Wednesday, 6; Morristown

LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION WITH CAROL BURNETT. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 7; Morristown

PINK MARTINI. A hypnotic sound that transcends cultures and languages. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 8-9; Morristown

MEMPHIS. The story of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 8-10; Blairstown

WILDERNESS FIRST AID. Get certified through fun hands-on exercises. Lodging and meals included. $331, $299 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Saturday, 9; Chester

MOTHER AND BABY YOGA CLASS. Free! 10:15 - 11am. 57 Main Street.

School of Royal Yoga; 908/879-9648

Saturday, 9; Hopatcong

SECOND ANNUAL LAKE HOPATCONG BLOCK PARTY . Visit the museum or some 200 vendors who will be at the park, including great food, boats, and demonstrations. 323 Lakeside Blvd.

Lake Hopatcong State Park; 973/398-2616

Saturday, 9; 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, 9; Statewide

NJ Audubon Society; 908/766-5787

Saturday, 9; Stewartsville

PROJECT TRIO. Music from Bach to Beethoven to Django Reinhardt to Jethro Tull and plenty of PROJECT Trio originals. 7:30pm. $21; $14 for students and seniors. Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church 17 Greenwich Church Road.

Raritan River Music Festival; 908/213-1100

Saturday, 9; Summit

RESOUNDING JOY. Dr. Christopher Shepard, finalist in Masterwork's music director search, conducts. 8pm. $25. Calvary Church, 31 Woodland Ave.

Masterwork Chorus; 973/692-6051

Saturday, 9-10; Montague

MOTHER'S DAY SANGRIA PICNIC WEEKEND. Sip some wine or Sangria and enjoy your family and a pinic on one of our scenic picnic spots. 12 - 5pm. Free. 141 Clove Road.

Westfall Winery; 973/293-3428

Saturday, 9; Hope

AMERICAN BANJO MUSIC. World renowned concert banjoist Drew Fetch, with Becky Schneider, perform music from different times on instruments from appropriate periods, from the Early Minstrel Age and Southern plantation traditions to stage, and concert hall music. 7pm. $15/ $20 family, $10 student. High Street.

St. Luke?s Church; 908/475-3644

Sunday, 10; Basking Ridge

MOTHER’S DAY HORSEBACK RIDE. Registration is necessary 11am. 256 South Maple Avenue.

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/766-5955

Sunday, 10; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises;

Sunday, 10; Morristown

PAT BENATAR AND NEIL GIRALDO. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 12; Far Hills

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Alternative approaches to landscape and flower photography. 9 - 11:30am. $35. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Wednesday, 13; Morristown

DON RICKLES. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 14; Morristown

VINCE GILL. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 14-17; Morristown

SALAAM SHRINE CIRCUS. 161 East Hanover Avenue.

Mennen Sports Arena; 973/992-2860

Friday, 15; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises;

Saturday, 16; Andover

Hudson Farm Club; 973/796-0214

Saturday, 16; Bedminster

FRENCH ALLIANCE BALL. To commemorate the original event at the Pluckemin Artillery Park in 1779, cannons will fire and the Ball will commence Vanderveer House, 955 US Highway 202/206.

Jacobus Vanderveer House; 908/396-6053

Saturday, 16; Califon

BOURBON STREET BLUES FEST. The non-profit festival, which features a top-flight line up of nationally known and local blues talent, raises funds for local charities and community projects. 11:30am - 9pm. Lebanon Township Memorial Park, 70 Bunnvale Rd..

Bourbon Street Blues Fest;

Saturday, 16; Clinton

NEWMAN & OLTMAN. Guitar Duo with Collegial Colleagues La Guitaromanie perform music by Schubert, Rossini, Giuliani, Diabelli. 7:30pm. $21; $14 for students and seniors. Clinton Presbyterian Church, 91 Center Street.

Raritan River Music Festival; 908/213-1100

Saturday, 16; Morristown

NEW JERSEY BALLET. Tappin’ at the Ballet 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 16-17; Belvidere

MUSES IN THE VINEYARD. A festival of music of the women, by the women and for everyone! $27.50/day $45/weekend advance. Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Route 519.

Foul Rift Productions; 570/801-1771

Saturday, 16-17; Wantage

MEDICINE WHEEL GARDEN FESTIVAL. Music, gardening workshops, tours, plant sale, craft and food vendors, childrens’ activities and more to support the continued restoration of the gardens and historical buildings. 10am. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 862/268-1557

Sunday, 17; Chester

15TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW. Classic cars, oldies 10am - 3pm. $3. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-4814

Sunday, 17; Chester

20TH ANNIVERSARY LILAC PARTY. The men’s a cappella chorus “The Ten” at Lilac Party Garden fundraiser. Spring Artisan wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, Silent Plant Auction. Tickets required 5:30pm. Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road.

Willowwood Foundation; 973/615-4841

Sunday, 17; Morristown

NEW JERSEY BALLET. Sleeping Beauty 1 & 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 19; Morristown

CURIOUS GEORGE. 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 21; North Branch

VALINOR QUARTET. A new ensemble fusing Sergei Teleshev, on accordion, with the members of last season's popular International String Trio. 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 22-25; Flemington

ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY SIDEWALK SALE. Enjoy additional discounts off the everyday savings of 25% - 65% off at this colonial American shopping village. 10am - 9pm. 1 Church St..

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550 x11

Friday, 22-25; Port Murray

The Folk Project; www.folkproject.com

Saturday, 23; Stanton

Raritan River Music Festival; 908/213-1100

Saturday, 23-24; Shawnee-On-Delaware

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 23-25; Somerville

Tour of Somerville; 908/725-7223 x13

Monday, 25; Columbia

RAMSAYSBURG PICNIC BY THE RIVER. Music, tours, BYO picnic at the Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead along the Delaware River. Ramsaysburg Rd, and Rt 46.

Knowlton Township Historic Commission; 908/475-5352

Thursday, 28-31; Stanhope

ST MICHAEL SCHOOL ITALIAN FESTIVAL. Rides, games, international food, vendors, entertainment, beer/wine garden. Proceeds support Saint Michael parochial school in Cranford, NJ. Waterloo Village.

St Michael School; 973/347-0039

Friday, 29-31; Augusta

CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. 4 - 8pm. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..

MVA Productions; 973/948-5500

Saturday, 30-31; Chester

SPRING CRAFT SHOW. Ranked as one of the top sixty craft shows in the country, quality crafters represent many types of wares. 10 - 5. $4. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-4814

Sunday, 31; Allamuchy

WARREN COUNTY PRESERVATION DAY. Explore the Rutherfurd Hall historical site and learn about county-wide similar programs. 10am - 4pm. Free. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517.

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

Sunday, 31; Milford

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse; 973/764-4888

Sunday, 31; Morristown

NAST THE HOMEBODY. Talk by Ken and Nancy Miller. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

June

Friday, 5-7; Blairstown

HIKE, PADDLE, AND PLAY GETAWAY. Escape to nature and meet new friends. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Friday, 5-7; Randolph

BIG GREEK FESTIVAL. Live Greek music and entertainment featuring Greek folk dancing. traditional Greek food, wines and liquors 11am - 8pm. 1447 Sussex Tnpk.

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church; 973/584-0388

Saturday, 6; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 6; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises;

Wednesday, 10; Morristown

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 12-14; Blairstown

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR SKILLS. Gain fundamental skills in this empowering hands-on course. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Saturday, 13; Franklin Township

Somerset County Park Commission; 732/873-2459

Saturday, 13; Oxford

FREE FISHING DAY. You don’t need a license to fish this Saturday! 605 Pequest Rd..

NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife; 908/637-4125

Saturday, 13; Pittstown

BONNIE BRAE POLO CLASSIC. Equestrian contests, art exhibit, antique and classic car parade, polo cuisine. 12 noon - 6pm. Fieldview Farm, 342 Quakertown Road.

Bonnie Brae; 908/647-0800

Sunday, 14; Morristown

BILLY STRAYHORN ORCHESTRA. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 20; Belvidere

Belvidere Woman’s Club; 908/475-8944

Saturday, 20; Mount Arlington

41ST ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW. Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, North Bertrand Road and Willow Street.

Lake Hopatcong Antique and Classic Boat Society;

Saturday, 20-21; Montague

FATHER'S DAY SANGRIA PICNIC WEEKEND. Sample award winning wines, sip some Sangria and enjoy a day on the farm. 12 - 5pm. Free. 141 Clove Road.

Westfall Winery; 973/293-3428

Saturday, 20-27; Delaware River

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.

Delaware River Sojourn; 646/205-2724

Sunday, 21; Milford

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse; 973/764-4888

Friday, 26; Morristown

PETER FRAMPTON. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 26-27; Augusta

ROCK, RIBS & RIDGES FESTIVAL. Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker and food. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road.

Rock, Ribs and Ridges; 973/882-8240

Saturday, 27-5; Kutztown, PA

Kutztown Folk Festival; 610/683-1537

Sunday, 28; Morristown

CURRIER & IVES: MORE THAN A CHRISTMAS CARD. Talk by Steve Miller. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

July

Friday, 3; Shawnee-On-Delaware

SHAWNEE 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS. Live DJ, food vendors and magic show before the fireworks display at dusk. 7 - 10pm. $10 per car load. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Tuesday, 7-9; Blairstown

FAMILY ADVENTURE GETAWAY. Kids stay and eat for FREE! Crafts, games, swimming & more. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Saturday, 11; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Friday, 17-19; Blairstown

ASTRONOMY AND HIKING. Study the night sky with physics experts for the weekend. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Friday, 17-19; Delaware

WNTI Radio; 908/979-4355

Saturday, 18; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 18-19; Shawnee-On-Delaware

POCONOS' WURST FESTIVAL. Wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and polka! Plus, sausage making demos, bier stein olympics, beer belly contest, german dancing, kids area and more... 12 - 6pm. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 25; Hackettstown

ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE. Summer Jamfest Series. No other can parallel the uniqueness of The King Of Pop more precisely than Joby Rogers 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 25-1; Harmony

Warren County Farmers’ Fair; 908/859-6563, www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org

Friday, 31-2; Blairstown

HIKE, YOGA, NUTRITION AND INDIAN FOOD. Relax and learn with the health experts. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Friday, 31-9; Augusta

Sussex County Fairgrounds; 973/948-5500

August

Saturday, 8; Hackettstown

CSN SONGS. Summer Jamfest Series. Seasoned and talented musicians perform all of your favorite and timeless Crosby Stills Nash & Young hits. 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Sunday, 9; Shawnee-On-Delaware

POCONO CHICKEN WING OFF. Sample over 30 sauces at the region’s largest wing tasting competition. Benefits the Monroe County Meal on Wheels. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Wednesday, 12-14; Bridgewater

SOMERSET COUNTY 4-H FAIR. Family fun in 15 acres of exhibits, entertainment and food concessions recognizing the accomplishments of 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members. North Branch Park, Milltown Road.

Somerset 4-H; 908/526-6644

Saturday, 15; Shawnee-On-Delaware

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 15-16; Harmony

WARREN COUNTY ANTIQUES SHOW AND VINTAGE MARKET PLACE. More than 150 dealers are located indoors and outdoors for a rain-or-shine show! 10am - 4pm. $7 (check www.warrencountyantiqueshow.com for discount coupon). Warren County Farmers’ Fairgrounds, Route 519.

Warren County Antiques Show; 908/343-5873

Sunday, 23; Milford

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse; 973/764-4888

September

Saturday, 5-6; Shawnee-On-Delaware

POCONO GARLIC FESTIVAL. Over 50 food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 12-13; Chester

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-2900

Saturday, 19-20; Millbrook Village

Millbrook Village; 908/496-4458

Saturday, 19-20; Shawnee-On-Delaware, PA

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 26-27; Augusta

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200