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October 18 - 25

Living in Color!

The Kittatinny ridge near Crater Lake.
Chilly days and barren limbs are not far ahead, so get out your camera and hit the road, lined with good things to do and colorful panoramas for leaf peepers. Check our calendar for local tricks and treats.

Fields of Fun!


History Habitat

This original, framed watercolor entitled "The Old Spring House" by Dan Campanelli, valued over $10,000 will be the main prize in a raffle to raise funds benefit the Van Nest - Hoff - Vannatta Farmstead in Harmony and the Shimer Mansion in Pohatcong.
On Saturday, October 20, the annual self-guided Historic House Tour for Pohatcong Township includes numerous homes and structures built in the late 1700s the 1800s in the lower Musconetcong Valley. Proceeds benefit local historic and environmental preservation efforts. Tour begins at Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 627 in Finesville. For tickets and information, click or call the Pohatcong Township Historic Preservation Commission at 908/387-8630.

On Sunday, October 21, the 36th annual Autumn House Tour takes place in Lambertville. Among the public and private sites and canal walks is the Marshall House where you will learn of Lambertville's fascinating connection with the California Gold Rush. $25/$30, 11am - 5pm. Lambertville Historical Society, 609/397-0770.

Big Skylands Country

Merrill Creek Reservoir
Warren County's Scott's Mountain, so named since at least 1885, is known locally as Montana Mountain, named for the small hamlet that sits on its scenic plateau. Nearby Merrill Creek Reservoir, with its vast open waters and network of wooded trails, is deserving of any excursion up the mountain. The trip back down into and through the Pohatcong Valley is equally rewarding for students of history and devotees of the outdoors.

Trickle Down

Spruce Run Creek is a sparkling ribbon of natural beauty whose course through rich agricultural land interspersed with hardwood and evergreen forests still embodies the area's early history and provides sanctuary for many species of wildlife. The spring rises along the ridge of Schooley's Mountain, ten miles northeast of the reservoir near the boundary of Washington Township, in Morris County, and Lebanon Township, in Hunterdon County.

Botanical Spell

A peaceful scene at the Bamboo Brook Education Center.
Even as they retreat, gardens seem to procure new life in the fall. Plan to spend a day on an easy walk along Patriot's Path--garden to garden--from Kay Environmental Center to Bamboo Brook to Willowwood Arboretum. Get to know the richness and pleasures of their natural and cultivated diversity.

King Harvest

Not so long ago, every family had a root cellar, and canning of all the excess bounty, whether from the home garden or the farm stand, was standard practice. With the advent of the home refrigerator in the 1900s, freezing produce at the peak of just-picked freshness became a simple chore, and cooks filled their freezers with these delectable delights for use all winter long. It's not too late to take advantage of the fall harvest, and "put up" some food for healthy, nutritious eating during the long winter months. Canned sunshine!

Plan Ahead!


Stay and Play!



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