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May 12 - 19

Planet Jersey

You don't need a team of horses, or even a mule, to turn your yard into an agricultural paradise and wildlife observatory. Here are few ideas... (Photo: Dan Bacon)
Memorial Day is around the corner, as May approaches its verdant peak. Is your garden in? Anyone can grow their own veggies in garden plots, raised beds, deck planters or any small space. It saves money, it's good for you and it's fun! Learn how to get the most out of your earth by examining Mary's best (and easiest) veggie garden primer. How does your garden grow? Or check these tips about growing your own Victory Garden!
When you're done planting, take advantage of a calendar budding with intriguing things for you and your family to enjoy. Or check our Day Trip Map for good ideas for a Sunday drive! For the more aerobically inclined can choose among dozens of natural attractions or outdoor activities suggested on our website.

For the birds

Photo by Dave Zolla
Who has not been enchanted by the mysterious hummingbird? With wings that beat too-fast-to-see, it seems to stand still in midair. If you can get closer you can hear the buzz of drone-like precision, sparkling like a gem in the sun encased by flashes of green, red and gold. Then it suddenly darts like a tiny spaceship to another zone where it may hover again for your inspection—or not. Close encounters of the hummingbird kind don’t have to be rare occasions. You can turn your backyard into a hummingbird paradise, a place where these beautiful creatures will become regular visitors. Don’t let them pass you by!

Local fare with a global flair!

On Saturday, May 14 the Hackettstown Business Improvement District will present a brand new event, International Day-Adventure through Hackettstown. A portion of Main Street will be closed to vehicles and open to visitors from 12-7 pm for a family day of fun celebrating the diverse cultures of Hackettstown. Enjoy kids' activities, crafts, live entertainment, a Tricky Tray, small plate tastings and more! Click or call (908) 850-5004 for details.

Sonic Iconic

Gerald Brann's love of Elton John's music comes shining through as he plays one hit after another with remarkable likeness to the pop music icon.
The Eagles and Elton visit Centenary College - in spirit if not in body - for two upcoming shows, May 14 and 21. This Saturday, Best of the Eagles brings all the Hotel California vibes you need to Centenary Stage Company's Lackland Performing Arts Center. Then, next Saturday, May 21, jazz pianist, Gerald Brann and his talented five-piece band follow the musical twists and turns of Elton John down the Yellow Brick Road. For tickets, click or call 908/979-0900. 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown.

Come and listen to a story!

The Ramsaysburg Homestead Summer Concert Series kicks off the season with Yarn this Sunday, May 15 at 3pm. The Brooklyn and Raleigh based band have made their mark, and if you expect that a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two, you’re right! The concerts at Ramsaysburg are held on the groomed grounds of the Riverside Amphitheater, part of the twelve-acre historical park along the Delaware River. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and coolers and join us in this wonderful pristine setting. Pets on leashes are permitted. Parking is limited, so please arrive early. Gates open at 2 pm. There will be a suggested donation of $10 per person. Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead is located close to the Delaware Water Gap at 140 Rt. 46, Delaware (for your GPS) or at the junction of Route 46 with Ramseyburg Road in Knowlton Township


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Meanwhile, tap our calendar for the best events for you and your family, or check our current stories. Pick from a multitude of daytrip itineraries and watch out for our virtual efforts to keep you informed. For the more aerobically inclined, the Outdoor Map shows the way to go, or choose among dozens of natural attractions or outdoor activities suggested on our website. Choose your own adventure!
Northwest New Jersey and destinations just beyond those borders, in Pennsylvania and New York, offer brilliant ways to get out and enjoy the pleasures of the season.
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