Warren County Wanderings

Upcoming Events in Warren County, NJ Vol.2, No.15

Warren County Tourism Department

For more information, call 800-554-8540 or visit www.warrennet.org/warrencounty/edt/tourism.html

With apologies to Julie Andrews, the hills of Warren County are alive with the sound of music. You can hear free outdoor shows of folk, rock or traditional band music, Andean music at Waterloo Village, and a little bit of everything at the County’s premier musical event, Knowlton RiverFest. This year’s version of the award-winning festival includes everything from blues to jazz to a Celtic stew to sitar music. And speaking of Waterloo, the historic village ends its regular season of general admission on Sept. 1, so now is your chance to visit, either for a quiet stroll among the homes and gardens or for one of their special weekend events. The weather’s great, the music’s hot, so Happy Wandering!

Thursday, August 22: Summer Breeze Concert, featuring The Thompson Twins Folk Band. Sponsored by the Hackettstown Trade Association, this free concert is offered at 7:30pm in the Gazebo at Main and Moore streets in Hackettstown. Call 908-852-2120.

Friday-Sunday, August 23-25: Knowlton RiverFest Along the Delaware. Three days of free music from an eclectic collection of top regional, national and international entertainers, plus craft vendors and amusements for kids. Come for one day or all three. Winner of the NJ Governor’s Tourism Award for Best Special Event. Friday 6pm-midnight with Blue Sparks from Hell, Jo Sallins, Railroad Earth. Saturday 1pm-midnight with 12-year-old guitar prodigy Eric Steckel, Bernice Lewis, Bill Kelly & Senor Citizen, Kepa Junkera, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shooglenifty, Black Widow Band. Sunday noon-7pm with Gospel by the river (a non-denominational service), Jay Kishnor, Huun Huur Tu, Stanley Jordan, Lynn Morris Band. Hunter’s Lodge Field, Route 46, Delaware, two miles east of Route 80 Exit 4. $7/parking. Call 908-835-8355 or visit www.knowlton-fest.com.

Friday, August 23: Barefoot Grape Stomping, Four Sisters Winery. Wine tasting, hot/cold buffet and a hayride along with "the foot massage of a lifetime.’’ $30, reservations required. 7-9:30pm, 783 Route 519, Belvidere (White Township). Call 908-475-3671 or visit www.foursisterswinery.com.

Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25: Survivors Sojourn for Singles, overnight canoeing and camping trip on the Delaware River, led by a naturalist from Phillipsburg River Outpost. Adults only, reservations required. Meet at the Outpost, 4 Union Square, Phillipsburg, 8am Saturday, return 8pm Sunday. Call 908-213-9100 or visit www.phillipsburgriverfun.com.

Saturday, August 24: Guided Hike: Sunfish Pond. Take a loop hike on the Appalachian Trail to one of the most beautiful spots in New Jersey. Along the way you’ll learn about the intricate ecosystem of the hemlock ravine and the importance of fire for the environment. The hike covers 7.5 miles over some steep, rocky terrain. Meet at Kittatinny Point Visitor Center on Route 80 in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and caravan to the trailhead. 9am. Call 908-496-4458 or visit www.nps.gov/dewa.

Saturday, August 24: Spin Casting for Beginners. Learn the basics of spin casting. Safety, ethics, management, equipment and techniques will be discussed, followed by an actual fishing experience. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration required. 10:30am, Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, Route 46, Oxford, eight miles west of Hackettstown. Call 908-637-4125 or visit www.njfishandwildlife.com.

Saturday, August 24: Fresh Flower Candlestick Creations at Well-Sweep Herb Farm. Create elegant fresh herb and flower candlestick centerpieces for your home. Learn the basics of flower arranging to create your own masterpieces. Reservations required, $36. Well-Sweep Herb Farm, 205 Mt. Bethel Rd. Port Murray, 10:30am-Noon. Call 908-852-5390 or visit www.wellsweep.com.

Saturday, August 24: Fresh Herb Wreaths at Well-Sweep Herb Farm. You’ll enjoy the lovely creations that can be made with fresh herbs and dried for lasting enjoyment. Reservations required, $18.50. Well-Sweep Herb Farm, 205 Mt. Bethel Rd. Port Murray, 1:30-3pm. Call 908-852-5390 or visit www.wellsweep.com.

Saturday, August 24: Astronomy for the Public: Galaxies. Free lecture by Tony Patti of Amateur Astronomers, Inc., and viewing of the night sky with the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc. at their observatory in Jenny Jump State Forest, Hope. 8-10:30pm. Call 908-755-6932 or visit http://users.erols.com/njastro.

Sunday, August 25: Guided Hike: Orange Blaze/Appalachian Trails. Compare the ecosystems of highland and lowland on a somewhat rocky and wet 4-mile hike that offers great views from Kittatinny Ridge. Meet at Kittatinny Point Visitor Center on Route 80 in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and caravan to the trailhead. 9am. Call 908-496-4458 or visit www.nps.gov/dewa.

Sunday, August 25: Fly Fishing for Beginners. A 5-hour workshop that covers equipment, knot tying, stream tactics and more. Ages 12 and up, registration required. 10am, Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, Route 46, Oxford, eight miles west of Hackettstown. Call 908-637-4125 or visit www.njfishandwildlife.com.

Sunday, August 25: Festi-Andes 2002 at Waterloo Village. A cultural and educational experience of native music, dance, crafts and ethnic food from the Andes Mountains of South America. Special events include three stages for traditional music, workshops on music and dance, a children’s area with story-telling, arts & crafts, Andean animals, ethnic food and native handcrafts, and an evening concert under the tent. 11am-9pm, $12/adults, $9/children 6-12. Call 973-347-0900 or visit www.waterloovillage.org.

Sunday, August 25: Shippen Manor Museum Lawn Concert with The Wise Men. Free concert of classic rock, 4-6pm. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnic baskets and alcohol-free coolers, 8 Belvidere Avenue, Oxford. Call 908-453-4381 or visit www.wcchc.org.

Wednesday, August 28: "Know Nature’’ at Worthington State Forest. A fun opportunity for children and adults to learn more about the world around them. 11am at the park’s campground, Columbia. Call 908-841-9575 or visit www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/worthin.htm.

Thursday, August 29: Summer Breeze Concert, featuring Jeff Bellfy and Company. Sponsored by the Hackettstown Trade Association, the free concert is offered at 7:30pm in the Gazebo at Main and Moore streets in Hackettstown. Call 908-852-2120.

Thursday, August 29: Hackettstown Community Band, in concert at the new gazebo in Shappell Park, South Main Street, Phillipsburg. 7-8:30pm. Free. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Call 908-454-5003.

Saturday, August 31: Discovering Trees at Worthington State Forest. Learn how to identify trees with NJ Parks & Forestry’s Andrea Grier. 10am at Worthington State Forest Campground, Columbia. Call 908-841-9575 or visit www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/worthin.htm.

Saturday, August 31: Astronomy for the Public: Small Bodies of the Solar System. Free lecture by Alan Witzgall of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, and viewing of the night sky with the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc. at their observatory in Jenny Jump State Forest, Hope. 8-10:30pm. Call 908-755-6932 or visit http://users.erols.com/njastro.

Sunday, Sept. 1: Mountain Lake Community Association Sail Boat Race. Come to compete or just to watch and enjoy this scenic glacial lake. $5 entry fee for non-members, and boats must be 16 feet or smaller, no charge to watch. Registration is at 12:45pm with the race starting at 1pm. Call 908-475-2066.

Sunday, Sept. 1: Warren County Historical Learning Center at Bread Lock Park. The center features local history models and displays including the Oxford Furnance, Shippen Manor, Morris Canal and Lenape Indians. Free admission. 1-4pm, located near mile marker 4, behind OK-4 Wheel Drive, on Rt. 57 just west of New Village in Franklin Twp. Call 908-689-6350 or visit www.highlandsproject.org.

Sunday, Sept. 1: Scandinavian Festival at Waterloo Village. Finland, Sweden and Estonia are celebrated with continuous entertainment, imported gifts and demonstrations, along with costumes and fun for the kids. 10am-6pm. Call 973-347-0900 or visit www.waterloovillage.org.

Monday, Sept. 2: Labor Day Concert in the Park featuring Klunker. Join Harvey, Amy, Joe, Evil Twin Bart and Mysterio Stickman for a free concert of rock/blues/R&B, 1-3pm, Walters Park, Phillipsburg. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 908-454-5003 or visit www.minchin.net/klunker.

Continuing: The Pahaquarry Paint Out Exhibition. A group exhibition of landscape art sponsored by The Pahaquarry Foundation and Blair Academy, at Blair’s Romano Gallery, Armstrong Hipkins Art Center. Exhibition open through August 30, weekdays 10am-4pm and by appointment. Call 908-841-9530 or 908-362-6121 ext. 5690.

Continuing: The Pahaquarry Shoot Out Exhibition. A group exhibition of photography from the 2001 Pahaquarry Shoot Out, presented by the Pahaquarry Foundation and the Ridge and Valley Conservancy, at the Conservancy’s office and gallery, 16 Main Street, Blairstown, through August. 31. All photos are for sale. Saturday hours are 11am-2pm, call for weekday hours, 908-841-9530 or 908-362-7989, or visit www.rvclandtrust.org.

Continuing: Catherine Marchant and Jan Swift, Artists of the Month at Gallery 23, Inc. Fiber Arts and Beaded Jewelry by Marchant and Watercolor Painting by Swift featured through August 31. Located at 23 Main St., Blairstown. Call 908-362-6865.

For more information on places to stay, things to do, where to eat and other attractions in Warren County, visit http://www.warrennet.org/warrencounty/edt/tourism.html or call the Warren County Tourism Department at 800-554-8540. We hope to see you soon.

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Art Charlton, Director
Warren County Public Information
Warren County Tourism