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Warren County Wanderings

"Live your life like a butterfly. Take rest sometimes, but never forget to fly." – Anonymous

This beautiful photo, taken by Charlie Fineran, calls to mind the monarch’s rest before its journey to Mexico. Once seen in abundance, now they may grace your yard only here and there. Another sign our seasons are changing from summer to fall and to appreciate the present moment.

The calendar is filling up with happenings around the county. This weekend in Washington is Festival in the Borough, a day jam-packed with music, vendors and food! Four Sisters Winery is kicking off fall with Harvest Weekends complete with live music and apple picking. Flowerland Growers, Well- Sweep Herb Farm and Donaldson Farms are hosting fall décor creations workshops and edible plant recipes. And as always, the music is jammin’ all weekend!

Congratulations to Diane W. of Belvidere, winner of the prize offered by Explore Warren at Belvidere Heritage Day - an apple picking activity as well as a variety of apple-related goodies generously donated by Mackey’s Orchard. To all of our other visitors that day, better luck next time! And a warm welcome to our new subscribers. 

Remember - never forget to fly, and Happy Wanderings!

Starting Septermber 15, 2021

 
This Week: 

Free Outdoor Concert: The Outcrops

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:30pm

The Outcrops have dug their roots deep into blues, funk, R&B, soul, and more. Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner, and some dancing shoes. Weather dependent - this will be presented at the outdoor Gazebo. For all ages. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Please register at warrenlib.org

Autumn Planter Workshop at Flowerland Growers

Friday, September 17, 2021 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Celebrate the wonderful season of autumn by creating your very own masterpiece with gorgeous mums, celosia, grasses, asters, rudbeckia, ornamental peppers, kale and cabbage and an adorable accent scarecrow. Also, shop for amazing fall décor and plants while entering to win amazing giveaways, participating in fun activities and enjoying delicious refreshments!

Herb Vinegars, Oils and Pesto @ Well- Sweep Herb Farm

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

With the garden at its peak and an abundance of herbs, it’s time to harvest. Come learn the basics on how to make your own herbal condiments. This class will feature the creation of two oils, two vinegars and a pesto to take home. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required.

Grandparents Weekend @ VonThun Farms

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Grab a grandparent and join VonThun for opening fall weekend. Every grandparent gets in free with one paid admission! Bring the grandparents along for apple picking, pumpkin picking, corn maze solving, unlimited hayrides, and more than 20+ family-friendly activities in our Festival Area!

Festival in the Borough

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:00pm

Northwest Jersey's largest street and music festival returns to Downtown Washington, with live music, vendors, kid's fun area, food, beer garden, and more! Three stages offer a diverse range of musical styles, plus dozens of vendors and local businesses will provide hours of shopping along with children's games and activities. This event is free to attend and includes plenty of free parking, and takes place rain or shine.

Main Stage Performers: Big Easy Easton Brass Band; Belly Dancers; Kinderhook (country rock); Bobby Harden Band (soul); Southbound (southern rock); Katie Henry Band (blues/rock); Smithereens (ROCK)

Fall Basket Workshop @ Donaldson Farms

Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 11:00am
Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 1:00pm

Fall is upon us and Donaldson Farms wants yours to start off right with a beautiful basket. Cost of this project is $40pp and includes planting container, all materials and instruction. Options for planting will include 12" containers, bushel baskets or window boxes.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with dessert wine. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! $42.50/person, plus tax - complimentary wine glass included. Tickets are required; please call 908-475-3671.

NJ Highlands Fall '21 Car Trek

Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:30pm

Hop in your car for the 2021 Fall Tour of Highlands Car Trek! This year's tour features the historic bridges of the Highlands, as featured in Skylands Visitor Magazine. This 75-mile tour of the forests, scenic vistas, rolling farm fields and quaint villages frozen in time. Registration begins at Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, then follow the turn-by-turn route instructions, which include descriptions of the natural and historic features that combine with the region’s legendary natural beauty to make a memorable road trip with places you’ll want to revisit.  The trip winds up at Four Sisters Winery. 

Harvest Wine Dinner @ Alba Vineyard

Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Harvest is here - join Alba as they celebrate the season’s bounty and beauty for an evening of great food, wine, and music! Wine is food’s natural match, and at this wine dinner, guests experience the relationship in a unique way–by enjoying dishes created by Chef Anthony Fiore and tasting them alongside wines that originated in this estate vineyard. Seating is outdoors under the arbor - in case of rain seating will be in our tank room Relaxing music by Dan Dechellis, pianist.

Concerts in Garret D. Wall Park

Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 2:30pm

Presented by Music at St. Luke's. Bring a chair to Garret Wall Park in Belvidere for a blend of funky originals and classics from Grover Kemble and The Noble Brothers.

Harvest Weekend at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 6:00pm

A weekend for the family at Four Sisters Winery, featuring live music (12-4pm), great food, wine tasting ($5/person), wine by the glass or bottle.

Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Formal wine tasting followed by dinner and dessert, paired with dessert wine. An educational wine cellar tour describes the processes of wine making and then off with the shoes and socks for the ever-popular Barefoot Grape Stomping! $42.50/person, plus tax - complimentary wine glass included. Tickets are required; please call 908-475-3671.

 
Continuing: 

Rutherfurd Hall Outdoor Lecture Series with Joan Salvas

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 5:30pm
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 5:30pm
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 5:30pm

Please bring a lawn chair for an outdoor 3-lecture series featuring Miss Mercer, Master Franklin, Mrs. Rutherfurd and Mr. Roosevelt, on the great lawn at Rutherfurd Hall. $20 for 3 lectures or $10 at the door.

Lopatcong Music in the Park: Video Daze

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:00pm

This weekly summer music series, held at Veterans Rally Point at Lopatcong Municipal Park, presents its final concert of the season. Bring a chair, and soft drinks/snacks if you like, and enjoy the sounds of Video Daze.

Grill Night at Alba Vineyard

Friday, September 17, 2021 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

This is the last month of grill nights. Reservations required - $50/person, wine sold separately. Your choice of steak, fish or chops - all served with seasonal vegetables, potato, and salad. Three seatings every half hour from 5-7pm. 

Evening Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Friday, September 17, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Friday: Keith Chasin & Pat Oberstaedt; Saturday: Dave Roth. Enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, food and music under the arbor. 

Weekend Live Music at Brook Hollow Winery

Friday, September 17, 2021 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Spend part of your afternoon at Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility for live music. Enjoy music with Rich Berry on Friday, Michael Long on Saturday and George Baier on Sunday.

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, September 17, 2021 -
8:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Stan Steel on Friday and Jeiris Cook on Sunday. Call 908-441-6127 to book a table!

Live Music @ Little Ridge Vineyard

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm

Enjoy music Saturday with John Cain. Tasting room is open Friday- Sunday. There is outdoor seating though guests are welcome to bring a blanket or chair.

Blairstown Farmers Market

Saturday, September 4, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

Come see your favorite local farmers and food producers at the Blairstown Farmers Market!

Afternoon Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyard

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
12:30pm to 4:00pm

Enjoy an afternoon of wine, food, and music at Alba Vineyard. Joe Wagner Jazz Trio on Saturday; Corinne Mammana Quartet on Sunday. All guests must be 21+

Music under the Pergola at Villa Milagro

Saturday, September 18, 2021 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Pack a picnic and enjoy spectacular views while enjoying music under the pergola: Canalside Band on Saturday; Julianna Sweeney on Sunday. $15/person cover includes music, tasting, gift glass to keep.
 

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, September 5, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

A venue where local farmers, producers, and artisans come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and related products directly to the consumer. Open every Sunday, and live music has been known to happen there!

 
Community Corner: 

Maker Club: Lift Off!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 4:30pm

The Catherine Dickson Hofman branch of the Warren County Library conducts outdoor, hands-on STEAM activities every Wednesday at 4:30pm. Learn about the physics of propulsion as we use chemistry to launch film canisters and engineering to make our own paper rockets!

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 6:00pm

The veterans of The American Legion, Carl D. Archer Post 528 of White Township will be holding a Recognition Day ceremony at the established permanent POW/MIA memorial, located at the Oscar Unangst Memorial Fields. The ceremony will honor former POWs, including a local POW who passed away this year, and include National POW/MIA Recognition day history, the history of the POW/MIA flag, the POW/MIA empty chair and the Missing Man table and Honors ceremony.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Kids Canvas Painting @ Rutherfurd Hall

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Come get creative with ART- stitution while you learn how to paint this Fall scene! We will be painting on stretched canvas with acrylic paint. All ages & abilities welcome. Kids under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All supplies included.

Warren County Hot Air Balloon Fun and Games Festival

Friday, September 24, 2021 -
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 -
3:00pm to 8:00pm

Hot Air Balloons will once again take to the skyways when the first Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Fun and Games Festival at Warren County Community College. The event, which runs until 8pm each night, is more than just hot air balloons. This event is intended as a community-wide celebration with non-profits invited to participate and use the 3-day affair to raise funds for their respective organizations.

Free Paper Shredding Service for Warren County Residents

Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
8:00am to 11:00am

Warren County's semiannual Paper Shredding event is a free service to Warren County residents (not for businesses, and proof of residency required). Bring your confidential/sensitive paper materials; any document that contains personal exclusive information.  Please limit the quantity to 4 bags or boxes weighing no more than 20 lbs. each. Staff will be available to unload documents. Questions? Call 908-475-6533 prior to the day of the event. 

Wine & Music Festival at Four Sisters Winery

Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm

A weekend for the family at Four Sisters Winery, featuring live music, great food, wine tasting ($5/person), wine by the glass or bottle. No cover charge, no admission fee, and no parking fee.

Hackettstown Oktoberfest 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
12:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 -
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Join Hackettstown BID as they celebrate the 5th annual Hackettstown Oktoberfest! Ready to kick off the fall season with one of our biggest town-wide events of the year? Sponsors include Czig Meister Brewing Company, Manskirt Brewing Company, and Bea McNally's as they host events throughout the course of the weekend! This is a free event to attend, so grab your friends and family and be prepared to have the time of your life!

YARN @ Roy's Hall

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 8:00pm

YARN Re-Opens Roy’s Hall. YARN has landed on the Grammy ballot 4 times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts, garnered airplay on Sirius FM, iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and CMT, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from Rolling Stone.

CeCe Teneal: Portrait of a Queen

Saturday, October 2, 2021 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

The Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin taught us how to “Think” and demand “Respect” while “Ridin’ on the Freeway!” Portrait of a Queen, featuring the voice of the Century Cece Teneal, is a dynamic musical production that will have you on the edge of you seats from start to finish. CeCe Teneal has travelled the world performing and has opened the stage for talents such as Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Johnny Lang, and the legendary B.B. King among others. Her original sound has earned her fans across the globe and her music video “Eleanor Rigby” was exclusively premiered on the Huffington Post.

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