Warren County Wanderings

"You can be in terrible shape, and if you take a three-hour walk through the forest and along the river, you're simply not the same as when you started out." - Jim Harrison, American writer.

The weather looks great for this weekend - how much longer will we be able to say that? - and there are plenty of things to do. You'll find ideas when you read ahead; you also can find a forest or river or trail for a walk or paddle on the Warren Parks website or on the website of New Jersey's State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites. For instance, you'll find Stephens State Park near Hackettstown, where this photo of the Musconetcong River was taken. So read on, then find your bliss. Happy Wanderings!

Starting August 23, 2017

This Week: 

TGI Flynn's: Jeff Bellfy & Co.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Only two more TGI Flynn's for the summer! Great food, cold drinks, and awesome entertainment. A free, family friendly event with the band playing under the pavilion.

Canal Day at Historic Waterloo Village

Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

The Canal Society of New Jersey offers a wide range of programming at Waterloo Village this year including the new Highlands Canal Boat Exhibit featuring the recently discovered remains of what may be the last Morris Canal Boat. Some of the historic buildings will be open, historic trades & crafts will be demonstrated, and there will be canal boat rides.

Lopatcong Community Day

Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
1:00pm to 10:00pm

Free admission! Vendors, community groups, activities and demonstrations at the park. Refreshments available for purchase, and fireworks at dark!

Farm-to-Fork Celebration

Sunday, August 27, 2017 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm

The Foodshed Alliance partners with premiere local chefs and restaurants to host this annual Farm-to-Fork Dinner at Alba Vineyard, celebrating local farms and food. Seating is limited so reserve now! $150/person.

Hawaiian Luau and Pig Roast at Buck Hill

Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
4:00pm to 11:30pm

Hurry and make your pre-paid reservation! Only 100 tickets will be sold for this Hawaiian Luau with Cuban-style pig roast. $35/person, two seatings.

Concerts in the Barn - Desire

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 5:00pm

Bring a picnic! Indoor, outdoor and cabaret seating available. Rain or shine. Desire will perform Motown and more, Doo-Wop style. Gates open at 5pm, music at 6pm.

Music at Milagro: Lanter-McMillan Jazz Quartet

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

Lanter-McMillan jazz quartet will perform standards and original works. Doors open at 6pm for an included wine tasting; music is from 7 to about 9:30 with an intermission.


Customer Appreciation Week at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Monday, August 21, 2017 to Saturday, August 26, 2017

Well-Sweep shows its appreciation by offering a 20% discount on all purchases this week, plus on Saturday they host a Native Plant Lecture at 11am, as well as Herb Garden Tours at 12pm and 2pm, and serve complimentary herbal refreshments all day. Free admission and parking.

Free Open Kayaking at White Lake

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, August 25, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Sunday, August 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

A limited amount of kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the public to enjoy. Life vests and paddles are included.
Group Reservations available with a one week minimum notice. Please contact our Preserve Manager at 973-937-8748.

Live Music Every Night at Cafe Baci

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 to Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mama's Cafe Baci offers live entertainment seven nights a week, including Monday Acoustic Cafe; Local Artists Tues.- Thurs.; George Baier on Friday; Faded Genes (Yeager & Boccito) and Lite Jazz  on Saturdays (and a new late night menu, relaxing cocktails & tapas in their new 201 Fifth bar); George Baier again on Sunday; and more.

Summer Nights on the Farm at Donaldson's

Friday, August 25, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Relax and enjoy delicious farm fresh food, live music, and fun. The kids will sleep great after pony rides, lawn games, and other activities. Live music by Bombed Opera and Special Guest Andrea Nies, and this week's guest food purveyor is Pasta Grill by Enzo. No entrance fee. Food and activities priced individually. And you can get your meal to go! Rain date August 26.

Live Music at Panther Pub

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, August 27, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Come out to this fun neighborhood restaurant and enjoy listening to some local talented musicians! Fri. evening; Sun. afternoon; and Open Mic 2nd & 4th Wed.

Blairstown Farmers' Market

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Now in its 10th season and accepting SNAP! The Market runs every Saturday 10am-2pm and features a variety of local farmers with truly local food - all sourced within a 25 mile radius - plus artisans, speakers, workshops, musicians and children’s activities.

The night sky as seen from the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey observatories

Astronomy Talk & See the Evening Stars at UACNJ Observatory

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 8:00pm

The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey weekly free public program is This week's program is: "Astronomy, the Gateway Science" presented by Sean Post, NWJAA. The astronomy presentation begins at 8pm in the lecture hall regardless of the weather, and is followed by stargazing on the observatory's telescopes until 10:30pm, weather permitting, in Jenny Jump State Forest.

Warren County Farmers Market

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, August 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Formerly known as the Belvidere Farmers' Market, the Warren County Farmers' Market provides 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.

Yoga at Brook Hollow Winery

Sunday, August 27, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Relax, Unwind + Wine! The one-hour, beginner-friendly class open to all levels is followed by a complimentary wine tasting.

Community Corner: 

Adult Sip & Paint Night

Friday, August 25, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a night of creativity and inspiration! Bring a bottle of wine and paint a serene beachscape. Outdoors if weather permits.

Sip and Art Soirées to Benefit Ridge and Valley Conservancy

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 6:00pm
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Learn how to use a variety of mediums through a series of seven classes under the guidance of established artist Suzanne Montgomery. 

Plan Ahead: 

Music at St. Luke's: The Walking Brothers

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Walking Brothers, Jeff Miller and Nick Warholak, combine indie folk, bluegrass and Americana music for a modern take on the classics. Come early and enjoy burgers and hot dogs on the lawn of the 1832 Episcopal church in the center of the historic Moravian village.

Musconetcong Valley Farm Tour

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 9:30am

One day. Three farms. Cattle. Grain. Produce. Wine. Tour three environmentally sustainable farms that provide healthy, local products on a special tour sponsored by the Musconetcong Watershed Association.

Hackettstown BID's Autumn Lamplight Dinner

Monday, September 11, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Join friends, family and community for this distinguished community celebration in Hackettstown. This event is a great opportunity to get a taste of all the restaurants in one location.

Morris Canal Bus Tour - Warren County

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Don't miss this scenic tour of the historic Morris Canal, which sold out when it was last offered in the spring. Come see for yourself what made our canal unique in all the world, visiting sites including Port Colden, Bread Lock Park, Plane 9 West and more. 

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