celebrating a sense of place

“It’s All in the Details” 

Linda Galdieri, Director of Catering for Monterey Fine Foods in Bernardsville


On April 10, Morris County purchased the former Bartenstein property on Leddell Road, just south of Tempe Wick Road, for $1.15 million. The land will extend the Leddell Preserve section of Lewis Morris County Park.

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Back home in NJ, she continues to train with Sara Schmitt and has her first show in Canada at the end of May- another CPEDI3*! Mane Stream is excited to have her back sharing the story of how horses changed her life with the community at resource fairs and networking events. 

If you’d like to learn more about Alanna’s story from therapy client to competitive para equestrian, have her out to your school, business, or club/organization, please contact info@manestreamnj.org or 908-439-9636.             

About Mane Stream – Mane Stream is a non-profit registered charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine assisted activities, therapy services and educational initiatives. Mane Stream is designated as a Premier Accredited Center of PATH - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, who provides education, accreditation and resources for the equine assisted activities industry.

The Annual

Pottersville Antique Show and Country Dining  

A Summer Tradition!

​Photos by Debbie 

Paddle the Raritan River with RHA

Open kayak paddles and guided river trips offered free to the public by the Raritan Headwaters Association

In Our Current Issue...

Para-Equestrian Returns to Mane Stream 

Alanna Flax-Clark, U.S. Para Equestrian, has returned to Mane Stream (an adaptive riding and therapy services non-profit in Oldwick) after spending a successful winter season competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and training in Wellington, FL with her Dutch Riding Pony, El Paso, or Taco as he is affectionately known. For three months each winter there is a big competitive season in Florida with National competitions every weekend and two CPEDI3* international shows where para riders from various countries compete in front of multiple judges from all over the world. This year Alanna and Taco won all their classes, coming home with blue ribbons at every CPEDI3* and National show!

Farmstead Arts Center, located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge, welcomes the Garden State Watercolor Society as their artists present “Small but Mighty” a small works exhibition in the Farm House Gallery from June 23 to August 3. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 4 pm. Free admission.  Many of the artists will be present at the opening reception. 


I have worked in hospitality my entire life, from 6-yr old refilling water glasses in my parents restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay all the way to serving 30,000+ guests at Blairsden… everything I do revolves around service. It is my passion... My signature “It’s All in the Details” truly defines the attention I give to each event I execute. It’s a wide range of services that I’m able to provide that sets us apart from other caterers. Food may be the foundation of the event but you have to take that stepping stone & build around it. Read more

What can a motivated, energetic group of volunteers accomplish in just three hours? In the case of Raritan Headwaters Association’s annual Stream Cleanup, a lot!  

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People Power: 1,700 volunteers Remove 18 Tons of  Trash:

Annual Stream Cleanup

was RHA’s ‘best yet’

The Pottersville Antique Show and Family Dining returns this summer with two days of fabulous antique foraging and three nights of scrumptious home-style comfort food are a family tradition. Since the 1950’s, antique dealers and treasure hunters have been making the pilgrimage to Pottersville, New Jersey, where the whole town comes together to support their volunteer fire company during an annual summer event like no other.

Garden State Watercolor Society “Small but Mighty” Art Exhibition at Farmstead Arts Center

36 artists will present nearly 60 small works – some inspired by the Garden State. Among the artists exhibiting are Judith Hummer of Bridgewater; Linda Arnold of Liberty Corner and James Fiorentino of Flemington. All works are available for purchase. Pickup of sold works will be at end of show, Sunday August 4 between 10:00am-2:00pm. Farmstead Arts is located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge. While the show is running, gallery hours will be Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Monday – Wednesday 11:00 -1:00. The Farm House is wheelchair accessible. For information contact Taya Ros at 908-636-7576 or by email: admin@farmsteadarts.org. Funds for this event have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.



Held during the last weekend of July, the event has become one of the East Coast’s oldest and most highly-regarded Antique Shows, with fantastic finds that include pottery, textiles, prints, postcards, and posters, jewelry of all kinds, porcelain, furniture, clocks, and vintage home furnishings. Appraisers are also available daily to value items brought in by show patrons.

If you come for the antiques, be sure to stay for the food, which is all cooked by the firemen and served by a host of family, friends, and dedicated volunteers. Lunch, which is served daily includes hamburgers, hot dogs, BLTs, tuna salad sandwiches, veggie burgers and delicious desserts, but the big attraction are the nightly dinners which change each evening of the event and include Roasted Virginia Ham with “Secret Raisin Sauce,” Roast Beef with homemade gravy, and Roast Turkey with the famous firehouse sausage stuffing. Of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without a bowl of fresh peaches and ice cream. The “Peach Ladies” will peel over 40 bushels of Melick’s peaches to go along with almost 40 gallons of ice cream.

All proceeds from the Pottersville Antique Show benefit the Pottersville Volunteer Fire Company. The Fire Company was founded in 1954 and serves Bedminster Township, Tewksbury Township and Washington Township, New Jersey as well as providing mutual aid to neighboring Fire Companies. Dinner only will be served on Thursday, July 25 from 5 pm – 8 pm. The Antique show kicks off on Friday, July 26 and runs through Saturday, July 27 from 11 am – 8 pm with lunch, dinner, and refreshments sold daily. The Pottersville Firehouse, 8 Hacklebarney Road, Pottersville, NJ 07979. pottersvilleantiqueshow.org

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Black River Roasters


Nearly 18 acres added to Lewis Morris County Park
New Jersey Conservation Foundation leads preservation project

This spring, summer and fall, enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the upper reaches of the Raritan River from a kayak. ..

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Far Hills Student Wins Library of Congress Writing Contest

Far Hills (FH) fifth-grader, Hannah Castiglione, won first place in the 2019 Letters About Literature State Competition (Level 1, Grades 4–6) presented by the Library of Congress. Fellow FH fifth-grader, Nate Lawton, was also acknowledged with distinguished honors... Read more