celebrating a sense of place

Five Questions with Francisco Ayala
The New Head of School

at the Willow School

MUSIC

46 Acres of Historic Oldwick farm Preserved

In the ebbing daylight of autumn or the early sunrise of spring, New Jersey’s lime burners stood their lonely vigils, stoking the hot coals and “burning the white marble”– limestone.​ A slave to the flames, they kept the fires burning continuously for days, stooping into the “eye of the kiln” and laboring before the white glow in the dark of midnight​... Read More

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MAIN EVENT

New Jersey Peaches: A History of Good Taste

More than 46 acres of the historic Craigmar Farm, in the same family since before the American Revolution, has been permanently preserved through a partnership between New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the State Agriculture Development Committee, Hunterdon County and Tewksbury Township.... Read More

Bluebird Farm Alpacas You’re going to Smile

BACK TO SCHOOL

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FOODIE

Storyteller, Gordon Thomas Ward, has returned from the studio with another gorgeously produced album, Providence, once again showcasing his multi-stringed artistry and poetic, folk lyricism. In the true vein of the Celtic bards, high lonesome Appalachian pickers, and American balladeers, Ward weaves a tapestry of emotions and poignant visualizations, exploring, as no other local artist can, the mystical realms of our area’s colorful past in his haunting tale “The Horseman,” and offering unique perspectives on American historical events in his first-person narrative - “The Cruelest Work,” a heartbreaking chronicle of the “Trail of Tears,” as seen through the eyes of a battle-hardened veteran of the Civil War. 

ON THE FARM

Raritan Headwaters to Enter Gran Fondo Cycling Event

Ward also stirs our collective conscience, hitting on contemporary themes of child abuse in his dark but courageous song, “Providence,” and senseless gun violence, in his beautifully vocal and string driven lament, “How Many More?.” With grace, empathy, and acoustic sincerity, other songs on the album, such as “Saint Agnes,” “One Kiss,” and “Lamington Dew,” beckon listeners to embark on a familiar journey into the human soul, carrying us along in reflective compositions about time, fear, longing and loss, and the ultimate triumph of love. Look for Providence at your favorite online music site or visit www.gordonthomasward.com

Burning the White Marble

Back to School was an exciting experience for returning staff, students, and parents at the Willow School, a small, independent school for preschool to eighth grade, in Gladstone New Jersey, as they met their new Head of School, Francisco Ayala. Read More

Georgia may call itself the “Peach State” and South Carolina may be the largest peach producer this side of the Mississippi, but if you are looking for the kind of peach that summer memories are made of you don’t have to go any further south than New Jersey... Read More

BRJ Online

Including  new and expanded content, and images not available in our print edition 

If you’re a cyclist who loves exploring the scenic backroads of the upper Raritan River watershed, Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) invites you to pedal for their team – or cheer from the sidelines - at the Gran Fondo NJ on Sept. 9, in Morristown... Read More

LOCAL LORE

Black River Roasters

Providence 

A New Album by Singer/Song Writer

Gordon Thomas Ward


Review By C.G. Wolfe

There’s something about alpacas that make you giggle. With their long necks, Lyle Lovett hair-dos, and perpetual grins, these gentle, humming, Dr. Seuss-like creatures just make you feel kind of silly inside. Humorous, good-natured, and full of personality, alpacas are the ideal farm animal to share with the public...

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