March 3 - April 7, “Women in the Arts” at The Farmstead Arts Center
Farmstead Arts’ annual celebration of Women’s History Month will kick off with the Women in the Arts exhibit, featuring work by five regional artists: Roberta Scott of Middlesex, Laura Shabazz of Bernardsville, Harmony Dougher of Summit, Irene Grabowski of Basking Ridge, and Diane Churchill of Nyack, NY. The exhibit will feature a variety of mediums, including painting, collage and photography. Most works will be for sale. Gallery hours: Monday - Wednesday 10am-1pm, Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00 with the exception of March 17 and 31. Galleries are located in the beautifully restored Dutch Colonial farmhouse at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. For more info, visit www.farmsteadartscenter.org
March 7-10, The Bald Soprano
Come and see this rather odd little show as Chester Theatre Group presents its second “Black Box” production: rarely done scripts brought to life in Chester’s intimate ‘in-the-round’ theater. This gem by Eugene Ionesco premiered in 1950 and became a critics’ darling and modern classic in the 1960s. A couple from London is visiting with another couple. As they converse, they invite a fire chief and a maid into the discussion. Slowly, their world becomes more and more surreal: the wife begins acting like she just met her husband, the fire chief suddenly mentions a bald soprano, and the discussion devolves into a dizzying litany of non-sequiturs. Nothing is as it seems in The Bald Soprano. One weekend with a special Thursday night performance. March 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m. March 10 at 2 p.m. at 54 Grove St, Chester, NJ 07930. Tickets only $15. : (908) 879-7304 or visit Chestertheatregroup.org
March 9, 40th Morris County Saint Patrick's Day Parade
See the largest family oriented St. Patrick’s Day Parade in all of New Jersey as well as a day of music and dance visit http://paradeday.com/ for a schedule of the day’s events. 12 p.m. in Morristown, NJ
March 10, Clinton St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Clinton with the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade put on by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick 1,000s of people show up to this annual event to celebrate the Irish with floats, pipers, marching bands and more… 3 – 5 p.m. in Historic Clinton, NJ
March 10, "Reflections: Ireland in Song and Story"
"Reflections: Ireland in Song and Story" is a tapestry of Irish song, story and cultural lore examining the themes of religions, emigration, the Troubles and more. Irish tenor Tim Smith and his ensemble takes us on a journey ranging from Moore to Yeats to modern musicians and storytellers. Tcikets $20 ($25 on the day of the performance) 3 p.m. at the Centenary Stage Company’s Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 400 Jefferson St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. centenarystageco.org
March 14, Rain Barrel Workshop
A rain barrel is attached to your home’s gutter and collects rainwater that can be used for watering plants. This is a great way to prevent runoff that may collect pollution, and also to prevent erosion. Rain gardens also collect storm water, but direct it straight into a garden that cleans the water by trapping pollutants in the stems of native plants while draining the clean rain water back into the groundwater. Lauren Theis of Raritan Headwaters Association will show us the importance of saving rain water, and will teach us how to do it effectively. Those who are interested can create a rain barrel ($50 option). To attend the presentation and receive literature but not create a rain barrel, the cost is $8. Participants will receive a free packet of native wildflower seeds. The deadline to register is Monday, March 12. For more information, please contact Lauren Theis by phone at 908-234-1852, ext. 314, or via e-mail at email@example.com. 7-9 p.m. at Echo Hill Lodge, 42 Lilac Street, Flemington, NJ. raritanheadwaters.org
March 16, St. Patrick’s Day: Storytime and Craft
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories and a variety of crafts, from handprint shamrocks to rainbow streamers. A variety of St. Patrick’s Day stories (old and new) will be told at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30. Fun for all ages! All activities are included with regular admission. Registration is recommended as we cannot guarantee the availability of craft supplies. Registration is available online at http://www.metc.org/register-st-patricks-day-storytime-craft/. Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940.
March 22, Spring Family Campfire and Scavenger Hunt
Join RHA for a fun scavenger hunt around Fairview Farm’s gardens, buildings and trails, with options suitable for children ages 5-12. Each child will receive a small prize upon their completion of the search! Afterwards, we’ll gather around a warm campfire for s’mores and hot chocolate. The cost is $6 per guest. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 28. For more information, please contact Lauren Theis by phone at 908-234-1852, ext. 314, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 – 7 p.m. at Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Gladstone, NJ 07934. raritanheadwaters.org
April 6, 6th Annual Meet Your local Artisans Show
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of our area’s most talented local artisans in an intimate setting and learn more about their craft. Many of the items presented will be offered for sale and include creations by a woodworker, jeweler, potter, soap maker, candle maker, knitter, stationary designer and more. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be gladly accepted. Complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks will be available. All proceeds help to support the Church of the Messiah’s ministry and community outreach programs. These include providing and serving meals at a Morris County homeless shelter, donating food to local food pantries, providing Christmas and Easter gift baskets to needy families and seniors, and supporting a ministry which provides formula, baby food, diapers and other supplies for needy mothers with infants2 – 6 p.m. at The Church of the Messiah, 50 State Route 24 (Rte. 513) in Chester, New Jersey. There is on-site parking and the hall is handicapped accessible. Messiahchester.org
April 27, Live Sheep Shearing at Fosterfields
Spend a day on the farm and experience a live sheep shearing as it was done in the past without using electricity. Watch as each sheep gets its own ‘haircut’ to remove its woolen fleece that has grown thick since last spring. Learn how the fleece is then processed into woolen fibers and fashions, and dyed with brilliant, natural colors over an open fire. Enjoy fun, hands-on activities, such as weaving and crafting, and meet the cute, baby lambs. Finish your day off with a tour of the Foster family’s 1854 Gothic revival-style mansion, the Willows. Admission is $8 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child age 3 & under. Friends members are half-price with a current membership card. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960. morrisparks.net 973.326.7645.
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