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Summer 2018

Our Almanac of Events offers the best in seasonal family fun, entertainment, and cultural happenings in our area. We constantly update our Almanac to offer our readers a resource that they can come back to week after week for the latest events. While we try to inlcude as much information as possible, we encourage readers to visit the websites included to learn more about fees, pre-registrations, etc.

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BRJ Almanac of Events

Looking for the perfect locally grown oyster mushroom or all the delicious meals that can be created with a chickpea? Those are just a couple of savory surprises we discovered at the Bedminster Farm Market.

June – September, Bedminster Township Farmers Market

Come out to River road Park and shop for a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, greens and herbs, mushrooms, coal fired brick oven breads, gluten free baked goods, cheeses, pastas, eggs, flowers, honey, hand-dyed yarns from a local fiber farm, organic coffees; all natural pasture raised Angus beef, pork, chicken; small batch New York style deli pickles, pickled condiments, olives, relishes and tapenades, and more! Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Township’s River Road Park located at the corner of Routes 202/206 south and River Road. For more information, please visit www.bedminster.us or call the Bedminster Township Recreation Department on (908) 212-7000, Ext. 404.

June through August 16, Music Under the Stars

Hunterdon County's 42nd Anniversary of Music Under the Stars celebration returns to Deer Path Park. Bring your chair and blanket for an evening of top entertainment: July 5, Citigrass; July 12, Hunterdon Harmonizers; July 19, Slippery When Wet; July 26, Best of the Eagles; August 2, Captain Jack Billy Joel Tribute; August 9, Frontiers; August 16, The Morristones. Shows began 7 p.m. and run until approximately 9 p.m. at Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, in Readington Township, NJ .www.co.hunterdon.nj.us

July – September, Summer Sundays in Song & Verse

We look forward to welcoming you to our gardens for Summer Sundays in Song & Verse! Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a selection of music or poetry. Rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather programs will be held in the Schoolroom Gallery. July 1: The Kootz perform a medley of blues, pop, and rock music from the 60s-90s. July 15: The Harmonium Choral Society lifts its voice in song. September 16: Award winning poets David Petruzelli and Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft share their work in Poets in the Garden. $10 per adult, FREE for members!  Programs start at 2 p.m. at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960, maccullochhall.org.

August 4, Peach Festival and Country Auction

The Community Presbyterian Church of Chester is proud to bring the community at large the annual Peach Festival, with an extensive country auction filled with all kinds of treasures and special items. An enormous white elephant that has everything you never knew you always needed. Products include antiques, books, CDs/DvdS furniture, electronics, household items, holiday, lamps, sporting goods, toys and more. And don’t forget the great food - peach pies, kuchens, cobblers, homemade peach ice cream, and other peach treats, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and much more. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Community Presbyterian Church of Chester, 220 Main St., Chester, NJ. cpcchester.org

 August 7, “National Night Out” at Mennen Sports Arena

Join The Morris County Park Police For An Evening Of Awareness And Fun. Enjoy FREE food, FREE entertainment, FREE ice skating, FREE attractions, and giveaways. Explore police, fire, emergency, military, and rescue vehicles, such as motorcycles, ambulances, all-terrain vehicles, fire engines, and squad cars. Dozens of municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies participate and are available for questions. Visit the horses of the Morris County Park Police’s award-winning Mounted Equestrian Unit, dance the night away with a DJ, and play fun games to win prizes. The Morris County Park Police are also offering the popular FREE Child ID cards, an initiative launched in 2000 that registers more than 1,000 children annually. With over 5,000 attendees each year, Morris County’s ‘National Night Out’ has been named a National Award Winner since 2007. Admission  and parking to this event is FREE. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960. morrisparks.net

August 8-10, Somerset Count 4-H Fair 

A country tradition since 1947, The Somerset County 4-H Fair recognizes the accomplishments of 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members and is a showcase for visitors to see a wide variety of 4-H projects in action. Twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains, and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent, and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H’ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations, and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits, and small animals. Most animal tents have a petting area and information about how to join 4-H. Although the Fair has grown and changed a little, some things have remained the same: there are no admission or parking fees and no midway or carnival rides. All day (10 a.m.-10 p.m.), free professional & amateur entertainment can be enjoyed as well. Free shuttle buses run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day of the Fair from Raritan Valley Community College Rt. 28, North Branch. We do ask that you leave your pets at home. North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.  somersetcounty4h.org 

August 11, 1880's Music Day at Milltown 

Enjoy the magical sounds reminiscent of musical events performed in Milltown over a century ago. Join musicians by playing fiddlesticks and animating the limber jacks. Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours) $3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 41 to 4 p.m. at  Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411. morrisparks.net 

Aug 18, Chester Food Truck Festival

Just Jersey Fest is rolling into Chester Borough! Food! Beer! Music! Fun! New Jersey foodies, eat your hearts out! It's a fun filled family day! Over 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some incredible bands, make for an enchanting and fulfilling day. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs, pups and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while enjoying the beer and sangria garden along with the amazing sounds. Face painting and a 50/50. Event is a Benefit for the Chester First Aid Squad , I love Chester, NJ & The Chester/Mendham Food Pantry (please bring a non-perishable canned or boxed item to help support the Food Pantry). 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Municipal Field, 134 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07866. ilovechester.com

August 18, Lace Creations at the Gristmill 

Watch the nimble fingers of the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey as they perform the centuries-old art of bobbin lace-making and tatting. Try it for yourself, too! 1 – 4 p.m. at Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411. morrisparks.net 

August 18, Red Mill Museum Ghost and Folklore Tour 

This fan-favorite takes place after hours in the dark. Hear all the stories of the spirits that are believed to haunt our buildings.  Includes private viewing of funeral-related objects from the Museum’s collection.  Not recommended for young children. Tours available at 8:00pm and 9:30pm. Tickets are $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Paranormal-hunting apps or small equipment may be brought and used during the tour. Past tour attendees have enjoyed sharing their findings with each other at the tour’s conclusion, and it makes for a fun addition to the experience. The Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809. theredmill.org

August 23, The Magical Mysterious Monarch 

For years, scientists wondered about the wanderings of monarch butterflies. Large numbers of monarchs are seen during the summer and early fall in the northern regions of the United States, and then great swarms are seen flying south. But until the 1970s, no one knew where they went during the winter. Join Cynthia Hedin, Somerset County Master Gardener, to learn about the discovery of the monarch's winter destination, and about the magical life cycle of the monarch. $15 per person. 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931. somersetcountyparks.org


August 25, Industrial Crafts Day 

Discover early industrial crafts with demonstrations by a blacksmith, a tinsmith, tin piercers, weavers, and spinners. Crafters will have items for sale. Suggested Donation: $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+),$1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE per child under age 4. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 24, Chester, NJ. morrisparks.net 

August 25, Model T Ford Day at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm 

Spend an exciting day on the farm featuring restored Model T’s! Join car enthusiasts from near and far as they share their passion and hard work of restoring these historical cars from the early 1900s. Generally known as the first affordable automobile, the Model T is a symbol of independence and opened transportation to middle-class Americans. Discover how to crank and drive the cars, learn about the history of Henry Ford, and stop by Fosterfields’ own Transportation Exhibit to see Caroline Foster’s car and others on display. Enjoy fascinating lectures, fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages, and live music. Visit the farm animals, and grab a bite to eat with friends and family. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4 - 16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3, FREE for children under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Car exhibitors receive two FREE admission passes. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Fosterfields & Cooper Mill, and all proceeds will go towards a new horse-drawn wagon for visitors to enjoy. Noon – 4 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township. morrisparks.net

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