​​March 30, RHA Full Moon Campfire and Night Hike

Families are invited to gather around a warm campfire to roast marshmallows and learn about the night sky.  Afterwards, participants will go for a night hike, listening for owls and enjoying the glow of the full moon. Hosted by the Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), the cost is $25 per group of four, and $5 for each additional guest. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at RHA's Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster, NJ.  To register, go to https://goo.gl/XReYzc. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 28. raritanheadwaters.org

March 31, Music in the Woods

Longing for spring? Miss people? Join us from for a wonderful evening of music, desserts, and community featuring Tom Rice, Terry Hemmer, and Jerry Cordasco, and local duo Playful Banter. Tom and his bandmates have been performing together for over 20 years-playing blues, rock and soul music locally and across the country. Usually playing as a full band with other musicians, they are looking forward to playing as a trio in the intimate setting of the Schiff Nature Center. Playful Banter is comprised of two musicians and singers-Alexis von Aulock and Kimmie Sanchez-who will perform at the Morristown's' Got Talent Show at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in late February. All ages. BYOB. Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $12. All proceeds support Schiff and the musicians. Space is limited, so register in advance. 7 – 9 p.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945. schiffnaturepreserve.org

April 5, Honey Bees: One of our Favorite Pollinators

Do you know how a bee finds its way home? Join apiarist John Garretson and learn interesting facts about bees. Topics include a bee's life span, their jobs in the colony, who rules the hive, honey production and more. This educational and fun program is geared toward everyone who wants to know and learn the latest buzz on bees. Emphasis on honey bees. Fee: $15. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931. somersetcountyparks.org

April 6, Youth Talent Night at the HIVE

Calling all young performers 14 years old and under to the stage at the Hive and show your talent! Young artists of all genres are invited to the stage at The Hive. Come on out and perform or just enjoy and watch the show! Singers, musicians, comedians, dancers or actors are welcome to create memorable performances. The atmosphere is very supportive. The focus is the stage and the person(s) performing. At the Hive stage, performer feel free and safe to grow as artists and as people. Do not miss Youth Talent Night! 7 – 8:30 p.m. at The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ. mcartsworkshop.com

April 7, Mane Stream Spring Tack Sale

Are you in the market for tack, blankets, riding apparel, horse care items and anything else horse related? Look no further than the Mane Stream Spring Tack Sale! Feel good about supporting the Mane Stream mission to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine assisted activities, therapy and educational initiatives. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Mane Stream, 83 Old Turnpike Rd., Oldwick, NJ 08858. manestream.org


April 7, JVH Artillery School and Demonstration with 6th New York Independent Battery

 If the thought of learning more about Civil War cannons gets you fired up, sign up for the School of the Piece – a muzzle-loading artillery safety qualification program for re-enactors and history buffs or just stop by and have a blast! Instructors from the Sixth New York Independent Battery Civil War re-enactment group will teach registered participants how to safely work around, load and fire two cannons that will be on hand for the day: an original bronze 12-pounder Napoleon Civil War cannon, cast in 1863, as well as a replica 10-pounder Parrott Rifle (Model 1861). The program is open to all ages, but participants must be at least 16 years of age to work with the cannon. The fee for the course (which includes both classroom and practical instruction in cannon firing) is $20. Spectators are welcome to observe the artillery demonstrations free of charge. The Jacobus Vanderveer House will also be open for tours. Admission is $10 per person. Members free. Children 12 and under, free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, 3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921. To register visit jvanderveerhouse.org

April 7, Opening Day at Cooper Gristmill    

Experience the powerful energy of the Black River as it runs the 1826 Cooper Gristmill’s huge waterwheel and four floors of machinery to grind grain seeds into flour. How much flour do you think is produced daily? History and technology fans and families can find out the answers, and much more!  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The last guided tour of the Gristmill begins at 3:30 p.m. April through June: Open Saturdays, only. Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 513, Chester Township. morrisparks.net

April 7 & 8, Opening Weekend at Historic Speedwell

Enjoy a Speedwell Sampler, and find out what’s new at Historic Speedwell in 2018! Experience a variety of traditional fun and games for the entire family. Save 10% off purchases in the Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sunday: 12 noon - 6 p.m. at Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown. morrisparks.net

April 7,  5th Annual Meet Your Local Artisans Show 

Meet local artisans in an intimate setting and learn more about their crafts with an opportunity to purchase their creations. The show will feature a woodworker, jeweler, potter, soap maker, candle maker, knitter, stationary designer and more. We are very excited to have author, Cynthia Dreeman Meyer, celebrated author of Gregory the Spider, and Merry Stirring Mice, joining the show. Her books will be available for purchase and signing. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be gladly accepted. Complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks will be available. Don’t miss this opportunity!  All proceeds help to support the Church’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 infants. 6 – 9 p.m. at The Church of the Messiah, 50 State Route 24 (County. Rt. 513) in Chester, NJ, 1-1/2 miles west of the intersection of Rt. 206 and Main Street/Rt. 24 Chester. There is on-site parking and the hall is handicapped accessible.  

April 8, Mane Stream Spring Open House

Your Passport to Fun! Mane Stream invites you to come visit and see first-hand how adaptive riding, equine assisted therapies, and Summer Camp can improve the quality of life of you or someone you know with cognitive, developmental, emotional, medical, or physical challenges. This year kids will receive a Mane Stream Passport to take from station to station while they learn about all the fun activities at Mane Stream. Fill up the whole passport and you will receive a Mane Stream Prize. A variety of other games and crafts will help keep the kids busy while you ask questions about our many equine assisted programs. All who attend will have the opportunity to tour the facility, see our in-house therapy clinic, take a peek in the barn and pet a four legged friend or two!  Those interested in learning more about our adaptive riding program will have the opportunity to talk directly with a PATH Certified Instructor about possible openings. Anyone interested in finding more out about our Summer Day Camp should come to talk directly with the Camp Director, Holland Kochanski. There will be a variety of games and crafts to help keep the kids busy while you discuss all the details. Take some time to learn more about our exciting programs...Equine Assisted Therapies, Take the Reins for Veterans and Horses for Healing for those impacted by cancer. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mane Stream, 83 Old Turnpike Rd., Oldwick, NJ 08858. manestream.org 

April 8, Meet Abigail & John Adams

During their courtship and marriage, John Adams and Abigail Smith Adams exchanged over 1,100 letters, many filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics considered an invaluable account of the Revolutionary War. Abigail, a fierce advocate of rights for women and African Americans, was an important partner throughout John's political career. Hear their stories firsthand portrayed by actors Kim Hanley and Peyton Dixon. 2 p.m. the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, 3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921. jvanderveerhouse.org

April 14, Raritan Headwaters’ Annual Stream Cleanup

The highlight of Earth Week is Raritan Headwaters’ 28th annual Stream Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon at over 50 locations throughout Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties. An estimated 1,500 volunteers will pick up trash and litter along the Raritan River and its tributaries. Last year, volunteers removed nearly 14 tons! To see a map of sites where volunteers are needed, go to www.raritanheadwaters.org/streamcleanup/. For more information, contact Angela Gorczyca at agorczyca@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 315.

 Apri1 14, Luck O’ The Farm: Welcome, Irish Farmhands and House Servants!

As a farm worker, help with planting, animal care, and barnyard chores. At The Willows, become a house servant, and help with some spring cleaning. Experience Irish culture through food, dance, music, and a family-friendly craft. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township. morrisparks.net

April 15, Scavenger Hunt at Schiff

Families, Scouts, and those of all ages are welcome to enjoy the Schiff Scavenger Hunt. Meet us at the Nature Center anytime between 2-3 pm. Created by a local Girl Scout, the scavenger hunt will lead you through the Schiff Nature Preserve. Follow all the clues which lead to the final location and a prize! The hike takes approximately an hour. Register today! FREE to members. Non-member individual fee is $2. Non-member family of four; $5. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945. schiffnaturepreserve.org

April 15, Military Heritage Day at Red Mill Museum Village

Join us as we commemorate America’s military history and honor our veterans. Various period reenactors will be on hand to interact with visitors, and special artifact displays will be on view, including a partial airframe from a WWII-era Douglas C-47 Skytrain.  12 – 4 p.m. at The Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809. theredmill.org

April 18, Yoga and Meditation at Whittemore Preserve

Enjoy a quiet morning reflecting on the peace and beauty offered by nature in the outdoors. Raritan Headwaters’ Director of Education and yoga instructor, Lauren Theis, will guide participants through walking and sitting meditations alongside the beautiful Rockaway Creek at the Whittemore Preserve in Oldwick. 8-10 a.m. at Whittemore Preserve, 7 Rockaway Rd, Oldwick, NJ 08833. To register, go to https://goo.gl/By3B1c. 

April 18, RHA Rain Barrel Workshop

Learn about managing rainwater in your yards and how rain barrels help manage runoff and save water. The workshop is part of the “River-Friendly” series highlighting actions local residents can take to improve water quality in rivers and streams. The workshop is $40 for those who want to build a rain barrel to take home, and free for those who just want to listen and learn. To sign up, go to https://goo.gl/By3B1c or contact Lauren Theis at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 314. 7 p.m. at Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Gladstone, NJ 07934

April 21, Star Gazing with Morris Museum Astronomical Society

Bring a picnic blanket and a late night snack to enjoy a quiet summer evening with Schiff and Joe Molnar from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing! We will meet at the nature center and walk as a group to the great meadow for a tour of the summer sky and gazing through a telescope. Program is for all ages, but must be able to hike 3/4 mile up-hill or be transported by parent. Member fee is $8. Member family/four fee is $30. Non- member fee is $12. Non- member family/four is $45. 
8:30 - 10:00 pm at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945. schiffnaturepreserve.org

April 21 – 22, Leonard J. Buck Garden Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration

Enhance your garden with some spectacular new plant treasures, and help us celebrate Earth Day. Weekend highlights include a plant sale featuring many choice selections of perennials, ferns, and woody plants, and hypertufa planting troughs. There will be inspiring garden lectures, and guided tours of this magnificent naturalistic rock garden. This event is co-sponsored with the Watnong Chapter North American Rock Garden Society. Suggested Donation. Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, Hills11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931. somersetcountyparks.org

 April 21-22, Morristown National Historical Park Grand Encampment 2018

Jockey Hollow will once again host an encampment of Continental soldiers! The park's largest event of the year features re-enactors demonstrating civilian and military skills. Learn about uniforms, weapons, rations, and military gear. Hear the crash of muskets as soldiers demonstrate tactics. Event is Free and open to the public. Jockey Hollow, 586 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. www.nps.gov/morr


April 22, Kayak the Raritan at the 3rd RHA Raritan River Sojourn

Raritan Headwaters Association will launch the first of five “Raritan River Sojourn” kayak trips on the Raritan River. Paddlers will go about seven miles down the North Branch, from Bedminster to North Branch. Each paddle is expected to last for approximately 4-5 hours, which includes stopping for lunch along the way (please bring lunch and water with you). Paddle time may be shorter or longer depending on flow rates for that day! Kayaks are available for those who need to borrow one. A suggested donation of $20 will be collected at the start of each paddle. For more information, go to www.raritanheadwaters.org/paddle/ or contact Theis at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 314. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Gladstone, NJ 07934

April 22, Celebrate Earth Day at Mane Stream

Mane Stream invites families to make an impact on Earth Day. Children 7 years on up accompanied by an adult may come to the Mane Stream farm in Oldwick, to help with spring cleaning, planting, farm maintenance. Make an impact by supporting the Mane Stream mission to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine assisted activities, therapy and educational initiatives. There is a $5 suggested donation per attendee to offset materials for this event. Those interested in attending should RSVP by 4/18 to the volunteer coordinator, Kathy Mikula at volunteer@manestreamnj.org, 908-439-9636. 1-3 p.m. at Mane Stream, 83 Old Turnpike Rd, Oldwick, NJ 08858. Manestreamnj.org.


April 22, Martha Washington and Oney Judge

Oney "Ona" Judge served as personal servant to Martha Washington until she escaped from the President's Mansion in Philadelphia and relocated to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1796. At age ten, Judge was incorporated into Mount Vernon's labor force, working in the Mansion. Always a personal favorite of Martha Washington, Judge was one of the handful of slaves brought by George and Martha Washington to New York in 1789 and then to Philadelphia in 1790 at the start of the presidency. Listen as Oney Judge, portrayed by Alex Ford, and Martha, portrayed by Carol Spacht, retell their personal stories. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at jvanderveerhouse.org or call 908-396-6053. 2 p.m. at Washington Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ.

April 27 and 28, Tree Planting Along the Walnut Brook in Raritan Township

Celebrate Arbor Day with Raritan Headwaters. Individuals, groups and families are invited to drop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help plant trees to restore the riverbank. Bring your own shovel and gloves. Trees help keep streambanks from eroding, control flooding, clean the water and maintain cool temperatures for trout. For more details and to sign-up contact Trish McGuire at  tmcguire@raritanheadwaters.org. For more information about other town tree plantings contact Dr. Kristi MacDonald at kmacdonald@raritanheadwaters.org . A second tree planting is planned on Wednesday and Friday, May 2 and 4, along the Holland Brook in Readington Township, email for details.


April 28, Open Mic Night at The HIVE

Calling all musicians, poets, fans! Artists of all genres are invited to step up to the stage at The Hive. Come on out and perform or just enjoy and watch the show! Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, dancers or actors are welcome to create memorable performances. The atmosphere is very supportive. The focus is the stage and the person(s) performing. With the help of many talented artists and an inspiring atmosphere, performer feel free and safe to grow as artists and as people. 7 – 11 p.m. at The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ. mcartsworkshop.com

April 28, Tewksbury Education Foundation’s 23rd Annual Barn Dance

 "Kick Up the Dust” at The Tewksbury Education Foundation’s Barn Dance! This year’s Barn Dance will feature a raw bar by Metropolitan Seafood, a BBQ-style buffet by Bex Kitchen, an artisan coffee station by Black River Roasters, festive music, exciting live and silent auctions, a corn hole tournament and cork pull. All proceeds support the Tewksbury Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that enhances the quality of educational opportunities for students in the Tewksbury Township school district. 6:30 p.m. at the Life Camp, 67 McCann Mill Rd., Pottersville, NJ. Visit: www.tewksburytef.org or  https://tewksburytef.givezooks.com/events/2018-barn-dance for tickets. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact tewksburyTEF@gmail.com.

Apr 29, “Tales from the Garden” 4th Annual Tubbs Lecture at Willowwood Arboretum

The Willowwood Foundation in partnership with the Morris County Park Commission is delighted to present the 4th Annual Tubbs Lecturer, Dr. Allan Armitage, well known as an award-winning writer, speaker, and researcher throughout the world. Attendees will experience his sharp wit and bottomless curiosity and learn the backstory behind the plant names “hookers’ lips” and “hairy balls,” along with other favorites including, “bachelor’s buttons,” “boneset,” and “bouncing bet” as related in his new book "Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots". The Tubbs Lecture is presented annually to honor the memory of Henry and Robert Tubbs. Come for this lecture and book signing, and walk about the garden. Cost: $30 per person, Call 973-326-7601 to register. 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, NJ. willowwoodarboretum.org

April 29, Project E.A.R.T.H – Swamp Search!

 Join us for an exciting scavenger hunt on the Environmental Education Center trails to learn about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Learn interesting facts about the Great Swamp and its inhabitants. This event is for friends, families, scouts or other groups to get outside and travel our trails to find answers to our scavenger hunt questions. Return to the EEC for Mammal Mania, a special live mammal program presented by Travis Gale of Eyes Wild. This program will educate and entertain visitors of all ages. Please call the EEC for scavenger hunt status in case of inclement weather. Free. Noon - 4:30 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ. somersetcountyparks.org

May 5 & 6, 23nd Annual Plant Sale by The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

The wait is over for The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s highly anticipated plant sale. Expert advisors assist you in curating your garden and building your collection with trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, vines, herbs, or heirloom tomatoes. Cash, checks, or credit cards accepted. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township. morrisparks.net

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Spring 2018

BRJ Almanac of Events

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