celebrating a sense of place

May thru December - Long Valley Green Market

Held every Thursday thru December, the LVGM is a producer driven market featuring the area’s best local foods and artisans including Bang Bakery, the Empanada Lady, Flocktown Farm, Fontanarosa’s Gourmet, Four Fields Farm, Pickle Licious, Weeble Wobble Honey Farm, Studio 6 Art Gallery, Cottage Treasures, Racks Valley Boutique and more.  3 – 7 p.m., 20 Schooley’s Mountain Rd., Long Valley, NJ, Visit longvalleygreenmarket.com for more information.

June 14 – July 30, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Featuring an exuberant array of music, dance, and visual surprises, Director, Bonnie Monte's fresh new vision for Shakespeare's most popular comedy features a world constructed almost entirely of objects that would normally be on their way to a landfill. Delight in seeing how her inventive bands of fairies transform trash into whimsical treasure. Picnic under the stars with family and friends as art, nature, and the ancient tradition of outdoor theatre all come together! The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600, or visit shakespearenj.org

July through September 7, CCA Annual Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition and Sale

A yearly opportunity for The Center’s members to exhibit art work in any media. This year one hundred and thirty members participated, submitting works in painting, pencil, glass, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, photography, mixed media, sculpture and ceramics. While the majority of the entries are paintings, the variety of sculpture, ceramics and mixed media continues to increase, showcasing the diverse community of artists at The Center. The exhibition, which is open to the public, will be on display through September 7, 2017. The Center for Contemporary Art is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster, NJ. (908) 234-2345 www.ccabedminster.org

July 1 – 16, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight! is the promise of Broadway’s most loved musical farce.  This fast-paced, witty and irreverent romp features infectious tunes and laugh out loud lyrics by musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum may be a 50 year-old musical based on 2000 year-old plays, but it remains a breath of fresh comic air, perfect for a summer evening! Evening and matinee performances at CTG Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, (at the corner of Maple Ave.), Chester, NJ. chestertheatregroup.org

July 1, 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. Pre- registration closes on June 30, drop-ins are welcome. 9:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, schiffnaturepreserve.org

July 2, Huzzah for King George!

Loyalists! Visit the Farmhouse for a spot of tea, and help a genteel colonist with her textile projects.  1 - 3:30 p.m. at Fosterfields, 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown. www.morrisparks.net

July 2, Holiday Concert at Morristown National Historical Park

Enjoy a fee free day at the National Park. The Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps will perform on the Ford Mansion lawn. Bring chairs or blankets. Rain or shine. In case of rain the concert will be held inside the Washington's Headquarters Museum auditorium. They will perform two 45 minute sets between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey. Visit nps.gov or morristourism.org

July 3 - July 8, Califon Fire Company 97th Annual Carnival

Come one come all! Rides, games, food… Fireworks July 5 & 7! One price ride all night July 3 & 6. Don’t miss the fun! 6 p.m. at Firemen's Field, 39 Academy Street, Califon, NJ. Califonfire.org

July 4, Revolutionary Times 

An annual Morris County tradition, costumed interpreters will be reading the Declaration of Independence, followed by a musket salute, music and free tours of the Presbyterian Church's sanctuary and Colonial-era graveyard.  Sponsored by the Morris County Tourism Bureau and Morristown National Historical Park.  Free event, for all ages. Noon – 5 p.m. on the Morristown Green, Park Place, Morristown, NJ. morristourism.org

July 5 – 30, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Presents Molière’s, The Bungler 

This rarely-produced hilarious comedy by the great French master will help you leave the world behind and let laughter rule the day. This side-splitting romp is Molière at his frothiest and silliest, and if laughter is good medicine, then this show will cure all ills. Follow the adventures of a clueless young lover as his clever servant attempts to help him win the heart and hand of a beautiful gypsy girl. Alas, the lover bungles every wily ruse his servant concocts! The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600, or visit shakespearenj.org.

July 6, Music Under the Stars: Jake’s Rockin Country Band

Jake’s Rockin Country Band is the tri-state area’s multi-time award-winning premiere country band! They perform the best of classic country, today’s kickass rockin country, bluegrass, Southern rock, Cajun, Zydeco & New Orleans. Part of Hunterdon County Parks free Summer Music Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington NJ. Visit hunterdonmusicalarts.org or co.hunterdon.nj.us.

July 8, 9th Annual Front Porch Bluegrass Festival & Pig Roast

Kid's Activities, Live Bands, Vendors, Instrument Auctions. 13 Bands play throughout the day: Our lineup for the day! Johnny Woods and the Lonesome Pinetops Gil LeDuc & The Schooley's Mountain Band Train Hopping with Grandpa Hontz Family Honky Tonk Scoundrels Wee Doggies Growing Old Disgracefully The Pine Sap Kings Keith Wilson Kevin Kinsella Sonrise Mountain Revival Easy Chair Omar Mendez. Rain or Shine - Join us under the Tent (bring your own blanket or lawn chairs) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Gazebo Park / Municipal Field, Main Street, Chester, NJ. All proceeds goes to our mission group travelling to Harlan County Kentucky to work on rebuilding homes with Appalachia Service Project. For more information, visit ilovechester.com

July 8 and July 23, Sail, Sail, Your Boat!

Decorate boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace. Children must be accompanied by an adult and are required to wear enclosed-toe shoes or boots. Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends Members $5) or borrowed. 1 - 3 pm at Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ www.morrisparks.net.

July 8, Master Gardener Speaker Series: Paradise Gardens for Pollinators and Wildlife 

As we focus on issues to improve the environment, the concept of a Pollinator Garden is gaining more interest. Ethereal butterflies and song birds have always been a beautiful addition to a flower garden. By growing the right plants, we can attract butterflies and birds and encourage them to propagate themselves, as well as plants, and flourish within our gardens. Registration open until 7/5/17. 10 - 11 a.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. schiffnaturepreserve.org

July 8, Family Full Moon Hike 

Join Schiff Nature Preserve in collaboration with the Mendham Recreation Department for this FAMILY FULL MOON Hike. Bring your friends to this family friendly/all ages event, but please ensure that children under 16 have parent present. Young children must be in backpacks not strollers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Join us afterwards for cold beverages and s'mores by the fire-pit. Drop ins are welcome. 9 -10:30 p.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Pre-register at schiffnaturepreserve.org

July 9, Harmonium Choral Society 

One of New Jersey’s best-known choral arts organizations, Harmonium Choral Society was founded in 1979. Since 1987, this acclaimed program has been under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Anne Matlack. Harmonium’s select 20-voice Chamber Singers will lift their voices in song at Macculloch Hall. 2 p.m. at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ, maccullochhall.org.

July 9, Somerset Concert Series in the Park: Radio Nashville 

Every country song tells a story, and Radio Nashville does just that, with a show that’s one big party. They perform top country hits from artists such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, and Little Big Town, plus they play favorite Country classics as well. This six-piece band with several lead singers, a talented fiddle player, and amazing guitarist and rhythm section is a great way to start the concert season! Bring your dancing shoes! 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ. somersetcountyparks.org

July 13, Fairview Farm Open House 

Stop by Raritan Headwater Association’s Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Bedminster for a sip of wine, spot of tea, something sweet and something savory. RHA staff will be on hand to tour the preserve with you, and share some of the exciting work we're doing at Fairview Farm and throughout the watershed. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster, NJ. raritanheadwaters.org

July 13, Music Under the Stars: Hunterdon Harmonizers 

Comprised of more than 50 men from Hunterdon & surrounding areas, the Harmonizers have entertained audiences throughout the County for more than 22 years. They have successfully competed in Barbershop Harmony Society events as far as away Indianapolis, Indiana. As a chorus they offer a wide variety of music sung in a cappella & close 4- part harmony. Part of Hunterdon County Parks free Summer Music Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington NJ. Visit hunterdonmusicalarts.org or co.hunterdon.nj.us.

July 15, Natural Art

Use grain and natural items collected from around the Gristmill to create artwork. Explore painting, printmaking, rubbings, collage/mosaic, and other art techniques. This event is in the air conditioned Visitors Center and children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 – 3 p.m. at  Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ. www.morrisparks.net.

July 15, Meadow Walk at Kay Environmental Center

Join botanist, Jared Rosenbaum, of Wild Ridge Plants for an engaging hike at the Kay Center’s beautiful wildflower meadows. Explore meadow ecology, edible and medicinal species, identification, and more. This program is eligible for 3.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’S. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Rd, Chester. Preregistration is required. www.morrisparks.net

July 16, Somerset Concert Series in the Park: Darlene Love

Since the early 60’s, when Darlene Love was discovered by Phil Spector, she has done it all. Her Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home. Darlene has also appeared in major motion pictures including the Lethal Weapon series and has appeared in the Broadway hits Hairspray and Grease. In 2011 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by her friend and fellow icon Better Midler. Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time.” 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ. somersetcountyparks.org

July 19 - 23, Morris County 4-H Fair 

A showcase and celebration of the many achievements of Morris County 4-H members, providing wholesome family fun for the whole community. Project animal shows (i.e. dog, goat, herpetology, horse, poultry, rabbit, cavy and small animals), live music, performances & demonstrations, delicious food, amusement rides, pony rides, hay rides, petting zoos, tricky tray, watermelon eating contest, cake decorating contest, dress-a-pet contest, fireworks and more... Chubb Park, Rte. 24 Chester, NJ. For complete details, visit: http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/Fair.html


July 18 – 25, Photographing the Female

The Willow School is excited to host Danish photographer and curator Sarah HØilund’s Photographing the Female. Showcasing photographers from 16 countries, her vision brings together a global exhibition that explores female identity and representation through the lens of contemporary photography. An opening reception will be held July 18 from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Gallery hours will vary. Hours are 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on July 19, 24, and 25; 2 – 4 p.m. on the weekend of July 22 and 23. The gallery will also be open July 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. The Willow School is located at 1150 Pottersville, road, Gladstone, NJ. Photographingthefemale.com

July 20, Music Under the Stars: Jim Barone Elvis Tribute 

Jim Barone is an award winning Elvis Tribute Artist and the man who brings Elvis Presley’s voice to life. Jim’s tribute spans the Presley catalog keeping true to the sound, passion, and style that encompassed Elvis as an entertainer. The result is a natural performance, without cliché, that embodies the soulful sensuality, the playful swagger, the humor, and the complete command of the audience. Part of Hunterdon County Parks free Summer Music Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington NJ. Visit hunterdonmusicalarts.org or co.hunterdon.nj.us.

July 21, The Secret Life of Trees 

When was the last time you thought about how awesome trees are? Every day, trees play important roles in our lives. "The Secret Life of Trees" will teach elementary school children all about them, plus many fun tree facts. And the kids will be led on a guided tour of the outstanding trees growing in Leonard J. Buck Garden. Learn how to figure out the age of a tree, which trees offer food and shelter to wildlife, and more. An arts and crafts activity will follow, using natural materials the children will collect during their garden walk. Parents are encouraged to join. 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Rd, Far Hills, NJ. www.somersetcountyparks.org

July 22, Power of Pollinators 

Rutgers Scientist Mike Roswell will present on the amazing pollinators found in Fairview Farm’s meadows and forest. Following the indoors presentation, we will take a walk to meet some of these beneficial insects in their natural environment. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster, NJ. raritanheadwaters.org

Jul 22, Cheers in Chester Wine & Beer Festival 

Morris County's Only Craft Beer & Wine Festival featuring over 100 Craft Brews & Wines with Unlimited Samplings, Great Food & Live Music! A benefit for the Historic Chester Business Association and Chester First Aid Squad. Must be 21 & over with Picture ID for entry. Chairs, blankets & pop up tents are welcome. No kids, strollers, pets, outside food or drink, large bags or knapsacks. 3 – 7 p.m. at Municipal Field (Gazebo), 134 Main Street in Chester, NJ 07930. Ilovechester.com

July 23: Dolce Trio at Macculloch Hall 

Violinist Lynn Siebert, cellist Liz Cabrera and flutist/recorder player Kris Lamb have performed as The Dolce Trio since 1994. Their wide-ranging classical repertoire spans from the medieval to contemporary period and they are known for their “polished, expressive, and richly varied performances.” Join us in the Schoolroom Gallery for a selection of classical music celebrating summer in our historic house. 2 p.m. at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ, maccullochhall.org.

July 27, Music Under the Stars: The Captain Jack Band

The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tri-state areas top musicians. The band, in every performance, captures the "live concert" arrangements of these timeless hits which captivated tens of thousands to Billy Joel concerts. Every event is packed with all the energy, passion and interaction of a Billy Joel Concert, represented by 3 decades of Billy's music in every Captain Jack show. Part of Hunterdon County Parks free Summer Music Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington NJ. Visit hunterdonmusicalarts.org or co.hunterdon.nj.us.

July 27-29, Pottersville Antique Show & Country Dining

One of the East Coast’s oldest and most highly-regarded Antique Shows featuring 30 antiques dealers in two buildings… pottery, textiles, prints, postcards, posters, jewelry of all kinds, porcelain, furniture, clocks, and vintage home furnishings. Appraisers are available from 1 - 5 pm daily to value items brought in by show patrons. Multiple generations of families come to enjoy this hometown event and volunteers of all ages and walks of life are on hand to wait tables, peel peaches, scoop ice cream and serve delicious, home-style meals... and now you can enjoy live music by local musicians along with your dinner. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Pottersville Fire House, 4 Hacklebarney Road, Pottersville, NJ. pottersvilleantiqueshow.org

July 28-30, The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Experience the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. The festival truly has something for everyone!  From twice daily mass ascensions of up to 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do. Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ. balloonfestival.com

July 29, 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. 1 – 4 p.m. at Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester. www.morrisparks.net

July 30, Blues Fest at Duke Island Park featuring Bob Lanza Blues Band

According to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Lanza, there is only one way to play the blues… “From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it.” The Bob Lanza Blues Band is no stranger to music, having played for years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps, and also backing legends such as James Cotton. This band will definitely get the blues party started! 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ. somersetcountyparks.org

July 2017

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