Now through October 26, The Bedminster Farmer's Market
A showcase for local agriculture (nearly all the produce sold at the market is grown within ten miles of River Road Park) with over 19 weekly vendors and 12 pop-up vendors offering a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, greens and herbs, mushrooms, coal fired brick oven breads, gluten free baked goods, bean to bar chocolates, cheeses, pastas, whole grains, eggs, flowers, honey, hand-dyed yarns from a local fiber farm, soups, wine, syrup, spices, organic coffees and tea; all natural pasture raised Angus beef, pork, chicken; small batch New York style deli pickles, pickled condiments, olives, relishes and tapenades, all natural dog treats, and more! Organizers have also planned a wide variety of activities throughout the season including children’s crafts, cooking demonstrations, birdwalks, artisans, and musical entertainment. The Bedminster Farmers Market is held every Saturday 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. The market will run through Saturday, October 26. www.bedminster.us
Now through November 24, Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer’s Market
A producers-only market featuring more than 20 local farmers and vendors offering organic produce, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, yak, honey, artisan breads, cheese, granola, native plants and more. Visitors can enjoy a flatbread pizza made with ingredients provided by local farmers or homemade bureks. The market also has pastries, muffins, yogurt, bread, coffee and more. Farmers’ Market sponsors are Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill and McPherson and Newland Insurance.Every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Flemington, NJ. hunterdonlandtrust.org
June 1, Raritan Headwaters Association 15th Annual Ride for the River
Enjoy a 70-mile Motorcycle Poker Run Ride that takes in portions of the 470 square mile headwaters region. The Ride for the River is a fixture among motorcycle enthusiasts who have an appreciation for the beauty of our area. We are aiming for 200 riders this year, plus families and friends, to enjoy this exciting day. Ride ends with a picnic at Spruce Run Recreation – Group Picnic Area. There will be live music by a DJ, a bike show with a people’s choice prize and lunch. PRE-Registration is $30 which includes a t-shirt and food. Picnic only is $15 (12PM to 3PM). T-shirts only $15.00. All proceeds benefit Raritan Headwaters Association. raritanheadwaters.org
June 1-2, Annual Spring Chester Craft Show
The Spring Chester Craft Show was ranked as one of the top 60 crafty shows in the country, with over 150 artists from around the region. Experience a wide variety of hand-made items including traditional craft, fine art, and country crafts. Find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list as well as beautiful handcrafted furnishings for your home. Be sure to stroll through Historic Chester and visit over 80 unique shops and eateries which are just steps away from the show. You will discover a wonderful selection of antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections, and wonderful eateries. The Chester area is also home to wonderful parks and farms offering fun for the whole family. Also, be sure to stop by the I love Chester/Streets of Chester information booth for the free basket raffle. Admission: $4.00. No dogs/pets allowed. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain or Shine)at Gazebo/Municipal Field, 134 Main Street, Chester, NJ. ilovechester.com
June 2, Bricks for Kidz at the Hunterdon land Trust Farmers’ Market
FLEMINGTON – The Hunterdon Land Trust will welcome Bricks for Kidz, which offers a variety ofhands-on activities for children. Kids can play at a classic LEGO® bricks table, a table with machines made from LEGOs® to create spin art, or a building table where they can construct motorized models with the help of a project kit. They can also check out several displays of different motorized and robotic LEGO® models. Also, yoga at the Farmers’ Market with Beatriz Velasquez will begin at 8 a.m., an hour before the market. Guitarist Keith Calmes will perform from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Flemington. hunterdonlandtrust.org
June 6, Conservation Conversation: Cycling
Discover exciting new spots to cycle and learn about the important connection between land preservation and cycling at Hunterdon Land Trust’s next Conservation Conversation. goHunterdon’s Bicycle Specialist will be on hand to unveil recent updates to their website including numerous bicycle routes and resources for bicycle tourists. The West Jersey Wheelmen will also be on hand to help guide the conversation. Conservation Conversations are peer-to-peer learning opportunities -- not lectures. Everyone is encouraged to participate in an active discussion on thought-provoking topics, while meeting others who share your interests. This program is free and open to all, but please register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 908-237-4582. Light refreshments will be served. Conservation Conversations are supported by a grant from The Tyler Foundation. 5:30 p.m. in the Dvoor Farm wagon house, 111 Mine St. in Flemington. hunterdonlandtrust.org
June 8, Chester’s 19th Annual Classic car Show
Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane! This Thrilling Motor Exhibit is FREE to the public. Display includes the finest classics, customs, muscle, special interest, antiques, pro street cars and more. Trophy Categories are awarded for Best Engine, Best Truck, Best Paint, Best in Show, and Top 5 Winner. All Day Shopping throughout Chester! Musical entertainment includes DJ-Doc South. Portion of proceeds to benefit a local non-profit (to be announced). Stroll Chester's charming, brick-lined sidewalks with over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, pet products, confections, and wonderful eateries. For brand-name shopping and additional dining, visit The Streets of Chester Shopping Center. There is something for everyone here in Historic Chester, NJ! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Plus All-Day Shopping 'till 5 p.m. Main Street in Historic Chester, NJ. ilovechester.com
June 8, Civil War Weekend at historic Speedwell
Step onto the battlefields of the American Civil War at Civil War and experience Drills, Cannon Firings, Skirmishes, Musket Shootings, and More! Join the Second New Jersey Brigade for this unique, two-day event, as they reenact the daily lives of soldiers through musket, artillery, and bayonet drills, cannon firings, exciting skirmishes, and more. Speak to the soldiers about cooking, dress, and general setup of the camp, and cover your ears as the massive period cannon fires. Learn about the basics of battlefield medicine for soldiers who suffered injuries or diseases, and visit the medical area where the ‘wounded’ are cared for. There is something to experience around every corner! Tour the National Historic Landmark Factory Building, and enjoy the interactive, hands-on telegraph exhibit, and visit the Vail House that was built more than 150 years ago. Explore the exhibits on the Speedwell Ironworks, a granary full of early farm implements, and watch the enormous 24-foot overshot waterwheel turn in the Wheelhouse. Admission to this event is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, and FREE ages 4 and under. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown. morrisparks.net
June 8 - 9, Pottery Show & Sale at The Center for Contemporary Art
A group of talented artists will be selling their ceramic works of art at a fundraiser for The Center for Contemporary Art, (“The Center”). Included in this event will be unique, functional, and sculptural gifts and ceramic art, utilizing various techniques of firing – electric, gas, raku, soda, and anagama wood-fired kilns. The potters will be available to discuss their works and how they are made. Participating artists include: Doris Aufschlager (Bernardsville), Kathryn Jerabek Davis (Piscataway), Lilah Galdi (Somerset), Fran Hargadon (Somerset), Helen Marie Farrant (Lebanon), Keiko Inouye (Bridgewater), Gillian Kelly (Branchburg), Kathleen Moreno (Warren), Naomi Nierenberg (Somerset), Vicki Pollack (Montclair), Justy Strohl (Bridgewater) and Bobbie Vanata (Cranford). Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the chance to win work created by ceramic instructors from The Center, Lori Pearson (Asbury) and John Reinking (Pittstown). 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Center, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ. ccabedminster.org
June 12 – July 7, Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers
"All for one and one for all! Alexandre Dumas' classic tale comes to life on stage at The Shakespeare Theatre of new Jersey, in this delightful new adaptation by Ken Ludwig, who brings some formidable ladies into the swashbuckling fray. Join D'Artagnan and his sister Sabine as they journey to Paris to seek their fame and fortune in the world of the musketeers, King Louis VIII, and the powerful Cardinal Richelieu. Witness dazzling swordplay, daring deeds, heroics, and true love in this beloved epic. Renowned fight director and long-time company member, Rick Sordelet directs. At The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. Shakespearenj.org
June 15, Chester Railroad Extravaganza at Cooper Gristmill
Did you know that Chester had its very own railroad during the 1800s? Today we celebrate the Chester Railroad with hands-on activities, guided walks along the old railroad bed, displays about the history of trains, and even some model train sets to enjoy. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Cooper Gristmill, 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930. morrisparks.net
June 16, EnviroScape at HLT Farmers’ Market
The market welcomes AmeriCorps, which is bringing an EnviroScape interactive model designed to teach audiences about watersheds and water pollution. Also, Lauren Theis will lead Yoga at the Farmers’ Market at 10 a.m. A Little Bit Off (ALBO), an American roots music quartet, will perform from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Flemington, NJ. hunterdonlandtrust.org
June 21, Campout on the Beach
Pack Your Bags for Sunrise Lake Beach Club’s Annual Campout! Join the activity filled, overnight adventure, Campout on the Beach, at Sunrise Lake at Lewis Morris Park in Morris Township. Start with swimming, boating, and fun on the Wibit, the inflatable obstacle course. Families are welcome to arrive at 4 p.m. for free beach admission and water activities. Please note Wibit and Boat use are an additional fee. Pack your own picnic dinner to enjoy beachside. Once the sun sets, relax, and gather around the roaring campfire, while listening to stories and roasting delicious s’mores. Enjoy fun games throughout the evening for all ages too! S’more making kits and a light beachside breakfast are provided. Admission to this event is $45 per tent site, and pre-registration is required, as this event sells out FAST! To register, call 973.326.7616, email email@example.com, or register online at morrisparks.net. under Campout on the Beach. 7 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Sunrise Lake, Lewis Morris County Park, 270 Mendham Rd, Morris Township. morrisparks.net.
June 21, Family Campfire Night
Enjoy campfire, owls and star-gazing! Celebrate the first day of summer with Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA). Special guests from The Raptor Trust in Millington will present a program about New Jersey’s owls. After the sun goes down, astronomers from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will set up telescopes and point out interesting celestial objects, stars and constellations. Gather around a campfire to roast marshmallows, and also learn about night wildlife and astronomy! The family campfire night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at RHA’s Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. The cost is $6 per person. To register online, go to the RHA events calendar at www.raritanheadwaters.org/events-happenings/. Guests are asked to register by Wednesday, June 20. For more information, please contact Lauren Theis at 908-234-1852, ext. 314, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 21-23, The Mars Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend
The Perfect Way to Spend a Summer Day! Exciting equestrian competition returns with the third running of the Mars Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend, at historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey. The event features the nation's top horses and riders along with a host of family friendly events making Essex the perfect way to spend a weekend in the country. Spectators can stroll through the picturesque surroundings experiencing the thrill of the Olympic sport of eventing while enjoying a variety of activities including a classic car show, demonstrations, children’s activities, a farm stand offering fresh farm-to-table food from local markets, and specialties from artisan vendors. Moorland Farm, 50 US Highway 202, Far Hills, NJ 07931. www.essexhorsetrials.org.
June 22, 2nd Annual Taco Palooza
Taco Palooza - The Only Bad Taco is the One You Didn't Eat! Hold on to your Sombreros and get ready to shake your Maracas! TACO PALOOZA is rolling into Chester! A Benefit for the Historic Chester Business Association & I Love Chester, NJ. Join us for a festival to celebrate this delicious creation & our hugelove for all things taco! Food trucks, restaurants, chefs, a variety of beer, sangria & margaritas (frozen and straight up), kids activities, mechanical bull, vendors, contests for both the adults & children and great LIVE Music. Come Hungry and Thirsty. Bring chairs, blankets & pop-ups. Adults $5 per person. Under 10 Free. *Be Sure To Stop By the I Love Chester Information Booth to Enter our FREE RAFFLE TO SHOP HISTORIC CHESTER* We are asking all attendees to bring a non-perishable canned or boxed item to help support the local food pantry. Please help those less fortunate. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Municipal Field on Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930. Ilovechester.com
June 22, People-Power Day: Using Old Fashioned Tools!
Tour Cooper Gristmill and watch demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. See a foot-powered scroll saw, one-and two-man saws, angular boring machine, stone jack, treadle sewing machines, and hand drills. Try some tools yourself. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper Gristmill, 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930. Morrisparks.net
June 23, 13th Annual Fairy Day at Frelinghuysen Arboretum
A Magical Day for Families! For centuries, fairies have been an important part of culture and legends and are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical figures. Mortals do not often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but it is believed that by creating special fairy houses, we can draw them into ours. Welcome these wee folks into the garden by designing and creating a magical, miniature garden home made from all natural materials. After all, these tiny spirits need shelter during their stay! Enjoy delicious treats and live music, create a fairy themed craft to take home, play fun games, and hunt for hidden fairy doors in the garden to win a prize. At 3 p.m., join a colorful, musical procession around the gardens to marvel at the finished projects. Feel free to wear your best fairy finery. All creations will be on display for the month of July for everyone to enjoy. Visit the Haggerty Education center for a map of the sites. Preregistration is required for this event, as a limited number of fairy house sites are available. The cost is $30 per fairy house, which includes all materials, activities, and refreshments. Feel free to bring your own building supplies if you prefer, as long as they are all natural. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township. morrisparks.net
June 23, Dvoor Farm Bird Walk at HLT Farmers’ Market
Explore the bird habitat of the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Dvoor Farm. Juanita Hummel, of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, will lead this free hour-long bird walk. She’ll stop at several habitat sites and discuss why their preservation was vital for birds and other wildlife. Red-tailed hawks, yellow-bellied sapsuckers are among the dozens of species spotted on the farm in previous walks. 8:30 a.m. at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Flemington, NJ. hunterdonlandtrust.org
June 24-27 Celebrate ‘Firefly Nights’ at Fairview Farm
Remember the thrill of spotting the first fireflies to light up the sky on a warm summer evening? And the old-fashioned fun of catching them in a jar … and then letting them go at the end of the night? The public is invited to enjoy this classic summertime activity during the week of Monday, June 24, through Thursday, June 27, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Raritan Headwaters Association’s Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, located at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. Firefly nights are free, but donations are appreciated. To register online, visit the RHA events calendar at https://www.raritanheadwaters.org/events-happenings/and scroll down to “Firefly Viewing Nights.” Registrants should keep an eye on their email and the RHA website for cancellation information in the event of inclement weather.
July 14, Japanese Garden Festival at Willowwood Arboretum
Join us for an afternoon of beauty, the simplicity of Japanese gardening, flower arranging, and the art of bonsai at Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township, on Sunday, July 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join Japanese Garden Builder Asher Browne for a presentation on the concepts, principals, and elements that compose a Japanese garden. Learn various aspects of bringing Japan’s beauty to America, and enjoy iced green tea and mochi ice cream following the lecture. At 2:45 p.m., join Toshio Okimatsu, President of the Ikebono N. Y. Tachibana Chapter, and discover the 500-year-old art of Ikebana flower design. Similar to poetry, Ikebana expresses both the beauty of flowers and in our heart. The Great Swamp Bonsai Society will be on site to explain the ancient tradition and techniques of Bonsai. Tour the Woodland Walk, or take a leisurely walk on your own. The cost is $30 per person. For more information and to preregister, visit morrisparks.net or call 973.326.7606.
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