Black River Roasters

Through October, 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 or call the Bedminster Township Recreation Department on (908) 212-7000, Ext. 404.

October 3 – 28, ‘The Time to Mourn’

Tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed. Ages 12 & Up. Wednesdays through Sundays, October 3 through 21, Wednesday October 24 through Friday, October 26, and Sunday, October 28 Tours Run at 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township,  Morristown, NJ 07960.​

October 5 – 21, Disenchanted! at Chester Theatre Group

 Have you ever wondered what happened to your favorite story book princesses after their supposed “happily ever after”? Well, DISENCHANTED, a new musical comedy by writer and composer Dennis T. Giacino, answers the question. The honest voices of “disenchanted” princesses take us through their journey as they attempt to take back their power. With wit, cleverness, and fast-paced humor, Giacino creates a burlesque vaudeville show of catchy and contagious songs about self-acceptance, battling the dated messages little girls have been fed by society for centuries about who they ought to grow up to be. Rather than perpetuating the dainty, boy-crazy ideal of femininity, Giacino turns these fairytale characters into real women with real voices which need to be heard. Performances at 8 pm, with weekend matinees at 2 pm, at CTG’s Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street (at the corner of Maple Avenue), Chester, NJ 07930.

October 6 & 7, Grand Harvest Wine Festival 

Spend the day at Fosterfields Living History Farm and sample 300+ wines. Enjoy live music, delicious foods, and artisan crafts. 12 noon - 5 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

October 7, Raritan Headwaters 39th Annual Old Fashioned Country Fair

Fall brings brightly colored leaves, cooler temperatures and Raritan Headwaters’ annual Old Fashioned Country Fair! The event, sponsored by the organization’s Board of Trustees, has heralded the start of autumn since 1980. Proceeds from this popular event support RHA’s mission to protect the water in our rivers, our streams and our homes through environmental education, community well testing, stream monitoring and cleanup, research, and open space preservation. The Old Fashioned Country Fair attracts thousands of guests each year. Some of the highlights of this year’s Fair include: Live Country Music;    Wagon rides drawn by Clydesdale horses; Children’s area featuring pumpkin painting, clean river race game and scarecrow dressing; Pumpkin Sling; and Local, seasonal food cooked fresh by Bex Eatery. 
11:30 am – 4:30 pm at Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921.

October 7, Mylestone Equine Rescue Open House 

Come see all the rescue horses in person, meet the volunteers, and find out all the good work Mylestone does on behalf of horses. We know you'll be excited to meet our latest addition, Phebe, a pony who has already come a long way since her arrival over a month ago. Taking care of the rescue horses and promoting responsible horse ownership takes a lot of time, so we are eager to share with visitors what Mylestone is all about. Enjoy a huge silent auction with gifts, baskets, and unexpected surprise items of all kinds. We also have our now-famous big bake sale with delicious cakes and pies, cookies, breads, bars, and more. We do have food vendors here, but be sure to leave room for dessert! Admission is free but we ask that each visitor bring one can of soup which we deliver to the nearby food pantry. Please remember, for everyone's safety, no dogs will be allowed at Open House. The horses are not familiar with dogs and may spook, potentially injuring volunteers, visitors and/or other horses. 12 noon – 4 pm at Mylestone Equine Rescue, 227 Still Valley Rd., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.

October 7, Friends of Lord Stirling Stable 21st Annual “Dog Days – A Very Silly Dog Show” 

Canines of all shapes and sizes are invited to bring their human companions to take part in a fun-filled afternoon of contests and events. Classes include Biscuit Toss and Catch; Water Bobbing Contest; Pet/Owner Look Alike; Biscuit Race; Tail Waggin’; Best Dressed (Costume); Smallest, Largest, and Most Medium; Obstacle Course; Best Bark; and Most Obedient. Following the event there will be a walk along the equestrian trails. On-site registration begins at 2:00 pm and classes will begin promptly at 3:00 pm. Entry is $3.00 per class. The event will take place in the large indoor ring and spectators are invited to watch from a climate-controlled viewing area or in the ring. Proceeds from the event will help fund activities and programs at Lord Stirling Stable. Winners recieve a milk bone and bragging rights! 2 pm on the grounds of Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

October 7, 1770's Festival 

Travel back in time as exhibitors and militias recreate colonial life on the site of Lord Stirling's Manor. Enjoy an educational and exciting day in the 1770's. 11:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Environmental Education Center, 90 Lord Stirling Road Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

October 12 – 27, Red Mill Haunted Village: Run for Your Life!

The Red Mill Haunted Village has been providing scares to tri-state residents for 28 years, and is one of the popular haunted attractions in Hunterdon County. A small army of volunteers work tirelessly to transform the historic mill and buildings into 10-acres of horror-filled frights and the result is a scare-fest that will exceed your most terrifying expectations. This year’s theme is RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! And believe me, they mean it. The Haunted Mill runs October 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Brand new for this year are special behind-the-scenes “Lights On” tours which will be held Thursdays October 18 and 25. For tickets and more information, visit

October 12-14, Califon’s Centennial Celebration

Califon is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Califon Borough! The town is hosting a weekend full of commemorative events that starts on Friday, October 12 at Firemen’s Field located behind the Municipal Building at 39 Academy Street. The Califon Firemen will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers from 6:3o pm – 9:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs for a night under the stars with food, a beer garden, fire truck rides, a bonfire and fireworks. Walking tours of Califon’s historic district will be offered Saturday morning at 10 am and 12 pm. This interesting and educational tour will visit the Nellie Hoffman House, the Cabin by the River, the Califon Train Stations and the 2nd floor of Rambo’s Country Store. Guests are also welcome to stop by the Califon Historical Society Museum at the Califon Train Station, as well as the Nellie Hoffman House and the Cabin by the River. The Califon Public School, also celebrating its 100th birthday in 2018, will also be offering an Open House and tours of the school between 10 am – 1 pm. Stop by for refreshments, meet teachers and students and see all that is happening at Califon School in 2018! Following the tours, all are welcomed to gather at Califon Island Park at 2 pm for the 100th Anniversary Ceremony. Mayor, Charlie Daniel, along with several guest speakers, will speak about Califon’s history. The time capsule, buried in the park 25 years ago, will be opened and a new one will replace it. Guests will also be able to enjoy a classic car show and food trucks.

October 14, Califon’s 6th Annual Autumn Street Fair 

Califon’s Centennial Celebration culminates with Califon Autumn Street Fair. Come stroll through historic downtown and enjoy great live music on 2 different stages, a variety of tasty food vendors, and check out Califon’s welcoming boutiques and family owned businesses to find some one of a kind treasures and enjoy special Street Fair specials. All are welcome to attend this free event! Portions of Main street will be closed to automobile traffic and the downtown area will be transformed into a communal scene of Fall fun, food, and entertainment. Area businesses and vendors will also have tables set up along the Street Fair for your shopping pleasure! Games and entertainment will be offered for children. In addition to the Street fair festivities, the Jon Slusher Memorial 5K ( will also be held on the same day, kicking off at 1 pm. The race awards will be announced down town at the Street Fair. It promises to be a full day of great activities in Califon! The Street Fair event is sponsored by The Borough of Califon. Street parking is available around town, except in the closed areas. 12 noon – 4 pm in downtown Califon, NJ.

October 12, “Good Libations” at CCA Bedminster 

The Center for Contemporary Art’s largest fundraiser of the year, “Good Libations,” is back! This walk-around tasting event takes place in the unique setting of The Center’s fine art galleries and professional art studios. Surrounded by contemporary art, guests will sample and savor little-known wines from around the globe, cold craft beers, curated seasonal cocktails, and fabulous hors d’oeuvres, set to the smooth sounds of live jazz. This year we have partnered with Adelphia Wine Market in Bernardsville, NJ, to bring guests a selection of more than 150 wines, and New Jersey’s own Claremont Distillery will be on site serving signature cocktails created exclusively for this event! Early Access Party 6-7 p.m. Beat the crowds and get a head start on tasting with early admission to the event, and be treated to Champagne accompanied by exquisite hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds from “Good Libations” will support The Center’s art classes and workshops for children, teens, and adults, art exhibitions, and vital community outreach programs that serve children with autism, at-risk youth, adults with disabilities, people affected by cancer and seniors. 7 pm – 10 pm at The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921. Visit for tickets and more information.

October 12, "By the Light of the Moon" 

Led by a Naturalist, adventurers will explore the Great Swamp while listening for animal sounds and using their night vision to walk the swampy trails beneath the stars. Walks will depart every 15 minutes with concurrent indoor activities including a maze, live critters, refreshments, and more. Registration begins September 12. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Environmental Education Center, 90 Lord Stirling Road Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

October 13, LVFAS Zombie 5K Fun Run

Enjoy an autumn day in beautiful Long Valley! Walk, run or stroll the 5K course where zombies roam. A perfect outing for adults, students and families – come in costume if you dare. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in individual and family categories. All proceeds benefit the Long Valley First Aid Squad in its mission to better serve the citizens of Washington Township and help neighboring communities. Long Valley First Aid Squad has provided over 60 years of all-volunteer service, 24/7 Emergency medical care, vehicle and technical rescue services are all done by our volunteers. Funds raised go primarily to equipment and training. The 5k Waves will be as follows - Wave 1: 9:00 am - Adults only, Wave 2: 9:30 am - Families, Wave 3: 10:00 am Walk/Run. LVFAS Station 1, 70 East Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ.

October 13 – 14, Chester 35th Annual Harvest Celebration 

You couldn’t pick a better way to spend a weekend!  Come and enjoy this FREE 2-day event in Historic Downtown Chester! Meet NBC Celebrity - Produce Pete, revel in the historic sounds of the American Revolution's Fife and Drum as performed by New Jersey's own "Colonial Musketeers Junior Fife and Drum Corp," and enjoy the sounds of Special Musical Guest: The Morris Music Men Barbershop Chorus. New features this year include, a Fun, Fall-Themed "Selfie" Photo Station and the South Hills Pet Adoption & Pet Costume Contest. Other activities that are back by popular demand include: Antique Apple Press Demo, Blacksmith Demo, Clown Performances, Face Painting, Ford V-8 Antique Car Show, Wood Carving Demo, Pumpkin Painting, Pumpkin Carving Demos and more! 11 am – 5 pm, throughout Historic Downtown Chester, NJ.


October 13, Ralston Cider Mill Annual Pressing Day

Observe annual apple pressing on restored historic equipment and taste the fresh cider at the Ralston Cider Mill, the last authentic vestige of the once thriving cider and applejack industry in New Jersey, and the only operational cider mill functioning as a privately funded museum. Video, pressing, and Visitor Center exhibits. 1 – 4 pm at the Ralston Cider Mill, 336 Mendham Road West, Mendham, NJ.

October 13, Lenape Day Returns to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center 

Spend the afternoon at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township celebrating the original inhabitants of New Jersey, the Ramapough Lenape People, at Lenape Day. Meet tribe members, enjoy a traditional drum circle, dancers in regalia, historic tools and artifacts, and much more. Enjoy an authentic experience with fun, hands-on activities, such as making a fire without matches, molding a clay pot, and playing games Lenape children played. Take a guided walk on the wooded trails to discover how the Lenape used local plants to meet their needs, and explore the interior of the wigwam, set up as it would have been hundreds of years ago.  !2 noon – 4 pm at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, NJ 07928.


October 20, Discover the NJ Shakespeare Theatre’s Reggie the Ghost

This is a backstage tour at the Theatre’s Support Facility in Florham Park. This unique opportunity to tour the costume, props, and scenery shops and more has been customized for the Tourism Bureau for the Halloween season. There will be lots of surprises, refreshments, and stories about Reggie who haunts their theatre. Bonnie Monte, director of the company, will be on hand for a Q and A. Touring the shoe closet is worth the price of admission!  Tickets are $20.00 pp.  Pre-register and pre-pay requested. 11 am – 12:30 pm at Support Facility for NJ Shakespeare Theatre 3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ. For more information, visit

October 21, Haunted Village Trunk or Treat 

What do you get when you combine all the fun of Halloween dressing up, Happy Haunts, trick-or-treating AND the Haunted Village? Haunted Village Trunk or Treat! New this year: decorate your car and yourselves for an afternoon of trunk or treat on the Haunted Village grounds! Prizes will be given for scariest and most creative entries. All proceeds will go directly to our Capital Campaign to help Save the Wheel! $10 per car, tickets at the door. Reservations suggested by emailing, 1 pm – 3 pm at  Red Mill Haunted Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, New Jersey 08809.

October 27th, Bedminster Charities Fall Fest 2018 

Enjoy a family fun day while helping to support seven Bedminster-based organizations. Activities include a beer/wine garden; live music & entertainment; kids activities including huge bounce houses, games of chance (everyone’s a winner), face painting, hay rides, and more!; Vendor booths, giveaways, and a silent auction; classic car show; and live demonstrations from our Emergency Services organizations. 11 am – 5 pm at River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ.

October 27, Fall Festival at Lord Stirling Stable

 Join us for pumpkin spice and all that's nice at our annual Fall Festival! Halloween is coming to Lord Stirling Stable and we would love for you to join us for some fun fall activities! We will be offering pony rides, Halloween-themed games and activities, fall themed food, and hayrides on our trails! Costumes are accepted and encouraged. We can't wait to see you there! 5 pm – 8 pm at Lord Stirling Stable located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

October 28, Morristown Historic District House Tour 

It’s all in the details! Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and six other historic houses will be open to the public for our biennial House Tour! Begin your tour at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum by walking through our period rooms and exhibition galleries. Pick up your tour guidebook, then head out to any of the other beautiful homes on the tour. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 on the day of the event. All funds raised directly support Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Tickets available via Eventbrite: and onsite at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum the day of the event. 11 am – 5 pm, rain or shine, at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.

October 28, Second Annual Pumpkin Teal Party

Forget the Candy, Celebrate a Food Allergy-Friendly Halloween This Year at The Willow School’s Second Annual Teal Pumpkin Party! The Willow School is excited to host its second annual Teal Pumpkin Spooktacular, The party, which is open to the public, will feature trick-or-treating for treasures, pumpkin painting, slime making, scarecrow decorating, potion making, spooky story time, and other crafts and games. It is fun for the whole family in a safe environment for kids with food allergies and families with a health-conscious lifestyle. A suggested donation of $5 benefits Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), whose national Teal Pumpkin Project inspired the party. FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion, and respect for individuals managing food allergies. This movement offers a Halloween alternative for kids with allergies, as well as other families that want to celebrate Halloween without the candy. Last year, Willow’s event raised $1,000 for FARE! 1-4 pm on Willow’s campus at 1150 Pottersville Road in Gladstone, NJ. Please RSVP at 

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Autumn 2018

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