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September 2, 23rd Annual Tewksbury Flea Market

A major fundraiser for the Tewksbury Historical Society featuring  114 vendors selling  a variety of wares including antiques, vintage items, gently used products, hand crafts, fresh baked goods… and treasures for everyone and every age group. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Johnson/Cedar Lane Farm Field, Route 517, ½ mile north of Oldwick.


September 6 – October 1, STNJ Presents Joe Orton’s, What the Butler Saw

First performed in 1969, two years after Orton's murder at the age of 34, this scathing farce shocked audiences when it was first produced. Now, almost 50 years later, what were racy subjects are far less so, and we are able to both laugh more and see better the acid bullets that Orton fires in a startling pace from beginning to end. This hilarious comedy unveils the fragile state of truth in the hands of those in power, and the power of truth despite our easy ability to twist it. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600, or visit shakespearenj.org.


September 8, Movies with Mane Stream: Secretariat

Join Mane Stream for this rousing and heartwarming movie that beats other horse movies by lengths. BYO chairs/blankets and a picnic (no glass containers please). Popcorn & drinks will also be available for a donation. Purchase tickets on-line at manestreamnj.org. 83 Old Turnpike Rd. Oldwick, NJ


September 9 - 15, Bonsai Exhibit at Leonard J. Buck Garden

Bonsai is a Japanese art form dating back over a thousand years. Through meticulous techniques, trees, shrubs, and vines are kept in a miniaturized state and displayed in special containers. Over the years, avid bonsai enthusiast and Buck Garden volunteer Fred Aufschlager has studied and worked with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the world and will be sharing a sample of his work at the Leonard J. Buck Garden. The exhibit will include the many forms of bonsai and several species of plants. Visit the Leonard J. Buck Garden and draw inspiration from this amazing collection. M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. Noon – 5 p.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Rd, Far Hills, NJ. somersetcountyparks.org


September 9, Tricky Tray at Church of the Messiah

Church of the Messiah, the Episcopal Church of Chester, will host its 11th Annual Tricky Tray on Saturday September 9.  Over 200 prizes and gift certificates will be raffled including an LG 43” LED Smart TV, X-Box One, LG G-Pad F Tablet, mega cash basket, wine rack with wine, Coach bags, golf, fishing, jewelry, Keurig, fitness, gift certificates, themed baskets, lottery apron, and much more!  A $15 donation includes 25 regular tickets, a chance for door prizes, and desserts.  Hot food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first drawing is at 7 p.m.  The air conditioned and handicapped accessible church is located at 50 State Route 24 (Co. Rt. 513) in Chester, NJ, 1-1/2 miles west of the intersection of Rt. 206 & Main Street/Rt. 24 Chester. There is on-site parking. Tickets are sold at the door. messiah.org

September 9, National Milling Day

Celebrate the 262nd birthday of Oliver Evans, a 1780s inventor, who created the first automatic flour mill. See some of his inventions at work at the Gristmill. View a collection of antique printed flour bags. 1 – 3 p.m. at Cooper Gristmill, 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ. www.morrisparks.net.


Sep 9-10, 44th Annual Chester Fall Craft Show

The most talented artisans on the East Coast will exhibit and sell their unique hand-crafted creations in over 200 tents. Rated #1 in New Jersey and one of the Top 50 "Best Crafts Show in The Nation" by America's Premier Art and Craft Show Magazine, Sunshine Artist, previous shows have set all-time attendance records, with crafters and artisans from throughout the region offering an array of select, hand-crafted furniture, jewelry, apparel, ornaments, home accessories and more. Whether it's a decorative piece for your own home or a distinctive holiday gift for a friend, Chester is the place to discover that special something.  Children under 12 are free (no pets please).  Also, don't forget to enjoy all the natural beauty of the season, as Chester is home to wonderful parks and farms offering fun for the whole family. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Rain or Shine) at Gazebo/Municipal Field,134 Main Street, Chester, NJ. chestercraftshow.com.


September 10, Edible Flowers, a Global History

Why would anyone want to eat flowers? Author, Constance Kirker’s new book, written with her sister, Mary Newman, is a comprehensive look at this fascinating subject. Ms. Kirker discusses the use of flowers as a tasty ingredient in a variety of cuisines throughout history. Light refreshments and a book signing follow the lecture. Pre-registration required. 1 - 3 p.m., at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township. www.morrisparks.net


September 10, Jacobus Vanderveer  Museum Open House 

Walk in the footsteps of Generals George Washington and Henry Knox. See where some of America’s first Dutch farmers staked their claims in the new world. Learn more about America’s first military training academy. Docents are available at the house to provide information on the history and furnishings of the house. Additional information can be found on printed material available in every room and on the website, which can be viewed on all mobile devices to enable a self-guided tour. 1 - 4 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum, 3055 River Rd., Bedminster Township, NJ 07921. jvanderveerhouse.org


September 15 – October 1, Shows for Days, by Douglas Carter Beane

It’s May 1973 when a young man wanders into a dilapidated community theater in Reading, PA. The company members welcome him with open arms, perhaps only because they need a set painter! He then proceeds to soak up all the idealism and craziness that comes with being part of a struggling theater company with big dreams. A comedy, written by Douglas Carter Beane, who is known for The Nance, Sister Act, The Little Dog Laughed, As Bees In Honey Drown, and many others. According to the playwright, "This story isn’t the truth. It’s the only way I know how to tell the truth, which is through fiction.” CTG Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, (at the corner of Maple Ave.), Chester, NJ. chestertheatregroup.org

September 17, Willowwood Open House

Enjoy autumn’s splendor at Willowwood Arboretum. Take a guided tour of the gardens or meadows, or stroll the grounds using your cell phone to guide you. The Tubbs house will be open for a rare peek at the home life of botanizing brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs. Talks about some of the decorative arts in the house, such as the fine collection of Willowware will be given throughout the day. Horticultural staff share tips on how to properly put your garden to bed and which trees, shrubs and flower are fall-performers. Light refreshments will be provided by the Willowwood Foundation.  Noon - 4 p.m. at Willowwood Arboretum, 330 Longview Rd., Chester Township. $5 per car. willowwoodarboretum.org

 September 17, 1920s Country Fair & Harvest Festival

Come one, come all to the 1920s Country Fair & Harvest Festival. Enjoy a fun-filled day of wagon-rides, farm animals, live music, exhibits, old-fashioned games, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and food or purchase. Fun for the entire family! 12 noon - 5 p.m., at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township. www.morrisparks.net


September 17, Dog Days – A Very Silly Dog Show! Presented by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable

Classes include Best Costume; Pet/Owner Look-Alike; Best Bark; and Best Tail Wagger. Plenty of fun and prizes for you and your best friend! Please visit the Friends' website at www.flss.org for more information. Register 2 p.m. / Show 3 p.m. at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ. somersetcountyparks.org


September 22, Kids Movie Night - Beauty and the Beast.

Movie will be shown at dusk (approximately 7:45pm) on the Quarry Lawn. Popcorn, candy and drinks available.  Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Free. Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. theredmill.org


September 23, Tewksbury Harvest Festival

An annual community event attracting families in the township and many surrounding areas. The country atmosphere, music, and many activities in this bucolic setting provide a day of fun for the whole family. Featuring live music, car show, patting zoo, pony rides, Clydesdale horses, hayrides, pumpkin painting, craft vendors and great food. Proceeds benefit the Tewksbury Library and the Tewksbury First Aid & Rescue squad. Noon – 5 p.m. at Christie Hoffman park, 108 Fairmount Road West (Rte. 512) Tewksbury, NJ. www.facebook.com/tewksburyharvestfes


September 23, Rock the Wall

Outdoor concert hosted by American Sound & Stage. Featuring RJB, Powderfinger, the Zeke Sky Band, Whole Lotta Zepp, Big Bone Daddy, and Powerage covering favorite classic rock artists like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Door opens at noon, music starts 1 p.m. at Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. theredmill.org


Sep 23 – 24, Annual Chester Lion's Club Oktoberfest!

The Chester Lions Club presents their 19th Annual Oktoberfest featuring live music, professional dancers and entertainers, and activities for children. Authentic German food including bratwurst, smoked pork chops, hot dogs, German potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels are available. For dessert tasty apple strudel, beehive cake, plum cake, apple crumb cake, and more are for sale. On Saturday the Oktoberfest will feature an antique car show. The car show is free with admission. Noon to 8 p.m., at Chubb Park, West Main Street, Chester, NJ. chesterlionsclubnj.com


September 23, St. Hubert's 4th Annual Tricky Tray

The fun includes over 300 prizes, 50/50 raffle and Lottery Scratch-Off Apron raffle! Prizes include gift cards, electronics, jewelry, pet items, home decor, event tickets, kid's toys, holiday decor and much, much more! Prizes and raffle tickets for purchase during the event are tiered based on value (regular, medium, large and grand). $25 registration includes 3 sheets of regular-value raffle tickets, door prize tickets, and complimentary coffee and baked goods. This event has sold out each year, make sure to register to reserve your space- seating is limited! Proceeds to benefit the animals of St. Hubert's! Doors open at 6 p.m., prizes called at 7:45 p.m., at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center 575 Woodland Road Madison, NJ. sthuberts.org


September 24, Poets in the Garden

Now in its fifteenth year, Poets in the Garden is delighted to welcome celebrated poets Robert Carnevale and Elizabeth (Mimi) Danson. Enjoy readings in the beautiful historical gardens of Macculloch Hall. 2 p.m. at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960. maccullochhall.org


September 24, Volunteer Day at Schiff Nature Preserve

Join Schiff members, staff, and volunteers on an outdoor land steward project to improve the Schiff Natural Land Trust. Schiff volunteer work days are great for teens, adults, church groups, service groups, scout troops, or anyone else looking to earn community service or environmental karma credits! Come lend a hand with trail maintenance, fence repair, invasive species removal, native plant garden maintenance, and home repair. Schiff membership is encouraged, but not required. Please register in advance. 9 – 11 a.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945. schiffnaturepreserve.org


September 29, Colonial Tavern Night…Huzzah!!!!

Huzzah! Learn how to create authentic fresh Colonial Cocktails. Grab a mug of ale or a colonial cocktail and join us for a night of colonial merrymaking! Sample rustic fare, play authentic tavern games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dances in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. $30 per person, advance registration is required. 7 – 10 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum, 3055 River Rd., Bedminster Township, NJ 07921. jvanderveerhouse.org

September 29 - October 7, Tewksbury Juried Art Exhibition

The 26th Tewksbury Juried Art Exhibition makes a triumphant return after a 2 year hiatus. The Tewksbury Art Show is the Tewksbury Historical Society’s largest fundraiser bringing many members and volunteers together to register over 140 artists from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut who enter over 325 pieces of art, all of which is for sale. This year’s show will open on Friday, September 29 with a Preview and Reception from 6 to 9 pm followed by an 8 day run at the Zion Lutheran Christian Education Building, 18 Miller Ave, Oldwick, NJ.  tewksburyhistory.net

September 30, Hay Day

Come out to Readington River Buffalo Farm for  an day of family fun to benefit the Whitehouse Rescue Squad. Live music, wild west adventure featuring cowboys, Native Americans and military re-enactors, corn maze, wagon Tours,  over 100 vendors, Red River Saloon,  pumpkin picking and a whole lot more! 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Readington River Buffalo farm, 937 County Road 523, Flemington, NJ. whitehouserescue.com/hayday

September 2017

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.

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