June – September, 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 www.bedminster.us or call the Bedminster Township Recreation Department on (908) 212-7000, Ext. 404.

July – September, Summer Sundays in Song & Verse

We look forward to welcoming you to our gardens for Summer Sundays in Song & Verse! Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a selection of music or poetry. Rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather programs will be held in the Schoolroom Gallery. July 1: The Kootz perform a medley of blues, pop, and rock music from the 60s-90s. July 15: The Harmonium Choral Society lifts its voice in song. September 16: Award winning poets David Petruzelli and Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft share their work in Poets in the Garden. $10 per adult, FREE for members!  Programs start at 2 p.m. at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960, maccullochhall.org.

June 2, Betty Day at RHA

Honor the Raritan Headwaters Association’s Trailblazer, Betty Merck, on National Trails Day. We’ll have activities all morning for kids and adults, including Bird Walks, Streamside Meditation, Making a Nature Journal, Stream Exploration and Kayaks in the Pond.  Admission is $20 a carload and light refreshments will be available. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Gladstone, NJ. raritanheadwaters.org  

June 2, Betty Day – The Evening 

Join Raritan Headwaters and make a toast in Betty Merck's honor in honor of Betty Merck, our conservation trailblazer, and uncork the history of Fairview Farm with historian Barry Thomson. Catered by BEX Kitchen, with live music by the Jugtown String Band. All proceeds will support RHA’s Science and Education Programs. $150.00. The evening begins at 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. in the Barn at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Gladstone, NJ. raritanheadwaters.org   

June 2, Mane Stream’s 5th annual Boot Scootin’ BBQ

Come out and kick up the dust, pick out your favorite jeans and boots and get ready to party all night long in support of Mane Stream’s equine assisted therapy programs and the services they provide to the local community with special needs. This big bash starts at 6:00p.m., with a tasting from a local distillery and several corn hole sets for those looking to get a little competitive. Fred Whaley of Southern Man BBQ will be adding a few new twists to his sumptuous country style BBQ. The evening will be hosted by NASH 94.7 and live band, “The Mourning Doves” is sure to keep everyone on the huge dance floor. The rustic evening under the stars includes chances to win a diverse selection of silent and live auction items including fun experience packages and baskets filled with something for everyone. At 10:00pm when the auction closes, the winner of the 50/50 Raffle will go home with more than $1,000, though you need not be present to win. Last year’s event was almost sold out, so get your tickets now. Individual tickets are $125 each. With two massive tents there is seating for everyone though the five sponsorships levels receive reserved seating and extensive recognition options. For more information about the Boot Scootin’ BBQ or any of Mane Stream’s equine assisted programs for children and adults with special needs, please contact Jen Dermody at jen@manestreamnj.org or 908-439-9636 or visit our website at www.ManeStreamNJ.org.

June 2, Catmoondaddy at Acoustic Cafe

Catmoondaddy, an acoustic trio with fine vocals and a great sound is playing again in Pottersville. Playing a wide range of songs, including classic rock hits, folk and country, soul classics, vintage blues, and originals; you will enjoy an evening of old favorites including Cat Stevens, Neil Young, Dion, Paul Simon, Wilson Pickett, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Band, Elvis, Grateful Dead, The Everly Brothers and  Jim Croce.  The group; consisting of band members Al Radzik, Walt Haake and Mike Mossa have been playing together for over 40 years.  They have played NYC’s Bitter End in NYC, the Helmsley Palace, and played for a local radio station WDVR and this year were asked to play at the Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. Refreshments, including coffee, soft drinks, and desserts are all on the house. There is no cover charge but donations are appreciated. 7:30-9:30 pm at the Pottersville Community House, 2091 Black River Road (directly across from the Pottersville Church). You can check out the Acoustic Cafe at www.pottersvillechurch.com, call 908-439-2628 or email pottersvillechurch2090@gmail.com for more information on their community events and weekly worship services.

Jun 2 - 3, 20th Annual SPRING Chester Craft Show

Call your friends and make plans to attend the 20th Annual Spring Chester Craft Show - ranked as one of the top 60 craft 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. Admission: $4.00.  No dogs/pets allowed. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Gazebo/Municipal Field, 134 Main Street, Chester, NJ. chestercraftshow.com


June 2, CCA’s Potters in the Pavilion

A group of artists from The Center for Contemporary Art will bring their ceramic works of art to the second annual “Potters in the Pavilion.” Participating in the sale and exhibition are 15 talented artists: Andrea Carroll, Kathryn Davis, Ann Gattuso, Fran Hargadon, Gill Kelly, Susanna Kopchains, Elisa Maggio, Kathleen Moreno, Naomi Nierenberg, Ann Parsekian, Priscilla Petitti, Larry Quirk, Nalini Shenoy, Blanche Somer and Kimberly Yoggy Soveron. These artists have each worked with clay for many decades. Garnering awards in juried shows throughout the country, many have sold their wares in galleries and various shows, and have work held in private collections. Included in this event will be unique, functional, and sculptural gifts and ceramic art, utilizing various techniques of firing – electric, gas, raku, obvara, soda, and anagama wood-fired kilns. The potters will be available to discuss their works and how they are made. Additionally, an exhibition of each artist’s work will be on view highlighting objets d’art selected by the artists, often exhibiting unique techniques. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Pluckemin Schoolhouse Park, adjacent to The Center for Contemporary Art, located at 2020 Burnt Mill Road, Bedminster, NJ. There is no charge and there will be light refreshments.  

June 3, 23rd Annual British Car Day at Red Mill Museum 

Presented by the Austin-Healey Sports & Touring Club of NJ, featuring favorite British collector and antique vehicles. Visit the wonderful Red Mill Museum Village, shop in downtown Clinton’s many quaint stores, experience the Hunterdon Art Museum and marvel at the many gorgeous British cars!  There will also be a picnic basket competition. Award classes will be by Make and Model of vehicles registered. Vehicle registration is $20 per car before May 23rd and $25 per car after May 23rd.  Spectator admission is $10 per person. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (rain or shine) at Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809. For fees and registration information, visit theredmill.org

June 3, Flemington Fine Artisans Show

Back for the 6th year, The Flemington Fine Artisans Show returns to Stangl Factory. The curated show and sale will feature a selection of local artists from throughout the region with diverse talents including jewelry, ceramics, artisan woodwork, home décor, fiber art, one-of -a-kind clothing, photography, and painting. The show is free to attend, and there is ample free parking. First-time visitors will be delighted by the historic Stangl Factory which is also home to Factory Fuel Co. Coffee Shop, Blue Fish Grill, Kev Von Holt Gallery, and Kissimmee River Pottery.10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Stangl Pottery Factory, 4 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ. FlemingtonFineArtisansShow.com

June 9, Railfest 2018

Catch steam-powered train at Flemington Station for fun-filled ride to Ringoes and back! Music by StoneHearth and Moggy Hill; Touch a Truck experience, face painting, great food and more. Registrations suggested, blackriverrailroad.com/railfest. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Flemington Station, 80 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ 08822. Blackriverrailroad.com


June 9, Flemington Car Show for a Cause 

Come out and support the Felminton Fire Department and see Camaros, Chevelles, Chevys... music by Shure Shotz; The Shackers. Children’s activities, and more. Car Show T-Shirt Sales for the day will be donated to the Fire Dept. Come out & grab a hot dog from the Flemington's finest Fire department members. 5:30-8:30 p.m., behind the historic courthouse and on Main Street. flemingtoncarshows.com. 

June 9, "Ride for the River" 

Love to ride your motorcycle along the picturesque country roads of the upper Raritan River watershed region? If so, you’re invited to join the 15th “Ride for the River,” to support the conservation mission of Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA). The 60-mile poker run takes bikers on a scenic tour of rural roads in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties, especially those that parallel or cross rivers and streams. The Ride for the River starts and ends at the Spruce Run Recreation Area in Clinton Township, and will be followed by a picnic lunch, music and bike show. Non-riders are welcome to attend the picnic. Riders can arrive at Spruce Run anytime between 9 and 11 a.m. and enjoy coffee and light breakfast before taking to the road. The ride is not timed, so riders can depart any time before 11 a.m. The cost is $30 per rider/passenger, which includes an event T-shirt, breakfast and lunch. The cost for non-riders to attend just the picnic lunch from noon to 3 p.m. is $15 per person, and vintage T-shirts will also be on sale. The event will be held rain or shine, and all makes of motorcycles are welcome. To pre-register and get more information, go to www.raritanheadwaters.org/about-us/special-events/ride-for-the-river/. Riders can also sign up on the day of the event for $25, but on-site registration does not include a commemorative T-shirt. Anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering to work at Ride for the River should contact Jody Marcus at jmarcus@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852, ext.

June 9 & 10, Civil War Weekend at Historic Speedwell

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. June 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave A, Morristown, NJ 07960. morrisparks.net 

June 10 – Yoga in the Park at Jacobus Vanderveer

Enjoy a Yoga class on the grounds of the Jacobus Vanderveer House located inside River Road Park, Bedminster.  The class will be followed by light breakfast and a tour of the museum.   The program is $10 per person. Members Free. Children 12 and under, free. Register at www.jvanderveerhouse.org or call 908-396-6053. 10:30 a.m .- 12:30 p.m. at The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, 3055 River Road (River Road Park), Bedminster, 07921

June 10, Raritan River Sojourn Day 3: Flemington to Three Bridges

Join RHA and the Appalachian Mountain Club for our 3nd Raritan River Sojourn! This paddle will take us from the Lipton Tea Factory (1200 Route 523) in Flemington to Three Bridges. All details will be sent to registered participants one week before each scheduled day. A suggested donation of $20 will be collected at the start of each paddle. We do have some kayaks to borrow - please contact us to find out if we have some available for this date. 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! 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, please contact Lauren Theis at 908-234-1852, ext. 314, or ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org. To register, go to www.raritanheadwaters.org.        

June 10, Great Swamp Music Festival

Great Swamp, Great Music! Spread out a blanket or bring your lawn chairs. This live Music Festival features 4 of our favorite local bands: Not Enough Jeffs, The Gammon Brothers, Hub Hollow, and Stomp Box. Get comfy under the tent or relax and enjoy the sunshine out in the polo field for this family-friendly event. Get a bite to eat from a variety of food vendors, grab a drink, and be sure to leave some room for ice cream, served out of a 1950’s custom ice cream truck. You’ll also want to browse these historic grounds and check out the unique and interesting items for sale by our local merchandise vendors. For ticket sales, visit www.greatswamp.org. Children 13 and under are free…and there’s plenty of free parking! 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Hartley Farms Polo Field, Spring Valley Road, Harding Township, NJ 07960.

June 10, Flemington Flea

Flemington Flea, a new monthly event for people who enjoy browsing for antiques, collectibles and special finds, will launch Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cover Main Street as well as the Stangl Road complex. Antique and flea market dealers from around the region will display their wares throughout this 1-square-mile town while musicians serenade visitors and local stores conduct sidewalk sales. In addition, Jack McDade, a Philly-born crooner who was the first musical guest on “American Bandstand,” a hit 1950s TV show, will be signing autographs at the Forge Marketplace for a $2 donation to charity while restaurants offer three meals and brunch for anyone who wants to make an all-day trek out of sidewalk browsing. vendor locations are Teaberry’s Tea Room, 2 Main Street; Camp Flemington Antiques, 78 Main Street; Flemington Filling Station, Main and William streets; Forge Marketplace at Stangl Factory, 2 Stangl Road, and N’Joy Yourself, 50 Stangl Road. For more information, visit exploreflemington.com

June 19-23, Chester Fireman’s Carnival   

Enjoy family-friendly fun and support the Chester Volunteer Fire Company! Amusement rides, fire truck rides, games, great food, beer tent and … fireworks! Hours each evening will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Fireworks night will be held at 10:00 p.m. on Friday the June 22 with a rain date of June 23 and the carnival will stay open until 11 p.m. Chubb Park, Rte. 24, Chester NJ.


June 22 – Movie in the Park at Jacobus Vanderveer

Tour Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, followed by the hit family movie, Night at the Museum 3, on our outdoor movie screen.  $10 per family.  Members Free.  Popcorn, candy and beverages available for purchase.  No outside refreshments please.  Rain Date:  Saturday, June 23. Register at www.jvanderveerhouse.org or call 908-396-6053. 8:30 p.m. at The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum 3055 River Road (River Road Park), Bedminster, 07921

June 23-24, Mars Essex Horse Trials 

New Jersey's Premier Eventing Weekend combines the elegance of Dressage, the thrill of Cross-Country, and the precision of Show Jumping. While you are here, enjoy tailgating, a Classic Car Show, Vendor Village, Fresh Local Food, and Family Fun! Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Moorland Farm, 50 US Highway 202, Far Hills, NJ 07931. Kids 14 and under free, free parking! For tickets and more information, visit www.essexhorsetrials.org

June 24, Fairy Day at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum 

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, create a fairy themed craft to take home, play fun games, listen to live music, 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. 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. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. For more information, visit arboretumfriends.org, or call 973.326.7601. Rain date for this event is July 1. 1-3 p.m. at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960

June 26, Frantic Fun Run 5k and 1-mile Fitness Walk/Run

Enjoy a 5K race or 1-Mile Fitness Walk/Run along a cross-country trail through the heart of Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.  Soak in the warm summer weather as you race through the beautiful fields and pastures. This chip-timed 5K is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and an award ceremony will follow. If a 5K is not for you, sign up for the 1-Mile Fitness Walk/Run, and enjoy the scenery at a more leisurely pace. Bring your family and friends for an evening of music, giveaways, and refreshments. The first 200 participants receive a Frantic Fun Run performance t-shirt! Preregister at morrisparks.net/FFR by June 24 for a discounted fee of $20. Race day registration is $25.  For more information on Frantic Fun Run 5K and 1-Mile Fitness Walk/Run, visit morrisparks.net/FFR, call 973.326.7616, or e-mail recreation@morrisparks.net.

​July 8, Meet the River with Raritan Headwaters Association 

Get your feet wet (literally!) while we teach you about the wonders of water!  Our educators will show you some incredible critters that live in our streams, help you try out fly fishing, make beautiful art with watercolors, and help you get to know your local river!  This event is free but guests are welcome to make a donation! Please let us know you're coming by July 5.  For more information and to register, contact Lauren at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Natirar Park, 2 Main Street, Gladstone, NJ 07934

July 15 Raritan River Sojourn Day 4: Three Bridges to Branchburg 

Join Raritan Headwaters Association and the Appalachian Mountain Club for our 3rd Raritan River Sojourn!  This paddle will take us from 409 Main Street, Three Bridges, NJ 08887 (meet at the pull-off near bridge) to the Confluence in Branchburg.  All details will be sent to participants one week before each scheduled day.  A suggested donation of $20 will be collected at the start of each paddle.  We do have some kayaks to borrow-please contact us to find out what is available for this date.  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). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., paddle time may be shorter or longer depending on flow rates for that day!  Contact Lauren at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org for more information.


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Spring/Summer 2018

BRJ Almanac of Events

Our Almanac of Events offers the best in seasonal family fun, entertainment, and cultural happenings in our area. We constantly update our Almanac to offer our readers a resource that they can come back to week after week for the latest events. While we try to inlcude as much information as possible, we encourage readers to visit the websites included to learn more about fees, pre-registrations, etc.

To have your non-profit event listed in the BRJ Almanac, send a press release of 120 wds or less, to  brjournal@comcast.net.

To advertise your business's special event call Lee Wolfe at 908-439-9968 or email brjournal@comcast.net

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