MORRIS COUNTY 4-H FAIR. Pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, a model airplane demonstration, clown acts, watermelon eating and cake decorating contests, dress-a-pet contest, a children’s pet show and, of course, amusement rides are all some of the usual favorites. Chubb Park, Route 24.
WINDY HOLLOW HUNT DRESSAGE SHOW. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Bird watching and searching the Musconetcong River in glass-bottom buckets. 9am - 4pm. $45. 10 Maple Avenue.
WINEBERRY JAM MAKING. Each participant will go home with a small jar of raspberry-like jam, after picking berries, learning about edible wild plants, and processing the jam. 6 - 8pm. $10. Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive.
BIRD IN HAND!. This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds. $5. 80 Route 206.
SEASONAL TREE ID HIKE. Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman to find a deeper connection to New Jersey native trees and unique ornamentals as he teaches identification in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues. 9am - 12pm. $5. 80 Route 206.
MUSEUM OF EARLY TRADES AND CRAFTS. A staff member of the museum will lead an interior and exterior tour of Morris County’s most magnificent building. Formerly a library built in 1899, and given to the residents of Madison by Gilded Age millionaire D. Willis James, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. 11am. $15. 9 Main Street.
SUN TO SUGAR. Summer’s bounty of delicious fruits and tangy berries, aromatic flowers and pungent foliage, go into our meals and home apothecary. Come by and see how native plants inspire you. Plant sale, free classes 10am - 2pm. 170 Mountain Rd..
RARITAN POWER CANAL, WATER POWER AND BRIDGES. On this long but easy round-trip walk, you will explore the town of Raritan, and the Raritan Power Canal. Leader: Joe Macasek 10am. $5. Mill Street parking lot.
CAT SHOW. Feline by the hundreds. 10am - 4pm. $15/ $8 under 12. NJ Convention and Exposition Center at the Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue.
NEW POWER SOUL. 7pm. Duke Island Park, Old York Road.
DIRECTOR’S TOUR. Join Executive Director Dr. Tricia Pongracz for a tour of the gardens and discuss plans for its future. Light refreshments served. 2pm. Free w/ museum adm.. 45 Macculloch Avenue.
POOR MAN’S GAMBIT. Irish 6 - 8pm. Free. 8 Belvidere Ave..
FORESTDANCE. Music of Africa 12:30 - 1:30pm. Free. Morristown Green.
AMISH OUTLAWS. 7pm. Free. Deer Path Park, West Woodschurch Road.
THE GUTHRIE BROTHERS. 6:30pm. $5. Skylands Botanical Gardens, 20 Morris Rd..
POTTERSVILLE ANTIQUE SHOW AND COUNTRY DINING. Premier antique shows in a charming village, plus savor delicious lunches, dinners and fantastic homemade desserts served daily. 11am - 8pm. $6. Pottersville Firehouse, 8 Hacklebarney Road.
QUICKCHEK FESTIVAL OF BALLOONING. Hot air balloons, concerts, arts & crafts, fireworks, balloon glow. Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road.
GEOCACHING HIKE. Carpool to the Warren Glen dam site - a popular caching location - and hide our own caches! 9am - 4pm. $45. 10 Maple Avenue.
NANCY & SPENCER REED QUARTET. Lively jazz and vocal harmonies. 6pm. $10 donation suggested. Ramseyburg Rd, and Rt 46.
RARITAN RIVER SOJOURN. Paddle seven miles along the North Branch of the Raritan River, from Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster to the confluence of the South Branch in Branchburg. 11am. $20 suggested donation. Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road.
MOTH NIGHT. Presentation at the headquarters building followed by moths gathered for photos! 8. 1480 State Rt 23.
DRAKESVILLE HISTORIC PARK. Visit this nationally-registered Historic District located near Lock 1 East of the Morris Canal (c. 1825). You’ll visit a restored Victorian home once belonging to the King family, and their adjacent general store. The canal store is one of only two that have survived intact. Optional after-program: iced tea on the porch with Morris Canal historian Brian Morrell fielding your questions. 11am. $15. 209 Main Street.
MUSIC IN THE VALLEY SERIES. Singer/songwriter Matt Bednarsky's music blends pop/rock, folk, jazz, & blues & is characterized by poignant, thoughtful lyrics & soothing yet powerful vocals. 7:30 - 9:30pm. $15. 357 West Mill Rd.
COLONIAL MORRISTOWN WALKING TOUR. Stroll through downtown Morristown with local historian and Alexander Hamilton expert, Pat Sanftner. You'll visit Revolutionary War sites and hear the stories of the Continental Army's time in Morristown during two winter encampments. 10am. $15. 6 Court St..
MIDSUMMER HERB FESTIVAL. Well-Sweep’s 30th annual Midsummer herb festival celebrates ‘Anise Hyssop’, Agastache, the 2019 International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year. In honor of our 50th Anniversary we will be having guest speaker Delaware State University Professor Emeritus Arthur O. Tucker. Tucker is an internationally renowned botanist, author of “The Encyclopedia of Herbs”, and friend of Cyrus & Louise. He will be speaking on “Agastache and Some Herbal Hacks” as well as discussing his new book, co-authored by Susan Belsinger, “Grow Your Own Herbs: The 40 Best Culinary Varieties for Home Gardens.” 11am - 2pm. $39. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
WARREN COUNTY FARMERS’ FAIR AND BALLOON FESTIVAL. The 82nd annual fair includes traditional arts expo, livestock and small animal shows, agricultural exhibits, antique and stock tractor pulls, demolition derbies, mud bogging, crafters, carnival rides, and plenty of food. Concerts include Adam Yarger on Sunday (7/28), Bobby Clark Band on Friday (8/2) and Leah Marie Fuls on Saturday (8/3). Admission also includes the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, with mass balloon ascensions at 6:30 each evening. $7/ $4 ages 5-12. Farmer’s Fairgrounds, Rt. 519 near Stryker’s Rd..
THE CAMEOS. 7pm. Duke Island Park, Old York Road.
KINDERHOOK. Country & Folk 6 - 8pm. Free. 8 Belvidere Ave..
CHRIS ISAAK. 8pm. 100 South Street.
July 11-July 21 • NUNSENSE. Book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin8pm.
August 1-August 11 • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber8pm.
MINSTREL CONCERT SERIES. Shows every Friday, presenting traditional American and ethnic "folk" music, as well as music of contemporary, primarily acoustic songwriters. The second Friday of the month is an open stage/audition night. 7:30pm. $10 adults; children 12 and under free.
Saturdays • NATURE WALKS. Hike the Paulins Kill Valley Trail. Hike different sections with various themes. Hikes leave from Kittatinny SP, Warbasse Jct., or Footbridge Park in Blairstown. Free.
Weekends • ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS. New Jersey Astronomical Association Observatory is open to the public every weekend from Memorial Day to Halloween. Saturday evening programs begin at 8:30 PM and include a tour of the facility and public viewing of planets/deep space objects through the 26" telescope, as well as other smaller scopes. On Sunday afternoons from 2-5 PM, the public is invited to look at sun spots through the 10" scope equipped with special solar filters. For additional information, call or visit NJAA’swebsite.
Saturdays • PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT UACNJ OBSERVATORY. Astronomy presentations followed by observing sessions, weather permitting.
Weekends • THE PEQUEST TROUT HATCHERY AND NATURAL RESOURCE EDUCATION CENTER hosts a series of programs about the natural world around us for young and old alike. Preregistration is usually required. Topics range from a child’s first introduction to nature to seminars for expert fly fishers.
July 1 - 30 • FEATURED ARTISTS Nancy Zarbock & Annie Graybill Pontier
Nancy Zarbock: “I am amazed by the level of influence that my 30 years experience as an antique dealer, has had on my clay creations. From 17th century red ware, to 21st century porcelain, the struggle between form vs. function is constant. The value that each potter brings to the process, is in their own interpretation. I make contemporary pots which have power, presence and purpose. I form pots and manipulate the clay as it dries and changes character by faceting, paddling, texturing and carving. I use stains and a few glazes - saturated copper, iron, cobalt and silver. The pots are fired in a large kiln, maintaining a neutral to reduction atmosphere. The vessel reaches 1850 degrees and placed in a container of combustibles, where further reduction is achieved. Results are high in luster and metallic. Raku is a form of Japanese pottery characterized by low firing temperatures and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese firing process, the pot is removed from the hot kiln and put directly into water or allowed to cool in the open air. Raku is considered the traditional method for creating bowls for the Japanese tea ceremony." Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annie Graybill is a Wildlife and Nature photographer with a concentration in Ornithology. Her images consist primarily of birds accompanied by assorted wildlife, subjects in captivity and domestic animals. Much of her work is done locally but also includes photos from different locations and areas where she is constantly in pursuit of subjects that are not specific to Blairstown. Her photographs are available in the gallery as canvas wraps, framed prints, and matted prints. For more information, please check out Annie's website anniegraybill.com
Ongoing • TOURS OF WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FORD MANSION.
Headquarters Museum includes includes three exhibit galleries, a 30-minute introductory video, and the Discover History Center. Tours of Fords Manion will be made available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. There is no entrance fee to visit the park’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum.
The park’s grounds, parking areas, tour road, 27 miles of hiking trails, and restroom facilities at the Jockey Hollow area are open to the public, seven days a week, 9:30am - 5pm.