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June 22 - 29

Easy living!

Summertime adventure is easy at Blue Mountain Lakes.
Nothing brings back a summer memory better than an old tune you hear on the radio. But is there a greater classic summer song than George Gershwin's Summertime? And the living is easy! Spread your wings and reach for the Skylands. Take advantage of a schedule full of intriguing things for you and your family to enjoy. Or choose among dozens of natural attractions or outdoor activities suggested on our website. Pay attention, the days are already getting shorter!

Come and listen to a story...

See the new Highlands Canal Boat recovery exhibit at Waterloo Canal Day!
For many, Waterloo Village is the place that most completely identifies the heritage of northern New Jersey. Waterloo was approximately half-way along the Morris Canal's 102-mile journey across the state, from Phillipsburg to Jersey City, and had all the components necessary to become a thriving canal town.
This Saturday's (June 24) Canal Day at Waterloo Village in Byram Township, the Canal Society of New Jersey will offer guided tours of the restored canal village, along with a wide range of programming. A narrated canal boat ride, trades demonstrated at the gristmill and blacksmith shops, period music and eight historic structures open for inspection promise revival for this important historic site. Waterloo Village is stuffed with stories -- and a new one has been added, about the recovery of a lost Morris Canal boat which is now on display! For more information click or call 973-292-2755.

Summer Song

Rich and varied, music in Northwest New Jersey is just the ticket for evenings that end on high notes. Your musical destination is never very far away and often the price can't be beat. Keep an eye on the list!

The third annual Concerts in the Barn series kicks off this Saturday evening (June 24) with Simply Brass. Come enjoy this ensemble of accomplished musicians as they make the old barn sound great again. The venue is part of the Historic Ramsaysburg Homestead along the Delaware River on Route 46 at Ramseyburg Road in Knowlton Township.

And look forward to Saturday evenings, July 15 - August 12, when the Centenary Stage Company brings Summer Jamfest to Hackettstown with five shows that feature all facets of popular music. First up is Drive - A Tribute to the Cars.

Music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is the main event at this Sunday's (June 25) Giralda Music and Arts Festival, which takes place on the beautiful lawns of the former Dodge estate in Madison. Gates open at 4pm, $20/ $5 children.

On Sunday evenings, bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper to Oxford for free Shippen Manor Lawn Concerts. This week, Egress brings the sounds of vaudeville and swing.

And the Somerset Concert Series in the Park is always a good bet. Shows are free and take place on Sunday evenings at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater.

The beautiful historic gardens of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown will be the backdrop for a superb line up of musicians on Sunday afternoons at 2pm. This week (June 25), Spook Handy will remember Pete Seeger. 973/538-2404

Every other Tuesday at 12:30pm, Music Beyond Borders graces the Green in Morristown with sounds from around the world. On June 27, Brian Conway's Irish fiddle promises an especially delightful lunch hour. 973/285-5115

The Hunterdon Symphony opens the 41st annual Music Under The Stars series, next Thursday (June 29). Presented by the Hunterdon County Park System, free concerts are held on subsequent Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Deer Path Park, in Flemington.

Friday evenings feature the Folk Project's lively Minstrel Concert Series. On June 30, Happy Traum, the living legend finger-style guitarist and '60s Greenwich Village folk singer, will pick his stuff at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd..
All shows begin at 7:30pm and the admission is usually $10. 973/335-9489.

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy a wide range of musical talent each Friday at the magnificent New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood. This week, (June 23) The Kootz will kick up the summer heat with your favorite Rock 'n' Roll.

Skylands By Saddle

Riding is a partnership! Photo by Bob Thompson.
In a land crisscrossed by interstates, punctuated with traffic lights, and clogged with cars, it’s easy to overlook how much northwestern New Jersey territory you can still cover on a horse. Through warm summer months and into fall, you can explore rivers, streams, fields, and hills and enjoy remote views and vistas—all from the saddle. Across the Skylands region, a horse can take you where no car can—faster and sometimes farther afield than your own two feet. Exercise? Certainly. But also the pleasure of working with a 1,000-pound companion who can handle the footwork. Saddle up!

Major Scales

Heading for cover off Old Mine Road. Photo by Bob Thompson.
Nobody's gonna tell you they're cute and cuddly, or anything less than dangerous, but timber rattlesnakes are state endangered and protected by law. They are vulnerable animals. As part of a forest's ecology, they keep the rodent population down and in turn are eaten by hawks, owls, other snakes, and coyotes. They disappear in the hands of collectors, the jaws of predators, and the shovels of bulldozers. They die crossing roads. They die because their den becomes the home of homo sapiens. More...

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