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August 21 - 28

Photo by Tammy Fazio.
Get a jump on the rest of the summer. Don't wait; Labor Day is a week away!

Rock and Stroll

Stroll or kayak the Morris Canal at Canal Day Festival in Wharton.
Among the shreds of Morris Canal that have somehow avoided destruction is a quarter-mile watered stretch that leads to Lock 2 East in Wharton’s Hugh Force Park. Enjoy the history, along with a festive schedule of activities at Canal Day Music and Craft Festival this Saturday (Aug. 24), an old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. Take a free kayak or narrated boat ride on the canal. Enjoy a fine crafts show, or demonstrations by local attractions and historic groups, all while great bands perform on two stages. Admission is free, although there is a $5 off street parking charge per carload. 10am - 5pm at Hugh Force Park, 180 West Central Ave. in Wharton. Click or call 973/989-0237.

Cream of the Crafts

Head for a cool mountain breeze and some soul-soothing artistry at the annual Pocono State Craft Festival this weekend (August 24-25). Now in its 32nd year, the festival, co-sponsored by the Pocono Arts Council, and the Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, has grown into a major event that attracts 5,000 people each year. Fine jewelry, woodworking, clothing, metal work, stained glass, furniture, leather, basketry, and pottery are some of the distinctive crafts you'll find. Festival hours are 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Admission is $6 for adults, children 12 and under are admitted free, and there is ample free parking. The festival takes place at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, just outside Stroudsburg, PA, at 1000 Turkey Hill Road, probably much closer than you think. For directions , further information, click or call 570-476-4460. Download Your $1 Discount Coupon here.


A remnant of the Dodge Estate, in private hands for well over a century, is now accessible for public recreation.
Of all the things that Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge left behind—the thirty-five room mansion, hundreds of acres of prime real estate in one of the nation's wealthiest counties, a Fifth Avenue townhouse, enough sterling silver trophies and bronze sculptures to sink a small ship, museum quality paintings, and a forty-four carat sapphire, St. Hubert's Giralda may have been the one she valued most; a haven for unhappy dogdom. More...

The Shape You're In

AT hikers look out over Warren County.
Got a couple of days coming to you? How about walking the Appalachian Trail through New Jersey? You can do this!

Skylands Prime!

A Bedminster destination for 33 years, Lamington Lifestyles offers two floors brimming with home decor, unique gifts, women's apparel, baby gifts, jewelry and artwork... some designed by over 80 American artisans. The store specialty is custom farm tables. Is there a better place to spice up a lazy summer afternoon? 285 Lamington Rd., Bedminster, 908/ 439-2034.

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