A Straw Bale Home

The straw bale house at Genesis Farm in Frelinghuysen demonstrates the use of locally available, time-tested renewable materials to construct an energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing home. This prototype was fully permitted and approved for residential use in 2001, connected to a solar array for its electricity needs, a solar-space heating system, a composting toilet and a grey water system.

All The News

The morning thunk of a rolled and bagged newspaper on the sidewalk is a vanishing sound. Nevertheless, the public's need for local news has not abated. And many people understand that.

Centenary Stage Company

Charged with filling the new Lackland Center with a vital array of events, the Centenary Stage Company now provides a program of non-stop performing arts events for patrons from all over New Jersey, as well as Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

Colleges and Universities

An invitation to the examined life, the altered course, the awakened mind, and perhaps, even, the inspired heart.

Dodge and Duke Estates

If a little money can be made to go a long way, surely a lot of money can be made to go a long, long way.

Farmstead Arts Center

Farmstead Arts, in Basking Ridge, is a vibrant arts center and serves as a model for adaptive reuse of an historic treasure.

Haven at St. Hubert's for Unhappy Dogdom

Of all the things that Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge left behind -- €”the thirty-five room mansion, hundreds of acres of prime real estate, 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.

Hunterdon Art Museum

In 1952 a group composed of artists and community leaders acquired the stone gristmill for use as a nonprofit cultural center.

Impressions at Peters Valley Crafts Center

Plan your summer eduvacation with a class at Peters Valley.

NJ School of Conservation

The New Jersey School of Conservation is the Environmental Education Field Campus of Montclair State University. Located 57 miles from the Essex County campus, on a 240-acre tract within the boundaries of Stokes State Forest in Sussex County, it is the oldest university-operated environmental education center in the nation.

Star Bright

The UACNJ facilities in Jenny Jump State Forest, near Hope in Warren County, are 1,100 feet above sea level, one of the few dark sky locations left in the state.

The Seeing Eye: Puppy Love

For the formative steps in a guide dog's youth, The Seeing Eye relies on a network of Puppy Raisers throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania who participate in a program that began in 1942 as a joint effort with 4-H Youth Development.

Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center

A long gravel path leads the way to the Tibetan Buddhist learning center in rural Washington Township.

Art Galleries

The artist's outlet is an art gallery or a store, and like the art within its walls a gallery can come in a variety of composition a for-profit commercial venture either privately or corporate-owned, a "co-op" group of artists who get together to sell their own work, or a non-profit as part of an educational organization or simply Here we take a look at how a few galleries in the Skylands sell art.

Artist Joan Tanner

Many of Joan's still life oil paintings are influenced by the colors and eccentric nature of Bucks County. She particularly tries to choose items and arrangements that convey the beauty in everyday life—the pop of green from a bowl of baking apples being readied for a pie or the sparkle of light on a grapefruit section at breakfast. Her family enjoyed collecting antiques, which often end up beside pears and berries from local farms in her paintings.

Dan Campanelli

Seldom are artists able to remain so completely loyal to their original vision while achieving popular success.

David Rush Paints Waterloo Village

Artist David Rush paint images of Waterloo Village in Northwest New Jersey.

Delaware River School of Art

The land along the Delaware River is rife with artists who portray the river and its environment in all its splendor. Here are just four outdoors enthusiasts and artists who honor this federally-designated “Scenic and Recreational River” and surrounding landscape as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) celebrates the National Park Service Centennial in 2016.

Delaware Valley Artist, Fred Kirberger

In 1952, when most of us that were here were still dabbling in crayons, Fred Kirberger was already at work as an illustrator with Charles E. Cooper Studio in New York City. Although he has painted scenes from Maine to Seattle, Kirberger was always drawn to the Delaware Water Gap since his days “as a kid” when he went to Shawnee to hear Fred Waring’s orchestra.

Delaware Valley Artist, Ken Metcalf

The free-flowing, undammed Delaware River has inspired Columbia resident Ken Metcalf, for twenty years with its beauty and the way light plays off the water. “The river is awesome,” he says. “How peaceful it is. And the way light reflects causes me to be reflective and meditative.”

Delaware Valley Artist, Marie Liu

"I am intrigued by the history of where I live, and I like to reveal it back to people in my painting," says Marie Liu, first Artist in Residence of DEWA from summer 2015 to 2016. Liu was a landscape painter in Orange County, New York, frustrated because beautiful places were usually private property. Now in Milford, her dreams have come true with the freedom to hike and explore a wealth of state and federal land, perfectly open to the public. 874_TOC.jpg Spring, 2016 875 art-william-hobbs.htm Delaware Valley Artist, William Hobbs

Delaware Valley Artist, William Hobbs
William D. Hobbs, biologist, teacher and oil painter, builds his style upon the Hudson River School artists’ reverence for the natural world. He is inspired by late 19th century art and writings of Thoreau and the scientific aspect that everything in nature is worth studying. “With my training as a biologist, painting is another form of exploration. Science and art are one,” he says. The combination reveals itself in his work, where the viewer can almost feel the sunlight and moving water that is the focus of most of his paintings. More...
William D. Hobbs, biologist, teacher and oil painter, builds his style upon the Hudson River School artists’ reverence for the natural world. He is inspired by late 19th century art and writings of Thoreau and the scientific aspect that everything in nature is worth studying. “With my training as a biologist, painting is another form of exploration. Science and art are one,” he says. The combination reveals itself in his work, where the viewer can almost feel the sunlight and moving water that is the focus of most of his paintings. More... 875_TOC.jpg Spring, 2016 876 art-ken-metcalf.htm Delaware Valley Artist, Ken Metcalf
Delaware Valley Artist, Ken Metcalf
The free-flowing, undammed Delaware River has inspired Columbia resident Ken Metcalf, for twenty years with its beauty and the way light plays off the water. “The river is awesome,” he says. “How peaceful it is. And the way light reflects causes me to be reflective and meditative.”
The free-flowing, undammed Delaware River has inspired Columbia resident Ken Metcalf, for twenty years with its beauty and the way light plays off the water. “The river is awesome,” he says. “How peaceful it is. And the way light reflects causes me to be reflective and meditative.” 876_TOC.jpg Spring, 2016 877 art-fred-kirberger.htm Delaware Valley Artist, Fred Kirberger
Delaware Valley Artist, Fred Kirberger
In 1952, when most of us that were here were still dabbling in crayons, Fred Kirberger was already at work as an illustrator with Charles E. Cooper Studio in New York City. Although he has painted scenes from Maine to Seattle, Kirberger was always drawn to the Delaware Water Gap since his days “as a kid” when he went to Shawnee to hear Fred Waring’s orchestra.
In 1952, when most of us that were here were still dabbling in crayons, Fred Kirberger was already at work as an illustrator with Charles E. Cooper Studio in New York City. Although he has painted scenes from Maine to Seattle, Kirberger was always drawn to the Delaware Water Gap since his days “as a kid” when he went to Shawnee to hear Fred Waring’s orchestra. 877_TOC.jpg Spring, 2016 878 outdoors-wallkill-river Float the Wild Side on the Wallkill River
Float the Wild Side on the Wallkill River
Follow the tiny but mighty Wallkill River on its 88.3-mile journey north through eastern Sussex County into New York State. From out of Lake Mohawk, it spills over a dam then becomes a stream unseen by most, running through town parks, woodland, and past parking lots and businesses. It's dammed in Franklin to form Franklin Pond, the town's reservoir, and, in Hamburg, is stocked with trout before it flows through the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and into New York.
Follow the tiny but mighty Wallkill River on its 88.3-mile journey north through eastern Sussex County into New York State. From out of Lake Mohawk, it spills over a dam then becomes a stream unseen by most, running through town parks, woodland, and past parking lots and businesses. It's dammed in Franklin to form Franklin Pond, the town's reservoir, and, in Hamburg, is stocked with trout before it flows through the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and into New York. 878_TOC.jpg Summer, 2016 879 wildlife-turtles.htm Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?
Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?
Like all of our terrestrial wildlife, turtles require space to roam to do all the things creatures need to do?eat, breed, escape, shelter?and the fragmented patches of natural lands we have left are often too small in size to support those needs.
Like all of our terrestrial wildlife, turtles require space to roam to do all the things creatures need to do - eat, breed, escape, shelter - and the fragmented patches of natural lands we have left are often too small in size to support those needs. 879_TOC.jpg Summer, 2016 880 parks-DEWA-blue-mountain-lakes.htm Paradise Lost, and Found at Blue Mountain Lakes
Paradise Lost, and Found
The pristine aura at Blue Mountain Lake yields scant evidence of the ambitious development for which it was created. Ironically, the land on which the community was built is still, to this day, a wilderness escape.
The pristine aura at Blue Mountain Lake yields scant evidence of the ambitious development for which it was created. Ironically, the land on which the community was built is still, to this day, a wilderness escape . 880_TOC.jpg Summer, 2016 881 history-watercraft.htm Inland Watercraft of the Skylands
Inland Watercraft of the Skylands
The significance of the New Jersey's inland watercraft and the roles they played in the state?s history and development is lost to most people. From the earliest timber rafts on the Delaware River to the sophisticated canal technology and steam passenger transport, navigation has played an important part in inland culture.
The significance of the New Jersey's inland watercraft and the roles they played in the state's history and development is lost to most people. From the earliest timber rafts on the Delaware River to the sophisticated canal technology and steam passenger transport, navigation has played an important part in inland culture. 881_TOC.jpg Summer, 2016 882 farm-orchard-view-lavender.htm Orchard View Lavender Farm
Orchard View Lavender Farm
Orchard View Lavender Farm is the latest chapter in the story told by ten acres of land along Karrsville Road in Port Murray.
Orchard View Lavender Farm is the latest chapter in the story told by ten acres of land along Karrsville Road in Port Murray. 882_TOC.jpg Summer, 2016 883 tour-denville-jonathans-woods.htm Denville Detour: Jonathan's Woods and More!
Denville Detour: Jonathan?s Woods and More!
Even today, if you needed a natural hideout?a really good one?Jonathan?s Woods could work. This six hundred plus acre pocket of undeveloped property, lies not far from one of Morris County?s busiest highways: Interstate Route 80. And yet the tract offers unexpected isolation. You could, as they say, get lost here.
Even today, if you needed a natural hideout--a really good one--Jonathan's Woods could work. This six hundred plus acre pocket of undeveloped property, lies not far from one of Morris County's busiest highways: Interstate Route 80. And yet the tract offers unexpected isolation. You could, as they say, get lost here. 883_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2016 884 history-union-forge.htm Union Forge and the Taylor Steelworkers Greenway in High Bridge
Union Forge and the Taylor Steelworkers Greenway in High Bridge
The Hunterdon County Borough of High Bridge would on its face appear little different than any of the other many municipalities in New Jersey. However, the sign which welcomes those who pass through this sleepy little town with the words "Settled in 1700", implies a long abiding heritage: a story of the workers who helped shape the history and destiny of the United States.
The Hunterdon County Borough of High Bridge would on its face appear little different than any of the other many municipalities in New Jersey. However, the sign which welcomes those who pass through this sleepy little town with the words "Settled in 1700", implies a long abiding heritage: a story of the workers who helped shape the history and destiny of the United States. 884_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2016 885 farm-women-farmers.htm Women in New Jersey Agriculture
Women in New Jersey Agriculture
Women make up twenty-two percent of New Jersey's 15,936-plus farmers, and their rate is steadily increasing . They come with ideals and energy to make the world a better place. They earn a living being outdoors doing what they love, and they come to educate. They all come with grit, knowledge and spirit.
Women make up twenty-two percent of New Jersey's 15,936-plus farmers, and their rate is steadily increasing. They come with ideals and energy to make the world a better place. They earn a living being outdoors doing what they love, and they come to educate. They all come with grit, knowledge and spirit. 885_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2016 886 art-guitar-maker-mark-simon.htm Mark Simon's Terraplane Resonator Guitars
Mark Simon's Terraplane Resonator Guitars
It's not hard to find a factory stamped, mass-produced resonator guitar. Were you in the market, however, for one of these amazing music machines, custom-made and tailored exactly to your tastes, you're best bet might be in Bridgewater, NJ, where Mark Simon makes both his home and the astonishing Terraplane resonator guitar.
It's not hard to find a factory stamped, mass-produced resonator guitar. Were you in the market, however, for one of these amazing music machines, custom-made and tailored exactly to your tastes, you're best bet might be in Bridgewater, NJ, where Mark Simon makes both his home and the astonishing Terraplane resonator guitar. 886_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2016 887 history-morris-canal-boat-recovery.htm Morris Canal Boat Takes The Long Way Home
Morris Canal Boat Takes The Long Way Home
The Canal Society of New Jersey recovered a Morris Canal boat buried under a house on the Jersey Shore and brought it home to Waterloo Village.
The Canal Society of New Jersey recovered a Morris Canal boat buried under a house on the Jersey Shore and brought it home to Waterloo Village. 887_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 888 event-mansion-in-may.htm Mansion in May Designer Showcase
Mansion in May Designer Showcase
Proudly presented by the Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center, Alnwick Hall - The Abbey will be open to the public for just one month, featuring the design inspirations of over fifty of the area?s top interior and landscape designers.
Proudly presented by the Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center, Alnwick Hall - The Abbey will be open to the public for just one month, featuring the design inspirations of over fifty of the area?s top interior and landscape designers. 888_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 889 attractions-garden-state-heirloom-seed-society-museum.htm History You Can Taste
History You Can Taste
The Garden State Heirloom Seed Society Museum, housed in a nineteenth century farm house, is an interactive and informative stroll through New Jersey?s storied agricultural past.
The Garden State Heirloom Seed Society Museum, housed in a nineteenth century farm house, is an interactive and informative stroll through New Jersey?s storied agricultural past. 889_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 890 attractions-microbreweries.htm Barrels of Fun
Barrels of Fun
A wave of new craft breweries has decorated the New Jersey countryside, often providing a disused building with a bright commercial future. What could be better than making beer, and lots of people happy, for a living?
A wave of new craft breweries has decorated the New Jersey countryside, often providing a disused building with a bright commercial future. What could be better than making beer, and lots of people happy, for a living? 890_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 891 bob-romano-anglers-spring.htm An Angler's Spring
An Angler?s Spring
I do not require a calendar to announce the arrival of spring. For me, the first day of spring is that afternoon when I once again find myself along the bank of Bonnie Brook, my little cane rod grasped in my hand.
I do not require a calendar to announce the arrival of spring. For me, the first day of spring is that afternoon when I once again find myself along the bank of Bonnie Brook, my little cane rod grasped in my hand. 891_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 892 farm-garden-backyard-orchard.htm Backyard Orchards
Backyard Orchards
A fruit tree or two or a berry patch transforms your yard from a chore to an unusual and productive edible landscape.
A fruit tree or two or a berry patch transforms your yard from a chore to an unusual and productive edible landscape. 892_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 893 outdoors-wildflowers-musconetcong-gorge.htm Forest Flowers of Musconetcong Gorge
Forest Flowers of Musconetcong Gorge
Broadly speaking, the most diverse forest ecosystems are ones with the fewest human interventions dating from modern times. Untouched land in New Jersey is rare if not non-existent. Musconetcong Gorge Reservation has a special mix of natural and human history that makes it a rewarding botanical site in the late spring months of May and June.
Broadly speaking, the most diverse forest ecosystems are ones with the fewest human interventions dating from modern times. Untouched land in New Jersey is rare if not non-existent. Musconetcong Gorge Reservation has a special mix of natural and human history that makes it a rewarding botanical site in the late spring months of May and June. 893_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 894 outdoors-wildflowers-jenny-jump.htm Wildflower Hunting at Jenny Jump
Wildflower Hunting at Jenny Jump
Native perennial wildflowers bloom briefly, anywhere from one to four weeks, depending on the species. That means a regular visit to particularly robust nature preserves can reveal different wildflowers blooming each time. Jenny Jump State Forest has a magical variation in elevation and terrain that makes it a rewarding site for spring forest flowers.
Native perennial wildflowers bloom briefly, anywhere from one to four weeks, depending on the species. That means a regular visit to particularly robust nature preserves can reveal different wildflowers blooming each time. Jenny Jump State Forest has a magical variation in elevation and terrain that makes it a rewarding site for spring forest flowers. 894_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 895 event-warren-county-preservation-day.htm Warren County Preservation Day
Warren County Preservation Day
Each spring, the Warren County Land Preservation Department celebrates countywide conservation efforts at the Annual Warren County Preservation Day, this year hosted at the historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead in Harmony Township on May 21.
Each spring, the Warren County Land Preservation Department celebrates countywide conservation efforts at the Annual Warren County Preservation Day, this year hosted at the historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead in Harmony Township on May 21. 895_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 896 attractions-blairstown-museum.htm Blairstown Museum
Blairstown Museum
Every town should have one: a place where a visitor can stop in and see what the place is all about; an informal rest stop where you can sit, relax, and enjoy friendly conversation about local curiosities, things to do, and places to go.
Every town should have one: a place where a visitor can stop in and see what the place is all about; an informal rest stop where you can sit, relax, and enjoy friendly conversation about local curiosities, things to do, and places to go. 896_TOC.jpg Spring, 2017 897 getaway-chamberlain-canoe.htm Chamberlain Canoes
Special discount offer on canoe, kayak and raft on the Delaware River from Chamberlain Canoes
Special discount offer on canoe, kayak and raft on the Delaware River from Chamberlain Canoes space_holder.jpg 898 history-musconetcong-valley.htm The Mighty Musky
Mighty Musky
The Musconetcong River runs forty-two miles down from Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware River. But in that brief distance, the river and its valley describe, for better or worse, the evolution of modern American culture in the advance of agriculture, transportation and industry. Exploration of the valley is never short on delightful surprises, and deserves to be on your itinerary. The village of Asbury is a good place to begin.
The Musconetcong River runs forty-two miles down from Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware River. But in that brief distance, the river and its valley describe, for better or worse, the evolution of modern American culture in the advance of agriculture, transportation and industry. Exploration of the valley is never short on delightful surprises, and deserves to be on your itinerary. The village of Asbury is a good place to begin. 898_TOC.jpg Summer, 2017 899 outdoors_horseback_riding.htm Skylands By Saddle
Skylands By Saddle
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.
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. 899_TOC.jpg Summer, 2017 900 tour-branchville.htm Branchville Country
Branchville Country
On the way North through Sussex County on Rt. 206, there's a tiny, old-time borough called Branchville. Just one-half square mile large, it is packed with history, old buildings, new business and interesting people, and where contemporary meets traditional. Surrounded by mountains and glacial lakes, farms, wineries, campgrounds, state parks and forests, Branchville and its nearby country pleasures are worth a visit.
On the way North through Sussex County on Rt. 206, there's a tiny, old-time borough called Branchville. Just one-half square mile large, it is packed with history, old buildings, new business and interesting people, and where contemporary meets traditional. Surrounded by mountains and glacial lakes, farms, wineries, campgrounds, state parks and forests, 900_TOC.jpg Summer, 2017 901 attractions-schuyler-hamilton-house.htm Schuyler-Hamilton House
Schuyler_Hamilton House
Romance ensued between Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton, as the young, ambitious soldier courted the beautiful socialite in this historic Morristown home during the 1779-80 Revolutionary War encampment.
Romance ensued between Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton, as the young, ambitious soldier courted the beautiful socialite in this historic Morristown home during the 1779-80 Revolutionary War encampment. 901_TOC.jpg Summer, 2017 902 attractions-van-bunschooten-museum.htm Van Bunschooten Museum
Van Bunschooten Museum
The home was erected for Rev. Elias Van Bunschooten, a Dutch Reformed minister?also a farmer and mill operator?who settled there on one thousand acres along present-day Route 23 in Wantage, just as the road begins its steep ascent towards High Point.
The home was erected for Rev. Elias Van Bunschooten, a Dutch Reformed minister?also a farmer and mill operator?who settled there on one thousand acres along present-day Route 23 in Wantage, just as the road begins its steep ascent towards High Point. 902_TOC.jpg Summer, 2017 903 history-preservation-barns.htm Historic Barns
Historic Barns
One thing that most people are not aware of, not even native New Jerseyans, is that the west central part of the state has the greatest diversity of barn types perhaps in the entire North American continent. A mixture of German, Holland Dutch and English customs, and a pronounced blending of Old World craft traditions, produced a multitude of various barn constructions. More than 150 years ago, they went truly ballistic with all kinds of barn building expressions.
One thing that most people are not aware of, not even native New Jerseyans, is that the west central part of the state has the greatest diversity of barn types perhaps in the entire North American continent. A mixture of German, Holland Dutch and English customs, and a pronounced blending of Old World craft traditions, produced a multitude of various barn constructions. More than 150 years ago, they went truly ballistic with all kinds of barn building expressions. 903_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 904 history-madison-roses.htm The Rose City
The Rose City
Madison's stately 1935 borough hall, donated by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge in memory of her only son, is across Green Street from a pocket park maintained by the garden club, a quiet sanctuary of paths and benches surrounding a plot of hybrid tea roses. Other beautiful red roses grow in from of the "Hartley Dodge,"as people call the borough hall, and between the railroad tracks and the Madison Station, also built by Geraldine Dodge. The roses themselves are a kind of memorial to Madison's history as The Rose City.
Madison's stately 1935 borough hall, donated by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge in memory of her only son, is across Green Street from a pocket park maintained by the garden club, a quiet sanctuary of paths and benches surrounding a plot of hybrid tea roses. Other beautiful red roses grow in from of the "Hartley Dodge," as people call the borough hall, and between the railroad tracks and the Madison Station, also built by Geraldine Dodge. The roses themselves are a kind of memorial to Madison's history as The Rose City. 904_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 905 history-mines-sparta-mountain.htm Iron, Sparta Mountain and Edison
Iron, Sparta Mountain and Edison
The sustained productivity of the Sparta Mountain iron mines, which began in the late 1700s, attracted the attention of Thomas Edison, who built a massive experimental plant to process iron ore and a namesake village in 1889.
The sustained productivity of the Sparta Mountain iron mines, which began in the late 1700s, attracted the attention of Thomas Edison, who built a massive experimental plant to process iron ore and a namesake village in 1889. 905_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 906 history-mines-franklin.htm Zinc Mines and Fluoresence
Zinc Mines and Fluoresence
The Sussex County Mining Heritage Corridor is a remarkable tribute to the heritage of the men, their mines, and vast mineral riches they discovered. There is no other place like it in this world!
The Sussex County Mining Heritage Corridor is a remarkable tribute to the heritage of the men, their mines, and vast mineral riches they discovered. There is no other place like it in this world! 906_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 907 art-natural-gifts.htm Natural Gifts
Natural Gifts
Here are artists who inspire their own inherent talents with other gifts from nature: a modern-day fossil maker, a wood carver with a global view, a painter of nature and emotion, and a horticultural sculptor of living art.
Here are artists who inspire their own inherent talents with other gifts from nature: a modern-day fossil maker, a wood carver with a global view, a painter of nature and emotion, and a horticultural sculptor of living art. 907_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 908 art-lisa-madson.htm Natural Gifts: Lisa Madson and the Magic Cauldron
Natural Gifts: Lisa Madson and the Magic Cauldron
Lisa Madson, artist and art teacher, fires up the grill in her studio?her backyard patio?to create her art. Madson transfers the colorful impressions of flowers, leaves, grass and bark and other bits of nature onto heavy-duty watercolor paper; much as nature, over time, leaves images of animals and plants on rock.
Lisa Madson, artist and art teacher, fires up the grill in her studio?her backyard patio?to create her art. Madson transfers the colorful impressions of flowers, leaves, grass and bark and other bits of nature onto heavy-duty watercolor paper; much as nature, over time, leaves images of animals and plants on rock. 908_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 909 art-brett-mclain.htm Natural Gifts: Freehand Custom Carving
Natural Gifts: Freehand Custom Carving
Brett McLain has created a living art gallery where wood carvers from across the U.S. and Europe come to enjoy the camaraderie, inspiration and carving experience of like-minded artists.
Brett McLain has created a living art gallery where wood carvers from across the U.S. and Europe come to enjoy the camaraderie, inspiration and carving experience of like-minded artists. 909_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 910 art-bob-gherardi.htm Natural Gifts: Bob Gherardi
Natural Gifts: Bob Gherardi
Bob Gherardi paints from the heart ? abandoned houses and places of yesteryear and even landscapes that he once knew or that evoke emotion and memories. Every painting has a story. It reminds him of something?an emotion or place he has been in his own heart that he identifies with.
Bob Gherardi paints from the heart -- abandoned houses and places of yesteryear and even landscapes that he once knew or that evoke emotion and memories. Every painting has a story. It reminds him of something?an emotion or place he has been in his own heart that he identifies with. 910_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 911 art-richard-kaweske.htm Natural Gifts: Plant Sculpting
Natural Gifts: Plant Sculpting
Richard Kaweske created Fair Acres Farm in Wantage twenty years ago, though he began creating flower beds when he was just a boy. ?I always created my nursery beds using my art degree from California College of Arts in Oakland.?
Richard Kaweske created Fair Acres Farm in Wantage twenty years ago, though he began creating flower beds when he was just a boy. ?I always created my nursery beds using my art degree from California College of Arts in Oakland.? 911_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2017 912 outdoors-fishing-warren-county.htm Tight Lines in Warren County
Tight Lines in Warren County
Every state-stocked fish in New Jersey was born and raised in clean, fresh water from Warren County ground where the lakes and rivers hold plenty trophy-size monsters.
Every state-stocked fish in New Jersey was born and raised in clean, fresh water from Warren County ground where the lakes and rivers hold plenty trophy-size monsters. 912_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 913 bob-romano-opening-day.htm Opening Day
Opening Day
Most years, I?d remain at home during opening day; for me fishing has never been a team sport. But it has been an especially long winter, and so instead, I pass by the diner and drive out of town.
Most years, I'd remain at home during opening day; for me fishing has never been a team sport. But it has been an especially long winter, and so instead, I pass by the diner and drive out of town. 913_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 914 bob-romano-getting-ready.htm Getting Ready
Getting Ready
Young or old, rich or poor, anyone who has felt a fish at the end of his or her line understands that the tug is the drug, an expression presently trending among fly fishers. But for me, it is the anticipation of what may come as I cast my fly upon the water, watching it float upon the stream?s surface as naturally as a bit of faerie dust.
Young or old, rich or poor, anyone who has felt a fish at the end of his or her line understands that the tug is the drug, an expression presently trending among fly fishers. But for me, it is the anticipation of what may come as I cast my fly upon the water, watching it float upon the stream?s surface as naturally as a bit of faerie dust. 914_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 915 attractions-discover-history-center.htm Touchy Subjects at the Discover History Center
Touchy Subjects at the Discover History Center
A new and entirely different approach at the Discover History Center invites visitors to jump into an arcade of history, a labyrinth of interactive exhibits with spinning roulette wheels and slot machine handles, each pleading for a touch, each with a purpose.
A new and entirely different approach at the Discover History Center invites visitors to jump into an arcade of history, a labyrinth of interactive exhibits with spinning roulette wheels and slot machine handles, each pleading for a touch, each with a purpose. 915_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 916 outdoors-spring-babies.htm Spring Babies
Spring Babies
Look and listen for the signs of spring! Let your senses soak up the season - its fleeting beauty, warmth, scents, and most of all the peace and rejuvenation in its experience.
Look and listen for the signs of spring! Let your senses soak up the season - its fleeting beauty, warmth, scents, and most of all the peace and rejuvenation in its experience. 916_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 917 culture-theater-community.htm Acting Out
Acting Out
If all Morris County's community stages stood in one spot, they'd amount to one amazing theater mecca. Convenient? Sure. But having them all in one place would take the fun out of it.
If all Morris County's community stages stood in one spot, they'd amount to one amazing theater mecca. Convenient? Sure. But having them all in one place would take the fun out of it. 917_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 918 accommodations-wedding-venues.htm Wedding Bell Bliss
Wedding Bell Bliss
Is love all you need for a great wedding? Love helps, but if you want to really enjoy yourself on The Day, it takes a lot of planning for your once-in-a-lifetime, spare-no-expense affair. If you're looking for something different and memorable, a place with some soul, point yourself to the rural corners of New Jersey.
Is love all you need for a great wedding? Love helps, but if you want to really enjoy yourself on The Day, it takes a lot of planning for your once-in-a-lifetime, spare-no-expense affair. If you're looking for something different and memorable, a place with some soul, point yourself to the rural corners of New Jersey. 918_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 919 tour-lackawanna-cutoff.htm Rumblings in the Railroad Earth
Rumblings in the Railroad Earth
The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's construction of a line that altered the contour of both the landscape and culture of Northwestern New Jersey has been a source of wonder since the first shovels hit the ground near the turn of the last century.
The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's construction of a line that altered the contour of both the landscape and culture of Northwestern New Jersey has been a source of wonder since the first shovels hit the ground near the turn of the last century. 919_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 920 outdoors-bike-warren-county.htm Back Road Bounty
Back Road Bounty
Tucked away in the seemingly endless landscape of ridge, valley, and wooded hillside of Warren County is an incredible bicycle-friendly network of quiet back roads linking together small towns and historic villages, repurposed rail trails creating pastoral off-road adventures, and miles of single track trail tracing through the rocky upland forests.
Tucked away in the seemingly endless landscape of ridge, valley, and wooded hillside of Warren County is an incredible bicycle-friendly network of quiet back roads linking together small towns and historic villages, repurposed rail trails creating pastoral off-road adventures, and miles of single track trail tracing through the rocky upland forests 920_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 921 attractions-centenary-stage-company.htm Centenary Stage Company: Well Seasoned
Centenary Stage Company: Well Seasoned
Centenary Stage Company is fountain of entertainment, but more an investment in artistic expression and cultural vitality. There is a prodigious model here, and when Centenary Stage does its job, seeds are planted in the community.
Centenary Stage Company is fountain of entertainment, but more an investment in artistic expression and cultural vitality. There is a prodigious model here, and when Centenary Stage does its job, seeds are planted in the community. 921_TOC.jpg Spring, 2018 922 farm-single-herd-milk.htm Your Neighbor's Cow
Your Neighbor's Cow
Northwest New Jersey is now home to two dairy farmers who sell their milk directly to the consumer. It may not seem like much, but it is an important step forward in developing a more direct relationship between food and farm. Or is it an important step back, to days when food didn?t come from the supermarket shelves?
Northwest New Jersey is now home to two dairy farmers who sell their milk directly to the consumer. It may not seem like much, but it is an important step forward in developing a more direct relationship between food and farm. Or is it an important step back, to days when food didn?t come from the supermarket shelves? 922_TOC.jpg Summer, 2018 923 history-morris-canal-wharton.htm Canal Days at Bird's Lock
Canal Days at Bird's Lock
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. A $1.8 million grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will restore Bird's Lock to operational status and rehabilitate the lock tender's house as a museum.
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. A $1.8 million grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will restore Bird's Lock to operational status and rehabilitate the lock tender's house as a museum. 923_TOC.jpg Summer, 2018 924 outdoors-ash-tree-whisper.htm Ash At The Edge
Ash At The Edge
There's a tree that I look at nearly every day. It's a huge ash tree that towers above our house just outside my bedroom window. Its trunk is close to three feet in diameter at the base and extends up more than fifty feet before it reaches the first group of branches. It's almost unimaginable to think that I might lose it, but that?s a distinct possibility now that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has arrived in New Jersey
There's a tree that I look at nearly every day. It's a huge ash tree that towers above our house just outside my bedroom window. Its trunk is close to three feet in diameter at the base and extends up more than fifty feet before it reaches the first group of branches. It's almost unimaginable to think that I might lose it, but that?s a distinct possibility now that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has arrived in New Jersey 924_TOC.jpg Summer, 2018 925 outdoors-flight-drones.htm Taking Flight in the Skylands
Taking Flight in the Skylands
Fred Grotenhuis was more than a skilled aviator. He truly loved flying... anything! The Fred Grotenhuis Memorial Drone Scholarship is testament to Fred?s love of flight and his passion for involving others.
Fred Grotenhuis was more than a skilled aviator. He truly loved flying... anything! The Fred Grotenhuis Memorial Drone Scholarship is testament to Fred?s love of flight and his passion for involving others. 925_TOC.jpg Summer, 2018 926 bob-romano-mother-mink.htm Mother Mink
Mother Mink
Spend enough time alongside a trout stream, and you're bound to make the acquaintance of some of the animals that reside along its banks. During my time fishing for trout, I've encountered many of these creatures with whom I've shared the stream.
Spend enough time alongside a trout stream, and you're bound to make the acquaintance of some of the animals that reside along its banks. During my time fishing for trout, I' ve encountered many of these creatures with whom I've shared the stream. 926_TOC.jpg Summer, 2018 927 tour-splitrock-montville-boonton.htm Reservoir Relaxation: Split Rock,Taylortown and Boonton
Reservoir Relaxation: Split Rock,Taylortown and Boonton
A trio of Morris County reservoirs, each less than ten miles from the next, dot opposing sides of a triangle that frames sharply contrasting environments. An autumn visit to each or all promises ample leaf peeping vistas, woodland or urban hikes with water views and flashes of Revolutionary and Civil War history.
A trio of Morris County reservoirs, each less than ten miles from the next, dot opposing sides of a triangle that frames sharply contrasting environments. An autumn visit to each or all promises ample leaf peeping vistas, woodland or urban hikes with water views and flashes of Revolutionary and Civil War history. 927_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2018 928 outdoors-equine-rescue.htm Back Home on the Range
Back Home on the Range
It?s not an everyday occurrence to meet people who live their lives with empathy and respect for all living creatures. It is good fortune and heart-warming to meet them, and the experience can instill hope and the desire to reach out to those less fortunate, human or critter.
It's not an everyday occurrence to meet people who live their lives with empathy and respect for all living creatures. It is good fortune and heart-warming to meet them, and the experience can instill hope and the desire to reach out to those less fortunate, human or critter. 928_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2018 929 farm-bobolink-baking-bread.htm Baking Bread
Baking Bread
You've heard that bread is the staff of life. That saying harkens from an earlier time, when the average American ate up to entire loaf of bread per day! How can something so right and needed become such a controversial food, and how can we know which breads are OK for us to enjoy now? Here's how!
You've heard that bread is the staff of life. That saying harkens from an earlier time, when the average American ate up to entire loaf of bread per day! How can something so right and needed become such a controversial food, and how can we know which breads are OK for us to enjoy now? Here's how! 929_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2018 930 culture-local-news.htm All The News
All The News
The morning thunk of a rolled and bagged newspaper on the sidewalk is a vanishing sound. Nevertheless, the public's need for local news has not abated. And many people understand that.
The morning thunk of a rolled and bagged newspaper on the sidewalk is a vanishing sound. Nevertheless, the public's need for local news has not abated. And many people understand that. 930_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2018 931 bob-romano-looking-back.htm Looking Back
Looking Back
On this morning during the third week in November, many of the fields in our rural part of the state contain rows of corn stubble or the ragged remains of hay that has been harvested by this time of year. But it's the fish of Bonnie Brook that I recall the most.
On this morning during the third week in November, many of the fields in our rural part of the state contain rows of corn stubble or the ragged remains of hay that has been harvested by this time of year. But it's the fish of Bonnie Brook that I recall the most. 931_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2018 932 history-picatinny_arsenal.htm Picatinny Peak
Picatinny Peak
The Cultural Resource Program at Picatinny Arsenal has documented dozens of historic and Native American archaeological sites that tell a story that spans centuries in the New Jersey Highlands.
The Cultural Resource Program at Picatinny Arsenal has documented dozens of historic and Native American archaeological sites that tell a story that spans centuries in the New Jersey Highlands. 932_TOC.jpg 933 culture-strawbale-house.htm A Straw Bale Home
A Straw Bale Home
The straw bale house at Genesis Farm in Frelinghuysen demonstrates the use of locally available, time-tested renewable materials to construct an energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing home. This prototype was fully permitted and approved for residential use in 2001, connected to a solar array for its electricity needs, a solar-space heating system, a composting toilet and a grey water system.
The straw bale house at Genesis Farm in Frelinghuysen demonstrates the use of locally available, time-tested renewable materials to construct an energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing home. This prototype was fully permitted and approved for residential use in 2001, connected to a solar array for its electricity needs, a solar-space heating system, a composting toilet and a grey water system. 933_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 934 dining-farm-to-table.htm Partners Du Jour
Partners Du Jour
There is no formal definition for a "farm-to-table" menu, but diners usually expect that so-described selections are prepared with locally sourced ingredients supplied directly by farmers who have raised their crops or livestock without the use of pesticides or hormones. Is this just another exclusive food fad, or can it be part of a social movement towards a sustainable local economy in Northwest New Jersey?
There is no formal definition for a 'farm-to-table" menu, but diners usually expect that so-described selections are prepared with locally sourced ingredients supplied directly by farmers who have raised their crops or livestock without the use of pesticides or hormones. Is this just another exclusive food fad, or can it be part of a social movement towards a sustainable local economy in Northwest New Jersey? 934_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 935 outdoors-hill-and-dale-preserve.htm The Hills Are Alive
The Hills Are Alive
The Hill and Dale Preserve in Tewksbury is the most recent purchase of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF), an organization dedicated to saving and protecting New Jersey's important lands and natural resources for all to enjoy.
The Hill and Dale Preserve in Tewksbury is the most recent purchase of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF), an organization dedicated to saving and protecting New Jersey's important lands and natural resources for all to enjoy. 935_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 936 tour-hope-250-years.htm A Moravian Star
A Moravian Star
The Historic Moravian Village of Hope celebrates 250 years since the Moravians first settled the hills along the Beaver Brook.
The Historic Moravian Village of Hope celebrates 250 years since the Moravians first settled the hills along the Beaver Brook. 936_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 937 wildlife-rare-herps.htm Rare Herps
Rare Herps
As the season eases into milder temperatures at the onset of spring, all manner of creatures stretch their bodies and move more freely, searching for food and mates while they patrol their home turfs. Among these creatures are some of the most rare, interesting, and beautiful animals in the Garden State. Though they often go unnoticed or are misunderstood, reptiles and amphibians are vital to the balance of our fragile ecosystems?and some of them are in pretty big trouble.
As the season eases into milder temperatures at the onset of spring, all manner of creatures stretch their bodies and move more freely, searching for food and mates while they patrol their home turfs. Among these creatures are some of the most rare, interesting, and beautiful animals in the Garden State. Though they often go unnoticed or are misunderstood, reptiles and amphibians are vital to the balance of our fragile ecosystems?and some of them are in pretty big trouble. 937_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 938 history-picatinny-arsenal.htm Picatinny Peak
Picatinny Peak
The Cultural Resource Program at Picatinny Arsenal has documented dozens of historic and Native American archaeological sites that tell a story that spans centuries in the New Jersey Highlands.
The Cultural Resource Program at Picatinny Arsenal has documented dozens of historic and Native American archaeological sites that tell a story that spans centuries in the New Jersey Highlands. 938_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 939 outdoors-hike-delaware-water-gap.htm Steep Devotion
Steep Devotion
Whatever your plans in the great outdoors, make hiking in the Delaware Water Gap part of your adventure. The Gap offers trails for all hikers from novice to expert. Come with a sense of wonder, a willingness to explore, and you may find a trail blazed just for you.
Whatever your plans in the great outdoors, make hiking in the Delaware Water Gap part of your adventure. The Gap offers trails for all hikers from novice to expert. Come with a sense of wonder, a willingness to explore, and you may find a trail blazed just for you. 939_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 940 bob-romano-home-waters.htm Home Waters
Home Waters
I must step around the delicate bluets that dot the trail beside Bonnie Brook. On either side of the path, dandelions rise from wild tufts of grass. Sprinkled through the unkempt carpet of green and yellow are blue-and-white violets that add to the festive feeling of the afternoon.
I must step around the delicate bluets that dot the trail beside Bonnie Brook. On either side of the path, dandelions rise from wild tufts of grass. Sprinkled through the unkempt carpet of green and yellow are blue-and-white violets that add to the festive feeling of the afternoon. 940_TOC.jpg Spring, 2019 941 wildlife-moths.htm Moths: Moonlight Miracles
Moths: Moonlight Miracles
Who doesn't enjoy looking at a beautiful butterfly as it flutters by and lands on a pretty flower? Maybe you have a butterfly garden that allows you the pleasure of sneaking in for a closer look at these fragile creatures all day long. But what if you could double your viewing pleasure? That' s right, day and night!
Who doesn't enjoy looking at a beautiful butterfly as it flutters by and lands on a pretty flower? Maybe you have a butterfly garden that allows you the pleasure of sneaking in for a closer look at these fragile creatures all day long. But what if you could double your viewing pleasure? That' s right, day and night! 941_TOC.jpg Summer, 2019 942 tour-airports.htm The Thrill of Flight at Local Airports
The Thrill of Flight at Local Airports
It's easy to overlook the rich aviation history in New Jersey's northwest corner. Way before Silicon Valley and the dawn of the computer age, guys in basements and industrial labs in the Skylands worked on the hot tech of the day? flight Located in and around early Skylands airports, they helped move airplanes from mainly experimental and military enterprises into the heart of American commerce and lives.
It's easy to overlook the rich aviation history in New Jersey's northwest corner. Way before Silicon Valley and the dawn of the computer age, guys in basements and industrial labs in the Skylands worked on the hot tech of the day? flight Located in and around early Skylands airports, they helped move airplanes from mainly experimental and military enterprises into the heart of American commerce and lives. 942_TOC.jpg Summer, 2019 943 attractions-new-weis-center.htm The New Weis Center
The New Weis Center
In the land of Ringwood, off the highly traveled path, lies a 152-acre gem where all are welcome to learn about Nature and experience peace at The New Weis Center for Education, Arts and Recreation. The Center is dedicated to giving kids an opportunity to explore, learn and have respect for Nature, as well as offering adult workshops.
In the land of Ringwood, off the highly traveled path, lies a 152-acre gem where all are welcome to learn about Nature and experience peace at The New Weis Center for Education, Arts and Recreation. The Center is dedicated to giving kids an opportunity to explore, learn and have respect for Nature, as well as offering adult workshops. 943_TOC.jpg Summer, 2019 944 bob-romano-summer-surprise.htm Summer Surprise
Summer Surprise
I saw a flash of white as the maw of a very big trout opened and then closed around the helpless fly. I could feel the power of that fish when I pulled back on the bamboo rod. And then there was nothing. When I reeled in my line, I found that my fly was gone.
I saw a flash of white as the maw of a very big trout opened and then closed around the helpless fly. I could feel the power of that fish when I pulled back on the bamboo rod. And then there was nothing. When I reeled in my line, I found that my fly was gone. 944_TOC.jpg Summer, 2019 945 history-boonton-grace-lord-park.htm One Track Mind
One Track Mind
A progression of relentless efforts to commemorate New Jersey's abundant transportation heritage have found renewed focus at Boonton's Grace Lord Park, where the mighty splendor of the Rockaway River gorge traces a forgotten industrial past.
A progression of relentless efforts to commemorate New Jersey's abundant transportation heritage have found renewed focus at Boonton's Grace Lord Park, where the mighty splendor of the Rockaway River gorge traces a forgotten industrial past. 945_TOC.jpg Summer, 2019 946 tour-montague.htm Park Place: Montague and High Point
Park Place: Montague and High Point
One autumn day you are likely to find yourself headed to New Jersey's northernmost corner in search of fall adventure. You may be guided by way of either of two well-known parks that converge at the top of the state in the township of Montague, and although few visitors care what zip code they're in, some exploration beyond the park borders can be quickly rewarded.
One autumn day you are likely to find yourself headed to New Jersey's northernmost corner in search of fall adventure. You may be guided by way of either of two well-known parks that converge at the top of the state in the township of Montague, and although few visitors care what zip code they' re in, some exploration beyond the park borders can be quickly rewarded. 946_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 947 bob-romano-october-trout.htm October Trout
October Trout
While July may be a month for tall glasses of lemonade and August a time for corn on the cob with melted butter dripping down the sides, September is a month of transition. Summer may be over, but fall has yet to truly begin. Although humidity still clings to the leaves and gnats continue to plague the gardener, schools are once again open. In most states, the end of the month brings with it the official close of the fishing season.
While July may be a month for tall glasses of lemonade and August a time for corn on the cob with melted butter dripping down the sides, September is a month of transition. Summer may be over, but fall has yet to truly begin. Although humidity still clings to the leaves and gnats continue to plague the gardener, schools are once again open. In most states, the end of the month brings with it the official close of the fishing season. 947_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 948 climate-hard-rain.htm Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
People who tend the land have observed physical weather-related changes that affect their occupations. Some had to rethink their direction while others continue on, hoping for the best, but onward thinkers all. Here are a few of their experiences.
People who tend the land have observed physical weather-related changes that affect their occupations. Some had to rethink their direction while others continue on, hoping for the best, but onward thinkers all. Here are a few of their experiences. 948_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 949 climate-consider.htm Consider: From the vantage of the stars
Consider: From the vantage of the stars
The word "consider" has its origin in the early French word for star-like: "sidereal". We might suggest that "consider" now has an expanded meaning, suggesting that by referencing contemporary theories of stars, their origin, nature and function over the thirteen-billion-year history of the universe, we are given profoundly new and powerful insights.
The word "consider" has its origin in the early French word for star-like: "sidereal". We might suggest that "consider" now has an expanded meaning, suggesting that by referencing contemporary theories of stars, their origin, nature and function over the thirteen-billion-year history of the universe, we are given profoundly new and powerful insights. 949_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 950 climate-warm-season-grass.htm Up In Smoke: Warm Season Grasses
Up In Smoke: Warm Season Grasses
They called it "prairie coal". The abundant fuel that kept American midwestern farming families warm through the winters of the late nineteenth century was the tallgrass that grew wild all around them across the plains, twisted into bundles and burned in rudimentary household stoves. Sometimes it was the digested dried dung of grass-eating buffalo or cattle, or straw harvested from the farmer's field, all steady reliable sources of heat-yielding, combustible, carbon-rich biofuel.
They called it "prairie coal". The abundant fuel that kept American midwestern farming families warm through the winters of the late nineteenth century was the tallgrass that grew wild all around them across the plains, twisted into bundles and burned in rudimentary household stoves. Sometimes it was the digested dried dung of grass-eating buffalo or cattle, or straw harvested from the farmer's field, all steady reliable sources of heat-yielding, combustible, carbon-rich biofuel. 950_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 951 farm-raw-milk.htm Grass to the Glass
Grass to the Glass
Many states have adopted regulations to allow consumer access to carefully produced fresh, unprocessed whole milk. New Jersey is the only state with a complete prohibition against distribution of "raw" milk according to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
Many states have adopted regulations to allow consumer access to carefully produced fresh, unprocessed whole milk. New Jersey is the only state with a complete prohibition against distribution of "raw" milk according to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. 951_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 952 climate-highlands-coalition.htm Core Values
Core Values
Many, many stories adorn the history of the Highlands. But what about the future? What are the significant challenges ahead for our cherished home? That question has an easy answer: climate change.
Many, many stories adorn the history of the Highlands. But what about the future? What are the significant challenges ahead for our cherished home? That question has an easy answer: climate change. 952_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 953 history-walking-purchase.htm The Walking Purchase Healing Journey
The Walking Purchase Healing Journey
How do we reconcile disgraceful episodes in history? On September 21, 2019, a group of people began the process by following the route of the Walking Purchase of 1737, a deceitful attempt to acquire prime Lenape hunting grounds.
How do we reconcile disgraceful episodes in history? On September 21, 2019, a group of people began the process by following the route of the Walking Purchase of 1737, a deceitful attempt to acquire prime Lenape hunting grounds. 953_TOC.jpg Autumn, 2019 954 tour-newton.htm Spring In Your Step
Spring In Your Step
A mix of historic buildings of varying architectural styles, a walkable downtown, and plentiful eateries surrounded by rural tranquility make Newton a fusion of the then and the now, with great expectations for the to be.
A mix of historic buildings of varying architectural styles, a walkable downtown, and plentiful eateries surrounded by rural tranquility make Newton a fusion of the then and the now, with great expectations for the to be. 954_TOC.jpg Spring, 2020 955 wildlife-insects-garden.htm If You Plant It, Will They Come?
If You Plant It, Will They Come?
Insects are critical components of any natural area. Gardeners have become increasingly aware that, if we want wildlife in our gardens, we must support all life stages, year 'round. With the fragmented state of our natural areas, wildlife relies on our gardens, yards, fields, hedgerows, and woodlots to survive. When using native plants in a landscape, we are attempting to recreate functioning ecosystems to suppo

Delaware Valley Artist, William Hobbs

William D. Hobbs, biologist, teacher and oil painter, builds his style upon the Hudson River School artists’ reverence for the natural world. He is inspired by late 19th century art and writings of Thoreau and the scientific aspect that everything in nature is worth studying. “With my training as a biologist, painting is another form of exploration. Science and art are one,” he says. The combination reveals itself in his work, where the viewer can almost feel the sunlight and moving water that is the focus of most of his paintings. More...

Gallery 24/7

Somerset County’s countywide public art show, on traffic control boxes.

Harmony Ridge

Robert Lobe adapts the ancient technique of repoussé to to reinvent nature from the Kittatinny ridge.

Itsuko Ishiguro, Potter

A petite woman stands behind the counter at Gallery 23, in Blairstown, so I walk over to a triangular display of pottery and cupcakes on the top shelf. Chocolate swirl, maple… they are clay, stoneware and porcelain, the art of Itsuko Ishiguro.

Jack Wood; Artifice To Art

We'd set up a dozen crows when this red tail came from behind our blind and grabbed a decoy. The hawk took it down to the ground and mantled over it, Jack Wood recalled, describing a hawk's stance over its prey. "The hawk was there for a good five minutes before it realized the crow was wood. I guess it was a compliment to my carving."

John Crouse; I Paint What I Know

The rural scenes painted by Hunterdon County artist John Crouse are gaining notice.

John Mullane

John’s subjects include a wide variety of wildlife, landscapes, and people in Northwest New Jersey and the eastern United States.

Manfred Scheel Wildlife Carvings

Manfred Scheel's wood carvings are likely inspiration for any artist's quest for excellence.

Mural Artists

A sense of place in space.

Natural Gifts

Here are artists who inspire their own inherent talents with other gifts from nature: a modern-day fossil maker, a wood carver with a global view, a painter of nature and emotion, and a horticultural sculptor of living art.

Natural Gifts: Bob Gherardi

Bob Gherardi paints from the heart -- abandoned houses and places of yesteryear and even landscapes that he once knew or that evoke emotion and memories. Every painting has a story. It reminds him of something?an emotion or place he has been in his own heart that he identifies with.

Natural Gifts: Freehand Custom Carving

Brett McLain has created a living art gallery where wood carvers from across the U.S. and Europe come to enjoy the camaraderie, inspiration and carving experience of like-minded artists.

Natural Gifts: Lisa Madson and the Magic Cauldron

Lisa Madson, artist and art teacher, fires up the grill in her studio?her backyard patio?to create her art. Madson transfers the colorful impressions of flowers, leaves, grass and bark and other bits of nature onto heavy-duty watercolor paper; much as nature, over time, leaves images of animals and plants on rock.

Natural Gifts: Plant Sculpting

Richard Kaweske created Fair Acres Farm in Wantage twenty years ago, though he began creating flower beds when he was just a boy. ?I always created my nursery beds using my art degree from California College of Arts in Oakland.?

Ode to Jean

Kim Pollard's photographs recall the wreckage left by the Tocks Island project, as well as Jean Zipser's efforts to preserve the heritage of the Delaware River Valley.

Outdoor Sculpture

Art in a private landscape is the accoutrement that makes a vista delectable. No matter the style, form or medium, it causes pause in our hurried lives as we scurry through our garden's gate. It brings pleasure to those who enjoy spending time in their gardens and yards. Henry L. Mencken said, "The true function of art is to criticize, embellish and edit nature...and so make it coherent and lovely."

Paint the Town

Bob Bogue's paintings of Boonton were encouraged by his boyhood friends from the 1930s.

Painters and Visual Artists

Profiles of painters and visual artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Painters and Visual Artists

Profiles of painters and visual artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Ricky Boscarino at Luna Park

Twenty-five years ago Ricky Boscarino bought a hunting cabin in the Sandyston woods and has been modifying it with a passion ever since. It is Luna Parc, an environment created by Ricky, artist, jeweler, builder.

Sculpture Artists

Artist profiles.

Ursula Hamann, Paper-cut artist, Poet

When Ursula Hamann came to the United States from Germany with her husband John in 1954 she took the painterly scene by storm. Her oils, watercolors and pastels won accolades and rewards and a place in the American Artists Professional League. When illness struck 30 years later and the demands of painting stilled her hand, she returned to her roots, her childhood art of paper-cutting.

Vernal Equinox

In a hemlock forest surrounding a little stream, snow remains packed, although receding, the stream's current running high and cold, coltsfoot spreading over an exposed shoal, a touch of yellow to brighten the otherwise bland landscape.

Wayne Card, Outside Artist

Walking through Wayne Card’s property is a privileged experience—like a ride in a spaceship to Planet Card. Fun, adventurous, and definitely unique, the man delights in making art, whether structural, commemorative or functional, sometimes unknown even to him, but always flamboyant.

Wildlife Artists

Profiles of wildlife artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Wildlife Artists

Profiles of wildlife artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Winter Photography

With a shift in perspective, photographers can fall in love with our short, cold days of winter

Bobby Caldwell: In the Pocket

Bobby Caldwell loved Warren County so much he moved here from San Diego, California in 2004 Bobby Caldwell loved Warren County so much he moved here from San Diego in 2004 when he married his wife Mary.

Heir Guitar

Mike Esposito remembers Joseph Kekuku, inventor of the steel guitar, who was buried in Dover.

Jazz, Pop and Blues

Profiles of musicians in Northwest New Jersey.

Jazz, Pop and Blues

Profiles of musicians in Northwest New Jersey.

Jersey Rocks

Who can resist the Jersey Rocks exhibit at the Morris Museum? No, it's not about geology. It's about Rock & Roll, and, no matter who you are, there's something there that relates to you, whether you're from New Jersey or not.

Masterworks Chorus

Its been fifty short years since the original 28 members of Morristown's Masterwork Chorus began bringing praiseworthy performances of classic choral works to audiences in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area.

Phil Woods: Straight Ahead

In the last ten years, Ed Coyne has produced seventy-five concerts in Northwest New Jersey, employing more than 250 jazz musicians; greats such as David "Fathead" Newman, Houston Person, The Four Freshmen, All Star Jazz Sessions, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, and Maurice Hines. But none greater than Phil Woods, one of the finest alto saxophone players of all time, who lives in Delaware Water Gap, PA.

Stages and Venues

Well-known venues and stage for music in Northwest New Jersey.

The Folk Project

With activities and events throughout northern New Jersey, the Folk Project has developed over forty years as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit music-centered organization.

Acting Out

If all Morris County's community stages stood in one spot, they'd amount to one amazing theater mecca. Convenient? Sure. But having them all in one place would take the fun out of it.

Centenary Stage Company

Charged with filling the new Lackland Center with a vital array of events, the Centenary Stage Company now provides a program of non-stop performing arts events for patrons from all over New Jersey, as well as Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

Centenary Stage Company: Well Seasoned

Centenary Stage Company is fountain of entertainment, but more an investment in artistic expression and cultural vitality. There is a prodigious model here, and when Centenary Stage does its job, seeds are planted in the community.

Children's Theater

The theatre community in the Skylands Region is rich with educational and children productions.

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College

Getting people off the couch and away from their flat screens is no easy task. Here is how a local professional theater manages to satisfy a widely diverse audience, sometimes with as much drama off as on the stage.

Tri State Actors Theatre

A first-rate group of professional Equity actors, their organization named the Tri-State Actors Theater, resides in Sussex Borough. Their Artistic Director is Paul Meacham.

Working Theaters

Production companies and presentation houses require different, but equally challenging skills, to survive. Getting people off the couch and away from their flat screens is no easy task. Here is how local professional theaters manage to satisfy a widely diverse audience, sometimes with as much drama off as on the stage.

Blacksmiths

So, think you know the difference between a blacksmith and a welder? Although hobbyist blacksmiths have increased in numbers over recent years, not many people know the answer.

Cabinet Makers

In this fast-paced world of convenience and disposable goods, few things are meant to last, sometimes even the fabric of daily life. "House Beautiful" may be surface only, the trend for do-it-yourself lending itself to quick and easy fixes kitchen cabinets included.

Country Veterinarians

Many veterinarians live and work in northwest Jersey's farm country, but few are solo practitioners working from home without the assistance of other vets or technicians, venturing where they must to serve their paying and non-paying clients and patients.

Guitar Makers

In the great hills and valleys of Northwest Jersey, where dreams are big and the trees are tall, men with a love for music and wood tend to their craft with passion

Historic Barns

One thing that most people are not aware of, not even native New Jerseyans, is that the west central part of the state has the greatest diversity of barn types perhaps in the entire North American continent. A mixture of German, Holland Dutch and English customs, and a pronounced blending of Old World craft traditions, produced a multitude of various barn constructions. More than 150 years ago, they went truly ballistic with all kinds of barn building expressions.

Hot Rod Arts

The fever of buying, restoring, modifying, collecting and driving "hot rods" and "classic cars" is spreading. More than ever, people appreciate the way cars used to be built for performance, appearance and luxury, and they're investing in them for fun and profit.

Impressions at Peters Valley Crafts Center

Plan your summer eduvacation with a class at Peters Valley.

Jewelers

Come Valentine's Day, or whatever special occasion lurks in the near future, take advantage of the special talents resident in crafts shops, galleries and jewelry stores. Take some time to seek out the creations that speak a little louder so that the one you hold dear cannot help but hear when you say "I love you." Give some art with heart

Mark Simon's Terraplane Resonator Guitars

It's not hard to find a factory stamped, mass-produced resonator guitar. Were you in the market, however, for one of these amazing music machines, custom-made and tailored exactly to your tastes, you're best bet might be in Bridgewater, NJ, where Mark Simon makes both his home and the astonishing Terraplane resonator guitar.

Marks of a Champion

Realizing that he was an important part of their history, the USGA invited Doug Richardson to the 2015 U. S. Open to engrave the trophy for the winner, live and in person, in front of the TV cameras. For the first time, Jordan Spieth observed his name being engraved into the trophy in the way Paul Revere would have done it.

Potters

Here is art made from the very essence of the earth, fired by age-old processes, and refined by a learned combination of tradition, intellect, and emotion.

An Angler's Spring

I do not require a calendar to announce the arrival of spring. For me, the first day of spring is that afternoon when I once again find myself along the bank of Bonnie Brook, my little cane rod grasped in my hand.

Early Spring Fly Fishing

It's the puzzle that draws me back to the stream as much as anything else. The trout are there. I can see their rise forms, concentric circles expanding outward from where a fish has taken a bug, but are they feeding on mayflies, caddis or stoneflies, or maybe it's flying ants, perhaps beetles in season?

Fathers and Sons

In the photograph, my father looks through eyeglasses while working on his line, a fiberglass spinning-rod cradled in his lap.

First Snow

It started, as most things do, innocently enough, with a single flake fluttering shyly toward the lawn that was hidden under the fallen leaves. A moment later another followed and then another.

Fishing From A Belly Boat

I walk from the shore down the wooden planks to the dock, lugging my old belly boat over one shoulder, carrying fins in one hand and a nine-foot graphite fly rod in the other. In my chest pocket is a small box that contains a few Woolly Buggers and other large streamers tied especially for the big bass of this pond

Fishing With Faeries

Explore the charm of a place removed entirely from the ordinary aspects of everyday life; the kind of place you might find faraway in Montana or northern Ontario.

Fishing With Faeries

Explore the charm of a place removed entirely from the ordinary aspects of everyday life; the kind of place you might find faraway in Montana or northern Ontario.

Fly Tying

Fishing for trout with flies is like solving a puzzle. The current, the fish, the bugs under the surface and in the air all seem indecipherable. The clues are there however, and the code can sometimes, although by no means always, be broken.

Getting Ready

Young or old, rich or poor, anyone who has felt a fish at the end of his or her line understands that the tug is the drug, an expression presently trending among fly fishers. But for me, it is the anticipation of what may come as I cast my fly upon the water, watching it float upon the stream?s surface as naturally as a bit of faerie dust.

God's In Heaven

In this time of twenty-four-hour news cycles, divisive politics, never-ending wars, and exotic viruses, I find myself returning to Bonnie Brook during these precious few weeks of spring, when the woodland flowers are in bloom, the earth's young are still filled with wonder, and the trout of Bonnie Brook are once again willing to come out and play. For this remains a time when God is in heaven and for a brief time all's once again right with my world.

Home Waters

I must step around the delicate bluets that dot the trail beside Bonnie Brook. On either side of the path, dandelions rise from wild tufts of grass. Sprinkled through the unkempt carpet of green and yellow are blue-and-white violets that add to the festive feeling of the afternoon.

If Not Now, When?

It's been a tough year's virus we can't seem to control, economic hardship, social unrest across the country, the warmest summer on record, and a citizenry as divided as it has ever been. These are the thoughts running through my mind while driving toward Bonnie Brook on this fall morning. Alongside the road, tawny strains of summer grasses wave in the breeze that sweeps across the fields. A barn leans to one side. In need of painting, the roof sags like the back of an old mare.

Looking Back

On this morning during the third week in November, many of the fields in our rural part of the state contain rows of corn stubble or the ragged remains of hay that has been harvested by this time of year. But it's the fish of Bonnie Brook that I recall the most.

Nightsong and the Raven

You might think that a photographer and nature enthusiast would logically construct something like a glossy, coffee table style volume full of striking pictures, graced with technical notes about the wolf's life-cycle and it's precarious position in the modern world. But Dan has taken, as usual, another road.

November Song

Some days unfold slowly, but listen carefully to catch their rhythm, and you may enjoy the tune. This morning, I wake to the sound of honking, as a squadron of geese reconnoiters the lake north of our house. Outside the bedroom window, the leaves of a maple burn red against an ashen sky. Across the yard, a mixed flock of robins and waxwings pick through the powdery-blue berries of two red cedars that flank the gravel drive, which flows through our property like a long set of rapids, opening into a wide pool.

November Song

Some days unfold slowly, but listen carefully to catch their rhythm, and you may enjoy the tune. This morning, I wake to the sound of honking, as a squadron of geese reconnoiters the lake north of our house. Outside the bedroom window, the leaves of a maple burn red against an ashen sky. Across the yard, a mixed flock of robins and waxwings pick through the powdery-blue berries of two red cedars that flank the gravel drive, which flows through our property like a long set of rapids, opening into a wide pool.

October Trout

While July may be a month for tall glasses of lemonade and August a time for corn on the cob with melted butter dripping down the sides, September is a month of transition. Summer may be over, but fall has yet to truly begin. Although humidity still clings to the leaves and gnats continue to plague the gardener, schools are once again open. In most states, the end of the month brings with it the official close of the fishing season.

Opening Day

Most years, I'd remain at home during opening day; for me fishing has never been a team sport. But it has been an especially long winter, and so instead, I pass by the diner and drive out of town.

Promise of the Season

For weeks we have heard the gobbles and clucks of turkeys coming from the deep woods, a small flock of hens and another of immature jakes venturing into the yard to peck at the seed under our bird feeders, but lately, toms have appeared strutting onto the pond's earthen dam, the ducks unimpressed with their elaborate display.

Secrets To Share

I haven't seen fish in the little stream since the weekend after Father's Day. They are there, these wild trout, retreating to their secret places, much too skittish to take a fly in the thin water that remains as spring gives way to summer.

Spring Diary

Bob Romano’s “Against the Current”

Spring Fishing

I’m seated on a trunk of a pin oak that fell across the width of the stream. The run above it rushes along the edge of the far bank, a portion of which has collapsed around the exposed roots of the tree. For this small brook, the run is considered a long one.

Summer Reflections

The temperature has reached into the nineties, and it’s not yet noon. My fly rods remain in their tubes, my flies in their sleeves. It is much too hot to play tag with the fish of Bonnie Brook, too hot to do much of anything. Even the koi we stocked more than eighteen years ago, seek relief from the heat. I watch them face the current of the little stream that feeds the pond separating our lawn and gardens from a woodlot frequented by turkey, deer, and black bear.

Summer Surprise

I saw a flash of white as the maw of a very big trout opened and then closed around the helpless fly. I could feel the power of that fish when I pulled back on the bamboo rod. And then there was nothing. When I reeled in my line, I found that my fly was gone.

Thanks for Thirty

It has been thirty years since the Skylands Visitor magazine was conceived in partnership with the Skylands Tourism Council to promote tourism in Northwest New Jersey. The tourism council is long dissolved, but our publication has survived primarily to the overwhelming support that has come from a wide range of brilliant writers and photographers. We'll start by remembering these three writers, mostly because they're gone and are sorely missed. There are many more, and we'll go along this year, and maybe next, trying to adequately acknowledge their gifts.

The Little Black

Sometime before dawn on the second day of November the little black came into the world.

Vernal Equinox

In a hemlock forest surrounding a little stream, snow remains packed, although receding, the stream's current running high and cold, coltsfoot spreading over an exposed shoal, a touch of yellow to brighten the otherwise bland landscape.

Zookeepers Daughter

The Zookeeper’s Daughter is the journal of Lori Space Day, the third generation at Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Sussex, N.J

Masssage Treatments

Massage is often suggested in regular programs for stress management both physical and emotional.

Psychics

Season of the mystic

Yoga

The idea is that the state of your health, or "wellness", is the whole of the various components of your life: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.

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