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September 21 - 28


Lisa 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.
As the sun heads south across the equator, Northwest New Jersey will prove itself a popular stage for quality arts, crafts, natural and historical celebrations all season, as autumn arrives early Saturday, Sept 23 (2:50 am) with a schedule of colorful programs. Soft and mellow autumn days can be intoxicating. For now, at the equinox, night and day are equal partners, but the balance begins to tip! So make sure to keep an eye on our calendar for this and coming autumn weekends. Pick from a multitude of daytrip itineraries and watch out for our virtual efforts to keep you informed.

Curtain Up!

CSC's Curtain Up performance features The Company Men on Saturday, September 23.
A new season also begins for Centenary Stage Company on Saturday, September 23 at 8pm with The Company Men, a high energy theatrical concert experience in which the group "mashes" today's Top 40 hits with re-imagined classics of the last eight decades, blending artists from Sam Cooke to Sam Smith and The Temptations to The Weekend and many more! The Curtain Up! performance commences at Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. For tickets, click or call 908/979-0900.

Three Hundred Years of Solitude

The Solitude House stands as a testament to our collective history as a new nation, as well as testament to all those who persevered in the face of overwhelming odds to succeed.
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, “Settled in 1700”, which welcomes those who pass through this sleepy little town, implies a long abiding heritage: a story of the longest continually operating iron and steel company in United States and the workers who helped shape our country's history and destiny. Read about the Union Forge and walk the Taylor Steelworkers Historic Greenway...

The Franklin Marble

The wilds of Sparta Mountain begin at Ryker Lake. (Dan Balogh)
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. Today, the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes thousands of acres managed cooperatively by the New Jersey Audubon Society and the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife. The result is an extensive network of trails that beckon outdoor lovers in search of birds and other wildlife, hikers looking for challenging terrain, hunters and fishers, photographers pursuing remote panoramas and seasonal color, or explorers tracking the signs and scars of historical endeavors. Gear up!

Rushing Water Places

Known to generations of local school kids as the Rock House, the Parsippany Rock Shelter is a collection of titanic glacial boulders that tumbled to form a rudimentary shelter.
Passing through at 65 miles per hour (or not, as many a commuter will tell you) doesn't give much hint about what open space might be on the other side of those familiar acoustic barriers along the highway, but Parsippany's Colonial past and agricultural, and industrial heritages have left some interesting places to see.


A Grass Carp caught by James Dempsey, Jr of Ewing New Jersey on May 12, 2011 is the official state record. The huge fish weighed an astounding 55 lbs. 8 oz.!
No, we are not talking about complaining here. To an angler, in particular, a fisherman from Great Britain, the word denotes someone who is dedicated--no, devoted--to the fine art of seeking and catching what some Americans foolishly call "Trash Fish". Carp! You see, more people fish for carp in the world than for any other species. Here in New Jersey, we have countless lakes, rivers, ponds and streams that hold carp. Go fishin!

Tap our calendar for the best events for you and your family, or check our current stories. Pick from a multitude of daytrip itineraries and watch out for our virtual efforts to keep you informed. For the more aerobically inclined, the Outdoor Map shows the way to go, or choose among dozens of natural attractions or outdoor activities suggested on our website. Choose your own adventure!
Northwest New Jersey and destinations just beyond those borders, in Pennsylvania and New York, offer brilliant ways to get out and enjoy the pleasures of the season.

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