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SOMERSET COUNTY PARK COMMISSION CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY, JUNE, JULY 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY PARK COMMISSION
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MAY, JUNE, JULY 2017

Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-722-1200.

Duke Island Walkers
A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park off Old York Road in Bridgewater along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided. For information call 908-722-1200, ext. 226. The walk is free of charge.

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
Somerset County’s premier fireworks display honoring the birth of our nation is scheduled for 9:30 P.M. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Gates open at 6:00 P.M. so bring picnic baskets and enjoy a spectacular evening. Admission is free.

Friday Nights at the Drive In Movies at Duke Island Park, Old York Road in Bridgewater, NJ on July 21, & 28, 2017 at 8:30 P.M.
Join us at Duke Island Park for a bit of nostalgia, as we present our 2017 Drive-in Movie series on warm Friday evenings. Wear your pajamas, bring your teddy bears, lawn chairs, and blankets while enjoying Trolls on July 21 and The Boss Baby on July 28. Movies begin at 8:30pm and are shown on a big screen. Refreshments will be available. Don’t forget your bug spray!

Free Concert at the Duke Island Park Band Shell
Radio Nashville on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Radio Nashville performs top country hits from artists such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, and Little Big Town, plus playing favorite Country classics. The six-piece band with several lead singers, a talented fiddle player, and amazing guitarist and rhythm section is a great way to start the concert season!

18th Annual Garden Party
The annual Garden Party on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the Perennial Garden, Colonial Park, Lot F features horticultural lectures, demonstrations, and garden tours. Interesting plants and other garden-related items will be for sale. Classical music performed by the NJ Youth Symphony String Quartet will round out a beautiful summer’s day in the park. Complimentary refreshments will also be available. Admission is free. (Donations appreciated.) For information call 732 873-2459 ext. 21 or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org or.

Free Concert at the Duke Island Park Band Shell
Darlene Love on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Darlene Love began singing backup for artists such as Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley in the 1960’s before recording her own Billboard hits including He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home. She has also appeared in major motion pictures including the Lethal Weapon series and has appeared in the Broadway hits Hairspray and Grease. In 2011, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time”.

Free Concert at the Duke Island Park Band Shell
Boy Band Project on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
The Boy Band Project is a creative boy band cover group that expertly reimagines the sound, movements, and energy of the American and British groups that were so popular during the 90’s and the next generation. They feature the popular top 40 hit music of groups such as NSYC, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, One Direction, Boys II Men, and O-Town. Bring the family, and introduce them as well to a generation of songs to which everyone sang along!

Free Concert at the Duke Island Park Band Shell
Blues Fest featuring Bob Lanza Blues Band and the Tyrone Stackhouse Group on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
BOB LANZA BLUES BAND 5:30pm- 6:30pm
According to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Lanza, there is only one way to play the blues……”From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it”. The Bob Lanza Blues Band is no stranger to music, having played for years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps, and backing legends such as James Cotton. This band will definitely get the blues party started!

THE TYRONE STACKHOUSE GROUP 7pm - 8:30pm
Tyrone Stackhouse lives in Somerset County, but he plays Motown like he was born and raised in Detroit! He and the band play the hits of the 60’s and 70’s, and also embrace R&B, soul, jazz, and the blues into their eclectic sound. It’s a smooth sound that’s a perfect ending to a hot summer weekend night.

Coyote Kids
A week-long entertaining and educational nature program for ages 4 to 6 will begin Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Participants will enjoy hikes, live animals. Hands-on activities, games and crafts. Fee is $125 per child.

Sense and Scents-Ability – The Exotic World of Herbs & Spices
Enjoy a guided tour of the Colonial Park Fragrance and Sensory Garden Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and learn about the many plants that highlight this beautiful garden. Participants will see, smell, touch, and taste the essence of summer herbs. Following the tour will be a lecture by David Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm on the fascinating world of herbs and their unusual fragrances and flavors, the lore and history of common and unusual herbs, growing tips and requirements, and how easy and beneficial herbs are to grow and enjoy. Admission is free (Donations appreciated). For information, call 732 873-2459 ext. 21 or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org. Meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden/Fragrance & Sensory Garden, Parking Lot A,

“Home On the Range” Introductory Horseback Ride
The one-hour trail ride scheduled for Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Lord Stirling Park, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ at 1:00 P.M. will provide an opportunity to become familiar with Western-style horseback riding. Participants must be at least 12 years old and under 200 pounds. Registration is available in the Stable office between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. from July 24 to August 3, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

Free Concert at the Duke Island Park Band Shell
The 3rd Annual Food Truck Fest featuring the Duprees on Sunday, April 6, 2017 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Bring your appetite for great food and music! A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 6:00 P.M. to start the festivities before the music begins at 7:00 P.M. The Duprees are known world-over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written. Hailing from New Jersey, in 1962, The Duprees struck gold with You Belong to Me. Their unmistakable sound was born and the hits kept rolling with Have You Heard, My Own True Love, and Goodnight My Love. The Duprees have never slowed down, still touring and recording after more than 50 years!

The County Caper – Accelerated –Somerset County’s ‘Amazing Race’
County Caper Accelerated is a one-day – Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.- interactive adventure game that will take adults to various destinations in Somerset County parks and facilities at which they will perform tasks, find clues, and gather information. The game is designed to encourage everyone to explore, learn and protect our parks and other natural areas. Teams will travel in their own cars to these destinations. Each team will be given a journal to collect stamps and/or record their findings. Teams can register at the Environmental Education Center (EEC), 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Pre-registration is required and ends at 12:00 Noon on August 18. Fee is $20 per team.

The County Caper
County Caper is a one-day –Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00P.M. - interactive adventure game that will take family members and friends of all ages to various destinations in Somerset County parks and facilities at which they will perform tasks, find clues, and gather information. The game is designed to encourage everyone to explore, learn and protect our parks and other natural areas. Teams will travel in their own cars to these destinations. Each team will be given a journal to collect stamps and/or record their findings. Teams can register at the Environmental Education Center (EEC), 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Pre-registration is required and ends at 4:30 P.M. on August 15. Fee is $20 per team.

Introductory Horseback Ride
The one-hour trail ride scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. will be preceded by a brief lesson at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ride, NJ. The ride is geared to people who have an interest in becoming more familiar with English-style riding. Participants must be at least 12 years old and weigh less than 200 pounds. Riders between the ages of 9 - 12 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Registration is available in the Stable office between 9A.M. and 4:30 P.M. from August 7 to 17, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

The Magical Mysterious Monarch
Join Cynthia Hedin, Somerset County Master Gardener, on Thursday, August 24 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road in far Hills, NJ to learn about the discovery of the monarch's winter destination, and about the magical life cycle of the monarch. The session will address the mystery surrounding the large numbers of monarchs seen during the summer and early fall in the northern regions of the United States, followed by great swarms seen flying south. Fee is $15 per person. Pre-registration required by calling Buck Garden at 908-234-2677 ext 21.

“Home On the Range” Introductory Horseback Ride
The one-hour trail ride scheduled for Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Lord Stirling Park, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ at 1:00 P.M. will provide an opportunity to become familiar with Western-style horseback riding. Participants must be at least 12 years old and under 200 pounds. Registration is available in the Stable office between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. from August 21 to August 31, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

Bonsai Exhibit
Saturday, September 9 to Friday, September 15 Monday to Friday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.m.; Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.’ Sunday, 12;00 Noon to 5:00 P.M.
Bonsai is a Japanese art form dating back over a thousand years. Through meticulous techniques, trees, shrubs, and vines are kept in a miniaturized state and displayed in special containers. Over the years, avid bonsai enthusiast and Buck Garden volunteer Fred Aufschlager has studied and worked with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the world and will be sharing a sample of his work at the Leonard J. Buck Garden. The exhibit will include the many forms of bonsai and several species of plants. The exhibit is free. Donations are appreciated.

58th Annual Somerset County Dr. Michael S. Kline Golf Tournament for Men and Women will be contested Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10 and September 16 and 17, 2017 at Green Knoll, Warrenbrook, Spooky Brook, and Quail Brook Golf Courses.


Flower & Garden Photography
Experience the Perennial Garden with a camera like never before on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:30 A.M. Join professional photographer Brien Szabo for a brief lecture in the Horticulture Building followed by a hands-on adventure in creating stunning flower images and garden landscape photographs in the Colonial Park Gardens. Participants will be exposed to both creative and technical approaches that are aimed at improving photography. The class is designed to assist people of all experience levels. Every participant will have the opportunity to work one on one with the instructor. Fee is $35 per person and is limited to 12 people. Meet in the Horticulture Building next to the Colonial Park Rose Garden, Parking Lot A.

Horse Care Workshop 101
Horse Care Workshops offer people a chance to gain experience and confidence around horses. Participants learn the proper way to groom and tack up a horse. The parts of the horse, saddle, and bridle are discussed. Students learn the different colors and breeds of horses, as well as the important role the farrier and veterinarian play in a horse’s life.

The workshops are offered on five consecutive Saturdays from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. beginning Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ. The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non-residents. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class. This workshop does not include riding.

Dog Days – A Very Silly Dog Show
The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host “Dog Days-A Very Silly Dog Show” on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Lord Stilring Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ. Registration will begin at 2:00 P.M. with the show commencing at 3:00 P.M. Classes include Best Costume; Pet/Owner Look-Alike; Best bark; and Best Tail Wagger. Information is available at www.flssnj.org.

Fall Nature Ride
The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host their annual Fall Nature Ride on Sunday, September 24, 2017, on the trails of Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ. The ride will begin at 8:30 A.M. with check-in at 8:00 A.M.

People with little or no riding experience are welcome on the one-hour guided trail ride. Experienced English saddle riders may also enjoy this leisurely ride along the 18 miles of trails with their non-rider friends. Participants must be at least 9 years old and under 200 pounds. Riders between the ages of 9 – 12 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The fee for the Nature Ride is $35 for members of the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and Lord Stirling Stable students; $40/Somerset County residents; and $50 for non-residents. Certified ASTM/SEI riding helmets and hard-soled boots or shoes with a well-defined heel are required and may be borrowed from the stable office. Pre-registration is required and is open until September 10, 2017 as space permits. Forms are available in the Stable office and online at www.flss.org. 

SOMERSET COUNTY JULY 4th FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

Somerset County’s Biggest Pyrotechnic Display

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County Park Commission invites all to attend the Annual July 4th Fireworks Display to be held on Tuesday, July 4,, 2017 at 9:30 P.M. at North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. The July 4th celebration is free of any charges. The event is offered in part to the generous sponsorship by The Courier News.

North Branch Park gates will open at 6:00 P.M. to allow vehicles to enter the park and families to picnic on park grounds. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 P.M. Visitors should plan to arrive early. Milltown Road will be closed at approximately 9:00 P.M. Heavy car and foot traffic is expected.

The NJ 3rd Regiment Revolutionary War encampment will be onsite. Food will be available for purchase, and park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin. Picnic baskets are allowed but alcohol is prohibited.

Milltown Road will remain closed at the conclusion of the fireworks for 30 minutes to one hour while local neighborhood pedestrians walk from the park. Bridgewater Police will be on hand to assist park staff with traffic flow.

Updates will be available on the Activity Hotline at 908-722-1200, option 2. For information on this and all Park Commission programs and activities log onto www.somersetcountyparks.org. 

SOMERSET COUNTY PARK COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2017 FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled another summer of enjoyable performances in Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater on Sunday evenings. All concerts are free and lovers of all types of music are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy relaxed Sunday evenings highlighted by live entertainment.

This concert series is made possible by in partnership with The Courier News and Magic 98.3 WMGQ. Funding has also been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant.

For further information on the concerts, please call 908 722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 7.

July 9 RADIO NASHVILLE 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Every country song tells a story and Radio Nashville does just that with a show that’s one big party, performing top country hits and classics from artists such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, and Little Big Town. The six-piece band with several lead singers, a talented fiddle player, and amazing guitarist and rhythm section is a great way to start the concert season! Sponsorship is provided by The Courier News.

July 16 DARLENE LOVE 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Darlene Love began her career in the 1960’s singing backup for artists such as Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley. Her own Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home. She has also appeared in major motion pictures including the Lethal Weapon series and in the Broadway hits Hairspray and Grease. In 2011, Darlene Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time”. Sponsorship is provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

July 23 BOY BAND PROJECT 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
The Boy Band Project is a creative boy band cover group that expertly reimagines the sound, movements, and energy of the American and British groups that were so popular during the 90’s and the next generation. They feature the popular top 40 hit music of groups such as NSYC, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, One Direction, Boys II Men, and O-Town. Sponsorship is provided by Magic 98.3 WMGQ.


July 30 BLUES FEST AT DUKE ISLAND PARK FEATURING
BOB LANZA BLUES BAND 5:00 P.M.- 6:30 P.M.
According to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Lanza, there is only one way to play the blues……”From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it”. The Bob Lanza Blues Band has played for years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps, and also backing legends such as James Cotton. This band will definitely get the blues party started! Sponsorship is provided by The Courier News.

THE TYRONE STACKHOUSE GROUP 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Tyrone Stackhouse lives in Somerset County, but he plays Motown like he was born and raised in Detroit! He and the band play the hits of the 60’s and 70’s, and also embrace R&B, soul, jazz, and the blues into their eclectic sound. It’s a smooth sound that’s a perfect ending to a hot summer weekend night. Sponsorship is provided by The Courier News.

August 6 3rd ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK FEST featuring
THE DUPREES 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Bring your appetite for great food and music! A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 6:00 P.M. to start the festivities before the music begins at 7:00 P.M.

The Duprees are known world-over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written. Hailing from New Jersey, in 1962, The Duprees struck gold with You Belong to Me. Their unmistakable sound was born and the hits kept rolling with Have You Heard, My Own True Love, and Goodnight My Love. The Duprees have never slowed down, still touring and recording after more than 50 years! Sponsorship is provided by Magic 98.3 WMGQ.

Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities and programs may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by call 908-722-1200. 

Sheriff’s Office Reaccredited

The NJSACOP presented a three-year accreditation renewal certificate on June 13

 

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano has announced that the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was approved for reaccreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The three-year accreditation renewal certificate was presented at the June 13 freeholders meeting by Harry Delgado, NJSACOP accreditation program manager.

Mr. Delgado made the presentation to Sheriff Frank Provenzano; Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione; Col. Roy Gandolfe; Col. Richard Borden; Capt. Steve SanAntonio, accreditation manager; and Sgt. Michael DiGuilio, assistant accreditation manager.

“We are very proud of our Sheriff’s Office and the high standards it maintains,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione. “The accreditation process is a difficult and demanding one. We congratulate, thank and applaud the Sheriff’s Office.”

According to Mr. Delgado, achieving accredited status embodies an effective leadership through professionally based policy development and is directly influenced by a law enforcement program that is thorough, complete and obtainable based on standards that reflect professional best practices.

The accreditation program consists of 105 professional standards, many of which have multiple objectives. The program consists of five primary areas, including administrative, personnel, operations, investigative and the handling of arrests.

Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. The foundation of accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these standards and objectives. When procedures are in place, a team of trained, independent assessors verify that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.

Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was originally accredited on May 24, 2012 and was approved for reaccreditation by the NJSACOP on March 9, 2017.

“The accreditation process is extremely challenging and requires lots of time on behalf of sheriff’s office personnel to meet the necessary principles to qualify,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “I am thankful to my staff for buying in, which allowed for the smooth adaptation of the accreditation program policies and procedures.”

For more information, contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio, accreditation manager, at SanAntonio@co.somerset.nj.us or 908-231-7168 or Sgt. Michael DiGuilio, assistant accreditation manager, at DiGuilio@co.somerset.nj.us or 908-231-7140, ext. 9.