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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 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.

Guided Tours of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden Thursday, June 1 at 6:00pm and Sunday, June 4 at 2:00pm
The public is invited to tour the internationally recognized Somerset County Park Commission Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is in full spring beauty in May and June when thousands of varieties of roses of both modern and historic significance are in peak bloom. Tours for individuals and families will be led by the Colonial Park Gardens Rosarian or designated staff. Please no organized groups. Fee is $5 person and pre-registration is not required. Please meet at the entrance of the Rose Garden. For additional information, please call 732 873-2459 ext. 21 or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org

National Trails Day

Introductory Horseback Ride
The one-hour trail ride scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 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 May 22 through June 1, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

42nd Annual Rose Day Festival
Colonial Park Gardens annual Rose Day Festival celebrates one of the first signs of summer…Roses in Bloom on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. In the heart of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of varieties of roses, both of modern and historic significance. Visitors are invited to celebrate and revel in the day by strolling through the gardens, enjoying music and live entertainment, meeting local artisans, and indulging in some great food! Back by popular demand; rose plants will also be for sale. You will be sure to find a fun activity for festival-goers of any age! Admission is free (Suggested donation). For information call 732 873-2459 ext. 21or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org org.

Spring Adult Horse Show at Lord Stirling Stable
The public is invited to watch Lord Stirling Stable’s adult students compete in a horse show and display their skills on Saturday, June 10, 2017 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ. Classes vary from first time riders who have completed 10 lessons to advanced classes over fences. There will be a performance by the Drill Team at 1:00 P.M. Admission and parking are free.

Spring Junior Horse Show at Lord Stirling Stable
The public is invited to watch Lord Stirling Stable’s junior students compete in a horse show and display their skills on Sunday, June 11, 2017 beginning at 8:30 A.M. at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Classes vary from first time riders who have completed 10 lessons to advanced classes over fences. There will be a performance by the Drill Team at 1:00 P.M. Admission and parking are free.

Garden Social at the Environmental Education Center
Join a Naturalist for an in-depth tour of the gardens at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at any time between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. to experience scent, touch, native, shade and deer resistant gardens. The program is free. Information is available by calling 908-766-2489. from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Father’s Day Horseback Ride
This ride at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ is the perfect opportunity to have non-equestrian family members join "the rider in the family" on a relaxing, walk-only trail ride. The ride, sponsored by The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, will be conducted on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. Preregistration is necessary; forms are available in the Stable office and on the Friends website at www.flss.org

Eco-Explorers & AWESIM Kids
Summer science and nature programs for ages 7 to 9 and 10 to 13 at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, NJ begins Monday, June 19, 2017. AWESIM Kids offers four 2-week sessions and Eco-Explorers offers four 1-week sessions and two 2-week sessions. For information call 908-766-2489.

Horse Care Workshop 101
The mini workshops offer people a chance to gain experience and confidence around horses. Participants learn the proper way to groom a horse and to put on the tack. 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, June 24, 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.
Children’s Container Gardening with Edible Plants Workshop
On Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, join the Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff for a tour of the beautiful Fragrance and Sensory Garden. Children will learn about edible plants and then get to create their own edible container garden to bring home! All plants and supplies will be provided. Meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Rose Garden/Fragrance & Sensory Garden, Parking Lot A. Fee is $15 per child, ages 7 to 10 and must be accompanied by an adult (limit 10 children). Pre-registration is required by calling 732 873-2459 ext. 21 or online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Xtreme Adventure
The Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge will offer Xtreme Adventures, a series of day trip and one overnight adventure for ages 13 to 16 beginning Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Activities include hiking the Appalachian Trail,swimming in glacial lakes, splashing around waterfalls, rock climbing, kayaking, white water rafting and more. For information contact the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489.

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, 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, 2016 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.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Somerset County Park Commission offers programs and activities for all ages at general use parks in Bridgewater, Somerset, and Skillman; the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge; Lord Stirling Stable in Basking
Ridge; Park Headquarters in Bridgewater; Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills; the Colonial Park Gardens in Somerset; and championship golf courses in Bridgewater, Somerset, Warren, and Neshanic Station. 

RVCC Awards Degrees, Certificates to Close to 1,300 Graduates

 

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) awarded associate degrees and certificates to close to 1,300 graduates at its commencement, held Saturday, May 13, in the Gymnasium at the College’s Branchburg Campus.

 

The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, who served as Governor of New Jersey from 1982-1990, Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and President of Drew University, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree during the ceremony.

 

The program featured RVCC student commencement speaker Joseph (Joe) Hamilton of Fanwood, formerly of Bridgewater. Hamilton is a married father with a toddler and stepson who first started his college journey at RVCC 10 years ago after graduating from Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Hamilton struggled academically and didn’t know what he wanted to study. After taking a break for several years, Hamilton says his life and priorities changed when he met his now wife who had a young child. He decided education was really his passion, so he returned to RVCC. His grades improved dramatically, and Hamilton even made Dean’s List his past two semesters at RVCC. Hamilton plans to continue his studies and eventually teach high school social studies or science.

Thomas Valasek of Clinton, Professor of Communication & Film Studies, delivered the faculty commencement address. Valasek, who is retiring after 48 years with the College, has taught classes in three different academic departments and has been instrumental in developing RVCC's Communication Studies and Film Studies programs. His academic achievements include Princeton Mid-Career Fellowships and international research exchanges and a J. William Fulbright Fellowship to the Czech Republic. His books include The Confident Speaker's Handbook and Frameworks: An Introduction to Film Studies. Valasek has served as an academic Department Chair multiple times and as Interim Dean of Faculty.

The other graduates speaking during commencement included Jenna Douglas, Juan Prada-Ojeda and Kristine Bulava. Bulava, a resident of Basking Ridge who came to the US from Latvia to work as an au pair, delivered a welcome to the graduates. She recently was named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for her service learning work, and she was honored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges as one of the state’s top community college students during its annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration. The General Business major has organized fundraising events for the hungry and displaced as Vice President of Scholarship and Service for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As President of RVCC’s Enactus club, she taught disadvantaged youth how to operate a small business.

 

Jenna Douglas of Bridgewater, a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, introduced Governor Kean. The Social Science major, who is enrolled in RVCC’s Honors College, has excelled academically at RVCC and has been named to both the President’s List and Dean’s List. Douglas served as a Student Ambassador and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Rotaract Club. She also traveled with Rotaract to Nepal in January to distribute donated school supplies and engage in community projects.

Juan Prada-Ojeda of Hillsborough, a native of Colombia, is an Engineering Science major who started his education at RVCC taking English as a Second Language classes. Prada-Ojeda, who is graduating Summa Cum Laude, introduced the faculty speaker. Prada-Ojeda is a Galileo Scholar and member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society who has received several awards including the Vincent Bodino Math Achievement Award and the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Mentor Award. He was a member of the College’s Cross Country team.

 

This year’s class includes the first cohort of 11 students graduating from the Somerville Academy for Liberal Arts (SALA), a partnership between Somerville High School and RVCC. Launched in fall 2013, the Academy offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to earn both a Somerville High School diploma and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from RVCC. Students in the full-time program take classes at both their high school and at RVCC. The graduates will be transferring to a number of prestigious four-year colleges and universities including Tufts University, Drexel University, the University of Massachusetts and Drew University.

 

As Governor, Tom Kean was rated among America’s most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine; noted for tax cuts that spurred 750,000 new jobs; a federally replicated welfare reform program; landmark environmental policies; and more than 30 education reforms. He delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Kean was re-elected for a second term by the largest margin in state history. While Governor, he served on the President’s Education Policy Advisory Committee and as Chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governors Association Task Force on Teaching. He remains one of the most popular governors in New Jersey’s history.

 

In December 2002, Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The Commission’s work culminated in July 2004 with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, which quickly became a national bestseller. Its recommendations resulted in the largest intelligence reform in the nation’s history. Kean served as the Chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission’s work of guarding against future attacks.

 

Kean served as President of Drew University from 1990-2005. During his 15-year tenure, he focused on shaping Drew into one of the nation’s leading small liberal arts universities by stressing the primacy of teaching, the creative use of technology in the liberal arts, and the importance of international education. During Kean’s Presidency, applications to Drew increased by more than 40 percent; the endowment nearly tripled; and over $60 million was committed to construction of new buildings and renovation of older buildings, principally student residence halls.

 

Kean headed the American delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as Vice Chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing, and served as a member of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy. Kean currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Carnegie Corporation of New York.