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SOMERSET COUNTY PARK COMMISSION CALENDAR OF EVENTS OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 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.

1770’s Festival at the Environmental Education Center
Step back in time to the Colonial period on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 11:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M at the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival. Lord Stirling’s estate at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ comes back to life in the late 1700s. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades, a town crier delivers the daily news, and Revolutionary War military detachments camps and conducts maneuvers on the former estate lawn. The event promotes historical and environmental education highlighting the unsung Revolutionary War hero William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who lived on the site and served under General George Washington. Suggested donation $5.00.Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge - 908 766-2489.

“Home On the Range” Introductory Horseback Ride
The one-hour trail ride scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Lord Stirling Stable, 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 9 years old and under 200 pounds. Registration is available in the Stable office between 9A.M. and 4:00 P.M. from September 18 to 28, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

Peony Propagation Workshop
On Thursday, October 5 from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., Kathleen Gagan, a National Peony Expert and owner of Peony's Envy, will lead the educational hands-on workshop that will address how to dig, divide, plant herbaceous peonies, and grow herbaceous peonies from seed. The second portion of the workshop will cover how to graft and plant tree peonies. Participants will meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Garden Rose Garden, Parking Lot A. For information and to register call 732 873-2459 ext. 21 or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Introductory Horseback Ride
The one-hour trail ride, scheduled for Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00 P.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 9 years old and under 200 pounds. Registration is available in the Stable office between 9:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. from September 25 to October 5, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

By the Light of the Moon
On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., (Rain date Saturday, October 14, 2017) Environmental Education Center (EEC) Naturalists will lead adventurers on an exploration of the Great Swamp to listen for animal sounds along the swampy trails. Walks depart every 15 minutes from the EEC at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, NJ. Fee is $6 per person and preregistration is required. Information is available online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-766-2489.

Live Animal Show at the EEC
The Environmental Education Center Naturalists will present a Live Animal Show at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, NJ on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Family and friends are invited to attend a wild and wooly afternoon with some of nature’s coolest creatures. The program is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Information is available online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-766-2489.

Proper Techniques for Cleaning & Sharpening Gardening Tools
Join Leonard J. Buck Garden staff at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, NJ on Tuesday, October 17 from10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. to learn proper care of garden tools including methods for regular cleaning and proper sharpening. A thorough once-over before winter will extend their useful life and have them ready for the spring. The informative talk and demonstration will emphasize TLC for loppers, pruning shears, shovels, spades and trowels. Fee is $15 per person and preregistration is required at 908-234-267, ext. 21.

Horse Care Workshop 103

Goofs and Ghouls
Family and friends are invited to enjoy a goofy afternoon at Colonial Park Gardens in the Stone Cottage at Parking Lot A off Mettlers Lane in Franklin Township, NJ on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Free kid’s activities will include rafting with nature, games, and pumpkin bowling. Pumpkin painting is $5.00 per pumpkin while supplies last.. The witch in the Stone Cottage will be serving cider and goodies. For information call 732-873-2459, ext. 21 or www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Flower & Landscape Photography – Autumnal Brilliance,
Visit Leonard J. Buck Garden at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, NJ on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.to learn about outdoor photography. While each season in Buck Garden has its own special qualities, there is nothing quite as spectacular as the colors of the trees and shrubs in the fall. This lecture and field session on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. will cover the use of light, composition, landscape photography, close-ups, and how to find the right picture. The workshop will be led by Nature Photographer Brien Szabo. The class is designed for all levels of digital and film photographers. Pre-registration is required. Fee is $35 per person and information is available by calling 908-234-2677, ext. 21.

Cape May Birding Adventure
Join Environmental Education Center Naturalists on a three day/two-night adventure to Cape May, one of the meccas of birding. Expected sightings include Golden Eagles, Parasitic Jaegers and many more robins, blackbirds, and other late fall migrants. Birders will depart Tuesday, October 24, 2017 and return Thursday, October 26, 2017. Call 908-766-2489 for pricing and details.

Mischief Night Madness - Colonial Park Putting Course
Play miniature with the ghouls golf at the Colonial Park Putting Course in East Millstone, New Jersey on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (Rain date Saturday, October 28) Wear your Halloween costume and get a free Halloween goodie bag. Admission includes: Spooky Tales from the Witches Cauldron and Moonlight Hayrides (non-scary variety). Bring along your family Jack-O-Lantern and enter it in the Best Carved Pumpkin Contest. (Judging will take place at 6:30pm) Free apple cider and donuts. Fee: $8.00 for family of two; $10.00 for family of three or more.

Fall Festival at Lord Stirling Stable
The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ will host the second annual Fall Festival that will feature themed hayrides, pony rides, and other child-friendly activities on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Additional information may be found at www.flss.org.

“Home On the Range” Introductory Horseback Ride
The one-hour trail ride scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Lord Stirling Stable, 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 9 years old and under 200 pounds. Registration is available in the Stable office between 9A.M. and 4:00 P.M. from October 16 to 26, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

13th Annual Adopt-A-Boulder
Join the Park Rangers on Saturday, November 4, 2017 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the Sourland Mountain Preserve for a day of trail maintenance and clean up around the area’s best bouldering areas. The group will meet in the parking lot off East Mountain Road. For information call 908-231-0802, ext. 22.

Great Tree Men and Women of America
An informative talk by Frank Goodhart at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Roads in Far Hills, NJ on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. will detail how early colonists depended on the land and forests to survive and make a living. Nearly 150 years later, significant public concern developed about preservation of natural lands among Naturalists including J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, and Henry David Thoreau who wrote extensively about the nature that surrounded them. Mary Fenimore Cooper described nature in a refreshing, poetic way. These three and others, brought environmental concerns to the public's attention. Fee is $15 per person and information is available by calling 908-234-2677, ext. 21.

Thankful Lights – Floating Luminaries at Leonard J. Buck Garden
Borrowed from a traditional Japanese ceremony, floating a candle on water is thought to awaken the spirit of nature within all of us. On Friday, November 17, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, NJ program participants will create their own lantern decorated with a personalized message and attached to an illuminated float that will be released on Buck Garden’s Lower Pond. A spectacular display of magical floating lights will drift on the water into the night. Fee is $15 per person and all materials will be supplied. Pre-registration required by calling 908 234-2677.

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement Class
Join the Colonial Park Gardens staff at Somerset County Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater, NJ on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and learn to create a long-lasting fall holiday centerpiece with fresh harvest flowers. Participants will enjoy an instructive demonstration, be provided floral materials, and learn tips on how to keep their take-home arrangement fresh and beautiful through Thanksgiving and beyond. The $45 fee includes supplies and participation is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration by Tuesday, October 31 is required by calling 732-873-2459, ext. 21 or online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Fall “Family & Friends” Introductory Trail Ride is a special ride on the trails of Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ scheduled for Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. The ride will be preceded by a brief lesson and is geared to people who have an interest in becoming more familiar with English-style riding. Participants must be at least 9 years old and under 200 pounds. Registration is available in the Stable office between 9A.M. and 4:00 P.M. from November 6 through November 16, 2017. Fee is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for non-residents.

40th Festival of Trees
From Saturday, December 2 through Friday, December 29, 2017, the Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge will be holiday central presenting the 40th Festival of Trees, an indoor exhibit of decorated trees and wreaths designed by various community groups. Live holiday music will be presented on selected Saturdays and Sundays. Please note the EEC will be closed December 24, 25, & 26. Please note the EEC will be closed December 24, 25, & 26.

Holiday Festival at Lord Stirling Stable
On the weekend of December 2 and 3, 2017, the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host the 17th Annual Winter Holiday Festival at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ. Daily festivities will include free pony rides at designated times throughout the day; photos with Santa or a pony; and free hay rides through the woods to visit Santa at his house (weather permitting). Enjoy seasonal music and refreshments, while browsing through the enticing array of gift baskets at the School Horse Retirement Fund Silent Auction. The Holiday Festival is open from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. both days.

Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop
On Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, Join staff at Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater, NJ. for a special holiday workshop to share holiday styling tips and demonstrate how to create a beautiful holiday kissing ball using fresh floral and evergreen materials. The program will be held in the Park Commission Headquarters, located at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Fee is $35 per person and all supplies will be provided. (limit: 15 people). Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, November 21 and may be accomplished at www.somersetcountyparks.org of by calling 732 873-2459 ext. 21.


Winter Horseback Riding Lessons
English Saddle Balanced Seat riding lessons are offered at beginner through advanced
jumping levels for juniors and adults at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.. Trail, specialty, and flat (non-jumping) classes are also offered. Lessons begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, and meet one hour per week for ten consecutive weeks. Online and walk-in registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8 A.M. on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Junior riders must be a minimum age of 9 at time of registration. Riders must be under 225 pounds for flat classes and under 200 pounds for classes over fences. Participants able to post the trot or more must have a current Lord Stirling Stable classification card as proof of their riding level; experienced English saddle riders who do not have a Lord Stirling Stable classification card should make an appointment to be tested prior to registration. Please call the stable office for more information. For directions, call the Stable at 908-766-5955 or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment. For more information, visit the Somerset County website at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

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.