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Saturday August 19, 2017

 

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

“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 be preceded by a brief lesson and 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
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. Pre-registration by Thursday, September 14 is required.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.

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 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 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 $35 for Somerset County residents and $45 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.

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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 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 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 Thursday, November 10 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 $35 for Somerset County residents and $45 for non-residents.

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. 

Local Gardeners Share Their Bounty with the Needy

Thanks to a partnership with Healthier Somerset, the Sheriff’s Office and Duke Farms, a local food pantry is receiving fresh produce.
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The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office recently dropped off a supply of fresh, locally grown produce to the Bound Brook Salvation Army Food Pantry. Pictured (from left) are Duke Farms Garden Educator Melissa Almendinger, retired Capt. John Quinn, Healthier Somerset Liaison Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania, Salvation Army Lt. Lilybeth Otero, Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, Healthier Somerset Director and Community Health Director at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Serena Collado, and Col. Richard Borden.

BOUND BROOK – The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to be part of a collaborative effort with Healthier Somerset and Duke Farms in Hillsborough to deliver fresh produce to the Bound Brook Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The need to increase fresh produce in local food banks and pantries was identified by Healthier Somerset, a coalition that works to improve the health of Somerset County residents and employees, in their Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Through a New Jersey Healthy Initiatives grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthier Somerset is working to create a culture of health in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook.

"After identifying farms willing to donate produce to a local food bank and a partner to transport it, Healthier Somerset formed this collaboration with Duke Farms and the Somerset County Sheriff's Office,” said Serena Collado, Healthier Somerset director and director of Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

“We are pleased to partner with these organizations to provide the Bound Brook Salvation Army Food Pantry with fresh produce to distribute each Wednesday to local families. Through this collaboration, families in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook will have access to healthy foods, which supports overall wellness."

“The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office welcomes opportunities to participate and serve our Somerset County communities,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. “In this spirit, we are proud to be in partnership with Healthier Somerset and Duke Farms in this worthwhile endeavor of delivering fresh, locally grown produce to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Bound Brook on a weekly basis.”

“To date about 150 pounds of produce have been delivered,” said Sheriff Provenzano.

“Somerset County is committed to providing an exceptional quality of life to its residents through education and outreach on community health initiatives,” said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, Healthier Somerset liaison. “The health and well-being of individuals and families today shape their health in the future. Eating fruits and vegetables is an integral part of a healthy diet and overall well-being.”

“Duke Farms is a leader in environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land,” said Executive Director Michael Catania. “It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region. Duke Farms inspires people to transform their approach to conservation and to start building a more sustainable future.

“Generous members of the Duke Farms Community Garden, Education Garden and Demonstration Garden contribute significant amounts of produce to the Duke Farms Donation Program. To date, a total of 1,676 pounds have been donated to various organizations,” he said. “Duke Farms’ staff and gardeners have taken the stewardship mandate a step further by providing healthy produce to residents of our county who don’t have an opportunity to enjoy a healthy bounty on their own.”

"The Salvation Army is so grateful for the opportunity it has to provide fresh food to those in need in our community,” said Salvation Army Lt. Lilybeth Otero. “By partnering with Healthier Somerset, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Duke Farms, our combined efforts will impact countless individuals throughout our community. Without this valuable partnership we would not be able to meet this very basic human need. This is at the heart of our ministry in Bound Brook, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to help meet this need for our community."

For more information about the Duke Farms Community Garden Donation Program, contact Melissa Almendinger at (908) 243-3604.

For information about Healthier Somerset call, (908) 203-5990, email info@healthiersomerset.org or go to www.healthiersomerset.org/ You can learn more about CHIP on the county Health Department webpage at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health by selecting “Resources / Community Health Improvement Plans” or going to http://bit.ly/CHIPSC .

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