Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Food Trucks and the Duprees August 6 at Duke Island Park


The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will conclude the 2017 season on Sunday, August 6, 2017, with a spectacular Rock ‘N Roll show featuring “The Duprees. The concert is scheduled from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. with the food trucks beginning to serve at 6:00 P.M.

The 4th Annual Rock ‘n Roll Food Truck Fest will feature eight food trucks, each presenting a different set of menu items. Among the culinary creations will be Smokin’ Chicks BBQ, Cubano Xpress, Kats Catering, Gail’s Dog House, Pizza Vita, Amanda’s Bananas, Cas' Pierogi's and Kielbasa, and Josefa Ice Cream LLC.

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! 

Concert sponsorship is provided by The Courier News.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for a beautiful evening of entertainment under the summer skies. Ample parking is available.

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. Weather updates are also posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Canines - Bring Your Owners to the Trails of Lord Stirling Stable


The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the spring and summer time schedule.

Check-in time for owners and their pets will begin at 9:15 A.M.  The guided trail walk will commence at 9:30 A.M. and last for approximately one hour. 

Registration is $3 per dog and all pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. These sanctioned Dog Walks offer participants the only opportunity to explore the beautiful equestrian trails of Lord Stirling Stable on foot. 

For more information, contact Martha at 973-635-8672 or online at pandmwells@gmail.com.  For directions, call Lord Stirling Stable at 908-766-5955.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Become a "Friend" of Lord Stirling Stable


The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) is a dedicated group of equine enthusiasts who support the activities of the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. By contributing ideas, volunteering time, and raising funds, the Friends help to provide a continuing and expanding program of activities at the Stable.

The Friends group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1984 with a membership base of more than 250. The positive relationship between the Friends and the Park Commission has produced long-term mutual benefit, advancing the quality and variety of programs at the Stable.

The mission of the Friends is to promote, support, and supplement the educational and recreational programs of Lord Stirling Stable, to educate the general public about the benefits and facilities available, and to educate the general public on outdoor recreation, including walking, birding and horseback riding.
Among the annual activities organized and supported by the Friends are:  Nature Rides, Pleasure Drives, Dressage Shows, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Rides, Dog Days, weekly Dog Walks, the Winter Holiday Festival, and various riding clinics. Events that are run in partnership with the Park Commission include Hunter Paces, and Family Fun Day.

The FLSS School Horse Retirement Program finds suitable new homes for horses retiring from the Lord Stirling Stable lesson program. The program ensures that retiring horses continue to be loved and well cared for even with their limitations. In the 14 years of its existence, the School Horse Retirement Program has found loving homes for 50 former lesson horses. Five horses are currently in the program awaiting homes.

In addition to the numerous hours contributed by the Friends, their efforts have resulted in major donations to the physical environment at the Stable, improving the facility for everyone who takes advantage of this unique asset throughout the year.

Everyone is welcome to join the Friends. Additional information on membership and activities may be found at www.flss.org or in the Lord Stirling Stable office located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

For information, the Stable may be reached at 908-766-5955 or NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with hearing/speech impairments. The Park Commission may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Environmental Education Center July 31 to August 6


The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonders of nature in Somerset County. The Environmental Education Center provides many entertaining and educational programs for children and adults year around.



PARENT/CHILD PROGRAMS

Nectar Sippers
            Thursday, August 3 from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
            Children age infant to 5 with a parent will learn which animals drink
                        nectar and what tools they use to accomplish the feat.
            Fee is $10 per pair and $5 per additional child.
            Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-766-2489.                               Advance payment required.


CHILDREN/TEEN PROGRAMS

Xtreme Adventure: Rock Climb
            Wednesday, August 2 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Adventurers ages 13 to 16 will hit the road on a trip to Shawangunks in
            the Catskill Mountain Range to meet with a licensed climbing
            guide for instruction on climbing, belaying, and repelling.
Fee is $200 per person.
Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-766-2489.                               Advance payment required.

ADULT/FAMILY PROGRAMS

Family Nature Walk – FREE PROGRAM
            Saturday, August 5 from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
Family and friends will enjoy a Naturalist-led interpretive walk
            through the Great Swamp.
            The program is free and pre-registration is not required.

Family Nature Walk – FREE PROGRAM
            Sunday, August 6 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 P.M.
Family and friends will enjoy a Naturalist-led interpretive walk
            through the Great Swamp.
            The program is free and pre-registration is not required.

CAN-U-CANNU
            Sunday, August 6 from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
            Prepare for EEC river trips with an introductory class on basic paddling                               techniques, safety, and handling a canoe in and out of the water.
            Fee is $14 per person.
            Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-766-2489.                               Advance payment required.

“The Great Swamp Experience,” on the lower level at the EEC, features interactive displays, vignettes, taxidermy, and archeological artifacts highlighting the history and ecology of the Great Swamp. The exhibit is open 7 days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Admission Is free.

Please note that dog walking is not permitted on the trails at the Environmental Education Center.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Volunteers Sought for Trail Maintenance July 26


The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year.

With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association, (JORBA), Rangers and volunteers will be performing trail maintenance at the Sourland Mountain Preserve off East Mountain Road in Hillsborough, New Jersey and Washington Valley Park off Newman’s Lane in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The mission of the group is to provide a regular maintenance regimen in order to maintain trail conditions to the highest standards possible.

The Sourland Mountain Preserve is 4,000 acres of passive recreation opportunities including hiking, bouldering, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding. It is rich in natural resources with a variety of stream corridors, geologic outcrops, and an ecological preserve that provides a core habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

Washington Valley Park is a 719-acre passive recreation facility that lies along the First Watchung Ridge in Bridgewater Township. The park contains the former 21-acre Bound Brook Elizabethtown Reservoir that is the focal point of the park’s seven miles network of trails. Washington Valley Park offers hiking, mountain biking, and hawk watching. The Park is known as among the premier mountain biking sites in the east.

The maintenance schedule:
Wednesday, July 26 at 6:00 P.M. at Sourland Mountain Preserve
Wednesday, August 16 at 6:00 P.M. at Washington Valley Park
Saturday, August 26 at 9:00 A.M. at Sourland Mountain Preserve
Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 A.M. at Sourland Mountain Preserve
Saturday, October 7 at 9:00 A.M. at Washington Valley Park
Saturday, October 21 at 9:00 A.M at Washington Valley Park
Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 A.M. at Sourland Mountain Preserve
Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 A.M. at Washington Valley Park
Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 A.M. at Washington valley Park.

For details call 908-231-0802, ext. 21 or www.somersetcountyparks.org. For cancellations due to weather call 908-285-3800.

Information on Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org. Like us on Facebook and Twitter.

Blues Fest at Duke Island Park July 30


The 2017 Blues Fest is scheduled for Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater on Sunday, July 30, 2017, beginning at the special time of 5:30 P.M. and featuring the Bob Lanza Blues Band and the Tyrone Stackhouse Group.

Taking the stage at the special starting time of 5:30 P.M. will be the Bob Lanza Blues Band. 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!

Following at 7:00 P.M. the Tyrone Stackhouse Group will take the stage. 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.

Blues Fest sponsor is the Courier News.

The next scheduled concert is Sunday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. featuring the classic sounds of the Duprees.

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. Weather updates are also posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

County Caper - Somerset County's "Amazing Race"


Planning summer activities? Love to win prizes?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”!

Once again the Naturalists at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in basking Ridge, New Jersey are offering two County Caper events. 

Returning for 2017 is an Adult only (15 years old and up) adventure called The County Caper Accelerated! on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8:30 A.M..

The one-day Family County Caper will be on Sunday, August 20, 2017 beginning when parks open for the day.

Saturday’s County Caper Accelerated! is a one-day game that takes adults on an interactive tour of Somerset County Parks and facilities.  Participants will be physically and mentally challenged while completing fun tasks and finding hidden clues throughout the day as their team races against the clock.

Sunday’s County Caper is a one-day game that takes families and friends on an interactive tour of Somerset County Parks and facilities. This local version of “The Amazing Race” will take teams to various destinations within Somerset County. Once they arrive they need to perform tasks, find clues or gather information. Each team will be given a journal to collect stamps and/or record their findings.  Bring your camera!

Fee is $20. Registration required and is available now at. www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-766-2489, ext. 0.

The County Caper is designed to encourage everyone to explore, learn and protect our parks and other natural areas. Both events are rain or shine.

Information on all of the Somerset County Park Commission activities and programs is available at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-722-1200.