Thursday, July 19, 2018

Advanced Non-riding Horse Care Workshops


Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Summer Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on experience.

Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey beginning Saturday, July 28 2018 (providing weather does not delay currently running programs). Classes will meet for 5 consecutive Saturdays. Workshop 102 will meet from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and Workshop 103 will meet from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Students in Workshop 102 will build upon their experiences in Workshop 101, which is a pre-requisite for this class.  Advanced topics including nutrition, clipping, bandaging, and basic conformation will be explored, and the important roles the farrier and veterinarian play in a horse's life will be discussed.  Workshop 103 will further develop care and management skills while increasing knowledge of equine behavior. Workshop 102 is a pre- or co-requisite for 103. The classes may be taken concurrently. There is no riding involved in either program.

Registration is now open and will be available up to the opening day of the Workshops as space permits. Fee is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non-residents for either Workshop.

For additional information or to confirm program start date, please call Lord Stirling Stable at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010.  Individuals with a hearing or speech impairment can call NJ Relay Service at 711.

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Garden State Radio - Free Concert July 29


The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled another summer of Sunday evening live concert performances at the Duke Island Park band shell on Old York Road in Bridgewater.

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.

On Sunday, July 29 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. the Park Commission will feature the classics of the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s performed by Garden State Radio.

Garden State Radio creates an ultimate concert experience with a performance that brings people to their feet dancing and singing along. The band plays a bit of everything, bringing to life the biggest hits of the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and today; spanning four decades of music. They mashup and medley a wide array of songs like a world class DJ, while also combining costumes and theatrics for a one of a kind live performance. 

Concert sponsorship is provided by the WMGQ Magic 98.3.

The Summer Free Concert series will continue on Sunday, August 5 at 7:00 P.M. featuring Home Again, a Carole King Tribute with special guest Kinderhook.

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. 5351. 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.

Register for County Caper - Somerset County's Amazing Race


Planning summer activities? Looking for lots of family fun?  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. 

The adult only (15 years old and up) County Caper Accelerated! will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 8:30 A.M. The one-day Family County Caper will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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 and is non-refundable. Registration required by Tuesday, August 14, 2018 and is available at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-722-1200, ext. 5002.

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. The County Caper programs are sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Meet the Ponies" at LSS July 28


The staff at Lord Stirling Stable will present “Meet the Ponies,” a program designed for horse enthusiasts age 7 to 9 years. The session is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 3:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Stable located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

The program is ideal for individual nonriders and riders, scout troops and other youth groups.

Participants will experience hands-on interaction with ponies. Under the guidance of experienced Lord Stirling Stable staff, students will be able to groom a pony, learn about what ponies eat, and experience the work involved in taking care of a pony. Participants will also take part in a pony ride.

The fee is $15 per child and $10 for each additional sibling in the same age group. Pre-registration is required online at www.somersetcountyparks.org; by phone at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010; or in person at the Stable office. Payment by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover is required at time of enrollment.

For additional information, please call Lord Stirling Stable at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010.  Individuals with a hearing or speech impairment can call NJ Relay Service at 711.
Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org. Like us on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Environmental Education Center July 23 to 29


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.

Pre-registration is required for programs and may be done by calling 908-722-1200, ext. 5002. or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment. Registration is available online at www.somersetcountyparks.org         

PARENT/CHILD PROGRAMS

Get Into Shapes
            Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
            Children ages infant to 5 with a parent will explore the Great Swamp to
                        discover the shapes of nature in flowers, trees and in the sky.
            Fee is $10 per pair & $5 per additional child.
            Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-722-1200,
                        ext. 5002.        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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission Is free. Please note that dog walking is not permitted on the trails at the Environmental Education Center.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Amsih Outlaws - Frre Concert July 22


The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled another summer of Sunday evening live concert performances at the Duke Island Park band shell on Old York Road in Bridgewater.

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.

On Sunday, July 22 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. the Park Commission will feature the standards, country tunes, and classics performed by The Amish Outlaws

The Amish practice a tradition called "Rumspringa" in which teens have an opportunity to live free of Amish life before deciding if they want to be baptized into the Amish church. Most all of the youth return. But sometimes they don't.  Four of the six members of The Amish Outlaws were born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and had a strict Amish upbringing. During their Rumspringa they fell in love with music.  It was this love of music that brought them together in 2002 and for the past 16 years they have been performing with a fire for music.  Theie infectious joy shines through whether they are playing Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, or Elvis Presley. 

Concert sponsorship is provided by the WMGQ Magic 98.3.

The Summer Free Concert series will continue on Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 P.M. featuring Garden State Radio.

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. 5351. 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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Free Drive-in Movies 7/20-7/72-8/3


Pack a picnic basket, put the kids in their pajamas, pile everyone into the DeSoto (or the minivan), and head over to Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater and Warrenbrook Pool on Warrenville Road in Warren Township for the Somerset County Park Commission Drive-In Movies. Take the family back in time with drive-in movies just like in the 50's - complete with large screen. Admission is free.  Refreshments will be available.

The 19th annual family event is scheduled for three consecutive Fridays, July 20, July 27, and August 3, 2018 with the show beginning at 8:30 P.M. each night. The films will be presented under the stars on a big screen in the Duke Island Park Band Shell.
July 20 – The Parent Trap – PG – Duke Island Park
Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.
July 27 – Kung Fu Panda – PG – Duke Island Park
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts.

August 3 – Shark Tale – PG – Warrenbrook Pool
            When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the
            hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother decide to use the
            incident to their own advantage.

Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, for an enjoyable evening of family entertainment under the stars. Warrenbrook Pool invites guests to spend the day at the pool and stay for the film. Day rates apply for the pool and the movie is free. Refreshments are available for purchase at both facilities.

A call to 908-722-1200, ext. 5351 will provide weather updates during the evening prior to the show.

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