Get Out! Tons to Do This Weekend Around Hopatcong
Patch lists some of the best events in the area for the weekend.
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Let Patch help. Check out our weekly "Get Out!" feature, in which we highlight some of the best ways in the area to spend your hard-earned time off.
Memorial Day Parade
Where/When: At borough hall in Hopatcong at 10 a.m. on Saturday
Why Go: Because you want to see our troops honored, especially the two who have died from Hoptacong in separate wars.
Where/When: At Fire Co. No. 2 in Hopatcong at 6 p.m.
Why Go: To celebrate the life of Eric Blohm, a 22-year-old Hopatcong resident who died of cancer about a year ago. Oh, and because of the company.
Pricing: $25 gets you food and drinks.
Hats & Purses Exhibition
Where/When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Morris Museum in Morristown.
Why Go: You’re interested in seeing over 100 artifacts from the museum's costume collection, ranging from the 18th to 20th centuries.
Warhol and Cars: American Icons
Where/When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum.
Why Go: Because the exhibit will have 35 to 40 works on load for the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
Road Ride Sundays
Where/When: 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because you’re a seasoned biker who is looking for a new challenge in the form of a 30- to 50-mile long, hilly, ride.
On-the-Green Midday Concerts
Where/When: From 12:15 to 12:55 p.m. on Friday at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown.
Why Go: Because a nice afternoon with live music and lunch after sounds like a great way to start your weekend.
World War I Remembered
Where/When: From 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.
Why Go: To celebrate Memorial Day weekend by learning how the how Americans supported the troops in WWI by conserving food, rationing supplies, making care packages and more.
Pricing: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65-plus), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, $2 for children ages 2 and 3, and free for children under age 2.
Wine and Music at Alice’s Restaurant
Where/When: From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Alice's Restaurant in Lake Hopatcong.
Why Go: To enjoy a night of wine and music. If you’re in the mood for dinner afterward, receive 10 percent off of your bill.
Beginner Ballroom Dancing Class
Where/When: From 7 to 7:40 p.m. at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Morristown.
Why Go: Because you’ve always wanted to learn how to ballroom dance. Bring a partner or go solo; everyone is welcome.
Pricing: $10 per person.
Pleasant Valley Pool Opening Day
When/Where: Saturday, May 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bernards Township Pleasant Valley Park.
Why Go: To splash around and celebrate the 32nd opening day of the Pleasant Valley Pool. Watch out for piranhas!
Pricing: Memberships for Bernards Township residents are still available.
"Jack Benny" Trail Ride
When/Where: Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m. at Lord Stirling Park Riding Stable in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Seniors can enjoy a "walk-only" trail ride and enjoy the beautiful trails of the Lord Stirling Park Stables.
Pricing: The fee is $28 for Somerset County residents and $36 for non-residents.
Blues and Wine Festival
When/Where: Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at Natirar Estate Park in Far Hills.
Why Go: To raise you glass to great blues music, crafts and fine wines from New Jersey wineries. Attendees must be age 21 and older.
Preserve the Harvest
When/Where: Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To learn how to preserve your garden harvest.
Pricing: $5 per person.
Michael's Miracles in Motion Family Bike-A-Thon
When/Where: Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater.
Why Go: For a full day of family fun raising funds and awareness of juvenile diabetes.
Dawn Patrol Motorcycle Club Memorial Day Classic
When/Where: Sunday, May 29, at 9 a.m., at Bradley Gardens Fire Department in Bridgewater.
Why Go: It's a 60-mile run through Somerset and Hunterdon Counties that ends with a classic pig roast, games, and music.
Scout Day at TD BallPark
When/Where: Sunday, May 29 at 1:35 p.m. at TD Bank BallPark in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because Sparkee at the Somerset Patriots are honoring all scouts and their leaders with a pre-game parade. Come dressed in uniform and pride!
Pricing: $7 to $15 per ticket.
"Salute to Veterans" Breakfast and Memorial Day Parade
When/Where: Saturday, May 28 at Hilllsborough Municipal Complex. A veterans' breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m.
Why Go: To honor our veterans and show our national pride.
The Fragrant Garden
When/Where: Thursday, May 26 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the Warren Township Library.
Why Go: To learn how to choose flowers and shrubs for their fragrance and beauty as well as how to keep them safe from pests.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.
Washington Valley Fire Co. Flea Market
When/Where: Sunday, May 29 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington Valley Fire Company in Warren.
Why Go: To stop by for a great buy and find that perfect "something" you have been searching for.
Pricing: Free admission.
Tour of Somerville Cycling Series
When/Where: May 28 through 30, through the streets of Somerville.
Why Go: It's the "Kentucky Derby of Cycling" Family and kid activities, music and more await you at the finish line.
Somerville Memorial Day Parade
When/Where: Monday, May 30 on Somerville's Main Street. The parade begins at 9 a.m. The Kid's Pavilion as well as the sports and music festival activities are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Why Go: To say "thank you" to our veterans, and to keep in step with a live music festival.
Bernards Township Memorial Day Parade
When/Where: Monday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at Liberty Corner Fire Company in Bernards Township.
Why Go: To wave a flag, thank a veteran, and show your pride. Besides, everyone loves a parade.
GRAB & GO KIDS PLANNER
Where/When: From 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at the Madison Area YMCA.
Why Go: Sing and dance to Broadway and pop music in this new group for children ages 8 to 12. The events culminate with a performance in June.
Pricing: Check with Madison YMCA website.
Where/When: From 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday and Saturday at Express Yourself Studios in Maplewood.
Why Go: Because children ages 2 to 4 are invited to play with paint, pinch and pound clay, make collages and explore art.
Pricing: $15 per child.
Terrific Turtles Event
Where/When: From 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday at The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham.
Why Go: Because children ages 6 to 11 can learn about turtles at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.
Learn to Play Chess
Where/When: At 6 p.m. (ages 6 to 8) and 7 p.m. (ages 9 to 13) on Friday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Springfield.
Why Go: Because children ages 6-13 can learn the ins and outs of chess for free.
Super Science Saturdays
Where/When: From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Morris Museum in Springfield.
Why Go: Kids ages 5 and older are invited to conduct experiments and observe the results. This week, kids get to make their own sidewalk chalk.
Pricing: $3 for non-members, and free for members.
Power Wheels Race Series
Where/When: From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Jefferson Township High School.
Why Go: If you don’t think this race for 2- through 8-year-olds sounds like a ton of fun, then you must have never owned Power Wheels as a child. And you were deprived.
Pricing: $20 registration.
The Green Team
When/Where: Saturday, May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lord Stirling Park, Environmental Education Center in Bernards Township.
Why Go: For children ages 12 to 15 to fulfill community service requirements for school.
Splish Splash, It's a Bible Bash!
When/Where: Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. at Bishop Janes United Methodist Church in Bernards Township.
Why Go: For children pre-K to grade three to enjoy activities, crafts, games and an understanding of the spiritual messages of the Bible.
When/Where: Thursday, May 26 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library.
Why Go: Toddlers ages 18 to 36 months will enjoy story time, singing, and clapping. Parents, no shushing allowed!
When/Where: Thursday, May 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hillsborough Public Library.
Why Go: To hang out with friends, make candy sushi, and discuss the latest manga.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.
Wheels and Wind
When/Where: Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Warren Township Library .
Why Go: Children ages 5 to 8 will enjoy stories, parachutes, and mini-skateboards. No protective gear necessary.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.
Kid's Cuisine Cooking Class
When/ Where: Monday, May 30 at PEP Club in Warren. Classes are at noon, 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Why Go: Because potato chicken fingers, apple pie wedge cookies, and smiles are on the menu.
Pricing: $12.50 per class.