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Northwest New Jersey’s Best outdoor Fests brighten our spring, summer, harvest and holiday seasons.

Welcome to the Medicine Wheel Garden at Lusscroft Farm

I wrote this for the Medicine Wheel Festival a few years ago.  It’s been an amazing journey working with the Medicine Wheel community.

I started as a parent volunteer and went on to create their website and do their festival promotion.  I am so proud of all our work and our amazing volunteers.

Kath Galvin Cameron

 

Gardens & Gatherings to support Community, Sustainable Agriculture & Lusscroft Farm

Source: Welcome to the Medicine Wheel Garden at Lusscroft Farm

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It’s Black Potatoe Festival week!

The aptly names Quarry Stage, for the more rocking music.  The River Stage features the more acoustic sounds.

The aptly names Quarry Stage, for the more rocking music. The River Stage features the more acoustic sounds.

This is a mere hour from NWNJ and worth the trip. The Black Potatoe Music Festival is the very best in independent music arts that happens in NJ….period.

Yes, I am biased.  I used to work with Matt Angus back in the day at the Stanhope House, full disclosure.  He booked the best music then and has for years at his festival.

I guaranteed if you go, you will walk away with a list of artists that blew your ever loving mind and you will wonder why you never heard of these artists before.  That is what Matt does best, he puts a spotlight on the unsung heroes of the indie music scene. These are artists who love their work and create music from the heart.

With Beth Williams, Matt’s better half has helped to guide the festival and keep the integrity of the event.  It is a must for any lover of indy, americana, folk, eclectic music.  Hardcore fans are belovedly known at Potatoe Heads.

Some artists to check out this year are Katie PearlmanThe Voodudes, Ellis Paul, Sarah Donner, The Wahoo Skiffle Crazies and the Matt Angus Thing.

Sarah Donner, Musician/Cat Lover

Sarah Donner, Musician/Cat Lover

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Newton moving on up

Newton Street Festival

Newton Street Festival

Happy Birthday Newton!

You threw a sweet little street fair to celebrate your 150th.

I love a good street fair. They bring back memories of block parties in my old neighborhood.

If I had my way, Spring Street would close up to traffic regularly during the summer.  Street Fairs are good business.  They increase sales, visitors and give vendors a chance to sell their goods on a main street.

Sussex county needs all the help it can get and give to entrepreneurs.  Street Fairs and Farmers Markets help raise people and community up.

Sugary treat: dry ice volcano drink.

Sugary treat: dry ice volcano drink.

There were carnival concoctions, like the volcano drinks . Okay, not our usually healthy fare, but worth it for the special effects.

In addition to the vendors, a few new shops opened up on Spring Street.  The Newton Theater has helped lift up nearby shops and restaurants.

We stopped in the new penny candy store, just for a look see.   I didn’t take any home, but I  loved the colors of the decor and the sweets.   There was even a little homeschooling info.  We got a walking tour brochure, detailing all the historical buildings in town and their Greek, Roman and Italian influences.

Newton has had ups and downs, but anything that brings people together along with arts and music will keep this town going.

20140614_161232Can’t wait for the next street fair in northwest new jersey!

 

 

 

Springfest jumpstarts the Season

Fountain GardenSpringfest is a must go to event every March. The Fairgrounds Conservatory and Greenhouse are filled with vibrant colors and scents of spring.  Flowers are forced into bloom for a sneak peak of summer gardens to come in Sussex County.  Every year there is a different theme carried into the Springfest Cafe hosted by Krave.  I wouldn’t miss it.  Here is the scoop:

Hang up the snow shovel and break out the garden gloves – it’s time for all things SPRING! at the 18th annual SPRINGFEST GARDEN SHOW, March 13-16th  in the sun-drenched Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.
The area’s foremost landscape companies have been busy all winter designing their displays, forcing flowers from winter dormancy, and building the glorious gardens that will inspire you to imagine your own property improved by the latest outdoor- living trend or perhaps a new planting to enhance your homes’ curb appeal. Meditative Garden Sit Spot
If you’re considering an outdoor project, visiting a local garden show is a great way to meet with various well-established, respected landscape companies and actually chat with the owners and peruse their portfolios. Springfest President and garden exhibitor David Wright says, “Springfest was created to help showcase the horticultural community. Many of these landscape companies, chosen for their quality work and reputation, have been exhibiting at Springfest for up to 18 years.” In addition to David Wright Landscape Architect LLC, visitors will see diverse gardens created by Hautau Landscaping, Inc., Three Seasons, Inc., Garden State Koi and Aquatic Center, Farmside Landscape & Design, Erik Enterprises Landscaping LLC, and Anthony Group Installers.
It wouldn’t be a ‘Garden Show’ without these displays, so each year these award-winning exhibitors gather their resources and invest weeks of time and truckloads of materials to produce a beautiful venue all for the 4-day show. It is their hope that it inspires visitors to consider the vast options available in gardening and landscaping today. Bring a camera to capture the many ideas, and find help in planning to get the most from your property.

Glass Globes
As you stroll through the gardens and pathways at Springfest, be sure to check out the more than 75 charming shops and horticultural services and even take in a lecture or two. Bring the kids to the Kids Plant Your Own Zone, and relax in the beautifully decorated Café.

Springfest Garden Show bursts into bloom March 13-16th, 10am-5pm Daily, at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd. Augusta, NJ. Admissions: Adults $12., Seniors (65+) $9., Kids under 15 free. For more information visit: www.springfestgardenshow.org  or call 973-948-9448.Conservatory baubles

New Jersey’s Best Indy Music Fest: Black Potatoe

ImageEverything is ready for the 17th Black Potatoe Music
Festival, running four days and nights from July 11-14, featuring the
rich sounds of artists in all genres played in the quarry and along the
river at the historic Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton.

        Top draws will include Jimmy Vivino and the Barnburners performing the
music of The Band; Graham Alexander, whose Broadway performance of Paul
McCartney music in “Rain” drew wide acclaim; Wicked Knee, a brass and
drums ensemble featuring Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood, along
with dozens of other greats like Chris Smither, Willie Porter and Eilen
Jewell.  Local favorite The Matt Angus Thing does its traditional
Saturday night set under the stars.

        See the full lineup at www.blackpotatoe.com.

        “For this year’s festival, we return to the intimacy of the two stages
set up at the mill so our fans get up close and personal with the
performers,” said Matt Angus, festival founder and music director for the
fest.  “We’ve got something for everybody this year, including a jug
band, the Yahoo Skiffle Crazies, a pair of piano prodigies, Nalani and
Sarina from Flemington, as well as veterans Ellis Paul, Kathy Phillips
and Chris Smither.”

        This is the 17th festival, started originally as a  CD release party.
This year, another CD is being released…the sound track from the new
documentary film “Demand Your Independents,” a look at what goes into
independent recording production. Its premiere is Wednesday, July 10, at
5:30 p.m. at the mill.

        Tickets can be reserved at www.blackpotatoe.com or can be purchased with
cash at the door.

Festivals in 2013

Acoustic Stages overlooking the Rariton River, near downtown Clinton, NJ.

Acoustic Stages overlooking the Rariton River, near downtown Clinton, NJ.

It’s never to soon to start thinking about those warm summer afternoons and evenings when sweet sounds of music fill the air of fields, farms and parks of Northwest New Jersey. If you have a Northwest New Jersey event to share, drop us a line and we’ll share it on the blog.

Ellis at the Quarry stage.  Sweet summer set from Paul.  A Black Potato tradition.

Ellis at the Quarry stage. Sweet summer set from Paul. A Black Potato tradition.

Here are some super early bird specials from Black Potatoe Festival coming up this July.

Mother of Pearl inlaid Accordion making beautiful sounds.

Mother of Pearl inlaid Accordion making beautiful sounds.