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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, August 2011

Alanna Weissman

Hometown Heroes
Discover the important role Morris County played in the Civil War at the free lecture The Country, The Conflict and The Citizens: Morris County and the Civil War. Presented by Morris County Historical Society director Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika at the Jefferson Township Public Library, 1031 Weldon Road in Oak Ridge, the program on August 7, 2pm, is a great way learn about history and connect it to familiar localities. For details, log onto at www.acornhall.org.


Crazy for Camp
Give children ages 4-12 the experience of a lifetime during Summer Camp for a Day at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison. Campers participate in fun yet educational activities utilizing the museum’s exhibits. Camp takes place from 10am-2pm. Sign up your child for Pirate Booty! on August 2, Pirate Adventure Day II on August 10, Pirate Tales on August 18, Caleb the Carpenter on August 23 and Dolly and Me Tea Party on August 31. Check out www.metc.org for insight.

Bear Necessities
Visit the Tri-State Actors Theater at 74 Main St. in Sussex for a musical stage adaptation of the beloved classic The Jungle Book. The play tells the tale of Mowgli, a boy who learns to survive in the jungle with the help of his animal friends Baloo, Bagheera and Kaa while avoiding the evil tiger Shere Khan. The Jungle Book appears August 3-20. Visit www.tristateactorstheater.org for tickets.

Riding the Rails
An event born from a partnership between the Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza in Whippany, and the Delaware River Railroad Excursions, the 2011 Family Day/Railfan Day occurs on August 6 in Phillipsburg. Highlights include rides on early steam trains, tours of steam-powered engines and other family festivities. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Steam Locomotive No. 4039. For tickets, call (877)TRAIN-RIDE.

Folk Art
Catch acoustic shows sponsored by the Folk Project at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. Performances take place from 8-11pm, and children under 12 are admitted for free. See Mara Levine and Caroline Cutroneo on August 5 and Aztec Two-Step’s Special Concert on August 12. An open stage show runs on August 19 and Old Timers’ Night brings the month to a close on August 26. Visit www.folkproject.org for more information.

Writer’s Corner
Looking to show off your talents and even be rewarded for them? The 18th annual Joyce Indik New Jersey Wordsmith Competition grants writers just that opportunity. The Unlimited Potential Theater Company, a project of VSA New Jersey, is seeking poems, essays, short stories and plays by New Jersey residents. The contest is open to writers ages 18 and older, and submissions by writers with disabilities are especially encouraged. All works are judged by a panel of professionals. Selected works will then be showcased at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick on March 24, 2012. The deadline for entries is September 16, and there is no entry fee. To request an application or receive additional information, see www.vsanj.org.

Out of This World
August is chock full of events at the Space Farms Zoo & Museum at 218 Route 519 in Sussex. On August 6, attend Farmer Fred Day, when kids get to jump into piles of hay. Other great events include Scavenger Hunt Day on August 13, Teddy Bear Day on August 20 and Avian Activity Day on August 27. Each event day offers themed activities, as well as nursery feedings and a snake handling demonstration. Go wild at www.spacefarms.com.

Girl Power
Girls gain self-esteem and learn about history and etiquette during the third annual OMG! Tea Party on August 14 at 2pm. Girls ages 5-13 gather at the Liberty Hall Mansion and Museum at 1003 Morris Ave. in Union to meet historical re-enactors, tour the mansion and speak one-on-one with Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2011 Savannah Schechter. Log on www.omgteaparty.com or dial (732)713-1167 for details.

Digging Dinosaurs
For an all-ages event best suited for young paleontologists in grades 2-12, take a trip to the Fossil Discovery Center at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, 30 Plant St. in Ogdensburg, to hunt for fossils. Each dig lasts around 30 minutes and occurs every half hour from 10am-12:30pm on August 6. Participants takes home fossil identification charts, fact sheets and six fossils. Explore www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.org to dig into the details.

Horsing Around
Check out the New Jersey State Fair and Sussex County Farm and Horse Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road in Augusta. The show takes place from August 5-14 and features a bevy of family-friendly programming, such as horse shows, vendors and contests. Get full details at www.njstatefair.org.