Event Calendar

Events are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Selected events will be published in The Jefferson Chronicle DIGEST monthly magazine and the Weekly Email.

Oct
16
Wed
Anatomy of a Symphony Program @ Jefferson Township Public Library
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm
Anatomy of a Symphony Program @ Jefferson Township Public Library | Jefferson | New Jersey | United States

James Wynne, retired Jefferson Township High School Music Director and Director of the Jefferson Community Chorus, will present a lecture “The Anatomy of a Symphony” at the Jefferson Township Public Library on October 16 at 1 p.m.

This lecture will look closely at the musical style known as the symphony. This style was popularized during the late 18th century, especially in the creative hands of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – but the idiom continued to develop during the 19th and into the 20th centuries.

Typically, this form is written for orchestra, which also developed from about 20 players in the 18th century to the modern symphonic orchestras which perform in concert halls today.

The symphony is a multi-movement work – most commonly four movements – and each movement contains distinct parameters.  The lecture will feature both audio and video musical examples to help the listener understand the idiom more fully.

For more information, contact the Jefferson Township Public Library, 1031 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge – phone 973-208-6244 – website: http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net.  The library is open from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Oct
18
Fri
Code Club After-School Program @ Jefferson Township Public Library
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm
Code Club After-School Program @ Jefferson Township Public Library | Jefferson | New Jersey | United States

Code Club, an after-school program, introducing computer coding to children ages 9-13, is coming to the Jefferson Township Public Library at 4 p.m. on Friday October 18, November 1, and November 15.

At each meeting of the Library Code Club, participants will use Scratch, a programming language that allows the use of code blocks to create computer games, animations and websites.

Code Club participants will use the library’s laptop computers and create a free Scratch account that they can continue to use at home.

Library Director, Seth Stephens, says the goal of the library’s Code Club is for children to have fun while exploring technology and computer programming.  Stephens he want the children to experience the joy of learning something new.

Each meeting of the Library Code Club will be independent of the others so participants do not have to attend every meeting.

To find out more about the Library Code Club visit the Library at http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net.  The library is open from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Oct
19
Sat
Jefferson Township Annual Fall Festival @ Camp Jefferson
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Get ready to celebrate autumn as the Jefferson Township Recreation Department hosts its annual Fall Festival at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event and all activities are free to the public except where noted.

Confirmed entertainment will include music by DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Wallaby Tales’ Eyes of the Wild live Creepy-Crawly animal show (11:30 a.m.), Wil Shaw’s Juggling performance (10:30 a.m.), Tweedles’ Balloon Artistry (noon to 3 p.m.), Freedom Fields Farms’ Pony Rides and Petting Zoo (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), and a two-lane Inflatable Slide and the Monsters Inc. Bouncer Inflatable Activity (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  There will also be daytime hayrides, a fall coloring activity, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin picking in the Pumpkin Patch, and the Camp Jefferson Corn Maze.

Children picking pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. (Photo: Kalen Luciano)

The BD&W Model Train Club display will be open to the public, and there will be a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest and a Candy Corn Contest. Representatives from the NJ Forest Fire Service and Smoky Bear, Jefferson Township Office of Emergency Management, the Jefferson Rescue Squad, Morris County School of Technology-Health Services Academy, and Jefferson Township Police Department-Community Services Division will be present with information.  There will be a special appearance by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day with proceeds to benefit Operation Camp Jefferson, a scholarship fund set up for families in need so their children can have a summer day camp experience next year.

Members of the Jefferson Township Middle School Student Council and Red Cross Club will be volunteering at the refreshment table, and Student Council members will be selling Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars to benefit their community programs, including food drives and toy drives.

There will be a night-time haunted hayride (nominal fee) throughout the spooky Camp Jefferson grounds during the Haunted House activities, with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson Teen Scene program.

Visitors getting seated for their turn on the Haunted Hayride, note that some of the passengers brought their own chainsaws and bats. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants.  Continuous shuttle service for overflow parking will be provided by the Township Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson bus and a Dial-A-Ride van to and from off-site parking locations at the Board of Education’s Central Offices Building at 31 Route 181 and at Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School, 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road), both in Lake Hopatcong.  

The Recreation Department will be accepting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and household cleaning product donations for the local pantries throughout the day’s events.

Call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 x4 or x5 for information about its Fall Festival events; log on to www.jeffersontownship.net, Departments, Recreation; https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonMunicipalOffices  or e-mail CPUNTURIERI@jeffersontownship.net

Jefferson Township Haunted House (Less Scary Children’s Matinee Show) @ Camp Jefferson
Oct 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Get ready to be scared. Following Jefferson’s annual Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 19, Jefferson Recreation will sponsor the 31st annual Halloween Haunted House at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong. The event takes place rain or shine, with performances again on Sunday, October 20.  This show is “Escape from Lakeside Hospital” and promises to be spooktacular!

The Community Lodge in all its spooky glory (Santa even makes an appearance). (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Ghostly spirits will inhabit the completely transformed Community Lodge, where eerie scenarios will unfold in dark and scary rooms. You will laugh and scream your way through a diverse gathering of ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, random creatures, and things that go bump in the night!

There were many, many visitors lined up to go through the Haunted House. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)
Who doesn’t love a clown? (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Spirits will be roaming the outside grounds as well, and DJ Earl of Sound Solutions Entertainment will be playing some bloodcurdling music for the monster mash to get the ghouls dancing.  If you dare, take a haunted hay ride (a nominal fee) through the dark and mysterious woods and hold on so you don’t jump out of your skin along the road!

There will be a matinee performance (a less frightening children’s hour suggested for fifth graders and younger) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, with regular scary evening performances from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  On Sunday, October 20, another less frightening children’s hour matinee will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with regular scary evening performances from 6 to 8 p.m. MaMa’s Road Kill Café will be offering eats and refreshments at a nominal price.

MaMa of MaMa’s Roadkill Cafe serving up delicious home made treats. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Admission to the Haunted House is $3 for adults and children for the matinee “less scary” performances and $5 per adults and children for the scary evening performances. Attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and/or cleaning products to donate to the township food pantries.

When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants for on-site parking.  To accommodate overflow parking, continuous shuttle service will be provided by the Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson  bus and the Township’s Dial-A-Ride van to and from the Board of Education’s Central Office Building’s parking lot at 31 Route 181 and the Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School’s parking lot at 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road adjacent to Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church) both in Lake Hopatcong.

If you would like to volunteer at this event, reach out to event coordinators by email at JTownHauntedHouse@gmail.com. For event updates, visit JTHauntedHouse on Facebook,  Instagram at JeffersonHauntedHouse, or call Grace Rhinesmith, Director of Recreation at 973-663-8404 option 2.

One last clown to keep the sleep away. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Tunnel of Terror @ Top Tier Dance Academy
Oct 19 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tunnel of Terror @ Top Tier Dance Academy |  |  |

Non-scary hour 4:30-6:30. All children must be accompany by an adult. Raffles, giveaways, cookie decorating and more!
Upstairs above ice rink.

Murder Mystery Dinner @ The Beer Garden At Bowling Green
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm
Murder Mystery Dinner @ The Beer Garden At Bowling Green |  |  |

Murder Mystery Dinner 2
Saturday, October 19th at 6.30 pm
Outdoor Venue, Dress Accordingly
Adult: $65, includes tax & gratuity
Come in costume and your first draft or wine is included!
Cash bar available.
Arrive by 6.00 pm / show begins at 6.30 pm
Advanced Tickets & Reservations Required.
Tickets On-Sale Below
Limited Seating Available.
Buffet Dinner to include:
Roasted Crudite Platter /table
Butternut Squash Soup
Crab stuffed Sole
Chicken Breast w/sundried tomatoes & white wine herb sauce
NY Strip Preakness Steaks
French Beans & Rice
Rice Pudding
Coffee & Tea w/dessert

Jefferson Township Haunted House (Scary Show) @ Camp Jefferson
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Get ready to be scared. Following Jefferson’s annual Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 19, Jefferson Recreation will sponsor the 31st annual Halloween Haunted House at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong. The event takes place rain or shine, with performances again on Sunday, October 20.  This show is “Escape from Lakeside Hospital” and promises to be spooktacular!

The Community Lodge in all its spooky glory (Santa even makes an appearance). (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Ghostly spirits will inhabit the completely transformed Community Lodge, where eerie scenarios will unfold in dark and scary rooms. You will laugh and scream your way through a diverse gathering of ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, random creatures, and things that go bump in the night!

There were many, many visitors lined up to go through the Haunted House. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)
Who doesn’t love a clown? (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Spirits will be roaming the outside grounds as well, and DJ Earl of Sound Solutions Entertainment will be playing some bloodcurdling music for the monster mash to get the ghouls dancing.  If you dare, take a haunted hay ride (a nominal fee) through the dark and mysterious woods and hold on so you don’t jump out of your skin along the road!

There will be a matinee performance (a less frightening children’s hour suggested for fifth graders and younger) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, with regular scary evening performances from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  On Sunday, October 20, another less frightening children’s hour matinee will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with regular scary evening performances from 6 to 8 p.m. MaMa’s Road Kill Café will be offering eats and refreshments at a nominal price.

MaMa of MaMa’s Roadkill Cafe serving up delicious home made treats. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Admission to the Haunted House is $3 for adults and children for the matinee “less scary” performances and $5 per adults and children for the scary evening performances. Attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and/or cleaning products to donate to the township food pantries.

When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants for on-site parking.  To accommodate overflow parking, continuous shuttle service will be provided by the Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson  bus and the Township’s Dial-A-Ride van to and from the Board of Education’s Central Office Building’s parking lot at 31 Route 181 and the Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School’s parking lot at 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road adjacent to Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church) both in Lake Hopatcong.

If you would like to volunteer at this event, reach out to event coordinators by email at JTownHauntedHouse@gmail.com. For event updates, visit JTHauntedHouse on Facebook,  Instagram at JeffersonHauntedHouse, or call Grace Rhinesmith, Director of Recreation at 973-663-8404 option 2.

One last clown to keep the sleep away. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Oct
20
Sun
Jefferson Township Farmers Market @ Firemen's Field
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jefferson Township Farmers Market @ Firemen's Field | Jefferson | New Jersey | United States

The Jefferson Township Farmers Market has a new home: Firemen’s Field. The field is located at 750 Route 15 South, behind Bank of America at the intersection with Bowling Green Parkway. The new space will allow more room for vendors and better accommodate traffic flow. Customers will have ample parking onsite and at the Lakeside Recreation Complex directly across the road (15 Swan Lane).

The market returns on June 2 for its third year of providing customers with fresh produce and local goods. It will be open every Sunday from 10:00-2:00 through October, rain or shine, offering an array of seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, eggs, all natural and organic soap, lotions, and more.

Many favorite vendors will be back: The Feisty Pepper, Sparta Mountain Farm, Corbett’s Cookie Bar Kitchen, Jersey Pickles, Olsen’s Honey and Spice, and Escentually Natural. Look for new vendors as well: Jersey Girl Cheese (fresh mozzarella and other Italian-style artisanal cheeses) and Mojo Homemade Dog Treats.

Tom Galfo, known locally as Farmer Tom, is the market organizer and owner of The Feisty Pepper. He told The Jefferson Chronicle that “the farmers market has everything but the box of pasta. Stop by and get fresh produce and homemade goods before going to the grocery store.”

In addition to vendors, Farmer Tom welcomes special interest groups to set up tables and interact with the community. Corporate sponsors are invited as well. Live music provided by Jeiris Cook will once again enhance the opening day market experience, and may become a weekly occurrence.

Galfo, a member of the Morris County Agriculture Development Board, is committed to helping to protect green spaces. He encourages the community to buy from local farmers and invest in locally sourced goods; the success of the farmers market and contributing businesses depends on such support. Farmer Tom encourages consumers to have a connection with the source of their food and how it gets to them. “The more people who get their hands in the dirt and grow their own food, the better off we will be,” he says. “It is valuable to have that understanding.”

Vendors, special interest groups, and corporate sponsors wishing to participate may contact Tom Galfo at TheFeistypepper@gmail.com or 973-919-5657.

JTHS Chorus Booster Club Clothing Drive @ JTHS Booster Club Clothing Drive
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Its that time of year to clean out your closets! Don’t want to throw out stuff…DONATE IT…we’ll take it.
Please stop by the front parking lot of the Jefferson High School on October 20, 2019 between 12-3 and we will gladly take it! All proceeds go directly to the JTHS Choir Booster Club students.

Items that will we NEED: clothing, shoes, household items, accessories and toys.

Items that WILL NOT BE TAKEN: BOOKS,CD’S,VHS TAPES, KITCHEN APPLIANCES,OUTDOOR TOYS AND FURNITURE.

Jefferson Township Haunted House (Less Scary Children’s Matinee Show) @ Camp Jefferson
Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Get ready to be scared. Following Jefferson’s annual Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 19, Jefferson Recreation will sponsor the 31st annual Halloween Haunted House at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong. The event takes place rain or shine, with performances again on Sunday, October 20.  This show is “Escape from Lakeside Hospital” and promises to be spooktacular!

The Community Lodge in all its spooky glory (Santa even makes an appearance). (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Ghostly spirits will inhabit the completely transformed Community Lodge, where eerie scenarios will unfold in dark and scary rooms. You will laugh and scream your way through a diverse gathering of ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, random creatures, and things that go bump in the night!

There were many, many visitors lined up to go through the Haunted House. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)
Who doesn’t love a clown? (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Spirits will be roaming the outside grounds as well, and DJ Earl of Sound Solutions Entertainment will be playing some bloodcurdling music for the monster mash to get the ghouls dancing.  If you dare, take a haunted hay ride (a nominal fee) through the dark and mysterious woods and hold on so you don’t jump out of your skin along the road!

There will be a matinee performance (a less frightening children’s hour suggested for fifth graders and younger) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, with regular scary evening performances from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  On Sunday, October 20, another less frightening children’s hour matinee will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with regular scary evening performances from 6 to 8 p.m. MaMa’s Road Kill Café will be offering eats and refreshments at a nominal price.

MaMa of MaMa’s Roadkill Cafe serving up delicious home made treats. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Admission to the Haunted House is $3 for adults and children for the matinee “less scary” performances and $5 per adults and children for the scary evening performances. Attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and/or cleaning products to donate to the township food pantries.

When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants for on-site parking.  To accommodate overflow parking, continuous shuttle service will be provided by the Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson  bus and the Township’s Dial-A-Ride van to and from the Board of Education’s Central Office Building’s parking lot at 31 Route 181 and the Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School’s parking lot at 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road adjacent to Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church) both in Lake Hopatcong.

If you would like to volunteer at this event, reach out to event coordinators by email at JTownHauntedHouse@gmail.com. For event updates, visit JTHauntedHouse on Facebook,  Instagram at JeffersonHauntedHouse, or call Grace Rhinesmith, Director of Recreation at 973-663-8404 option 2.

One last clown to keep the sleep away. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)