Summer Fun With Hunterdon County Parks!

Summer is a great time to try something new! The Hunterdon County Department of Parks & Recreation has several options for you and your children to have some fun this year. We have art and acting camps and canoe trips for the family.

Our Performance Camp July 24-28 (grades 2-5) or July 31 – August 4 (grades 6-9) $245pp.will be held at our beautiful Deer Path Park Cedars Pavilion from 9:00am-4:30pm. Taught by Flying Ship Productions, they combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Children will have the opportunity to stage an original musical.  The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a performance and picnic at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 6:15.  In addition to working on the musical, campers also create the set, make costumes and crafts, and participate in theatre and water games.

The Creative Theater campers will be acting on the stage in the Main Lodge at Echo Hill. Surrounded by woods and a lovely pond the ambience is the perfect atmosphere for creativity.  From August 21 to 25, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Friday until 4:00 PM), ages 8-12, $150pp. This production will be guided by the ideas of the campers; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  The week culminates in a performance on Friday at 3:00 PM. Instructor Joe Nowosielski.

Local Illustrator, Lena Shiffman will be leading Art Camp for Young Artists (6-10)  9-11:00am & Artists in Training Camp(11-15) 11:15am-1:15pm August 7 – 11 or  August 21- 25 at the Arboretum, $110. Campers will learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They will work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials. Lena will also be teaching the Thursday Evening Art Studio, August 3-31 (every Thursday) for ages 15 & up at the Arboretum, from 6:30pm-9:00pm, fee is $100 (5 classes.)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman.  Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks & charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.  Join us for an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome!   




Why not get some friends and family together and canoe with us? There is still plenty of time to get out on the river. We also have 4 kayaks, let us know if you want to try one out instead of a canoe!


Pre-register by the Wednesday before the trip.  Please note: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, leaders may choose an alternative river.  If we cancel the trip for any reason, we will call you as soon as we make the cancellation, but our trips run rain or shine!  Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are best, especially wool and polypropylene fleece in cool weather.  Sneakers are recommended; no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes.  Bring lunch (packed in waterproof container), lots of water, sunscreen, a rain jacket, a hat, eyeglass strap, etc.  A complete change of clothing can be packed in a waterproof bag to be carried in your canoe or to be in the van for the trip’s end.  No alcoholic beverages.  No pets are allowed, except for guide animals.  We have several kayaks available, but can also accommodate your own kayak on many trips (at your own risk).



8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM, Arboretum, ages 8 through adults, $35

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle and then drive to the river, where they will discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety.  Our leaders will guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours.  We are flexible with our time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as wind speed and the river’s water level.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.


Sat., Aug. 5:     Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Sat., Aug. 19:   Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island

Sat., Sept. 2:     Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Sat., Sept. 16:   Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg

Sat., Oct. 7:      South Branch (back-up: Delaware)

Sat., Oct. 21:    Leaders’ Choice


Please note: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to select an alternative river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience. 


We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  A pond paddle makes a great birthday party!  For questions or to be added to our canoe email list, contact Patrick Eckard at


Registration is required, download a form from our website

For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.  





Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation’s

41st Music under the Stars, free concert series!


Hunterdon County Parks is be hosting the 41st free, open air “Music under the Stars,” concerts every Thursday, June 29th through August 17th.  The concerts begin promptly at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.  Deer Path Park, is located at 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 (Readington Township.) This program’s longevity is more than great music, Deer Path Park offers incredible vistas, especially at sunset, for spectators to enjoy.  The park also offers plenty of room for the entire family to spread out a blanket, have a picnic dinner, and enjoy the playground! So come and help the Parks celebrate 41 years of free concerts.  There will be Maddalena’s Cheesecake, Pirate Cupcakes and Rita’s Ice available for your enjoyment. What a way to spend an evening with family and friends!

In case of rain (we do not cancel) we move inside, information is just a click away. The decision is made during the late afternoon of each concert day.  The quickest way to find out this information is to go to our County website: or call the Park Office and after 4:30 PM by dialing (908) 782- PARK (7275.) All indoor concerts will be held at Hunterdon Central High School, 84 Rt. 31 Flemington NJ 08822.


The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tristate areas top musicians. The band, in every performance, captures the “live concert” arrangements of these timeless hits which captivated tens of thousands to Billy Joel concerts. Every event is packed with all the energy, passion and interaction of a Billy Joel Concert, represented by 3 decades of Billy’s music in every Captain Jack show.


Tramps Like Us brings more than 25 years of road-tested musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the planet’s most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Given high praise by dozens of publications, radio stations, music industry personal, and the ONLY tribute band to be endorsed by members of “The Springsteen Camp” such as former producer and manager Mike Appel and the official Springsteen Radio Station.

Formed in 1990, Tramps Like Us has performed over 2000 concerts and have rocked over 1 million fans! Rockers and ballads delivered with the raw intensity and swagger reminiscent of the Boss himself. Tramps features a lineup of seasoned and professional musicians with a repertoire of over 140 songs.


The Whiptones are a Doo Wop quartet from Whippany, NJ comprised of four college students who have been performing all along the east coast for the past five years. Their blend of vocal harmony is energizing, bringing new life and passion to the golden oldies, and smiles to generations of fans. The Whiptones have performed for thousands of people at famous venues such as the IZOD Center, Beacon Theatre, PNC Bank Arts Center, and Mohegan Sun Arena. Their music has aired on radio stations up and down the east coast. They were even selected to sing the National Anthem on Opening Day at Citi Field for the New York Mets in 2014. The Whiptones are excited to have guest lead singer Arianna Reyher, soprano, from Dallas, TX, join them on the stage.



The Amish practice a tradition called “Rumspringa” (running around) at 16 they can live free of the strict Amish code before deciding if they want to be baptized into the Amish church. Surprisingly, virtually all of the youths return. But sometimes they don’t. Four of the original six members were born and raised in Lancaster, PA and had a strict Amish upbringing. No electricity from land lines, no alcohol, no musical instruments, but their spirits were too wild for the Amish lifestyle. Once they trampled in the Devil’s Playground, there was no turning back. Since Rumspringa, the Amish Outlaws have become well acclimated to the pleasures and vices of the modern world… music, most of all. From Johnny Cash, JayZ, Lady Gaga to Bon Jovi & Elvis they will entertain you!

Have fun be safe and considerate of others. Our concert series has always been a

family-oriented program.  Please be considerate of your neighbors, so that everyone may enjoy the music and the natural surroundings.  If you smoke, make sure the smoke does not bother anyone else.  Please keep children in sight at all times, so that their safety is assured and their play will not disturb others.  Please remember that some of our guests may be afraid of dogs, so please observe our park leash and litter pick-up laws, and keep pets under your control at all times.

Please note – alcoholic beverages are not permitted.


Margaret Conroy