There's plenty of ways to enjoy these fine days in May, but getting outdoors is perhaps the best.
Sunday is Bernardsville's turn to have a street fair with arts, crafts, food and other vendors, along with beautiful weather. The downtown fair is scheduled to last until 5 p.m.
Ryan Weber, a filmmaker from Bernardsville is at Sunday's annual Street Fair and Craft Show just south of Olcott Square. Weber was set up to publicize his movie, "Mary Horror" and selling DVD's of the locally produced horror flick — which includes a cameo of Bernardsville Lee Honecker. Joe Parasand, the film's corrupt sheriff, also was on hand as one of the stars of the show.
Weber said he will begin shooting the sequel in July, to again feature a local locale.
On Saturday, Bernards Township held its annual Charter Day celebration, complete with rides, food, games, vendor displays and live music — lots of it. Local bands battled it out to please the crowd — and there's always a crowd of thousands of people at this event.
The day ran from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with something for everyone.
According to the township department of parks and recreation, parking officially was at the municipal complex, 1 Collyer Lane, and from , 268 S. Finley Ave., with shuttle buses to and from the center of Basking Ridge.
You can also see the work of some artists from Basking Ridge and Bernardsville at an indoor/outdoor festival in downtown Somerville that begins, today and continues through Sunday.
Or you can walk your dog in an organized walk at the property at
Of course, there's plenty to do indoors, too. If you're heading down to the mall, you might want an opportunity to brush shoulders with Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants, or see OneRepublic perform when a new Microsoft store opens this Saturday morning at the Bridgewater Commons.
Bernardsville Street Fair Craft Show
When/Where: On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the streets of downtown Bernardville.
Why Go: Because you can shop for every occasion and have fun at event with 200 artists, craftspeople, and vendors. And maybe you haven't had enough of wandering the streets after Charter Day!
Cost: Free to get in.
Arts on Division
When/Where: Artists from Basking Ridge and Bernardsville will be among exhibitors at Somerville's four-day Arts on Division show, starting Thursday, and running through Sunday, May 20. Regional Artists, Local Fine Artists and The Printmaking Center of New Jersey will be housed together at 59 Main St., gallery hours on Thursday-Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Many local artists in multiple medium, all with live music and other festivities.
Live Animal Exhibit at Environmental Education Center
When/Where: "Alive at the EEC," a live animal exhibit, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Somerset County in Basking Ridge, continuing through June 8, except for Memorial Day, May 28.
Why Go: You not only get to see real animals from the surrounding Great Swamp, you can see other reptiles and amphibians — such as poison dart frogs — from around the world.
Current Issues Discussion Group
When/Where: On Monday, May 21, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Bernards Township Library, 32 S. Maple Ave.
Why Go: Stimulate your mind, and take advantage of some of the local learning at your library.
Cost: Free, check website for more library events
"Impressions of Nature" Photo Exhibit and Sale
When/Where: At the center in Basking Ridge, during gallery hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends through June 16, except for Sunday, May 13, Saturday, May 19, or the weekend of May 26-27.
Why Go: Basking Ridge photographer Filip Everaert’s photography is exceptional for its color and rich textures, capturing the essence of the beauty of nature.
Somerset County Student Artists at Morris Museum
When/Where: On exhibit, through May 27, at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.
Why Go: The work of student artists from, Gill St. Bernard's, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Watchung Regional High School and more are on exhibit at the museum.
Cost: Museum admission, adults: $10, children: $7, seniors: $7, children under 3, free
When/Where: Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Basking Ridge center and in the field behind
Why Go: Thousands of people show up every year for rides, games, kiddie attractions, freebies, food offered by local restaurants and plenty of live music, including the annual Battle of the Bands — and plenty of socializing. The impetus behind all this is the 252nd anniversary of the Township of Bernardston, and you can also pick up some local history, especially if you stop by at the Brick Academy, home of at 15 W. Oak St.
Cost: Free, cost of food and rides or other purchases.
Dog Adoption Event
When/Where: To be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Charter Day at at 44-A S. Finley Ave. in the center in Basking Ridge, sponsored by Home for Good Dog Rescue.
Why Go: For more information on the adoption process and the dogs
available for adoption, visit www.homeforgooddogs.org. Those who are considering adopting should pre-apply on the website before the event. An
approved application is required for all “meet and greets” and adoptions. There
is an adoption fee upon approval.
Cost: Free to see, fee to adopt.
Saturday Dog Walks
When/Where: The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event at Somerset County's , 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. Check-in time begins each week at 10:15 a.m. The guided trail walk commences at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for approximately one hour.
Why Go: These sanctioned dog walks offer participants the only opportunity to explore the beautiful equestrian trails of Lord Stirling Stable on foot.
Cost: $3 per dog, to be leashed and kept under control at all times. For more information, contact Martha at 973-635-8672.
FEED the NEED
When/Where: All day every day through May 21 at Economy Automotive Services on Raritan Avenue in Raritan.
Why Go: To help those in need as the business is collecting food items for school-age children to be given to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.
Parents Night Out at Jump!Zone
When/Where: Friday at 5:30 p.m. a Jump!Zone on Jill Court in Hillsborough.
Why Go: To give the kids something exciting, fun and energetic to do for the evening while the parents have a little time to themselves. The event for the kids includes bouncing, sliding and jumping, plus pizza!
Friends Concert Featuring Kende Trio
When/Where: Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the .
Why Go: To listen to some classical music sung by three sisters, called the Kende Trio, in a concert in the library.
When/Where: Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Bradley Gardens Reformed Church on Old York Road.
Why Go: Because who doesn't love a flea market, and the great prices that come with that? There will be lots of vendors and lots of items to choose from!
Cost: Free, just the cost of what you buy.
When/Where: Saturday all day at the on Old York Road.
Why Go: Because the health department is urging all pet owners to get their cats and dogs the rabies shot, and both animals will be taken care of.
Microsoft Store Opens
When/Where: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the new Microsoft Store in the .
Why Go: Because the Microsoft Store is holding its grand opening ceremonies with a ribbon cutting before the store officially opens at 10 a.m.
When/Where: Saturday at 7 p.m. at the new Microsoft Store in the .
Why Go: We did say OneRepublic right? In honor of the grand opening of the Microsoft Store at the mall, the company is sponsoring the concert all evening long!
Eli Manning Plays Kinect
When/Where: Sunday at 11 a.m. at the new Microsoft Store in the .
Why Go: He won the Super Bowl, and now Eli Manning is coming to Bridgewater to play Kinect with customers—do you want to see if you can beat him?
When/Where: Friday, noon at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown
Why Go: This week, it's the children's program "Travels with Tricksters," and you want to entertain your kids.
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: You want to see a dazzling lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosos.
Cost: $37 to $62
When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prudential Real Estate, Morristown
Why Go: The annual event helps raise funds for The Sunshine Kids Foundation. You also may find some cool stuff.
Cost: Bring your wallet
When/Where: Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Washington Valley Schoolhouse, Morris Township
Why Go: You want to check out this 1869 schoolhouse and learn about the area's agricultural past.
When/Where: Saturday, 3 p.m. from the Green in Morristown
Why Go: You want to help kick off with a fun event.
When/Where: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at Inline Morristown
Why Go: You can't get enough roller derby action!
When/Where: Saturday, 8 p.m. at Morristown United Methodist Church
Why Go: You want to hear the works of the "classic masters," like Beethoven and Mozart.
When/Where: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. from Ginty Field, Morris Township
Why Go: You're a runner, or would like to be one; you want to support charitable events; you like to dress up as a superhero.
When/Where: Saturday, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race start at Central Park of Morris County
Why Go: You enjoy walking or running, and want to help an educational charity.Cost: $20
When/Where: Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12-6 pm. at the Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains
Why Go: To find great bargains and support the church's teen mission trip.
Cost: Free, but bring cash to buy items
When/Where: Friday at 7:30 p.m. at , 879 S. Beverwyck Road, Parsippany
Why Go: To honor seniors and experience the beauty of the Jewish Sabbath at this community-wide observance
When/Where: Saturday at 10 a.m. at 243 Route 46, Parsippany
Why Go: To try something a little the beaten path in an effort to get fit