EVENTS: Two Riding Styles, Pet Therapy, 'Funny Thing Happened'

The Bernards Township annual Plays in the Park series begins Thurs.-Sat.; Bernards library events.

Summer is in full swing, and it's time to savor those things that you can only enjoy at this time of the year.

On Thursday night, the first of six presentations of will be held at 8 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater at off Valley Road. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy.

There are other fun things to do outdoors — but don't forget to check in at your local library for a little mental stimulation and taking time to cool off indoors.

Please add anything you think our readers would like to know about in the comments section!

Western and English Rides at Lord Stirling Stable
Where/When: Sunday, July 15, at 10 a.m. for Western-style ride and English-style equestrian introductory lesson at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, at in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you haven't ridden yet, and you'd like to try; or you haven't ridden for a while, and you want a refresher; or because you live in horse country so you figure, just join 'em.
Cost: Official deadline is end of day prior to each ride, registration must be done at stable office, open 7 days at week at 256 S. Maple Ave. Fee $35 for Somerset County residents, $45 for out of county. For more info, call 908-766-5955.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Where/When: Show time at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 12, 13 and 14; and also 19, 20 and 21, at the outdoor amphitheater at , off Valley Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you can see some of the best local theater around in a beautiful setting, as performed by what's become the well-known Trilogy Repertory Co. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.
Cost: Free, or donation. For information, call Bernards parks & rec. at 908-204-3003.

Two Friday 13 Events at Bernards Library
When/Where: Storytime for ages 2 1/2 to 5 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Bernards Township Library, 32 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. Later in day, local teens can drop by for a showing of the movie "Mirror, Mirror" from 2-4 p.m. But registration asked for drama workshop for ages 4 to 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at library.
Why Go: You're lucky enough to live in a town where all this is going on at your library — take advantage of it. Then sign up for summer reading, if you haven't already!
Cost: Free, but register for drama workshop at library website.

Bernardsville Farmers Market
: Saturdays, through the season, at the train station off Mine Brook Road just south of Olcott Square in Bernardsville.
Why Go: Because you can get the bounty of the season, fresh as can be, as well as gourmet goodies. (Hey, this is the Somerset Hills!)
Cost: Free admission, cost of purchases.

When/Where: Friday, 6 p.m. (and all weekend) at St. Margaret of Scotland, Morristown
Why Go:
You're looking for some family fun in the great outdoors.
Free to attend

Saturday, 10 a.m. from the Morris Tourism Bureau, Morristown Why Go: You love learning a little about Morristown's rich history.
Cost: $12

When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, Morristown
Why Go:
 You want to eat fresh and can't make the Morristown's Farmers Market on Sunday.
 Bring your wallet

Saturday, 10 a.m. at Care One at Madison Avenue, Morristown
Why Go:
You and your pet want to go and brighten a senior's day.
Cost: Free

When/Where: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Morristown
Why Go:
You want to eat fresh.
Bring your wallet

When/Where: Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. at the football field
Why Go: Because you want to see a parade, shop at a variety of vendors, play some games, hear some great music and see an awesome display of fireworks. Cost: Free for activities during the day, $2/adult and $1/child after 5:30 p.m. for band and fireworks.

When/Where: Sunday, 10 a.m. on the Morristown Green
Why Go:
You want to enjoy a church service al fresco.


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