Howell Farm

It may still be cold outside but there’s still tons of outdoor free fun to be had with the family this month. Get ready for spring with planting, cooking, birdwatching and more. And don’t forget to get out there and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Jersey style in a town near you.

March 5

Workhorse Rides
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Twp.
During this program, kids 5 -12 will learn the differences between draft, saddle and carriage horses when they climb aboard a fully harnessed workhorse for a ride. But first, they will help farmers with barn chores like bedding stalls, filling water troughs and making feed.

Annual Winter Festival, Bonfire & Fireworks
Municipal Grounds, Warren
This event will have fireworks, a bonfire, horse and carriage rides, an ice carver, carnival rides, a petting zoo, marshmallow roasting and more! Stop by food trucks including Let’s Have a Ball, Latin Bites, Big John’s Gourmet Burgers & Dilly Dilly Donuts.

March 5-6

Shamrock Celebration
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Listen to traditional Irish tunes and try new foods on Saturday and Sunday. Check out Irish dancers, vendors, and of course, fine wines.

March 6

Belmar Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Main St., Belmar
Put on something green and head out to one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in NJ! Don’t miss the bagpipers. Little ones will marvel at the firetrucks on this fun day.

March 6, 13 & 20

His Excellency & His Majesty: George Washington & George III
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites, Somerville
Two Georges on opposite sides of the Atlantic led America and Great Britain through the era of the American Revolution. Compare the lives, leadership and legacies of George Washington and King George III on this tour of George Washington’s winter headquarters at Wallace House State Historic Site.

March 10

Nature Lecture Series: Chickadees of Monmouth County
Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen Twp.
Come to the Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center for this talk by a Park System Naturalist and learn about the adorable chickadees, how to identify them and how to attract them to your bird feeders.

March 11

Newark St. Patricks Day Parade
Founded in 1936, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Inc. is composed of delegates from nearly 100 Irish, Fraternal, Catholic, and Public Safety Organizations as well as other Civic, Social, and Athletic Organizations. The parade goes from the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street past Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, the Newark Museum and Washington Park.

March 12

Pi Day Princeton
Join on Facebook and Instagram to follow along in a day’s worth of online irrational fun, including previous years’ contests, tours, video lectures, and more. Use the hashtag #princetonpiday2022.

Visit from the Horse Doctor & Shoer
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Twp.
Shots, worming medicine, dental exams and hoof trimming are in store for Howell Farm’s six workhorses when the veterinarian and dentist come for their spring visit. Join them in the barns where they will be at work all day ensuring that horses, sheep, chickens and farm cat Bushy are fit and ready for spring.

Cookstove Demonstration
Historic Longstreet Farm, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel
See what’s cooking on the woodstove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s.

North Wildwood St Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade
9th and Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood
A Catholic Mass service will take place at St. Ann Church of Notre Dame La Mer Parish at 10 am. The ceremony will begin on the front steps of North Wildwood City Hall, 9th & Atlantic Avenue, in North Wildwood beginning at noon. A festive parade will begin at the conclusion of the ceremony and proceeds north on Atlantic Avenue to Olde NJ Avenue.

Piano Ballads from the Turn of the Century
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Tap your feet, dance a one-step or sing-along to popular turn-of-the-19th-century ballads as they are played inside the farmhouse.

Nature on the Move
Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold
Look for the colorful Nature on the Move van at the Clayton Park Activity Center and join one of our Park System Naturalists for a 45-60-minute hands-on interactive program.

March 13

Horse-Drawn Plowing Demonstration
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Stop by the field at Historic Longstreet Farm to chat with the staff about the steps needed to ensure a good harvest and maybe even get a chance to plow with the farmer’s help. This event is weather dependent.

March 15

The Casual Birder at Crosswicks Creek Park
Crosswicks Creek Park, Upper Freehold
Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk. Meet in the Province Line Road parking area in Allentown. Guests will meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds can be found.  A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow.

March 19

Sawmilling and Tree Planting
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Twp.
Logger-sawyer Scott Stevens makes his annual stop at Howell Farm. During the day there will be opportunities for visitors to help roll logs to the mill with logging tools, cut firewood for the kitchen stove, make pegs for use in barn framing and plant replacement trees in the farm’s woodlot.

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion during your visit.

March 26

Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Twp.
On this day, visitors will see new lambs, meet expectant ewes and learn all about the farm’s flock of period Romney-Suffolk sheep. You may also see horses beginning to shed their winter coats, bees flying in search of early nectar, and if it’s not too windy, farmers out spreading manure or plowing the fields.

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