Inn at Millrace Pond pays tribute to Billy Joel with wine event, then it's Octoberfest with Kinderhook, both in September

Billy Joel, Wine, Octoberfest, Kinderhook: it all adds up to a pair of exciting events at the Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope in September.

On Sunday Sept. 11, it's a special tribute to Billy Joel - and fine wine:  We May Be Right .... For Wine & Billy Joel.

This afternoon event under the big tent features the tunes of Billy Joel with the band, "We May Be Right" - and jazz by Loose Measure, and fine wine from 2-6 p.m. The ticket price of $19.95 includes music, cheese and bread selections, and one glass of wine.

Hunterdon County based "We May Be Right" plays a host of Billy Joel's hit tunes, from Uptown Girl, Piano Man, Just The Way You Are, New York State of Mind, Movin' Out to Only The Good Die Young, to name a few.

A reporter from who saw the band in Clinton, says that "if I hadn't known better I would have sworn the man from Oyster Bay had paid Clinton a visit. The sound was almost indistinguishable from Billy Joel himself. The band put on quite a show." 

Loose Measure kicks things off with some light jazz at 2 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. 

Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Inn, in the Village of Hope, or by phone, 908-459-4884

Country rock band Kinderhook, fresh off its show at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, brings its fun loving style of music to the Inn on Sunday Sept. 18 for an Octoberfest celebration that includes live music, German fare, and a biergarten with some special German style beers on hand! 
The Octoberfest event is free to attend but reservations are recommended.

Both events feature expanded menus. Attendees for both events are invited to bring lawn chairs if they'd like, however, please no coolers or pets.

The Inn at Millrace Pond, a historic bed and breakfast and restaurant just minutes from Route 80, Exit 12. The Tavern, located in the restaurant's tap room downstairs, is the perfect setting to listen to music and enjoy a pub style menu.  The Inn regularly features music with its Friday night music series and on some Saturday nights patrons enjoy dinner while listening to live piano music. Weather permitting, the Inn also offers patio dining outside. 

The Inn at Millrace Pond is located in the heart of Hope at 313 Johnsonburg Road by Route 519. For more information about the Inn at Millrace Pond, to make a reservation in the restaurant "upstairs" or in the "Fireside Tavern" downstairs, call 908-459-4884 or visit

Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes brings New Orleans sound to this year’s Festival in the Borough Sept. 24; 3 Music Stages, Vendors, Kids Stuff, too!

The 12th Annual Festival in the Borough is bringing New Orleans to Warren County!

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, with its mix of funk, rock, gypsy and New Orleans sound, is this year’s featured band.  

The Festival in the Borough, the region’s largest street and musical festival, takes place in Downtown Washington Borough on Saturday Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Festival in the Borough, presented this year by Visions Federal Credit Union and the Washington Business Improvement District, features 3 stages of music, lots of vendors, kids activities and rides, great food, a beer garden, and plenty more. There is no charge to attend this very family-friendly event. There is ample free parking around town.

In addition to Johnny Sketch, some of the other acts include Southbound, Brian Dean Moore Band, Dana Gaynor Band, JerZgirls, Milkweed with special guest Joe Cirotti, The Saddletones, BD Lenz Trio, and Steel Gravy, offering a true mix of styles from jazz to country to bluegrass and rock ‘n roll. Acoustic acts include Beth Sherby, Christine DeLeon, Winterlong, and Kevin D. 

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, who played at this year’s Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest, rocks the house all the time every time! This classically trained New Orleans-based band delivers a smorgasbord of musical genres every time they hit the stage. JSDN defy easy categorization, their irreverent funk is cut with rock riffs, a Gypsy/Klezmer flare, a Latin tinge courtesy of a hard hitting horn section, and a sense of humor. In a word, they are all about having FUN! In celebration of the New Orleans theme, the WBID will have an extra surprise or two for attendees.
Three stages in all are on tap: The Visions Federal Credit Union Stage in the Town Clock lot; the Castle Family Dentistry Acoustic Stage at the corner of School Street and Rt. 57 at Gaia’s Gift Shop, which will be hosted by the Skylands Songwriters Guild; and the Scotty’s Tavern/Wells Fargo Stage on Belvidere Avenue.

Welcoming Sponsor this year is PNC Bank, with other major sponsorships being provided by BASF, Hackettstown Medical Center, Culligan Water, One Bar & Lounge at Holiday Inn-Clinton, and WRNJ Radio. Additional sponsors include Good Impressions Printing & Mailing, Scotty's Stadium Club, Wells Fargo, Castle Family Dentistry, and Internet Radio. The Festival is proud to also have grant funding from the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission, 

For vending information and more details on the festival itself, visit (and LIKE) the Festival in the Borough Facebook page, the WBID website,, or call the WBID office at 908-689-4800.