SPRING WEEKEND JAUNTS:  Start Planning Now For a Great Father’s Day Weekend by Hampton Rhodes

Start Planning Now For a Great Father’s Day Weekend

This week, Z’Scoop.com checks out five states for uniquely celebrating Father’s Day the weekend of June 18th. Think about traveling to these places that Dad will love on the weekend of his Special Day: Boating and Fishing on the Brandywine River at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware; Boundary Waters Expo on the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais, Minnesota; the exquisite Lupine Festival in Stonington, Maine; Free-Fishing Father’s Day all weekend throughout the State of Montana; and make it an all-weekend event with a plethora of diverse activities in Somerset County, New Jersey.

Summer Saturday with Dad, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.

Hagley’s library furthers the study of business and technology in America. The collections include individuals’ papers and companies’ records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society.

Celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday, June 17th at Hagley Museum, and enjoy fishing and wooden boat races on the Brandywine as well as the museum. Included in admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Date: Saturday, 6/17/2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $14; Senior and Students $10; Children 6-14 $5; Children 5 and under and Hagley members FREE
Event Times: Various (See website)
Location: Hagley Museum
Address: 200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302.658.2400
Email: AskHagley@hgley.org

Boundary Waters Expo on the Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN
Save the date for the 3rd annual Boundary Waters Expo, to be held June 17-18, 2017 at the Seagull Lake public landing on the Gunflint Trail. Your Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness adventure starts here. This is a family-friendly, hands-on event with fun for everyone. Come enjoy the place that National Geographic has named one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime.”

Also check out northeast Minnesota’s Boundary Country and the “Wild North” — home of the Boundary Waters (BWCA), the Gunflint Trail, Lake Superior’s North Shore, and Mesabi Iron Country. Boundary Country Trekking specializes in providing the finest adventure vacations northeast Minnesota has to offer. Over fifty years ago they started guiding canoe-fishing trips and now offer a complete line of outfitted BWCAW canoe adventures.

Date: 6/17/2017 – 6/18/2017
Price: Various (See website)
Event Times: Various (See website)
Location: Seagull Lake Publick Landing
Address: Grand Marais, MN
Phone: 218.387.2788
Email: katie@visitcookcounty.com

Lupine Festival, Stonington, ME
Held June 17-19, the Lupine Festival in Stonington is an Island-wide activity including trail walks on Island preserves, boat tours, puffin boat trips, airplane rides, artists/artisans exhibits, business booths, and kid’s activities.




The exquisite multi-colored Lupines, found all over Maine (and other parts of the world) in June and July, are a genus of flowering plants in the legume family and include over 200 species, with centers of diversity in North and South America. Smaller centers occur in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Seeds of various species of lupines have been used as a food for over 3,000 years around the Mediterranean and for as much as 6,000 years in the Andean highland, but they have never been accorded the same status as soybeans or dry peas and other pulse crops.

Date: 6/17/2017 – 6/18/2017
Price: Various (See website)
Event Times: Various (See website)
Address: Stonington, ME US
Phone: 207-348-6124
Email: deerisle@deerisle.com
Website or Downeastacadia.com

Free-Fishing Father’s Day – Entire State of Montana
Here’s the perfect gift for Dad and Grandpa: free fishing for all over Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18.

“There is no better way to enjoy Montana with friends and family than to plan for a day of fishing,” said Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. “You can fish without a license on June 17 and June 18, but you must follow all of Montana’s other fishing regulations.”

In total, each year more than 230,000 residents and 160,000 nonresidents purchase a Montana fishing license. Anglers spend more than $900 million annually in Montana for things like transportation, food and guide fees.

Montana’s most popular waters include the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, Bitterroot and Gallatin rivers; and Canyon Ferry, Flathead, Georgetown, Hauser, and Fort Peck lakes.

“Montana’s ‘fish for free’ weekend is the state’s Father’s Day gift to Dad’s everywhere,” Hagener said. “We want everyone to have a fun time, so we’re also encouraging folks to check conditions first and to always keep safety as their top concern.”

Date: 6/17/2017 – 6/18/2017
Price: Various (See website)
Event Times: Various (See website)
Address: The State of Montana
Phone: 406.444.2535
Email: fwpgen@mt.gov

Father’s Day Happenings are Endless in Somerset County, NJ
If you’re looking for things to do this Father’s Day in Somerset County, look no further. Here are some exciting events to treat Dad to:

*Make it an early morning with dad at the Farm To Table Market hosted by Duke Farms. Pick up some fresh, locally grown produce, some award-winning rubs and sauces for a BBQ or some Jersey wine.

*Let Dad check out all the Mustangs, Corvettes, Model T’s and more while taking a stroll down Main Street for Downtown Somerville’s Friday Cruise Nights.

*Is Dad a history buff? Take in some tradition by attending the 240th Anniversary of the Middlebrook Encampment. Learn about the birthplace of the US Army Rangers from multiple speakers.

*What Dad doesn’t like brunch? Treat dad to a delicious brunch at any of these fabulous Somerset County eateries:

*Feeling adventurous? Take Dad on a Father’s Day Horseback Ride on Lord Stirling Stable’s beautiful trails.

*Let’s ROCK Dad’s weekend with The Sourlands Music Festival. Grab some local food, a cold beer, and lose yourself to a music lineup that covers the Blues, Folk, Jazz, and Rock.

*Barnes & Noble will hold a special Father’s Day Story time and activities featuring the book, “When Dads Don’t Grow Up.” This playful tale follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap, watching cartoons and taking part in shopping cart races.

*Take in a game at TD Ballpark to see the champion Somerset Patriots. The team hosts the York Revolution Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Father’s Day weekend!

*Have a laugh with dad at ComedyVille Summer Street Jam, a one-of-a-kind street show where the area’s best comics perform on Downtown Somerville’s outdoor Summer Stage.

*Grab Dad and the kids and head over to Pony Up! Festival at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation Headquarters in Peapack-Gladstone. This festival gives parents and kids a fun, hands-on experience into the world of horses and all things equestrian.

*Does Dad like comics? Look no further than Somerset County Library Comic Con. This event will feature vendors, artists, cosplay contest and pop culture trivia contest!

*Somerset County is known for its remarkable diversity of birdlife. Take Dad to one or more of Somerset County’s Important Birding Areas (IBAs) to check some new species off your life list. Don’t forget your binoculars!

*Let Dad enjoy a cold one or two at the Somerville’s Craft Beer Fest presented by Tapastre and Project P.U.B. This event runs Saturday and Sunday and will offer live music on stage all day, food from local downtown Somerville restaurants and plenty of local and state breweries.

*Hit the trails with Dad at Duke Farms! Bike or hike breathtaking trails through a variety of habitats, attend a nature or horticulture program, take an organic gardening class, go on a geo-caching adventure. The sky’s the limit at Duke Farms.

*Tee off with Dad at one of Somerset County’s many award-winning public golf courses. Dad can choose from three championship nine-hole courses — Meadow, Lake, and Ridge or have him head over to the double-ended driving range to practice his swing. The Somerset County Park Commission offers five fantastic public courses — Neshanic Valley, Green KnollQuail Brook, Spooky BrookWarrenbrook — and check out Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough.

Can’t pick just one way to celebrate Dad this year? Make it a weekend getaway with an overnight stay at one of Somerset County’s more than 35 hotels, motels and inns, suited to every taste and budget. However you choose to mark the occasion, it’s sure to be a fun-filled Father’s Day weekend in Somerset County, NJ!

Date: 6/16/2017 – 6/18/2017
Price: Various (See website)
Event Times: Various (See website)
Address: County of Somerset, NJ
Phone: 908.218.4300

So plan ahead to make this 2017 Father’s Day very special for your Dad or Granddad. A little advance planning can make all the difference in the world for the whole family — and especially a Dad on Father’s Day!

Wilmington, DE
Stonington, ME
Grand Marais, MN
State of Montana
Somerset County, NJ

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