Riverside Fall Festival Along the History Trail, November 4

At Ramsaysburg, Explore Warren History Trail visitors will enjoy the annual Fall Festival as well as docent tours of the grounds on Saturday, November 4.

Visit Ken’s Famous Apple Tent to taste an assortment of locally-grown apples, as well as cider pressed on-site. “Ye Olde Bake Sale” will include an impressive array of homemade baked apple goods for your enjoyment.  E&R Mathez Farm will be on hand to explain the benefits of river-friendly farming as well as offer samplings of their delicious honey. River Valley Community Grains, a project focused on bringing local grain production and processing to northwestern New Jersey, will be there to explain their collaborative approach and offer locally grown grains, milled flour, and other items. Kid’s activities will include making corn husk dolls.  And Belvidere gallery Infloressence will display a large sample of unique folk-style fine art. As always, visitors can enjoy the natural allure of the property, exchange stories around the firepit, a self-guided slide show about the era of timber rafting, and relish magnificent seasonal views along Delaware River. Pets are welcome on a leash.

Ramsaysburg is one of fifteen historic sites along the 2023 Explore Warren History Trail and will offer visitors tours of the grounds and most of the buildings on the grounds which illustrate the site’s role in New Jersey’s frontier era and the heritage of Knowlton Township.

The Ramsaysburg Homestead is a twelve-acre historical park along the Delaware River in Knowlton Township. The property and the structures on it—a tavern, barn, cottage, smokehouse and shed—were built from 1800 to 1870, and represent the activity that occurred at the homestead during its heyday. A natural amphitheater stretches from the historic structure to the bank of the Delaware River, a serene setting for picnics. 

The Ramsaysburg Homestead is located on Route 46 east at the intersection with Ramseyburg Rd. in Delaware, NJ. For more information please check the website, www.ramsaysburg.org or on Facebook.

James Maddock: August 19

A rock & roll lifer, the British-born singer/songwriter has been carving his path since the 1980s with a raw, soulful voice; a storyteller’s sense of narrative; and the ability to blur the lines between folk, classic pop, and rock.

James Maddock

Since those early days in London, James has ridden the wave of a music industry that’s ebbed, flowed, peaked, and crashed. Maddock has stayed afloat throughout the entire ride, enjoying a brush with commercial success during the late 1990s — including a major-label record deal, a Top 5 AAA radio hit, and a song placement on Dawson’s Creek — before transforming himself into an independent solo artist during the decades that followed. If you’re not familiar, you’ll find Maddock’s large catalog full of great tunes on your favorite streaming outlet. More about James Maddock…

The concert will take place outdoors in the Riverside Amphitheatre. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Picnic tables are available.  

$10 suggested donation.  Gates open at 5 pm, music begins 6 pm.

For directions, check the map on our home page. The property address is 140 Route 46, Delaware, NJ, located at the intersection of Ramseyburg Road and Route 46, east of the village of Delaware. From Interstate Route 80, Exit 4, take Route 46 eastbound approximately 4 miles.

Yarn: July 30

Returning to Ramsaysburg on Sunday July 30th, 2023 at 3pm will be Yarn, an Americana/jam/rock group with a large local following. The Brooklyn and Raleigh based band — which is currently comprised of Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl, bassist Rick Bugel, and drummer Robert Bonhomme — have made their mark, and in dealing with their emotions, scars and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences with others who have juggled similar sentiments.

If you expect that a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two, you’re right! “That’s what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction” singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Yarn have never been content to simply ride a wave and see where it takes them. Yarn’s ability to persevere ought to come as no great surprise, especially for a band that spent two years honing their chops during a Monday night residency at the famed Kenny’s Castaway in New York’s Greenwich Village. In effect, it allowed them to rehearse onstage, mostly in front of audiences that often ranged in size from five to a hundred people on any given night. 

Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They have landed on the Grammy ballot 4 times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts, garnered airplay on Sirius FM, iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and CMT, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared song writing credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as “the Yarmy.”

Artist Outing: July 8, 2023

Artists! Please join us for a day of painting and photographing the beautiful views along the Delaware River, intimate woods scenes along our paths and of course the old restored buildings at Ramsaysburg Homestead. Bring your lunch and join us to dine at 12:30. This is always a fun day of painting outside and getting to meet fellow local artists. Bring your easel and paints, camera, lawn chair and any other materials you might need. Feel free to come early or stay late. 

Danielia Cotton

Danielia Cotton: Saturday June 17th 

Cotton’s music is a blend of rock, blues, and soul, and her powerful vocals have been compared to those of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

It’s telling that after so many years, the Hopewell, N.J. native—who first picked up a guitar at age 12, released her debut album in 2005 and has opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Bon Jovi—is still looking for fresh ways to say hello to audiences. Though she’s constantly evolving as an artist, Cotton’s quick to point out that she’s always managed to remain herself.

“I still stayed true to myself because to me, I had to keep redefining success along the way and decide what it is I truly wanted,” she says. “Did I want adoration or did I want a certain level of artistry and acknowledgement from my peers versus fans? And I keep redefining and answering that question over and over again. I believe I’ve stayed true to who I was in the process, so that’s a deep thing. I went the long route, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. My first entertainment lawyer, Jaimie Roberts, always said ‘if it comes quick, it doesn’t last.’ If it’s a slow build, you’ll get there and you are much more likely to have longevity.”

Gates open 5pm, music begins at 6pm. Raindate Sunday, June 18. Suggested donation $10.

Memorial Day Community Picnic 2023

Hosted by Friends of Ramsaysburg, the annual Memorial Day Community Picnic will take place on Monday, May 29th, 2023. All are welcome to attend from the community and surrounding region. The event begins at 12:00 noon, rain or shine. The event is FREE with on-site parking available. The event will be held rain or shine. Pets are welcome on a leash.

2023 Memorial Day activities will include: a flag raising ceremony, self-guided scenic walks along the Delaware River; and music by Don Elliker. An open table pot-luck picnic will include a dish and drink of your choices well as a grill available for burgers, dogs and other assorted BBQ delicacies.

Don Elliker  is a songwriter focusing on what is typically called Americana, however other styles get in the mix.

Don has performed at The MusikFest in Bethlehem PA, The Blues Bash / Centenary College in Hackettstown NJ. The Black Potatoe Festival in Clinton NJ, the WNTI Music Festival in Delaware, NJ and Roy’s Hall in Blairstown, playing in support of such artists as Bill Payne, David Bromberg and Chris Smither and sharing the stage with many others. Don is also a past winner of the MTV Beach House Band Search competition, a nation-wide original music and performance competition. Learn more about Don at Reverbnation.

If not by automobile access at 140 Route 46, all are invited to arrive by canoe or kayak. Take a self-guided kayak and canoe journey by floating down the Delaware River from the Columbia, NJ boat launch to the landing at the Ramsaysburg site. The distance between the two points is approximately three miles down-river. River travelers should look for the large brown sign stating “Ramsaysburg – Landing” at marker 204.0 along the left bank (NJ side).

Toby Walker

On Saturday June 25th, at 3pm, Toby Walker, a seasoned acoustic blues player from Denville, NJ will perform. Toby is an accomplished and award winning blues player and historian. He spent many years traveling the deep back roads of the south seeking out the ‘real deal’ players….the front porch guys…and learned the roots blues first hand.

Toby will also host a one-hour workshop prior to the show at 1pm. To sign up for the workshop, email Toby (tobywmusic at gmail.com.)

Toby Walker

Internationally and nationally acclaimed, Toby Walker has been hailed as an award winning, roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso and songwriter who has toured the US, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Blending the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz and rock, Walker has developed his own style and as such received numerous awards, including being the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award in Memphis and the NY Music Award for best instrumental CD. Walker has also been inducted into the NY Blues Hall Of Fame. 

Walker is a nationally recognized guitar instructor, having taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, Woody Mann’s Guitar Seminars, The Swanannoa Gathering, and the National Guitar Workshop. Walker also has eight instructional DVD’s on Happy Traum’s Homespun Music Instruction, and has produced hundreds of instructional videos on his own.

Toby’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure – but immensely talented – music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene PowellJames “Son” Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others.

“If he doesn’t get them with his phenomenal guitar playing or catchy songs, he gets them with his wonderful stories. True entertainers have an engaing spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it. David Bromberg has it. And so does Toby. “
– John Platt – WFUV

“Flat out… you have to hear this great musician… I’m blown away
Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane

“A fingerpicking guitar virtuoso”
– Happy Traum

Alex Radus – August 28

On Sunday, August 28th at 4:30 pm Alex Radus, a contemporary/jazz influenced guitarist and his band will appear. Radus’ music draws from across the American songwriting spectrum and beyond, leapfrogging genres and blurring the lines between them. An award-winning and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Alex hails from Pennsylvania’s artistically rich Lehigh and Delaware River Valley region. His work has been featured in film, radio and television.

Alex Radus Band

Radus is known as a “sultry crooner” (The City Paper) and a “master guitarist” (Courier News), but his songwriting always takes center stage. Equally comfortable composing in diverse genres, Radus pairs whimsical and poignant storytelling with a sophisticated mix of Americana, swing, blues, folk, Anti-folk, country and more.

Radus’ music and performances have been featured on radio, film and television, including three songs featured in 2018’s Adolescence, directed by Ashley Avis (Black Beauty). His discography includes: Jewels & Tinware (“creative, original…perfect” – Steel Notes Magazine); Love Me Like You Hate Me (“impressive…eerie, intense and wonderful” – The Morning Call); and duende (“a fluid, melodic hybrid of roots music” – The Village Voice). Most recently, Radus released a self-titled, debut album with his alt rock project, Hot4Robot (“a brilliant vision…a multi-layered, adventurous soundscape” – Underground Music Collective). His upcoming album, Tributaries, was recorded live at the legendary listening room, Godfrey Daniels.

The Alex Radus Trio features Daniel Manchester (Pyrenesia) on upright bass and Charlie Heim (Martha Graham Cracker; Grady Hoss and the Sidewinders) on drums. A staple of the eastern PA music scene, Radus is a frequent performer at Musikfest, Godfrey Daniels, and more.

Karl Latham – July 16

The Karl Latham Quartet will present a swing jazz show featuring Karl on drums, Martin Pizzarelli on upright bass, guitarist David O’Rourke and Grammy Award-winning clarinetist, Linus Wyrsch. Karl has been recognized as one of the world’s top drummers by multiple publications and has played with waaaay too many Jazz artists to list. Martin is the son of the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli and has an enormous reputation as one of the best also. David O’Rourke will amaze you with his playing. And Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Linus Wyrsch puts the icing on the cake.

Karl Latham

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, David O’Rourke grew up hearing many styles of music from classical to jazz, folk music and pop songs of his generation and he loved it all. A listening session with his father could include anything from Mozart to Miles, Errol Garner to Debussy – he remembers he and his dad listening to Joshua Rifkin playing Scott Joplin’s rags. At the age of 21, David was a finalist in the RTE Young Musician Of The Future, the first time a non-classical musician made it to the finals. David performed as soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra, an ensemble that he would return some years later to conduct in the National Concert Hall. O’Rourke has built a career defined and shaped by his exposure to and association with many of his musical idols, both in the US and abroad. He has played with Les Paul and Bucky Pizzarelli and studied with legends such as Barry Galbraith and Pat Martino. He currently leads and writes for his own 20-piece band (The O’Rourkestra) at the Zinc Bar NYC, composing and arranging including recent commissions for the City Of Dublin Jazz Orchestra while continuing to perform in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia jazz clubs.

David O’Rourke

Martin Pizzarelli is known for his work with his brother John Pizzarelli, appearing on many of his albums in a swing trio that includes pianists Ray Kennedy and Larry Fuller. He has recorded one album as bandleader for Victoria Records with Kennedy and his father, legendary swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

Martin Pizzarelli

Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Linus Wyrsch was born in Switzerland in 1987 and has been based in New York City since 2008. Having become one of the city’s most sought-after instrumentalists, the Berklee College of Music alumnus frequently works with Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats, the legendary Pizzarelli family and many other well-known artists of the jazz and Latin jazz scenes. Linus tours in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, and regularly appears in New York City’s and the East Coast’s finest venues, and can be heard on more than 20 albums. Being an actual part of the music scene enables him to provide listeners with a unique backstage pass, including high-caliber guests.

Linus Wyrsch