Hey there BBQ Ticket Holders!


We are TWO WEEKS away from the kickoff of the 9th Annual SK Family BBQ.
This year’s setting is the lovely, historic, Basking Ridge, NJ.  

Towards the bottom of this, there is an info sheet on Basking Ridge including a restaurant guide & other spots to check out during your visit!

Before we go any further with the schedule, we need to make one thing super clear:


Ticket holder names will be on official Will Call lists at the entry to all events, & there will be check in tables at each event. 
Breathe a sigh of relief, you haven’t missed a package or lost anything. Yay! 

Friday June 21st-The Marionette Management Welcome Reception 
The Annex: 47 E. Oak St., Basking Ridge
This is for all weekend pass holders as well as Barn Door ticket holders.
Space is extremely limited. Our dear friend & incredible musician Brian Dunne will be playing a special set for you us to kick things off.
Please BYOB & feel free to bring a snack!
Note: please see below map for parking, & 2 pages down for more details!

 6:30p Doors open
7:30p Brian Dunne
Everyone gets to go home/hotel and rest up for the games!

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Saturday June 22nd- The BBQ!
Ross Farm: 135 N. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge
10:45a check in
11a Cousin Jessica kicks things off by splitting everyone into teams led by the musicians.
-Cornhole Accuracy Tournament
-Zucchini Relay Race
-Tug of War Double Elimination Tournament
Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, chips, pretzels and drinks.
During lunch, SK and the boys will play an acoustic mini set for the kids.
-Kids potato sack race (Under 12)
-Group Photo
-Water Balloon Toss
2pm conclusion of the BBQ, give out prizes.

Important note: we chose these events because they require no athletic ability. However, participation is 100% voluntary and entirely at the participant’s sole discretion. 
Important note part 2: We all love our pets, but we ask that you please leave your dogs at home for the BBQ. 

2:30p Walking tour of Historic Basking Ridge
Wanna get a little more “tourism” built into your visit??? Sign up for the free walking tour by emailing Nola Hansen at nolajh@msn.com or call/text 973-650-6458 by Thursday, June 20.  

Saturday June 22nd- Concert Under the Stars
Ross Farm: 135 N. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge
Come hungry, Minuteman Smokehouse will be selling BBQ! It is cash only, so be sure to have that on hand! But you’re also welcome to BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic, of course)
6p Doors
6-6:45p Photo opp with SK and the boys (all photos will be posted to SK Family BBQ FB page)
7p Brooks Hubbard Band
8p SK, full band.

Sunday June 23rd- Acoustic Concert in the Barn
Ross Farm: 135 N. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge
This event is open to all Weekend Pass and Barn Door ticket holders.
11:30a Doors
12p SK

The nearest hotels are:
ourtyard Marriott: 595 Martinsville Rd., Basking Ridge

Olde Mill Inn: 225 Route 202, Basking Ridge

 Flights: If you still need to book a flight, but are unsure which airport would be best, Basking Ridge is centrally located in New Jersey. Newark Liberty International is the closest but the New York City airports, LGA and JFK will work as well. 

Weather: In the event that there is inclement weather, we will provide details of the rain location.  The space we have available will hold both the games and the concert if necessary. The Sunday Barn concert will stay the same, as well as the Friday night welcome reception. 

See you later, see you soon (in two weeks) and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions!
Email Dale at dbcampbell@marionettemgmt.com

Team SK
Dale “Bro” Campbell for Marionette Mgmt
Cousin Jessica K Martin- Master of Ceremonies
Alyssa “Bone Crusher” Beinhaker for Marionette Mgmt

The Band
Stephen “Skunk” Kellogg
Boots Factor
Eric Donnelly
Wild Dan Rowe
Adam Podd 

Shady Katz- Production & Right Hand to SK
Mike Ritschdorff- Grill Master
Jesse Martin- Grill Master, husband to Jessica

Friday Night Marionette Management Welcome Reception
Friday night’s festivities will begin at “The Annex,” which is not actually a venue but a nickname for the Hansen house down the road from the Ross Farm. Brian Dunne will play a set to welcome the SK Fan Family weekend passholders to Basking Ridge, who are welcome to BYOB for the “house concert,” The address is 47 E. Oak St., Basking Ridge. It is near the heart of the town in a residential neighborhood, so we ask you to be mindful and follow parking directions so we don’t overcrowd the street. There is plenty of parking in the library and public lots as indicated on the map below. We do have steps leading up to our house, so if anyone will have challenges getting up the steps, please call before Friday evening and we will save a spot in our driveway and find a way to help you in the house! If you need more info about Friday night, please call or text Nola Hansen at 973-650-6458. Take a look at the map here to plan your arrival:

Basking Ridge History
Following Saturday’s early picnic and field games at the Ross Farm, the Somerset Hills Historical Society is offering a free walking tour of the quaint historic downtown area on Saturday afternoon, June 22. The walking tour will begin at 2:30, after the picnic and games. The historical society headquarters, which was the first school in the area (all boys at the time!) and was a prep school for Princeton University, will also be open especially for the SK Fan Family. It’s a cool old building not a mile from the Ross Farm, and the tour encompasses just a few blocks. This is a great option for anyone with an interest in history, especially Revolutionary War history. Signing up in advance for the walking tour will be helpful for the volunteers, so please email Nola Hansen at NolaJH@msn.com, or call or text 973-650-6458 by Thursday, June 20. (Don’t worry, late signups will be admitted as long as we have enough people signed up in advance to run the tour!)

Weekend Dining Suggestions
Minuteman Smokehouse and Grill will be onsite for Saturday’s concert, selling their delicious barbecue fare and soft drinks. If you get hungry while you’re in town, consider some of these options, and let them know you are in town visiting the Ross Farm!

 Blue Café
60 S. Finley Ave.
Basking Ridge
Open for breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Located in the quaint downtown area, minutes from the Ross Farm.

 Claremont Tavern
121 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ
Traditional American fare, comfort food, and a bar.
Open Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 Minuteman Smokehouse & Grill
990 US-202 (also called Mt. Kemble)
Morristown, NJ
Ross Farm Music Series sponsors
Our friends at Minuteman offer up delicious barbecue sandwiches and platters in addition to other great casual menu options. BYOB. They are just minutes from the Ross Farm. Open 11:30 a,m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; closes at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Olde Mill Inn - Grain House and Coppertop Pub
225 Route 202
Basking Ridge, NJ
Cute pub in a historic spot, just up the road from the Ross Farm. There is a restaurant and a more-casual pub where you can still order off the menu. Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Priscilla’s Pantry
534 Lyons Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
Ross Farm Music Series sponsors
Easy pick-up and go options for healthy eats, plus a cute little dining area. Good coffee on the run.
Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed Sunday 

Ridge Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
25 S. Finley Ave.
Basking Ridge
Also located in the quaint downtown, they offer great pizza and Italian favorites. They are open 11 a.m, to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.  

Stirling House Diner
1079 Valley Road
Stirling, NJ
Open 7 a.m. to midnight to satisfy your diner cravings! Ten-minute drive from the Ross Farm.

 Washington House
55 S. Finley Ave.
Basking Ridge, NJ
Located in the town center just down the street from the Ross Farm, this is also a little pricier but has a cute bar area and outdoor dining when appropriate. Open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., then 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; Sunday hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., then 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Red Oak Grille
579 Allen Rd,
Basking Ridge, NJ
Situated at a golf club, this one may be pricier, but has a nice outdoor patio for dining and drinks and is on the same side of town as the host hotel. Open 11:30 a,m, to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 11:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.


Ridge Bagel & Café
55 S. Maple Ave.
Basking Ridge, NJ

For bagels, coffee, sandwiches close to the Ross Farm

665 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
Located closer to the hotel. Open Saturday 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Three nearby shopping areas:

Kings Plaza
Near the Ross Farm, this shopping center has a grocery store, Chipotle, Starbucks etc.
100 Morristown Road
Bernardsville, NJ 

Lyons Mall
On the way to the Ross Farm from the Marriott, this shopping center has a grocery store, RiteAid, Dunkin Donuts
553 S. Finley Ave.
Basking Ridge, NJ 

Riverwalk Village
Near the Marriott Hotel, this shopping center has a Starbucks, O’Bagel, Soup Shoppe and more
665 Martinsville Rd., Basking Ridge