SJ Magazine Best of 2017

    Best Way to Show Your Love for the Pine Barrens

 More than just an historical landmark, this general store is the place to be if you’re looking for artisan gifts, candy, books, apparel and homemade marmalades that celebrate the wonders of the Pine Barrens. The store first began as a post office in 1923 and has since become a significant part of Whitesbog historical preservation.  Article can be found at

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Thank you for joining us for the 2018 Blueberry Festival!

For more information, visit our Facebook event link.

GPS Address:
799 Lakehurst Rd. 
Browns Mills, NJ 08015 

Q: Is there an admission fee?
    • There is a $5 per carload fee. Please bring exact change, as there is no ATM in the village. A complimentary shuttle bus is available from the remote parking.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
    • Yes! Dogs are allowed at the Village, however, we ask that your dog be leashed while on festival grounds.


A sincere thank you to this year's sponsors:


John & Rosanne Bornholdt

Jim Hankins

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For Immediate Release: 34th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival  June 24th and 25th Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Come celebrate the kick off to blueberry harvest season with two days filled with food, crafts, history, games and live entertainment brought to you by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. New this year you can take a spin in front of the music stage with contra dancing and add your own flair to our new Whitesbog mural painting in the Family Activities area.  All ages welcome.
Whitesbog Historic Village GPS: 799 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015 Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Get you blueberry on with selections of pies, cakes, muffins, donuts, fritters and more at our baked goods table.  The General Store will also offer blueberry ice cream, sundaes and cold drinks. Also enjoy:  ★ Brother Bear BBQ ★ Rita’s Water Ice ★ Big Daddy’s Chicken and Ribs ★ 3 Guys Rolling Pies Pizza
Over 35 Artists and Crafters booths will line the festival grounds including LittleCritter Illustrations, Little House Candles and keeping our blueberries rolling are Blueberry Fields ArtisanSoapandBlueberryWoodApiary. Alsoparticipateatourkid’scraftingtablesandmural painting with artist Frank McShane’s Whitesbog Mural Paint By Number. Show off your country spirit with ​The Festival Barn Dance featuring traditional square  and contra dances, suitable for families, teenagers, and adults of all ages. OurcallerSueDupre will teach the dances, and The Accidental Jug Band will play exciting old-timey tunes for your dancing pleasure. No dance experience and no partners are needed. ​Play Family Field  Games including cornhole, horseshoes, blueberry balloon toss and more. Wagon rides include  trips out to the blueberry field for picking and guided rides to learn more about the history and ecology of the village. Visit the home of The Blueberry Queen Elizabeth Coleman White with guided tours of Suningive House. The Pinelands Antique Engine Club will show tractors and displays of cars  and engines along Whitesbog Road. The Cranberry and Blueberry Museum, the Interpretive  Cottage, the Whitesbog Gallery, the General Store and the Ice Housewillallbeopentoexplore  and learn more about the 1900’s era cranberry farm village.  16 local bands will perform live on our stage!  Hear the sounds of bluegrass, country, the blues, folk and more from performers such as: ★ The Accidental Jug Band ★ Bad Dogz ★ The Pinelands Dulcimer Society ★ Elaine & The Cimarron Sky Band ★ Song Sisters ★ Tabernacle Turnpike
Local blueberries, pints and flats, will be available for purchase from our neighbor the Walter Adams Farm. You’ll find collectable festival t-shirts, postcards, prints, blueberry jams,  local honey, chocolate-covered blueberries, old fashioned candy andtoys,and more hand crafted local goods in our General Store.
Handicapped and motorcycle parking is available in the villageparkinglot. Pleasenotethatour village roads are sandy. Courtesy shuttle will be provided for pick up/drop off to and from remote parking. Please be aware there are​no ATM’s in the village, but the General Store and Baked Goods/Plant Sale areas will take credit cards.  
$10 Festival Pass per carload of visitors (pack ‘em in there!) which includes $10 off of a  membership with the Whitesbog Preservation Trust.  Pedestrians and bicycles are $5 each.  ★ Cash Only Please​.  
The 34th Annual Blueberry Festival sponsors include Geoscape Solar, Renewal by Andersen, Central Jersey Equipment, White Dotte Dairy Bar, Beneficial Bank, Pine Island Cranberry Company, Luxury Bath, and J. W. Jenkins and Sons Drilling. Funding is made possibleinpart  by the New Jersey Council on Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National  Endowment for the Arts through a granttotheBurlingtonCountyBoardofChosenFreeholders. All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of Whitesbog Historic Village and the educational programs offered to the community by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust.
For more information please see our website and facebook page:​        ​  
Questions or concerns can be directed to our volunteers: Phone: 609-893-4646      Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Short Project Description

Harvesting Stories is a project to record modern and historical oral histories from our
community. We hope to use these stories as a tool to connect the people who lived and
worked in the village, their families, the migrant farm workers and the present residents
of the region.We are partnering with local school students to assist with collecting
stories, shooting interviews and sharing their own reflections on what they learn from
the process. We will make short films for the public to access through our website,
Vimeo and for community screenings.


We would like to present “Harvesting Stories”, a collection of modern and historical oral histories from our community. Building on the success of the 2001 award winning “Voices of Whitesbog” oral history project and short film (funded by NJCH), we will add new oral histories, capturing portraits of the people who lived and worked in the village and their families, coupled with past and present photos, capturing knowledge of the local community history, family stories and mechanical knowledge of the use of machinery and farming techniques. We are partnering with local school students to assist with collecting stories, shooting interviews and sharing their own reflections on what they learn from the interviewees and process. Our primary goal is to record, preserve and share these stories before they are forgotten. As an organization that works with many elderly volunteers, we know how important it is to cherish and preserve recollections and collections before they are lost. Our second goal is to include the current community of Browns Mills, Pemberton Township and the surrounding region in the process of thinking about memory, about community changes over time, about family generations and connections to place and reflect on how the community today has changed and what has stayed the same.


We will host a series of events to collect and record oral histories, for groups and individuals, with the participation of local students and community groups. We will invite former residents to speak at public events. We will build a digital database of these recordings, for public access through our website and for use in the video booth in our future museum, the Cranberry and Blueberry Museum. Visitors will be able to access oral histories through a touch screen as well as record their own reflections and stories. This museum is in the final stages of design and exhibit fabrication is expected to begin this winter. The videos will be edited together in a short film and we will host screenings at several local venues including the public library, the recreation center meeting hall and at Whitesbog, as well as make it available for viewing on our Vimeo channel and in our General Store classroom.


This project will help connect Whitesbog within the context of the local and regional community. Many local residents do not know about historic village its importance to the agricultural history of New Jersey.  This project will help us connect with younger audiences as well as broaden our reach.  We also hope to deepen even our regular visitor’s understanding of the family histories that took place here and how they reflect changes in our nation.NJ Council for the Humanities



Main Stage -

Sat 24th

Announcements and Welcome 10:00AM
Joe Wills, Festival Emcee and Elizabeth Coleman White

Accidental Jug Band with Caller, Sue Dupre 10:05AM
Contra dancing and old favorites

Accidental Jug Band started as a weekly jam at Whitesbog. We soon discovered that we had similar tastes in music and our instrumentation created a unique and rich sound for the old and familiar songs that we love...

Basement Musicians 11:00AM
Tony Pileggi, Rick Hohowski & Mike Rosenow
The Basement Musicians are a group of central and southern NJ family men who do the best of the '50s, '60s and '70s classic country and folk music. They perform such great artists as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Elvis, Beatles, John Denver, Everly Brothers, and many more. They play the music they love and do it very well. They perform all over NJ and PA in homes, coffee houses, senior communities, restaurants, inns to large halls. They have been performing at Albert Music Hall in Waretown, NJ since 2002 and the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival since 2006. They have been performing since 2007 at the Barnegat Lighthouse Campfire program and The Tuckerton Fireworks Celebration. They are called back to perform again and again because of the great music they do. They do such great hits as I Walk The Line, Pretty Woman, Back Home Again, Don't Be Cruel, I Can't Stop Falling In Love With You, Play Me, Crying and lots more. You will often hear the audience singing along and asking, "Are they channeling those guys?"

Pie Eating Contest 11:45AM
For Kids – 12 and under!

Custom Blend 12:00AM
Custom Blend Band has been making music together since 2009. We play a blend of songs from the genres of Bluegrass, Classic Country, Folk & Light Rock. Many times we like to put our own spin on a song, so hence the name of our band Custom Blend. Our instruments are guitars (Paul & Joe), banjo (Paul), fiddle (Paul) & mandolin (Maria).

The Custom Blend Band is comprised of Paul & Maria Petrone from Barnegat NJ & their best friend Joe Zavacki from Brick NJ. 
You can find us performing at Albert Hall, BOTMA, Mrs. Duff's in Smithville, local libraries, country clubs, etc.  As of mid June through mid September we will be giving free concerts on Thursdays from 7-9:00pm at the Gazebo in downtown Barnegat. For any information please contact us by phone @ 908-783-2574 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tabernacle Turnpike 12:45PM
We play: Oldies Doo-wop, Country, and Originals
We're a husband and wife duo, and use a harmonizer that (if working with the PA set-up there) sounds like three or four people.
We're looking forward to great weather and a great event!

Bad Dogz 1:30PM
Bluegrass Band and a Barkin’ Good Time

The BAD DOGZ is a bluegrass band named after Joe Wills’ schnauzer, Kayla. We didn’t know what to name the band when we first got together but when Kayla backed guitar player John O’Donnell into a chair, he remarked “that’s a bad dog”. We had a name for the group!
Together since, 2002, the BAD DOGZ consists of John O’Donnell on guitar, Bill Doerge on bass, Jim Gooch on fiddle & mandolin; and Joe Wills on 5-string banjo and Dobro.
The BAD DOGZ have appeared for many years at the annual Spring Blueberry Festival at historic Whitesbog Village, Browns Mills, NJ; and at the Fall Pinelands Discovery Day that was held there each October. We have performed for the prestigious Stafford Historical Society in Manahawkin, and at historic Tuckerton Seaport where we had the honor of being the first band to begin their Friday Night concert Series in 2008.
The DOGZ was the headliner bluegrass band performing on the main stage at the 2012 New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University.
We have performed at the Burlington County Farmers Market, and for the last several summers at Bass River State Forest. Past appearances have been at The Acoustic Musicians Guild’s Harvest Harmony Festival and showcases, and at the Pinelands Charge Bluegrass Gospel Festival; and for the Ocean County Library. Other appearances include the Howell, NJ Grange, and the 1st Annual Bikes & Bluegrass in Frenchtown, NJ, at the Pinelands Short Course held annually at Burlington County College.
We made a long-over due return to Albert Music Hall in Waretown, NJ, and performed at both the NJ Historical Fair and at the Burlington County Earth fair.
We opened our 2015 season at the Classic Car Show and Bluegrass Festival sponsored by People for the Poor at Batsto Sunday, May 17th
We like to do high lonesome bluegrass and throw in some cornpone humor to keep it interesting. We’ll add in some Celtic to get your heart pumpin’, too!
When the DOGZ are barkin’, we hope you’ll be tapping your toes and waggin’ your tails!
We hope to complete our CD project, NO CATS ALOUD in the near future

Warm Hearted Country 2:15PM

Warm Hearted Country was formed in 2003 by Laurie and Alice Dorisio.  Alice has been performing country music for about 50 years, mostly in family bands. Laurie's love of country and bluegrass music goes back to her childhood when she began singing with her Mom at age 6. Laurie sings lead vocals, plays guitar and mandolin. Alice plays the snare drum, harmonica, provides harmony and sings lead vocals.  This mother/daughter team offer audiences a unique combination of immensely popular entertainment.
Other Warm Hearted Country band members include Dave Thomas playing lead guitar and mandolin along with Alan Chambers playing electric bass. This fine group of talented, experienced musicians delight and captivate audiences through their creativity and the signature, unique sound of Warm Hearted Country.  Audiences can expect to hear an enjoyable mix of Classic Country, Bluegrass, Oldies, Old Time Rock & Roll and Gospel favorites!  Please visit for more information about Warm Hearted Country.

Jennifer Mylod 3:10PM
We perform lively, traditional Irish tunes and songs... on fiddle, octave mandolin, flute, Irish whistle, Uillean pipes, & bodhran,  all with a strong, unique style & flair... while still maintaining the classic, traditional aspects of Irish music.   My website is:

Sun 25th


Announcements and Welcome 10:00AM
Joe Wills, Festival Emcee and Elizabeth Coleman White

Accidental Jug Band with Caller, Sue Dupre 10:05AM
Contra dancing and old favorites

Accidental Jug Band started as a weekly jam at Whitesbog. We soon discovered that we had similar tastes in music and our instrumentation created a unique and rich sound for the old and familiar songs that we love...

Lori London & Tripi The Fly 11:00AM
Miss London sings with a power house of emotion, vocally she has a wide range — a big voice.She has played with Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Mel Tillis and the queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent.
Her music has been heard on radio in Nashville, Philadelphia, New Jersey regualrly on WDCB in Chicago. Internationally in Germany, Austria and regularyly on TLC Radio New Zealand. She has written commercial radio spots for WVLT 92.1FM New Jersey and was the voice-over talent for the ads.
Lori London is an award winning children's storybook author. Her first installment is Tripi Takes Flight: The Amazing Adventures Of Tripi The Fly® Lori creates the character voices, and performs narrartion for the audio books in the series. Winner of a Mom's Choice Award and Honoree Silver Medal recipient in 2017. 

Pie Eating Contest 11:45AM
For Kids – 12 and under!

The Woodshop Band 12:00PM
Folk, Blues, Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Oldies

Three Burlington County musician, Marybeth Johns on guitar and vocals; George Cann on guitar, mandolin, bass, and vocals; and Steve Makuka on guitar and vocals.  We play a pleasing eclectic blend of folk, blues, classic rock, bluegrass, oldies, country classics, and old time standards - songs we grew up enjoy hearing and playing.  We derived our band name from where we first started to practice our music together - in a Wood Shop!  Over the past few years we have entertained at several municipal concert series in Burlington County, the Burlington County Farm Fair, Burlington County Farmer's Market, Farm Aid Fund Raisers, local clubs, senior centers, craft fairs, and private parties.  We can be contacted via email at .  We are very happy to be returning to the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival again this year and look forward to entertaining our friends and neighbors once again!


Song Sisters 12:45PM
Traditional, Folk, and American Roots: guitar, mandolin, and harmonies

The "Sisters" have a mutual love of Traditional, Folk, and American Roots music which is evident in the songs they perform.  They have been friends for several years through their memberships in South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society ( and began performing together in 2016.


Ladies' Night Out 1:30PM

Denise Miller, Mary Koth Lutton, Gail Gilrane
Formed LNO in 2007.
Performing three part harmony vocals on Country, Standards and pop classics- they were influenced by the "Trio"- Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Rondstat.
Denise, Mary and Gail have performed throughout Ocean County and beyond including Albert Music Hall, B.O.T.M.A.,
Ocean County Artists Guild and Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.
Gail Gilrane is the owner of
Fond Memories Antiques
628 Bay Ave
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Elaine & the Cimmeron Sky Band 2:15PM

Singer/Guitarist/Keyboardist Elaine Orzechowski is a veteran of the Jersey Shore music scene, having been a part of numerous bands/trios/duos and even a stint as a party DJ over the years.  Performing in several country rock/southern rock bands she developed a love for harmony-driven country-tinged music.  As a solo performer, Elaine specializes in singing classic country and country rock songs, but also includes acoustic versions of favorite pop/rock/folk songs from the 50’s through today’s music.   With her band, The Cimarron Sky Band, the same classic country/country rock songs are taken to the next level with full instrumentation and up to four-part harmony – with a touch of bluegrass added to the mix!
Brian Rauch – electric & acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, lead & harmony vocals
Mark Donley – bass guitar, lead & harmony vocals
David Donley – fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals


Cranberry Jam 3:10PM



Blueberry Jam Stage 

Sat 24th

Blueberry Jam - Open stage to Pickers 10 - 11:00AM

Pinelands Dolcimer Society 11:00AM

The Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society was incorporated in 1979 and since then GPDS members have been gathering regularly to play, sing, and enjoy traditional music. Although dulcimers are the featured, our members play a range of traditional instruments. Our members include players of varying skill levels and ages. We hold monthly meetings (except summer) at the Burlington County Library and schedule regular performances and jams. Most of all, we love traditional music and hope to keep it alive.
For more information, visit our website at:  or view us on Facebook.

Denise Sullivan  12:00PM

Denise Sullivan is a  local singer/songwriter and performer from right here in Browns Mills.
She performs acoustically as a solo artist at local Restaurants , winerys, festivals and pubs.
Denise is also a member of the band "Full Moon Rising" and enjoys singing many soulful songs inspired by many of the most influential and 
talented women in music of our time; such as  Stevie Nicks ,  Carly Simon , Mary Chapin Carpenter and many others!

Blueberry Jam - Open stage to Pickers -  12:45 - 1:15PM

Accidental Jug Band  1:30PM

Accidental Jug Band started as a weekly jam at Whitesbog. We soon discovered that we had similar tastes in music and our instrumentation created a unique and rich sound for the old and familiar songs that we love...

The Always Music Band  2:15PM

Heather Dougerty
A lover of all the arts, Heather is one of the founding members of The Always Music Band.  Her goal, to make sure there's always music to be shared.  Aside from being a premier vocalist, she plays the penny whistle and a mean tambourine! If she is not playing music she is working as a Mother, a Dental office Manager and enjoys playing video games with her family, and spending time with family.
Matt Volz
the other founding member of The Always Music Band primarily plays guitar but is multi-faceted and also plays Bass and the Concertina.  When not playing music, Matthew works as a Field Tech Supervisor, and enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially if it's fireside.  He also enjoys hiking and survival camping. 

Fast Eddy and the Pickups 3:10PM

After a few decades of not playing and performing, the leader of this band, Eddy Cooper, picked up a guitar in 2001 and has been writing songs, performing and leading a band ever since. His groups have performed at popular festivals such as the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, the Asbury Park Blues and Brews Festival and the Union County Arts Festival, to name a few. They have also played at many well respected and music friendly clubs such as The Saint and Chico’s House of Jazz, both in Asbury Park, the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright and the various M.J.’s Franchises in Monmouth County. Now residing in Forked River in Ocean County after most of his life in Monmouth County, his bands continue to gig at places such as the Lizzie Rose Music Room and the Tuckerton Beach Grill, both in Tuckerton, the Lower Bank Tavern in Egg Harbor City and a host of others in central New Jersey. Opening for national acts Selwyn Birchwood and Jon Herrington of Steely Dan and playing with Grammy winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers has given Eddy’s bands more exposure and positive reviews. His music has been described as an eclectic mix of “psychedelic blues, straight ahead blues, rockabilly, rock and roll, with a bit of country”. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame (New Jersey Wing) in 2015. The band’s lineup consists of some of the best musicians in central New Jersey: Long time side man and lead guitarist Steve Magyar from Bayville, Mike Serdinsky, bass and vocals, from South Toms River and John E. Rose on drums and vocals, from New Gretna.


Sun 25th

Blueberry Jam - Open stage to Pickers 10 - 11:00AM

Pinelands Dolcimer Society  11:00AM

Michael Rochelle & Brian Holderness 12:00PM

Michael Rochelle (aka The rev) , lead singer for The Shadetree Mechanics (a legendary NY blues band of 25 years) and a member of the NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame has joined with Brian Holderness, lead guitarist for their joint band, The Soulstirs, as “Michael & Brian”.  A duo specializing in blues, soul, and R&B with their own special ‘twist’.  With Mike’s soulful vocals and Brian’s stirring guitar playing – you can’t lose.  Come enjoy some unique versions of some very well known and much loved songs.

Brian Rauch  12:45PM
Brian Rauch received his MA in Music Therapy from New York University in 1980 and worked in that field for many years. He has been studying and playing music since he was a very young child, beginning with piano and trumpet before adding guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and harmonica. Brian is currently involved in four different musical projects performing as a soloist as well as in rock, bluegrass and blues. He has opened for Commander Cody, Savoy Brown and Annie Haslam formerly known as Renaissance.

Accidental Jug Band 1:30PM

Accidental Jug Band started as a weekly jam at Whitesbog. We soon discovered that we had similar tastes in music and our instrumentation created a unique and rich sound for the old and familiar songs that we love...

Blueberry Jam - Open stage to Pickers - 2:15 - 3:00PM

TBD - 3:10 - 4:00