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JERSEY CITY WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL

Hip New Jersey attended the One World Water Lantern Festival at Liberty State Park, Jersey City on July 20th. The festival brought people together to decorate and launch their lanterns as well as enjoy food, and music.

The festival had a full day of events and fun for all in attendance! With plenty of games, live performances from local bands and food trucks, there was something for everyone. There were also local vendors at the event for people to shop at.

In addition, guests were able to decorate and customize their lanterns however they wanted. Guests could see different designs  ranging from dedications to family, friends and loved ones to patterns resembling the lanterns from Tangled and so much more! Then came the launching of the lanterns into the water for a magnificent display, lighting up the water between New York and New Jersey.

Despite one of the  dates being postponed, the festival overall enjoyed huge success. Over 3,000 people were in attendance. People said the festival is beautiful with all the lanterns in the water and how unique the event truly is. The lanterns were made with wood and rice paper, making the festival environmentally friendly. The staff also makes sure to clean up all the lanterns after the festival is over.

The purpose of this event is to bring people together and promote peace and love among all of them. Furthermore, it was a time to celebrate hope, healing and happiness through the different experiences of everyone involved.

For more information on this event and others like it across the country, click here!

Friday The 13th at Blairstown Museum

By: Maria Fernandez

No matter the age, everyone is familiar with the Friday the 13th film series. What people may not know is that the original movie was filmed in parts of Hardwick and Hope! Additionally, the camp scenes were filmed at the Boy Scout Camp and Camp No Be Bo Sco (in Hardwick). In honor of Friday the 13th the Blairstown Museum is hosted a Friday the 13th celebration.

Visitors were able to purchase tickets for a 3 hour trolley tour or VIP dinner event, and have the opportunity to meet Robbi Morgan and Steve Dash. Robbie played “Annie” in the first movie, and Steve was the first adult Jason as portrayed in the second film.

Blairstown, and the local museum, celebrate every Friday the 13th so if you couldn’t make it this year there’s always next year. Entry to the museum is always free and Blairstown, in general, is a quaint and scenic little town to visit. As a special treat, Mrs New Jersey International Parker Sanchez was leading one of the tours.

For additional details, visit the museum’s website at http://blairstownmuseum.com/

Elena Marmo on WaterAid

Elena Marmo of WaterAid joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss her work with the amazing organization.

WaterAid is an international development organization, working in over 35 countries. They provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Parsippany native tells Latino that there are 844 million people across the globe that do not have access to clean water. “That’s about one in every ten people,” she states.

Marmo has visited Colombia and Cambodia to help spread the mission of WaterAid. They hope to provide clean water to everyone, everywhere by 2030. “We’re on our way, but we’ve still got some work to do.”

In May, students from Montclair State University, Rutgers University and Ramapo University will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the cause. To learn more, click here.