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HipNJ’s Weekend Recap 6/14-6/16

Father’s day happened this past weekend, and the Garden State was ready to party! Let’s check out our #weekendrecap

First off, the Tri-County Fair offered a ton of fun for the entire family, taking place from June 13 to June 16. The Rockaway-based fair included carnival attractions, rides, games, live music, fireworks, and more, all at Morris County’s Christ Church. Treats such as Coldstone Ice Cream, zeppoles, and fried Oreo’s made the event a satisfying time for those with a sweet tooth and rides like the Sky Hawk excited the daredevils. Local bands displayed their talent and America’s Got Talent illusionist Jay Mattioli showed us what he could do!

The annual JEEP invasion took the beach by storm this weekend! This sandy bash took place just off the Wildwood boardwalk and was a featured all sorts of Jeep activities, such as an obstacle course. There was even an opportunity to show off your Jeep to professional car judges and a raffle to keep things exciting!

Inspired by the Whitechapel District of London, the Long Branch Bazaar brought art to life. Local makers of food, drink, jewelry, music, photography, and much more had the opportunity to sell their product at the two day event. Ideas were shared and laughs were had as homemade items were sold.

The annual Raritan Native American Heritage Pow Wow took place in East Brunswick the later half of this past weekend. This family friendly event celebrated Native Americans with dancers, singers, and artists from across the Americas. Food and drink was had as stereotypes were broken through education.

Last but not least, the New Jersey Beer and Food Festival took place at the Crystal Springs Resort. On Saturday, the huge event included the tasting of over 200 beers, live music from Lima Bean Riot, and activities like axe throwing. Guests also took to the green for an eighteen hole contest and the chance to meet EPSN’s Chris Canty.

Hidden Gems of New Jersey: Lake Hopatcong

Written by: Suzanne LaVoie

LAKE HOPATCONG

Spring has arrived.  Flowers are in full bloom, daylight stretches even longer for you to enjoy the outdoors, and life overflows with excitement to get out there and put the last remnants of winter behind you.  Nature is calling.  Why not spend it in a beautiful area known as Lake Hopatcong (cited as the largest freshwater body in New Jersey) located between the counties of Sussex and Morris?

THE LAKE

Water is therapeutic in many ways.  It relaxes you and allows for contemplation and meditation; or you could enjoy some of the diverse activities offered throughout the warmer months, including boating and waterskiing

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Welcome back, lady!

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Boat cruises provide spectacular views of the lake and gorgeous homes that line the surrounding grounds.  Weekend pontoon boat cruises supply opportunities to learn the history of Lake Hopatcong, including some of the specific dwellings that come into focus as you take in all that is around you. 

There are signature cruises on a special vessel to avail yourself of as well during the season from May through October.  Lake Hopatcong additionally offers a “floating classroom” for people of all ages to enjoy and get hands-on experience on an amazing educational adventure (not to mention time in the breathtaking Hopatcong State Park).    

DELICIOUS DINING

Every outing deserves to begin with a sensational breakfast.  What better place to begin than the Jefferson Diner which was featured on the Food Network with Guy Fieri?  The portions are incredible and if you desire to take home an amazing reminder of the scrumptious delectable, the lobster bisque is it!  You will bask in the chunks of lobster from this favorite soup!

If you crave something mid-day, then you can travel to the Jefferson House right on the lakefront.  Awesome food and beverages in a casual atmosphere along with a catching view!  Who could ask for more?  And yes, there is live music throughout the summer months! A perfect combination!  If you are looking for a terrific dining place to treat Mom on Mother’s Day, the Jefferson House is accepting reservations for Brunch and Dinner.

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Beautiful night…finally.

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How about the evening meal?  Look no further than the Windlass Restaurant, which is also located on the lake.  Indoor and outdoor dining is available and the cuisine caters to all taste buds! This charming restaurant even has outdoor gliders to take delight in!  Oh, and be sure to check out their website which includes a fascinating account of the history of the Windlass and a once-famous amusement park from decades ago!

MORE FUN

Lake Hopatcong is a hidden gem in New Jersey.  It exudes its own peace and serenity when you take the time to take pleasure in its gorgeous sights.  It is a fundamental place for amateur and seasoned photographers to get their cameras and phones rolling to capture this natural wonder of New Jersey (there are never enough photos of nature, so go for it and click/snap away). 

There are nearby trails to hike if you are searching for more adventure and fitness.  Numerous events pop up throughout the heaviest tourism months which include various fun activities sponsored by the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club.  A fireworks display will be held this year on June 28th with a rain date of July 7thBridge Marina also offers events centered on boating enthusiasts.  Come check it all out!

DO SOMETHING NEW

Do it.  Give yourself permission.  Life is busy and often hectic and stressful.  You deserve to treat yourself to a day of tranquility, exquisite eats, entertainment, and experience.  Seek out Lake Hopatcong and be forever changed.      

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Grace Eline and The Valerie Fund

Last month, Morris County resident Grace Eline was one of 13 guests invited to the State of the Union by President Donald Trump and the First Lady. #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sits down several special guests, including Grace herself.

Bunny Flanders, Director of Communications at The Valerie Fund, shares the incredible mission that was started by Sue and Ed Goldstein in 1976, after the loss of their daughter Valerie to childhood cancer. They experienced first-hand the added burden of traveling to Manhattan for treatment, and the high costs of treatment. Sue and Ed vowed to help families in similar situations gain easier access to more customized care.

Now, the Valerie Fund treats 6,000 children per year at seven treatment centers. They also award post-secondary scholarships to children as another way of easing the financial burden on these families.

Grace’s grandfather, Dan Reichard, saw the expert care being given to his granddaughter, and was himself, inspired. Dan’s idea was to create a “show house”, which showcases the talent and vision of some of the area’s most extraordinary interior designs. You can find more information on the house, located in Plainfield, NJ on The Valerie Fund’s site.

Grace, who is now cancer-free, speaks very highly of her time in the White House. She says Melania Trump, who “smelled like…Chanel” was very nice, and even extended an invitation to return to the White house anytime!

Now that her priorities have shifted back to just being a kid, Grace enjoys playing sports like basketball and softball, gymnastics and painting. She has even served as the honorary captain of the New York Jets!

The Valerie Fund clearly had a profound account on Grace, who discusses her time at sleep-away camp, Camp Happy Times, as being special to her because of the comradery between her and other children who have shared experiences. At only 10-years-old, Grace already want to use this experience to help others, by hoping to one day become a doctor. She hopes that her experiences and first-hand account of treatment to help her patients.

To learn more about the Valerie Fund and the April 25th Grand Opening of the show house, visit: thevaleriefund.org/showhouse/