|FRENCHTOWN, N.J. (shhhh….the secret on the Delaware).
Art Weekend, May 5-6, 2007
We start our festival
season with our most popular event: La Fête
du Vin (et de la Bière) et d’Art! Bon vivant! Enjoy a 2-day May
weekend in our spectacular Victorian setting on the beautiful (if
sometimes untamed!) Delaware River.
For $19 paid in advance or
$25 the days of the festival, you can taste wines (and beers) at a
dozen locations in Frenchtown and the area and sample hors d’oeuvres at
another group of shops art/décor galleries.
Stay the weekend in
one of our area B and B’s and dine in one of our spectacular and
highly rated area restaurants…Thai, Mexican, Italian, seafood,
continental, classic American, and, bien sûr, FRENCH (oh la
For festival details and specific information on stores and
other participating vendors see www.Frenchtown.com
or call 866-287-0905 and we will send you a
visitor’s packet. Wines and beers are courtesy of The Wine Hut (22
Bridge Street, Frenchtown, NJ), and local beers are also provided by
the Ship’s Inn and Brewery (Milford, NJ).
Bastille Day, July
What could be more
French than la Fete de 15 Julliet or Bastille Day?
This festival is among Frenchtown’s oldest and most cherished.
And it lasts all weekend (this year, July 14-15, 2007), which is a very
American innovation on this celebration of French “liberté,
Stores throughout the
town will host special events and the streets will be busy with mimes,
puppet shows, history lectures, book signings and, fashion (très
chic!). Dine in our fabulous restaurants (bon appetite), stroll
along the Seine (oops, Delaware), shop in our upscale stores on the Rue
du Pont (a.k.a. Bridge
Street) and attend an outdoor French-themed film
(Saturday night, weather permitting). Bonne fete à nos
amis, les Fraincais!
...more on the Bastille
Official Press Release | Schedule of Events
Local Sponsors: The
Widow McCrea Bed & Breakfast, The Studio
...more on the Riverfest
Weekend in Frenchtown
August 3 Press Release (web page) or
quintessential Victorian river town is small,
preserved, and historic, while also chic and alive. This year’s
RiverFest, celebrating the environment, river history, land
preservation, animal protection, and the arts will be Labor Day weekend
( 3 days!), Sept. 1-3, 2007.
There will be not-for-profit
organizations sharing their vision and mission, juried vendors selling
great crafts, a center stage with performances ranging from river
gospel to reggae.
This year for the first time we are also recruiting for-profit
businesses that are engaged in environmental product development
(“green” products) to exhibit their newest innovations. Throughout town
there will be in-store events and showcases of “green” merchandise. And
our restaurants will be serving great food (and not
Oh yes, being Frenchtown, we will also be
celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of America’s favorite
Frenchman: the Marquis de Lafayette (Sept. 6, 1757)!
We hope to locate
the 1961 film “La Fayette” to show during our Fourth Annual Film Festival,
featuring award winning independent films that weekend. Bon
anniversaire, La Fayette!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/28/2007
DOGS ON THE DELAWARE
Unleashes "DOGS ON THE DELAWARE" During Wine and Art
Weekend, May 5-6
The much anticipated
arrival of "DOGS ON THE DELAWARE", a fund raiser
for numerous charitable organizations, will coincide with the May 5-6
Wine and Art Weekend in Frenchtown. DOGS, modeled on the highly
successful Cows on Parade project several years ago in New York City,
will continue throughout the summer. DOGS ON THE DELAWARE features
silhouettes of pooches provided by the Frenchtown Business and
Professional Association, painted and decorated by local artists, and
on display throughout the Valley. Each DOG's sponsor will name a
charity to receive the eventual proceeds of an auction in the fall.
Sponsors to date are from Frenchtown, Lambertville, New Hope and towns
throughout the Valley. Cleo Sharplin, one of the sponsors at
Alchemy in Frenchtown said "we have always had a pet costume show at
RiverFest on Labor Day Weekend, so this seems like a natural extension
of our interest in animals and not-for-profit organizations."
Each of the three
Frenchtown events over the summer will unleash
additional decorated DOGS, the first group being shown at Wine and Art,
another group added for Bastille Weekend (July 14-15) and a final group
shown at RiverFest (Sept. 1-3). At RiverFest a "Best in Show"
ribbon will be presented to the artist and sponsor winning the contest.
Other ribbons are being
planned for winners in various categories,
including three FBPA President's Ribbons for the "Best Event-Related
DOG Design": the W(h)ine Award in May; the B(e)astille Award in July;
and the RiverFest ECO-DOG Award in September. While entry DOGS
can be seen everywhere that there is a sponsor, the FBPA hopes to show
all the entries in Frenchtown during the three festivals. For
information on the DOGS events, call 866 287-0905 to receive a mailing,
or go to www.frenchtown.com
Anyone wishing to
sponsor a DOG, the fee is $150, payable to the FBPA,
and an additional $250 if the sponsor is not using their own artist, in
which case the FBPA will have a participating artist decorate the DOG.
Sponsors are being coordinated by John Hindman of Thistle in
Frenchtown. Contact him at 908 996-7080 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadlines for requesting to be a sponsor (in order to provide time for
the artist to paint and in order to be viewed at the Frenchtown
festivals) is about a month before each festival.