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RiverFest Sept. 1-3
RiverFest in Frenchtown, NJ,
the largest event of the year in this picturesque river
community, will again light up the Labor Day weekend, but with a GREEN
year. Cleo Sharplin, President of the Frenchtown Business and
Association announced today the addition of events and activities
year’s theme of “GREEN”. The opening event of the
annual RiverFest in Frenchtown will again be a wine tasting fundraiser
under the main tent on Bridge Street,
benefiting land preservation in Hunterdon County.
vendors will share information with attendees on a host of “green”
issues and demonstrate
new products, such as a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon, fresh from its new
to an all electric vehicle. There will
also be a special booth concerning organic foods grown locally as well
served in local restaurants.
Ms. Sharlplin noted
“Even the special events will be GREEN: the theme of the annual
Show will be ‘Recycled Couture’. Every year we see amazing creativity
decoration, from dogs to horses.This
year will be especially interesting with the recycling theme.” To enter
a pet contact
Cleo at Alchemy at 908 996-7424.
The closing event for
RiverFest will be a charity auction benefiting a variety of
ranging from animal rescue to health care.
The Hunterdon Land
Alliance and the Wine Hut will kick off RiverFest with a special wine
to celebrate the beauty of the Delaware Valley on Friday, August 31st
from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Representatives from six import houses will
pouring a wide variety of wines accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Tickets
$25.00 per person (age 21 or older please) at the door or by calling
Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance at 908-237-4582. Proceeds benefit
Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance’s land preservation and outreach
more information, please visit www.HLTA.org.
Among the “Green”
available to answer questions and give advice will be Flemmington Car
Truck, demonstrating new car hybrid technology on Saturday, and Bucks
Renewables, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting alternatives
the need for reducing dependency on oil products as part of its
focus, and is showcasing electric and partially electric vehicles that
the needs of many commuters while reducing or eliminating air pollution
greenhouse gas emissions. BC Renewables will display three cars:
Dodge Colt, converted to electric when brand-new; a 1985 Volkswagen
fresh from its conversion by a team of automotive technology
instructors and EV
enthusiasts, and the recently converted electric Vanagon.
Also attending will be
Eclectic Architecture, owned and operated by Michael J. Margulies, RA,
AIA. The firm specializes in the use of natural materials,
traditional styles, and following sustainable practices. Projects
both residential and commercial buildings with a focus on
sensitive solutions and beautiful results.
green technology will be Heat Shed, an energy business for 28 years,
themselves for the past 7 years exclusively to solar electric
systems.Heat Shed works in both New
Jersey and Pennsylvania
and has installed approximately 170 kW on residences. Attendees
examples of photovoltaic modules, shingles and laminate.
There will be a silent
auction of “DOGS on the Delaware”
cutouts, decorated by local artists. The auction and that runs all
the bank parking lot, will draw both RiverFest and the year long DOGS
a close with the announcement of winners on Monday afternoon. All
the auction go to identified charities such as River Union Stage,
Land Trust Alliance, Doylestown Free Clinic, and the S.A.V.E. Animal
Parking for the event,
addition to regular town lots, will also be available in a number of
local churches on Saturday and after 12:30 on Sunday. Follow signs.
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Noel Barrett of PBS Antiques Road Show to judge PET SHOW at RiverFest !
The annual Pet Show at RiverFest will feature host and judges Noel
Barrett, known to many as a host of the Antiques Road Show on PBS, and
Paul Savage, a Professor of history, who together also judge the annual
Pet Parade in Carversville PA. The PET SHOW, a favorite event of
the festival, is open for competition for best costumes in several
categories, all under this year's general theme of "RECYCLED
COUTURE". The show will be on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2:30 pm in the
main tent next to the Frenchtown Inn, Frenchtown, NJ. Entrants
are needed! To enter your pet, contact Cleo Sharplin at Alchemy 908
More GREEN GROUPS and Vendors Added to RIVERFEST EVENT !
A number of vendors and not-for-profit groups have been added to the
RiverFest offerings for Sept. 1-3:
Last year's festival "hit," Wolf Rescue, will return all three days for
opportunities to learn about wolves, to pet them and to be photographed
with these remarkable animals. All contributions go the rescue
and protection of these often misunderstood creatures.
Revival Construction is a company that celebrates the tradition and
legacy of craftsmanship. It specializes in reviving antiquated
buildings, adding the warmth of wood, and creating the charm of old
places in new spaces. Revival Construction Company blends artisanship
and a new approach to building, devoting itself to sensitive
restoration and renovation. They will discuss your projects and
Bittersweet Green Design of Solebury PA, which recycles barn wood and
other materials in the construction of mirrors and frames, will have
selections for sale. Sharing space with Bittersweet is a
consultant to architects and builders, who will be available to discuss
green technologies and resources for green products in building and
Saturday from 3:30 - 5:30, the Sergeantsville Farmers Market, a
cooperative featuring organic produce, will discuss organic gardening,
their weekely markets, and offer a chance to win a gift basket of
Floorcloth artist, Judith Moore will exhibit her painted canvases which
are used as rugs. Floorcloths have been used since the 1600's and her
designs are inspired by ancient Roman mosaics. Created to be walked on,
they are extremely durable, one of kind pieces.
River Valley School of Upper Black Eddy will be offering crafts for
kids on Saturday only, as will the Alexandria Historical Society.
Both groups will talk to the public about their missions and about
getting involved in the community.
Also on hand will be health and nutrition counselor, Chris Chamler to
answer your questions and promote balanced diet and living.
Widow McCrea House (Frenchtown) and Chestnut Hill Inn (Milford) will
share information about their B &Bs and the Ship Inn (Milford) and
Frenchtown Inn will both promote their restaurants and discuss their
organic and heart friendly menus.
Returning this year are important jewelers, painters, gourmet food
vendors, and other craft dealers.
Entertainment will be provided on Saturday and Sunday on the main stage
by BLUE NUMBER 9 of New York City, back by popular request! Throughout
the festival music will be provided by local artist Dave Rounsaville,
whose strolling guitar music has become an annual feature of
RiverFest. On Sunday at 12:30 there will again be a gospel
sing featuring choir members from Frenchtown churches. And on
Sunday at 3:30, the annual fashion show in the main tent.
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Frenchtown, retail merchants and restaurants will be marketing green
and organic products. During the festival these merchants will
feature many GREEN specials, and they are also committed to such
products in their ongoing business.
Cleo Sharplin, President of the Frenchtown Business and Professional
Association, sponsor of RiverFest, noted that "many of our members have
been promoting GREEN all along, and RiverFest is opportunity to
showcase the increasing presence of GREEN in our buying and selling
practices. I would be lying to say the positive response has been
universal. It is going to take public pressure to keep this trend
moving along. This is our 3rd year promoting the environment,
preservation and conservation. Some local merchants, utilities,
manufacturers, and markets that could have been at the forefront of our
effort have been disappointingly unresponsive. Still each year we
do see a lot more enthusiasm. So we are proud of the merchants
and restaurants that will provide festival specials!"
[NOTE TO PRESS: what follows is a
sampling of the specials being offered by various merchants in
Frenchtown during the RIVERFEST weekend. Please select ones you
want to include in your article.]
The Spinnery, on Race Street, will have specials on all natural yarn
and during the weekend be giving demonstrations on spinning flax into
Dave Buegler of the Cycle Corner on Bridge Street noted that "We'll
continue to sell bikes, recycle our cardboard, paper and bottles/cans,
and sponsor the HART "Bike To Work" program." On a lighter note,
he also agreed that the Cycle Corner will cease all import,
distribution and sales of internal combustion vehicles of any form or
Coldwell Banker Hearthside Mitchell Williams, not to be outdone by the
Cycle Shop, will indeed go motor free. They will sponsor a
drawing for a free bicycle in their office at 57 Bridge Street. The
bicycle will be displayed in the window starting August 18th.
The Frenchtown Inn goes green with a menu for the festival that
features an organic chicken breast with a fricassee of wild mushroom,
spinach and shallots paired with organic white wine. Colleen Tomko, who
also is a personal trainer, commented on how the fitness and health
trend has influenced the restaurant business, requiring new sources for
organic products. "Customers want to eat healthier and
light. Andrew and I have created menu items we would want when we
go out. We are the first to ask if it was grown locally or what
source it came from." The Inn's research of local farms results in the
freshest produce for healthy, great quality food.
Yoga Loka and Purely Pilates will be giving out information on the Yoga
and Pilates classes and private lessons held at the Yoga Loka studio on
Bridge street. Discounted class blocks will be sold for new
students as well as for current. Also on sale will be CD's and
books, and discount cards will be given out to be used at the
Yoga Loka boutique.
The Book Garden will feature warm greeting cards that do not warm the
planet with paper made from fibers such as sugar cane. There will
also be important books for sale such as Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth
and Danny Seo's Simply Green Parties.
Alchemy Colthing will introduce a new line of all natural bamboo
clothing and scarves, the season's latest GREEN" trend, as well as
their other lines of organic cotton and hemp fabrics. Cleo Sharplin,
owner, has been the driving force behind the RiverFest focus on the
Thistle on Bridge Street goes green by featuring tote bags and purses
made from recycled wool coats and rubber entrance mats made from
recycled tires. Also visitors to the store can register to
receive a gift basket of Fresh Wave products, organic all natural odor
neutralizers, no purchase necessary. Finally, the owners will
demonstrate their own recycling by turning broken Stangl into stylish
Designs for Tranquility, a new, serene art shop, will also highlight
the eco-friendly, renewable resource of Bamboo with a line of home
accents made from Bamboo. To encourage the use of Bamboo in design,
there will be a contest in which local artists will submit designs that
would use various sized Bamboo poles freshly cut from a NJ garden.
According to Jill and Russ Paul, owners, "we will also launch that
weekend the "Green" line from the designer of our best selling ancient
Roman Glass jewelry line."
The Studio will offer discounts of up to 1/3 off retail to promote the
latest line of LEE furniture, "Natural LEE" with fibers made from
recycled materials, wood from certified sustainable growth forests, and
extensive use of soy-based products. In their second store inside
Alchemy, the Studio will offer organic lavender soaps and lotions from
a farm in Bucks County.
Val Sivilli's new shop, Civilian on Harrison Street, features clothing
and T's in natural fibers, organic cottons, and hemp. Val,
designer of the official RiverFest T-shirt for the past three years,
will have this year's GREEN tribute Tee for sale at $22, as will
Alchemy Clothing. They go fast! And check out Val's bright
new mural on the side of her shop.
Kathy Smith Designs will demonstrate her use of reclaimed fabrics and
other materials to construct her wide variety of vintage dolls.