Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 Bait & Boat

Join the Friends of High Point State Park on the beach at Lake Marcia as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. 

BAIT & BOAT FESTIVAL
High Point State Park 
Lake Marcia
Saturday, September 10, 2016
1 pm to 6:30 pm
FREE*

*Donation of $5 or more per boater or family appreciated

(Rain Date Sunday, September 11, 2016, 1 pm - 6:30 pm)

2014 Bait & Boat Festival
This special event is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Participants may borrow one of the Friends’ kayaks or canoes for a short paddle or bring their own non-motorized boat and spend the day exploring. 

2015 Bait & Boat Festival 

Afternoon activities include boat races, fishing & sandcastle contests, pond study, and crafts. An early evening campfire on the beach with s’mores will conclude the festivities. 

2015 Bait & Boat Festival 


*****     Please bring your own picnic snacks and beverages!
Little Lulu's Concession Stand will be CLOSED. *****

2014 Bait & Boat Festival

Schedule of Events
1 pm Boating, Fishing Contest, Sandcastle Contest, and Crafts start
2 pm Boat Race
3 pm Pond Study or Paddle with Park Naturalist
4 pm Boat Race 
4 pm Crafts end
5 pm Boating, Fishing and Sandcastle Contests end
5 pm to 6:30 pm Campfire with s'mores

2015 Bait & Boat Festival Craft Table

2014 Bait & Boat Festival Fishing Contest Winner 
and his little sister

All persons fishing, age sixteen or older, must have and display a valid NJ State fishing license. Please bring your own fishing equipment. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the lake. Participants who plan to bring their own non-motorized boat, remember your PFDs, and stop by the beach for instructions before putting your boat in the water.

2014 Bait & Boat Festival Registration Table
Please note that all boats must be rinsed off before going in the lake to prevent the spread of invasive species!
2013 Bait & Boat Festival


Pack a picnic and bring the whole family for a day of adventure at High Point State Park. The event is FREE, but suggested donations of $5 per family are appreciated. Rain date is Sunday, September 11, 2016.
2015 Bait & Boat Festival

See you on the lake! 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Relax, Restore, Renew

Need a little time to relax...



Meditation on the Mountain
Thursday, August 18, 2016
6: 30 pm - 7:30 pm
HPSP Interpretive Center
Rain or Shine
Free *

*Suggestion $2 donation per participant

Join us on the mountain as we unwind with an hour of meditation and reflection. Various styles of meditation will be practiced. The group will be led through a few styles of contemplation and then given an opportunity to meditate individually. Participants may want to bring a yoga mat or small pillow to sit on and a reusable bottle of water. The program is for adults and mature teens, ages 14 and older. The program is free, although a $2 donation per participant is appreciated.



Remember...

Yoga on the Mountain

Friday, September 16, 6:00 pm

Friday, October 14, 5:30 pm

HPSP Interpretive Center

Rain or Shine

Free*

*Suggested $5 donation per participant



Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body.  All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is cancelled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class is recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. All proceeds go to support Yoga on the Mountain and other Friends of High Point State Park programs.

See you on the mountain!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Fun on the Mountain

The Friends of High Point State Park proudly announce their 
2016 Summer Concert Series!


2016  Summer Concert Series


June 25 – E3 featuring members of Emish 
* Celtic Rock * 

July 16 – Patrick Fitzsimmons

* Contemporary Folk *

Aug 13 – Stephie’s Kitchen

* R&B and Top 40 *


Concerts will take place 6 pm - 8 pm

RAIN or SHINE
(Rain moves concert into Interpretive Center)


IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF IT RAINS:
Please be aware that the maximum capacity for the Interpretive Center is 146 people. Unfortunately, if we reach maximum capacity we will not be able to accommodate all concertgoers who wish to attend and may be required to turn some folks away. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in maintaining a safe and enjoyable concert experience. 

As a reminder, please bring your own chairs to the concert as we have very limited seating available at the Interpretive Center

Please park in the beach parking lot or gravel parking lot near the Interpretive Center and walk to the concert venue. Drop offs near the building will be allowed. Parking at the Interpretive Center is very limited and reserved for the handicap and those with a true need to park near the building due to limitations. Please do not block driveways or roadways with your vehicles. 

A friendly reminder, alcohol is not allowed in the park and there are no concessions at the Interpretive Center. Please bring your own non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. 

Thank you and we hope to see you on the mountain!

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The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them this summer for three magical evenings of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach at Lake Marcia. Spread a blanket out on the grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun! 


E3 featuring members of Emish

Emish, 2014.
To learn more about E3 and Emish,
please visit www.emishmusic.com/


Patrick Fitzsimmons

Patrick Fitzsimmons.
To learn more about Patrick,
please visit www.patrickfitzsimmons.net






How much is admission?
Admission to the summer concert series at High Point State Park is FREE, but donations of $5 or more per adult are greatly appreciated. Children are admitted free.
Please stop by the Friends of HPSP table to make your donation and purchase souvenirs.


PARK ENTRANCE FEES APPLY BEFORE 4 PM

AND WILL BE CHARGED AT THE GATE

CONCERTS START at 6 pm and END at 8 pm


Where is the concert?

All concerts will take place on the beach at Lake Marcia
  • Lawn and beach seating
  • Please bring your own blankets and chairs
  • Umbrellas are permitted 
  • Restrooms nearby
  • Handicapped accessible via paved sidewalk         
  • Picnicking is encouraged
  • Concessions will be available
  • Alcohol is strictly forbidden


What if it rains?
Emish, 2013, HPSP Interpretive Center
In the event of rain, concerts will take place in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center.

  • Please bring your own chairs
  • Restrooms on site
  • Handicapped accessible
  • No concessions available in the Interpretive Center
  • Bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and picnic snacks


Bring the whole family!
Family and friends - everyone is welcome to attend. Pets are not allowed in the Interpretive Center. Service animals are permitted.

  • All concerts are family friendly events
  • Playground, beach, and picnic areas nearby
  • Dogs on leashes are permitted in the park
  • Please do not leave your pets unattended in your car at any time
  • Clean up after your pet - Thank You!



Where can I buy souvenirs?
High Point State Park merchandise is available for purchase at all of our concerts and events.

  • t-shirts & sweatshirts
  • water bottles, bandanas, magnets, postcards
  • Friends of High Point State Park's Music on the Mountain: Performers at High Point State Park CD 

Please stop by the Friends of HPSP merchandise table to make your purchase or donations. Cash and checks accepted, sorry no credit cards.

You may also stop by the High Point State Park Office and purchase merchandise if you can't wait to show off your High Point Pride!


See you on the mountain!


More Summer Programs....

Yoga on the Mountain Series 
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body.  All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is cancelled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class is recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. All proceeds go to support Yoga on the Mountain and other Friends of High Point State Park programs.
Visit our Yoga on the Mountain page for more details and 2016 schedule. Classes will take place once a month May through October. All classes will take place on Fridays.
2016 Summer Dates: 
June 17, 6:30 pm; July 15, 6:30 pm; August 12, 6:30 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
$5 or more donation per participant

Meditation on the Mountain Series
Join us on the mountain as we unwind with an hour of meditation and reflection. Various styles of meditation will be practiced. The group will be led through a few styles of contemplation and then given an opportunity to meditate individually. Participants may want to bring a yoga mat or small pillow to sit on and a reusable bottle of water. The program is for adults and mature teens, ages 14 and older. The program is free, although a $2 donation per participant is appreciated.
Thursday, July 28, 2016 
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Rain or Shine
HPSP Interpretive Center, bring mat or pillow & water
Free, $2 donation per participant suggested


Monday, May 9, 2016

On the Mountain...


    Meditation on the Mountain    

Friday, May 20, 2016
and
Friday, June 24, 2016 
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Rain or Shine
HPSP Interpretive Center
Free, $2 donation per participant appreciated

Join us on the mountain as we unwind with an hour of meditation and reflection. Various styles of meditation will be practiced, including a short meditative walk outside if weather permits. The group will be led through a few styles of contemplation and then given an opportunity to meditate individually. Participants may want to bring a yoga mat or small pillow to sit on and a reusable bottle of water. The program is for adults and mature teens, ages 14 and older. The program is free, although a $2 donation per participant is appreciated.



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    Yoga on the Mountain    

May 13, 2016
6:30 pm
HPSP Interpretive Center
$5 Suggested donation

Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body.  All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is cancelled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class is recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. All proceeds go to support Yoga on the Mountain and other Friends of High Point State Park programs.

Classes will take place once a month May through October. All classes will take place on Fridays in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Suggested donation of $5 or more per participant appreciated.



2016 Yoga Schedule: 
May 13, 6:30 pm
June 17, 6:30 pm
July 15, 6:30 pm
August 12, 6:30 pm
September 16, 6:00 pm
October 14, 5:30 pm.


We hope to see you on the mountain this spring!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Programs


   LAKE CLEAN UP CANCELED   
The Lake Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, May 7 has been canceled due to the weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to do an informal clean up on your own if you want to help keep High Point State Park beautiful anytime you are in the neighborhood. We appreciate your support. See you on the mountain!

We are happy to announce our spring programs and welcome everyone back to High Point State Park!




   Earth Day Meditation on the Mountain   
HPSP Interpretive Center
Friday, April 22, 2016 
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Rain or Shine
Free, $2 donation per participant appreciated

Join us on the mountain as we honor our planet Earth with an hour of meditation and reflection. Various styles of meditation will be practiced, including a short meditative walk outside if weather permits. The group will be led through a few styles of contemplation and then given an opportunity to meditate individually. Participants may want to bring a yoga mat or small pillow to sit on and a reusable bottle of water. The program is for adults and mature teens, ages 14 and older. The program is free, although a $2 donation per participant is appreciated.

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Spring has Sprung Bike Ride
Winter Use Parking Lot
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 am to 1 pm
FREE, $5 donation per rider appreciated

Come enjoy the beauty of spring at High Point State Park! Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride to view emerging spring foliage and flowers. Our route will take us on an 8-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. A few shorts stops will be made along the way to view points of interest and to enjoy a picnic lunch. 

The bike ride is suitable for ages 14 – adult. Helmets are required for all bicycle riders. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch and water. The group will meet at the winter-use parking lot located on Park Ridge Road

No rain date is scheduled, but visitors are welcome to explore on their own. Park maps and suggested routes for bicycling are available in the park office. 

Please email April at aprwne@ptd.net to register and for more information. 

Update: Bike ride participants has a wonderful time! Thank you to everyone who came up the mountain. A special thank you to April for leading the bike ride!





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5th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic
HPSP Interpretive Center
Saturday, April 30, 2016
1 pm to 3 pm, Rain or Shine
FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated
Registration is REQUIRED by April 25
   REGISTRATION FULL - WAIT LIST OPEN      

Families with children ages 2-10, and their favorite teddy bears, are invited to High Point State Park for a spring picnic where they will explore the natural history of the North American Black Bear. Activities will include a bear discovery station, crafts, family story corner, and more. High Point State Park's resident BIG teddy bear will be sitting for portraits - bring your camera!

Please bring your own picnic lunch and teddy bears! Registration is required for this program. The teddy bear picnic is one of our most popular events. Seating is limited. All registrations must be received by Monday, April 25, so that we may plan accordingly. 

To register your family for the teddy bear picnic, please email Michelle at friendshpsp@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION IS FULL - WAIT LIST OPEN

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3rd Annual Lake Clean Up
CANCELED
HPSP Office Parking Lot
Saturday, May 7, 2016
(Rain date Sunday, May 8, 2016)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

The Lake Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, May 7 has been canceled due to the weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to do an informal clean up on your own if you want to help keep High Point State Park beautiful anytime you are in the neighborhood. We appreciate your support. See you on the mountain!

Help keep High Point State Park beautiful! Join us as we clean up trash along the shores and in the waters of Lake Marcia, Steenykill, and Sawmill. Participants should bring their own waterproof footwear, hip-waiters, and work gloves if they have them. Please be aware that participants may get wet and dirty, so keep that in mind and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There will be no swimming. Individuals, families with older children, and groups are welcome to participate in the lake clean up event. Please call 973-702-0488 if you would like more information or have questions about the event.


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Yoga on the Mountain
HPSP Interpretive Center
May 13, 2016
6:30 pm
$5 Suggested donation

Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body.  All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is cancelled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class is recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. All proceeds go to support Yoga on the Mountain and other Friends of High Point State Park programs.

Classes will take place once a month May through October. All classes will take place on Fridays in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Suggested donation of $5 or more per participant appreciated.



2016 Yoga Schedule: 
May 13, 6:30 pm
June 17, 6:30 pm
July 15, 6:30 pm
August 12, 6:30 pm
September 16, 6:00 pm
October 14, 5:30 pm.


We hope to see you on the mountain this spring!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Earth Hour 2016

We are happy see spring paint the mountain green once again. The Friends of High Point State Park have many exciting events planned for this upcoming season so be sure to check out our calendar of events.


In the spirit of going green…
Earth Hour
(Lights out on Monument)
Saturday, March 19, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 pm
Your home or place of business

On the evening of March 19, the Friends of High Point State Park are again participating in Earth Hour. The lights on the Monument will be turned off for the ENTIRE NIGHT in honor of Earth Hour.


Earth Hour started in 2007 in SydneyAustralia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour. It has been growing ever since. On March 27, 2010, Earth Hour set a record when 128 countries and 4,500 cities joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from all over the world such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and Buckingham Palace switched off.  People across the world, from all walks of life, turned off their lights and came together in celebration of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. Participation in Earth Hour has grown to include more than 172 countries and territories.


Earth Hour 2016 will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm (local time). This Earth Hour, we challenge you to go beyond the hour. After you flip the switch and the lights back on, think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up. Go to www.earthhour.org for more information on how to participate in this year’s event.


Thank you! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oh, What Fun!

Thank you to everyone who came up the mountain for our
2016 Winter Festival!


We had a wonderful turnout for the event that was held on Saturday, January 30. Visitors were treated to bird feeder and seasonal crafts; sled dog, ice fishing, and curling demonstrations; free use of snow shoes, a guided winter walk, a children’s sing-a-long, and fireside hot soups, beverages, and treats.  

Warm sunshine brightened everyone’s day and so did the canine visitors from the New Jersey Sled Dog Club.


Thank you to Kathy Murarik and the New Jersey Sled Dog Club for the exciting education program and demonstration. We would also like to thank the owners of the sled dog puppies that came up to share their exuberant little friends with us.


Fun times were had down on Lake Marcia as well with curling and ice fishing demonstrations. Thank you to Dean Roth and Paul Graebena of Plainfield Curling Club for joining us and sharing your excitement and expertise on the ice. To learn more about the sport of curling and the Plainfield Curling Club, please visit www.njcurling.org.


Thank you to Joe Rocco for once again entertaining our young visitors! We appreciate your continued support and friendship.


We would like to thank the New Jersey School of Conservation for their generous loan of snowshoes for the day. We greatly appreciate your annual support! A special thank you to Dr. Randy Fitzgerald, Dr. William Thomas, and Tom Card with the New Jersey School of Conservation/Montclair State University, your generous donation of equipment and time was much appreciated by our participants.


A huge thank you to all our volunteers who give their time and talents to bring smiles to visitors of all ages.




Photos from the event are now available for viewing from our photos page and by clicking here.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the mountain again soon!