Monday, January 30, 2017

Thank you to everyone who came up the mountain for our
2017 Winter Festival!

We had a wonderful turnout for the event that was held on Saturday, January 29. Photos from the event may be viewed on our Facebook page.

Visitors were treated to bird feeder and seasonal crafts; sled dog and ice fishing demonstrations; guided winter walk; winter weather talk with Nick Stefano; children’s storytime and sing-a-long; and fireside hot soups, beverages, and treats.

Thank you to Kathy Murarik and the New Jersey Sled Dog Club for the exciting education program and demonstration. Thank you to Joe Rocco for once again entertaining our young visitors and Tom Card for guiding our winter walk. We appreciate your continued support and friendship.

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

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




Thursday, December 29, 2016

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...

Please join us for our annual celebration of snow and ice
at High Point State Park!

Snowmen, Art Credit: Kaitlyn Straway


WINTER FESTIVAL

A Celebration of Snow and Ice
At High Point State Park

Saturday, January 28, 2017
(Snow Date Sunday, January 29)
High Point State Park
12 – 3 pm
Free*


Bring Your Family for a Day of Winter Fun

Interpretive Center:
Bird Feeder & Winter Themed Crafts for Children
Cookies & Cocoa by the Fireplace
Storytime & Sing Along
Guided Winter Hike
Snowshoeing#
New Jersey Sled Dog Club Education Program & Demonstration

Lake Marcia:
Plainfield Curling Club Demonstration#
Ice Fishing Demonstration#

(#Ice and snow conditions permitting)

Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park

* Suggested $5 donation per family appreciated



Bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of winter fun. Activities will include winter themed crafts, guided winter hike, story corner, sing along, hot cocoa and cookies by the fire, sled dog program, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and curling demonstrations (conditions permitting). 

Admission to the Winter Festival is FREE, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per family is appreciated.

The New Jersey Dog Sled Club will attend and present an education program and sled dog demonstration.

2016 Winter Festival
Massena Sled Dog Races, photo provided by Kathy Murarik

Kathy on gig at Pine Barrens, photo provided by Kathy Murarik

The Plainfield Curling club will share their love of curling on Lake Marcia so be sure to stop by for a demonstration and to tryout the sport for yourself.

2016 Winter Festival

Winter Festival Schedule 

12 pm – 3 pm Crafts, Cookies & Cocoa, Ice Fishing/Curling Demonstrations, Snowshoeing, and Sled Dogs
12:30 pm Guided Winter Hike
1:30 pm Winter Weather Discussion (tentative) 
2:15 pm Story Time
2:30 pm Sing-Along with Joe Rocco


Snow Date for the Winter Festival is Sunday, January 29, from 12 pm to 3 pm. We will post an update on this page and on Facebook if there is a need to postpone to the snow date. Happy Winter!  

Please Renew Your Friends of High Point State Park Membership in 2017! 


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

Monday, September 12, 2016

Come On Up The Mountain...


Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to visit High Point State Park



Please join the Friends of High Point State Park on the mountain 
this autumn for one of our many wonderful 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.
Friday, September 16, at 6:00 pm
Friday, October 14, at 5:30 pm
HPSP 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.
Friday, September 23, 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

Meditation on the Mountain Series
LOOK - NEW CLASS ADDED! 
Saturday, October 8, 2016 
10 am to 11 am, Rain or Shine
HPSP Interpretive Center
Bring mat or pillow & water
Free, $2 donation per participant suggested

LOOK - NEW PROGRAMS ADDED!
Morning Meditation on the Mountain
Come start your weekend with positive intentions and mindfulness by a warm fire. We will practice various forms of meditation including guided breathing and guided visualization. Leave feeling relaxed, yet revitalized and refreshed!
Perfect for beginners in meditation.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
11 am – 12 pm, HPSP Interpretive Center
Ages 14 years and older
Free, $2 donation per participant appreciated

Stay after the Morning Meditation program for... 
Express Yourself
An opportunity to journal, write poetry, nature sketch, and/or color. Some supplies will be available or bring your own. Tea by the fire will be available.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
12 pm – 12:30 pm, HPSP Interpretive Center
Ages 14 years and older
Free





Project 22  - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join us on the mountain as we share this poignant film and its message of hope. Project 22 follows two combat veterans on a 22 day, 6,500 mile, cross-country motorcycle mission to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide amongst veterans and to spread their message of hope. An estimated 22 veterans take their own lives every single day. The High Point State Park Monument was built to honor all New Jersey veterans. To learn more about Project 22 please visit,
 http://medicinalmissions.com/project-22
Registration is required. Seating is limited. 
The film is appropriate for adults and teens, ages 16 years and older, due to mature content and language. 
Please call 973-702-0488 to register.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
6 pm - 8 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
Free. REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Fall Into Autumn Bicycle Tour

Come enjoy the beauty of autumn at High Point State Park!
Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride to view emerging fall foliage. Our route will take us on an 8-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. We will make a few shorts stops 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. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch, and water. Meet at the winter-use parking lot on Park Ridge Road.
Please email Rob at rthawk@ptd.net for more info & to register.
No rain date is scheduled
Sunday, October 9, 2016
10 am – 1 pm
High Point State Park
Meet at the Winter Use Parking Lot
FREE, donation of $5 per participant appreciated



Open Hearth Cooking
Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a demonstration of open hearth cooking on the Interpretive Center fireplace. Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests and the air will be filled with the aromas of pumpkin and apple. Enjoy a sample tasting of delectable soups, meats, and desserts all cooked fireside.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
11 am to 3 pm, HPSP Interpretive Center
FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated

We hope to see you on the mountain!

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!

***************
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