Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall in Love with High Point!

Autumn is a beautiful season to visit High Point State Park!

Lake Marcia, Autumn 2014

Migration is underway, a gentle breeze stirs the changing leaves, and visitors flock to the mountain to enjoy the crisp autumn days. 

Come explore High Point State Park this fall. Bring your friends and family up for a day of fun and join us for our favorite event of the year...

Open Hearth Cooking
Saturday, October 25
11 am – 3 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
FREE* 

*Suggested donation of $5 per family appreciated



Open Hearth, 2013

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. 

Open Hearth, 2013

Seasonal activities for children will be offered.

Story Basket, Open Hearth, 2013
 
Coloring Station, Open Hearth, 2013


Save the date and come be a part of this wonderful day!


Yoga on the Mountain
 
Yoga on the Mountain

There are only two classes left on the 2014 season schedule. Don't miss out!

Friday, October 17, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Saturday, November 8, 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Yoga on the Mountain classes are held in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. 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 donation of $5 or more per class is recommended. 

Interpretive Center, Open Hearth, 2013
    
See you on the mountain!


Friday, September 12, 2014

CANCELLED -Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride

UPDATE - Sorry folks...The Friends of High Point State Park Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride that was scheduled for Saturday, October 4, has been CANCELLED due to the rain and wind forecasted to impact the region. Unfortunately, there is no rain date scheduled for the event. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to offer another guided bicycle ride again in the future. Thank you for supporting the Friends of High Point State Park!
Saturday, October 4,  2014  - CANCELLED
11 am to 2 pm -CANCELLED 
FREE*


Come enjoy the beauty of fall at High Point State Park on Saturday, October 4. Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride on the loop around Park Ridge Road and Sawmill Road


A few shorts stops will be made along the way to point out things of interest. We will bike about 10 miles. Bring your own lunch and we will picnic at Sawmill LakeOn the return, we will walk or ride our bikes along the historical Ayers Trail. 


We will meet at the Winter Parking Lot at 11 am and should be back around 2 pm. Call 973-702-0488 for registration and questions. Suitable for ages 14-adult. Helmets are required for all bicycle riders. 


Meet at the Winter Parking Lot at 11 am. Please bring you own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch and water.

The guided bicycle tour is free, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per participant is appreciated. 

Please call 973-702-0488 with any questions and to register.

See you on the mountain!




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Oh, What a Beautiful Day!

What a wonderful day we had for our Bait & Boat Festival! 

Kayaks on the beach, 2014.

The blue skies and warm sunshine were a fitting end to a beautiful summer. 

Working on his sea turtle sand sculpture, 2014.

Photos from the day are now available for viewing from our photos page.

Boat sailing on Lake Marcia, 2014.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us on Lake Marcia! 




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Bait & Boat Festival - RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

*** POSTPONED TO RAIN DATE***

Sorry folks, 

The Friends of High Point State Park Bait & Boat Festival has been postponed to SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, due to the thunderstorms predicted for Saturday. 

We hope you will join us on Sunday for a fun family day on Lake Marcia. Thank you!

BAIT & BOAT FESTIVAL
Lake Marcia
Sunday, September 7, 2014
1 pm to 6:30 pm
FREE*

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

***********

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
Lake Marcia
Saturday, September 6, 2014
1 pm to 6:30 pm
FREE*

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

(Rain Date Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1 pm - 6:30 pm)

Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

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. 


Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Afternoon activities include boat races, fishing contest, nature paddle, and crafts. An early evening campfire on the beach with s’mores will conclude the festivities. 

*****     Little Lulu's Concession Stand will be OPEN    *****

Schedule of Events
1 pm Boating, Fishing Contest, Crafts start
2 pm Boat Race
3 pm Interpretive Paddle with Park Naturalist
4 pm Boat Race
4 pm Crafts end
4:30 pm Fishing Contest ends
5 pm Boating ends
5 pm to 6:30 pm Campfire with s'mores


Fishing Contest, Bait & Boat Festival , 2013.

Crafts, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Playing with boat craft, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Playing with boat craft, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Nature Paddle with Park Naturalist, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

S'more family fun at the Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

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.

Ready to go boating at the Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.


All boats must be rinsed off before going in the lake
 to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Little Lulu's Concessions Stand will be OPEN!


Pack a picnic, or let Little Lulu's Concession Stand do the cooking, and bring the whole family for a day of adventure at High Point State Park. The event is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Rain date is Sunday, September 7, 2014.

See you on the lake! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Summer Concert Series

The Friends of High Point State Park proudly announce their 
2014 Summer Concert Series!


2014 Summer Concert Series

June 28 Culver's Gap – Bluegrass
July 19 Ray Sikora - Beach Music
August 16 Emish - Celtic Rock

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. 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! 


Ray Sikora





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 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. 






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 from beach parking lot.
Picnicking is encouraged. 
Alcohol is strictly forbidden.
Concessions may be available.
Emish, HPSP Interpretive Center, 2013.
What if it rains?
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. Building is handicapped accessible. 
There are no concessions available in the Interpretive Center, please bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and picnic snacks.



Bring the whole family!
All concerts are family friendly events. Dogs on leashes are permitted in the park. Please do not leave your pets unattended in your car at any time. 







Where can I buy souvenirs?
High Point State Park merchandise such as 
t-shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas, magnets, postcards and the Friends of HPSP Music on the Mountain:Performers at High Point State Park CD are available for purchase at all of our concerts and events. Please stop by the Friends of HPSP table to make your purchase. Cash and checks accepted, sorry no credit cards.

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




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See you on the mountain!








































Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mountain Top Dance

The Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring a 
Mountain Top Square and Line Dance!

Saturday, June 7, 2014
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
*Free

Come kick up your heels and swing your partner! Adults and teens are cordially invited to High Point State Park for an early evening of square and line dancing. 


Professional square dance caller and dance instructor Howard Richman will be sure to keep you entertained and on the dance floor all evening. 



Refreshments will be available. Alcohol is prohibited. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone that stays on the premises.



Admission to the Mountain Top Dance is FREE, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per dancer is appreciated. 

To learn more about Howard Richman, please visit www.cateringcowboy.com/squaredance1.html


The Friends of High Point State Park are excited to announce their 2014 Summer Concert Series Line-Up!



2014 Summer Concert Series

June 28 Culver's Gap - Bluegrass

July19 Ray Sikora - Beach Music

August 16 Emish - Celtic Rock



Check out our Summer Concert Series page for more information.

See you on the mountain!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Help Keep High Point Beautiful!

The Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring a Lake Clean Up at High Point State Park!


Lake Clean Up
Saturday, May 3, 2014
(Rain date is Sunday, May 4, 2014)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

Help keep High Point State Park beautiful. Join the Friends of High Point State Park as they clean up trash along the shores and in the shallow waters of Lake Marcia, and Steenykill and Sawmill Lakes


Participants should bring their own waterproof footwear, hip-waiters, and work gloves if they have them. Participants may get wet and dirty, wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No swimming permitted. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome to participate.


Email friendshpsp@gmail.com or call the Park Office 973-875-4800 for more information and to register. Rain date is Sunday, May 4, 2014. 

Sign in at Park Office between 1 pm - 1:30 pm to receive lake assignment and trash bags. 


See you on the mountain!