Saturday, September 30, 2017

Autumn Splendor

Thank you for visiting! 
Please note, we will be phasing out this blog at the end of 2017. 

We have a NEW WEBSITE! Details may be found at the end of this post. If you can't wait, you may also visit www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org.
  
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
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body.  All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat and water. 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 Lynn at 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, October 13, 2017, at 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:30 am
HPSP Interpretive Center
$5 or more donation per participant


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 15, 2017
11 am – 1 pm
FREE, $5 donation per participant appreciated


TUESDAY TREKKERS
The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join Volunteer April Oleksy to hike & explore the trails of High Point State Park. Please make sure you bring water to stay hydrated while hiking. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike at one of the picnic areas. Hikes are weather permitting and can be cancelled due to extreme weather. For meeting place and questions please call the park office @ 973-875-4800. 
No rain date is scheduled
Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Monument Trail
*Please meet at the Interpretive Center parking lot. Parking for the Monument Trail is in the gravel lot you enter before going up the road to the Interpretive Center. Please note that parking at the Interpretive Center is limited. Thank you.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017:  Sawmill Lake & Blue Dot Trail
Hikes begin at 10:30 am, Bring water and lunch (optional)
FREE, $5 donation 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 28, 2017
11 am to 3 pm, HPSP Interpretive Center
FREE, $5 donation or more per family appreciated


PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE!
We now have a new website to better serve our members and community.
You may now join the Friends of HPSP, renew your membership, and make donations online. You are now able to contact us by sending a message directly from our website. Best of all, the website has an interactive calendar allowing you to add our events to your calendar and share with your friends. 
Please visit our new website today! 
www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org

We hope to see you on the mountain!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Goodbye Summer...

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 9, 2017
1 pm to 6 pm
FREE*

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

Rain Date is Sunday
September 10, 2017, 1 pm - 6 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, Park Naturalist Program, and crafts. An early evening campfire on the beach with s’mores will conclude the festivities. 



2015 Bait & Boat Festival 



2014 Bait & Boat Festival

Schedule of Events
1 pm Boating, Fishing Contest, Sandcastle Contest, and Crafts start
2 pm Boat Race
3 pm Park Naturalist Program
4 pm Boat Race 
4 pm Crafts end
5 pm Boating, Fishing and Sandcastle Contests end
5 pm to 6 pm Campfire with S'mores



2012 Boat Race


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. Concessions may be available. The event is FREE, but suggested donations of $5 per family are appreciated. Rain date is Sunday, September 10, 2017.



2015 Bait & Boat Festival

See you on the lake! 


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer on the Mountain

Weather Reminder: 
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved into the HPSP Interpretive Center. Please bring your own chairs. Additionally, please bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and snacks if desired.

*****

The Friends of High Point State Park 
proudly announce their
2017 Summer Concert Series!


2017 Summer Concert Series

June 24: Culver Gap
*Bluegrass*

July 15: Mike Lawlor & Friends
*Acoustic Rock*

August 12: Country Comfort
*Country*


Concerts will take place 6 pm - 8 pm
RAIN or SHINE

(Rain moves concert into Interpretive Center)


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! 

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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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 (Rain moves concert into the Interpretive Center)
  • 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 2017 schedule. Classes will take place once a month April through November.
2017 Summer Dates: 
June 16, 6:30 pm; July 14, 6:30 pm; August 11, 6:30 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
$5 or more donation per participant

Monday Movers: Lake Marcia
The Friends of High Point State Park invites you to join Volunteer April Oleksy to hike & explore the trail around Lake Marcia. Please make sure you bring water to stay hydrated while hiking. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike at one of the picnic areas. Hikes are weather permitting and can be cancelled due to extreme weather. For meeting place and questions please call the park office @ 973-875-4800. Please note that parking fees may apply. See our 2017 schedule of events page for additional Monday Mover autumn hikes. 
No Raindate Scheduled
Monday, August 7, 2017
10:30 am, Bring water and lunch (optional)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring is almost here!

We encourage everyone to venture out and enjoy High Point State Park this spring. Come on up the mountain and explore the top of New Jersey!

Learn more about High Point State Park, find current information on park hours/fees/advisories, and download NEW trail maps & guides, by visiting the official High Point State Park website:




OUR SPRING PROGRAMS & EVENTS:

Join our efforts as we once again take part in Earth Hour...






Earth Hour Observation
(Lights out on Monument)
Your home or place of business
Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:30 – 9:30 pm





On the evening of March 25, 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 162 countries and territories.

Earth Hour 2017 will take place on Saturday, March 25, 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.


Join us in honoring the Earth as we kick off our Yoga on the Mountain series with a special Earth Day Yoga and Meditation...








Earth Day Yoga & Meditation 
Saturday, April 22, 2017 
10:30 am to 12 pm
Rain or Shine
HPSP Interpretive Center
$5 donation









NEW PROGRAM INFORMATION:
Come join us for a uniquely exciting yoga class infused through out the class with meditations and reflections on Earth Day. Norma Brand will lead the yoga. Lynn Panico will guide the meditations. Beginners are welcome. Recommended for ages 16 and older. We will begin and end the class with a short drum circle; so bring your drums if you have one. (A few extra drums and yoga mats are available.) A $5.00 donation is appreciated. Questions call Lynn 973-702-0488. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.


Come out of hibernation and celebrate spring at our Teddy Bear Picnic…








6th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, April 29, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Rain or Shine
HPSP Interpretive Center
FREE/$5 donation










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 24, so that we may plan accordingly. To register your family for the teddy bear picnic, please email Michelle at friendshpsp@gmail.com. Registration is REQUIRED by April 24   


Lend a helping hand to keep High Point State Park beautiful this spring and join our Lake Clean Up...






4th Annual Lake Clean Up - CANCELLED
Saturday, May 6, 2017
(Rain date Sunday, May 7, 2017)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to rain forecasted for the weekend,  our organized lake clean up has been cancelled. We encourage visitors to help keep High Point beautiful - please pick up your trash and take it home with you. Thank you!


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. Meet at the HPSP Office Parking Lot. 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. 


Come explore High Point with us on our Spring Has Sprung Bike Ride...  





Spring has Sprung Bike Ride
Sunday, May 7
11 am to 1 pm
FREE, $5 donation per rider






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 Rob at rthawk@ptd.net for more info & to register.


Come Explore and Get Moving...




Monday Movers
Cedar Bog/Monument Trail Hike
Monday, May 15
10:30 am - 1:30 pm







The Friends of High Point State Park invites you to join Volunteer April Oleksy to hike & explore The Cedar Swamp & Monument Trail. Drive through the High Point State Park entrance then drive to the end of the road in the Cedar Swamp Picnic Area and that is the trail head parking lot. The trail begins at the yellow gate. The Cedar Swamp Trail follows a closed road into the Atlantic white cedar bog area in the Kuser Natural Area, then forks and circles around the perimeter of the bog. After walking over the boardwalk we will be taking a left into a section of the Monument trail. This part of the trail offers some of the best views in the park extending along the top of the mountain ridges almost to the New York border. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930's, sets of stone stairs and borders display their workmanship. The Cedar Swamp Trail is a 2 mile easy loop that is mostly flat, paved, gravel & boardwalk. We will be doing half of the loop then we will be taking the Monument Trail, which is a moderate to difficult rocky trail with steep climbs. After reaching the top, we will loop around coming back to the parking area. Our hike will be approximately 4 miles and usually takes between 1 1/2 - 2 hours to complete. Please make sure you bring water to stay hydrated while hiking. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch and join April after the hike at one of the picnic areas. Hikes are weather permitting and can be cancelled due to extreme weather. If you have any questions please call the park office @ 973-875-4800.


Visit our 2017 Schedule of Events page for summer and fall programs. See you on the mountain!




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!