Welcome to the Friends of High Point State Park blog! We are glad you are here. Feel free to take a look around and make yourself at home. Learn about the Friends of High Point State Park and our activities. Save the date and join us on the mountain for our upcoming programs. We greatly appreciate your support. Please consider becoming a member, sponsor, or dedicated volunteer. Thank you for visiting.
The Friends of High Point State Park is managed and
supported by a small group of dedicated volunteers. These individuals
generously lend their time and talents to sustain our organization and bring
special events and programs to the High PointState Park community.
Our volunteers work throughout the year to create and
present programs that entice visitors to the park and make their experience on
the mountain memorable. Behind the scenes, our volunteers maintain
and build our organization, continuing our mission to foster and support the
historical, scientific, educational, interpretive, recreational, and natural
resource management activities at High PointState Park.
The next time you visit High PointState Park and
attend an event sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, look for
these familiar faces and take a moment to say thank you!
Lynn Panico President of the Friends of High PointState Park
Chris Panico Volunteer
Lynn and Chris spend time at High PointState Park throughout
the year, enjoying various seasonal activities ranging from snowshoeing,
bicycling, and kayaking, to hiking with their dogs. Lynn also coordinates our Yoga on the
Mountain and Summer Concert Series, dedicating many hours to bringing talented
instructors and local musicians to the park for the community to enjoy.
Michelle Stubbings Vice-President of the Friends of High PointState Park
Michelle enjoys exploring and photographing High PointState Park. She can often be found
behind a camera documenting our events and at the craft table helping our young
visitors discover their creativity. A talented baker, Michelle fills our
refreshment tables with many homemade treats. Michelle is also our media
coordinator and is responsible for producing our press and media; editing our
newsletter, The Monument; and maintaining our blog and Facebook page.
Roberta Bramhall Secretary of the Friends of High PointState Park
Roberta is queen of the open hearth and is the longest
reigning volunteer at High PointState Park. Over the years,
she has given much of her time and talents to the place she loves so dearly. At
our next event, take a moment to look at the wonderful book of memories from
our past events that she has put together.
“Since I was a child, living in EssexCounty, High PointState Park
has been a destination, to which my father’s car never achieved. Finally, in
1958 I was in a car that made it up the hill. We had a picnic by SawmillLake, and I fell in love with the park
and its surroundings. I have been involved with camping at SawmillLake
and giving programs on beavers and other assorted topics since 1961. My
favorite aspect of the park has been watching the beavers and hearing the
sounds of the birds and other animals at dawn, dusk and evening. I so enjoyed
swimming at Sawmill Pond in the past and walking the various trails, especially
the Kuser Trail, which is simply a most beautiful loop. I am proud to be a
member and officer of the Friends of High Point, which I think, is a terrific
organization.” – Roberta Bramhall
Mark Graham Treasurer of the Friends of High PointState Park
Mark lends his time and financial talents to ensure that
every penny of your donation dollars are counted and spent wisely. He also
lends his donut frying expertise to our Open Hearth and Winter Festival.
Susan lends her time and talents to order and maintain our
merchandise inventory. She may often be found at our sales table helping
visitors pick out the perfect souvenir to commemorate their trip to High PointState Park.
Michael shares his love of High Point with visitor throughout the year.
He may often be found rowing people around Lake Marcia at our Bait & Boat
Festival, leading bike hikes in the fall, rediscovering the art of ice fishing
at our Winter Festival, and graciously accepting your donations at our Summer
Candace is one of our newest volunteers. She has enjoyed helping
young visitors make bird seed crafts at our Winter Festival and welcoming visitors at our Summer Concert Series and Bait & Boat Festival.
Tammy is one of our newest volunteers. She has enjoyed helping visitors at our many events and handing out ribbons to our boat race winners at the Bait & Boat Festival.