There's No Place Like Hope!
After a long trip, it's nice to look forward to coming home. At the end of the day, there's really no place like it. I own a sweet little house and an equally special little barn in Hope, NJ. Both waited patiently for my return and both, I might add, behaved themselves beautifully in my absence. Now it's my turn to return the favor by decorating them for the season. In the meantime, however, there's a lot going on around this neck of the northwest woods of NJ. Here's a brief run-down:
The Hope Christmas Craft Market is a town wide event that offers 3 juried buildings the Hope Elementary School, Hope Grange, and Community Center with over 125 artisans. The St John Methodist Church, St. Luke and St. Mary Episcopal Church , Hope Fire Department, and the Inn at Mill Race Pond also host amazing non juried vendors. Don't forget to visit Main street and the distinctive shops with gifts for every taste. Visit it from 10-4 both days! If you have a child along on that day, don't forget to stop by Burgdorff Real Estate's office (2 Walnut Street-corner of Rte 519) for a picture with Santa plus hot cider.
....And, if you are interested in exploring properties in the area, be sure to ask one of Santas "helpers" about the local inventory of beautiful homes and land.
A Moravian Christmas begins at the Hope Community Center at 5 PM on Saturday, December 8. There will be a live Nativity Scene, a reading from Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" and a visit from St. Nick, as well as a Lantern Tour of the town of Hope. The evening will end at 7:30 PM, with a candlelight service at St. John's Methodist Church on High Street. Food will be available for purchase that evening. Entertainment will be on-going in the community center. For reservations (adult) call Sunrise Farms at 908-459-5643. Tickets will be available at the door ($15). All children under 12 go Free. Please note: In case of rain, the walk and tour will be rescheduled for December 9 at the same time.
Hope is very proud of its unique stone buildings and the history they represent. For more information about our heritage, you might wish to visit the Hope Historical Society. It will be open during the December 8 tour.
323 High Street (Route 519 N)
Visit the Museum during the Craft Market (Dec. 1 & 2) to purchase items at the white elephant sale fundraiser. One year, I found the most wonderful "antique" Christmas tree stand there.
If you are interested in learning more about this unique section of Northwest NJ, please contact me through this website or via email. I have a special place in my heart for this area and I would be thrilled to show you my barn and property - just for the fun of it. (No ulterior motive since I am not selling.) I'm proud of the property and what it represents and I'd love to share it with you. Here's a picture of my barn where friends and family frequently stay when they need a little get-a-way but need to be in easy driving distance of NYC.
Any thoughts, questions, comments or wishes, please be sure to contact me at email@example.com I'll be returning before Christmas with further info on interesting things to do during this beautiful month in this part of historic New Jersey, but I'm always on hand.