Jefferson’s spooktacular Halloween Haunted House returns to Camp Jefferson!
Following the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s annual Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 19, Jefferson Recreation proudly presents the 31st annual Halloween Haunted House at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong rain or shine – with performances again on Sunday, October 20. This show is “Escape from Lakeside Hospital” and promises to be spooktacular!
Ghostly spirits will inhabit the completely transformed Community Lodge where eerie scenarios will unfold in dark and scary rooms causing you to laugh and scream your way through a diverse gathering of ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, random creatures, and things that go bump in the night! Spirits will be roaming the outside grounds as well, and DJ Earl of Sound Solutions Entertainment will be playing some bloodcurdling music for the monster mash to get the ghouls dancing. If you dare, take a haunted hay ride (a nominal fee) through the dark and mysterious woods and hold on so you don’t jump out of your skin along the road!
There will be a matinee performance (a less frightening children’s hour suggested for 5th graders and younger) from 3:30 to 5 pm on Saturday, October 19 with regular scary evening peformances from 7 to 9:30 pm. On Sunday, October 20, another less frightening children’s hour matinee will run from 3:30 to 4:30 pm with regular scary evening performances from 6 to 8 pm. MaMa’s Road Kill Café will be offering eats and refreshments at a nominal price.
Admission to the Haunted House is $3 for adults and children for the matinee “less scary” performances and $5 per adults and children for the scary evening performances. Attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and/or cleaning products to donate to the township food pantries.
When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants for on-site parking. To accommodate overflow parking, continuous shuttle service will be provided by the Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson bus and the Township’s Dial-A-Ride van to and from the Board of Education’s Central Office Building’s parking lot at 31 Route 181 and the Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School’s parking lot at 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road adjacent to Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church) both in Lake Hopatcong.
If you would like to volunteer at this event, email JTownHauntedHouse@gmail.com. For event updates, visit JTHauntedHouse on FACEBOOK, Instagram at JeffersonHauntedHouse, or call Grace Rhinesmith, Director of Recreation at 973-663-8404 option 2.
Celebrate Fall on October 19 at Camp Jefferson’s Fall Festival!
The Jefferson Township Recreation Department will host its annual Fall Festival at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road on Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to 3 pm. This event and all activities are free to the public except where noted.
Confirmed entertainment will include music by DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions (10 am to 3 pm), Wallaby Tales’ Eyes of the Wild live Creepy-Crawly animal show (11:30 am), Wil Shaw’s Juggling performance (10:30 am), Tweedles’ Balloon Artistry (12 noon to 3 pm), Freedom Fields Farms’ Pony Rides and Petting Zoo (10 am to 2:30 pm), and a two-lane Inflatable Slide and the Monsters Inc. Bouncer Inflatable Activity from 10 am to 3 pm. There will also be daytime hayrides, a fall coloring activity, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin picking in the Pumpkin Patch, and the Camp Jefferson Corn Maze. The BD&W Model Train Club display will be open to the public, and there will be a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest and a Candy Corn Contest. Representatives from the NJ Forest Fire Service and Smoky Bear, Jefferson Township Office of Emergency Management, the Jefferson Rescue Squad, Morris County School of Technology-Health Services Academy, and Jefferson Township Police Department-Community Services Division will be present with information. There will be a special appearance by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!
Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day with proceeds to benefit “Operation Camp Jefferson”, a scholarship fund set up for needy families so their children can have a summer day camp experience next year. Members of the Jefferson Township Middle School Student Council and Red Cross Club will be volunteering at the refreshment table, and the Student Council members will be selling Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars to benefit their community programs including food drives and toy drives.
There will be a night-time haunted hayride (nominal fee) throughout the spooky Camp Jefferson grounds during the Haunted House activities with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson Teen Scene program
When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants. Continuous shuttle service for overflow parking will be provided by the Township’s Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson bus and a Dial-A-Ride van to and from off-site parking locations at the Board of Education’s Central Offices Building at 31 Route 181 and at Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School, 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road), both in Lake Hopatcong.
The Recreation Department will be accepting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and household cleaning product donations for the local pantries throughout the day’s events.
Call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 x4 or x5 for information about its Fall Festival events; log on to www.jeffersontownship.net, Departments, Recreation; https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonMunicipalOffices or e-mail CPUNTURIERI@jeffersontownship.net
Township Christmas Tree to be lit and Santa arrives!
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the Jefferson Township Recreation Department is busy preparing the way for festivities to usher in the holiday season. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Friday night, December 6, 2019 beginning at 7 PM at the Jefferson Township Gazebo, which is located in the Municipal Complex at 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
DJ Matt will be playing some holiday music until the Jefferson Township Middle School Chorus under the direction of Danielle Schreck performs “Sweet Singing in the Choir” and leads a holiday sing-a-long. Soon after, the switch will be thrown to light up the township Christmas tree in the gazebo and all the trees in the municipal complex!
Following that, the children will be gathered around Jefferson Township Council President Debi Merz to listen to a reading of the holiday classic “The Night Before Christmas” as they eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus.
When the time is right, Santa will enter the complex on his sleigh via a decorated Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1 fire truck! The man in the red suit will visit with the children and hand out candy canes, and his sidekick Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is expected to be joining him. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate with desserts will be available in the Municipal Building’s Lobby following the event.
Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, paper product, household cleaning product, and/or toiletry item to donate to the township’s three food pantries to help the needy in the community.
This Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival in Jefferson Township events will also usher in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s Visit with Santa at Camp Jefferson on Saturday, December 7 from 10 am to 3 pm.
For further information call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 ext 4 or 5 or visit www.jeffersontownship.net or Jefferson Township on Facebook.
The Jefferson Arts Committee continues the holiday weekend with its Christmas in the Village events on Saturday, December 7 with some additional events on Sunday as well. Information can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org, Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook, www.TheJeffersonChronicle.com, www.MyLakeNews.com, or by calling 973-697-3828.
Third Annual Police Bike ’n Trike
The Jefferson Township Police Department is hosting its third annual Police Bike ’n’ Trike event as part of Mayor Eric Wilsusen’s Wellness Campaign. The ride around Lake Shawnee takes place on Saturday, June 1 at 9 am (rain or shine).
Registration is online through Community Pass http://www.communitypass.net. Log in to an existing account or follow the prompts to set one up, and then choose The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign 2019 as the season and register for the Bike ‘n Trike event.
Adults and children of all ages are welcome to participate in this free event. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and all children through age 16 must wear a helmet. Cyclists can begin checking in at 8 am at Stanlick School, 121 East Shawnee Trail, Wharton (Jefferson Township).
Bikers up to age 12 will travel a one-mile loop going left out of the school parking lot, turning around at the intersection of Hurdtown and Shawnee Trail, and heading back to the school. Police officers will follow on their bikes, and the children’s goal is to complete the loop and beat the police back to the school!
Bikers 13 and older (and younger riders if they choose) will have the option of completing a larger 2.5-mile loop that will continue past the school, go all the way around the lake, and then return back to Stanlick School.
As part of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, this FREE event is offered to encourage residents of all ages to get out and get healthy. Healthy refreshments will be served in the school’s all-purpose room for bikers to enjoy after their ride.
For registration assistance, contact the Recreation Department office at 973-663-8404 x4 or CPUNTURIERI@jeffersontownship.net.
HOLIDAYS AT CAMP JEFFERSON -- Held on a Saturday in early December, the rustic Community Lodge at Camp Jefferson is transformed into a winter wonderland. Come visit with Rudolph, Frosty, and most importantly, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves. Music, refreshments, story time, and coloring are the norm for the day. Bring your cameras for great pictures
EASTER EGG HUNT -- Open to families with young children age 9 and under, this event occurs the second Saturday before Easter at either the Jefferson Township Middle School or the Jefferson Township High School (be sure to check the current flyer/press release for location). There are traditionally three separate groups consisting of age two and under, age three to five year olds, and six to eight year olds. Children get to visit with the Easter Bunny and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.
FALL FESTIVAL & HAUNTED HOUSE -- Usually scheduled the second Saturday before Halloween, this event takes place at Camp Jefferson with refreshments, hayrides, pumpkin painting, and other fun events.