EASTER EGG HUNT -- Open to families with young children age 9 and under, this event occurs the second Saturday before Easter at Camp Jefferson. 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.
Hippity, hop - The Easter Bunny is coming to Jefferson!
Time to think spring because the Easter Bunny has scheduled a visit to Jefferson Township on April 1, 2017. Because the wrath of winter and sometimes the warmth of spring, may be upon us, the event will be held in the Jefferson Township Middle School gymnasium at 1000 Weldon Road at 1 pm. The Egg Hunt will take place after the GFWC Jr. Woman’s Club’s 36th annual Bunny Brunch being held at the Jefferson Township High School cafeteria that morning.
The Egg Hunt is open to all children up to 9 years of age who are Jefferson Township residents. Each child should bring his/her own basket to collect the eggs, and there will be a maximum of ten eggs allowed per basket. All children will receive a gift from the Easter Bunny, and there will be opportunities to take photographs with him, so parents should be sure to bring a camera.
Everyone is also encouraged to stop by the Jefferson Township Middle School Student Council/Red Cross Clubs’ Bake Sale table in the school cafeteria. Follow the signage to the activity’s location. All proceeds will benefit the Operation Camp Jefferson 2017 Fund to help children in financial need attend the township’s summer day camp program at Camp Jefferson.
The Recreation Department will be accepting donations for township residents in need of food through the township’s food pantries. Especially needed are non-perishable food items, but paper products, household products, and/or toiletries will also be accepted.
There is no admission charge to participate in the Egg Hunt. For information/directions, call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 or visit www.jeffersontownship.net - Departments, Recreation or the Events section.
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.
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.
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 2 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, Mayor Russ Felter’s 2016 Citizens of the Year Janet Breckenridge and Richard Yocum are expected to throw the light switch to light up the gazebo and all the trees in the municipal complex!
Following that, the children will be gathered around to listen to a reading of the holiday classic “The Night Before Christmas” by Jefferson Township Council Vice President Debi Merz 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 hot chocolate and coffee provide by Casa Bianca Banquets and Catering and cookies and snacks provided by the Recreation Department 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 items to donate to the township’s three food pantries to help the needy in the community.
This Tree Lighting event will also usher in the Jefferson Arts Committee’s Christmas in the Village weekend of events. For further information call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 ext 4 or 5 or visit www.jeffersontownship.net (Departments Tab, Recreation, Special Events). Christmas in the Village information can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org or by calling 973-697-3828.
Santa Claus is coming to town...Jefferson Township that is!
It will soon be that time of year again when children everywhere anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus, and the Jefferson Township Recreation Department will help fulfill those dreams even before December 25th arrives!
So gather up those eager children and join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph on Saturday, December 3 at the Community Lodge at Camp Jefferson located at 81 Weldon Road. Santa will visit with the children from 10am to 3pm (note that Santa & Mrs. Claus will take a lunch break from 12:30 to 1pm) and hand out candy canes and good wishes.
In addition to visiting with Santa, there will be a special live show (details TBA) holiday music, children’s’ coloring pages, opportunities to write letters to Santa at the North Pole, and a Scholastic Book Fair for everyone to enjoy. In addition, Santa will have small gifts for the children, and beverages and food items will be available for a nominal fee from the Jefferson Township Middle School Student Council and the Red Cross Club. Everyone is invited to come and join in the excitement and encouraged to bring their cameras, smart phones, and/or other electronic devices to catch those memorable shots of a child on Santa’s lap.
Also stop by the North Pole Cinema at the Camp Jefferson Theater hosted by Jefferson Highlights for some holiday movies, and the Train Station at Camp Jefferson to view the beautiful train display constructed by the BD&W Railroad Club.
Everyone is asked to make a donation to the Jefferson Township Food Pantries. Suggestions include non-perishable food items, paper products, household cleaning products, and/or toiletries to restock the township’s three food pantries.
For further information on this event call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 ext. 4 or 5 or log on to www.jeffersontownship.net (Tab: Departments, Recreation, Special Events).
The Jefferson Arts Committee will also be celebrating Christmas in the Village with live entertainment, events, and contests in the historic Milton Village on December 3 at the Jefferson Township Museum, Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Milton First Aid Squad, American Legion Post #423, and the Milton United Methodist Church. Information can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org, Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook, or by calling 973-697-3828.