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    Celebrate Fall on October 22 at Camp Jefferson!

                Jefferson Township, NJ.   The Jefferson Township Recreation Department will host its annual Fall Festival at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road on Saturday, October 22 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, Wisch-Craft Magic Shows at 10:30 am and at 12 noon, Karen’s Pony Rides and Petting Zoo from 10 am to 2 pm, and Monsters University 5-in-1 Combo Inflatable Activity along with a Witch Balloon Artist 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 a trip through the Camp Jefferson Corn Maze.  The Jefferson Township Police Department will be present with safety information and the department’s off-road vehicle, the BD&W Model Train Club display will be open, and there will be a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest and a Candy Corn Contest as well. There will even be a special appearance by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!
    There will be a night-time haunted hayride (nominal fee) throughout the spooky Camp Jefferson grounds during the Haunted House activities. 
    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.   
                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 and Dial-A-Ride Departments to and from off-site 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.  Please follow the directions of the parking attendants.
    The Festival will be host to two collections throughout the day -- The Recreation Department will be accepting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and household cleaning product donations for the local pantries.   Also, the Jefferson Township High School Soccer Association will be collecting usable and wearable clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, and toys.  Please email  to check on items that cannot be accepted. 
     Call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 x4 or x5 for information about its Fall Festival events; log on to, Departments, Recreation; or e-mail   

    Jefferson’s spooktacular Halloween Haunted House returns!
    Following the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s annual Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 22, Jefferson Recreation proudly presents the 28th annual Halloween Haunted House at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong – rain or shine.

    Spooktacular 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 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 4 to 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 22 with regular evening peformances from 7 to 9:30 pm.  On Sunday, October 23, another less frightening children’s hour matinee will run from 4:30 to 5:30 pm with regular 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 alike for all shows, and attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and/or cleaning products to donate to the township food pantries and/or usable and wearable clothing, shoes, accessories, household items and toys to the drive being run by the Jefferson Township High School Boys’ Soccer Association.  Email  to check on what items cannot be accepted.

    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 and the Township’s Dial-A-Ride service 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 Church) both in Lake Hopatcong.

    If you would like to volunteer at this event, email Colleen at For event updates, visit the Haunted House on Facebook at https;// or call Jefferson Recreation at 973-663-8404 x2 for any additional  information.


    Calling all youngsters to Jefferson’s second Power Wheels Race Series
         Join the Jefferson Township Recreation Department for the second Power Wheels Race Series - an fun event!  The 2016 Race Series dates will be held on the following Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 PM:  first race on May 19, second race on May 26, third race on June 2, and the Grand Prix on June 9.  There will be four awesome races each with three separate tracks set up between the Jefferson Township High School at 1010 Weldon Road and the Jefferson Township Middle School (1000 Weldon Road) in parking lot B (under the connecting bridge).
         The Power Wheels Race Series is open to children ages 2 to 8 years old, a responsible adult must accompany all children, and the series’ entry fee is $20 per vehicle.  Eligible participants will race their own “power wheels” type vehicle (a battery- powered vehicle that children drive) around three different tracks that will be set up just for them.  Each racer will compete against others for the best race time.  Medals will be awarded to the top racers at the Jefferson Grand Prix on June 9!
         Participants must wear a bicycle helmet, provide their own power wheels vehicle, and parents must be able to transport the vehicle to and from the racing site.  For the safety of the driver and the sake of this series, the vehicle is NOT to be altered from the manufacturer’s specifications (“stock car”). Altered cars will automatically be disqualified. 
         The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 17, and all checks should be made payable to The Township of Jefferson.  Registration forms are available from the display racks at the Jefferson Township Municipal building, Public Library, and the Recreation office at Camp Jefferson or online at, use the link on the home page for “Form Center” and then to “Recreation Department” and scroll to the Power Wheels form.        Call Recreation Director Grace Rhinesmith at 973-663-8404 option 2 for further information.


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 to coincide with the Recreation Department’s 22nd annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19.  Because the wrath of winter may still be upon us, the event will be held in the Jefferson Township High School gymnasium at 1010 Weldon Road at 1 pm.  The Egg Hunt will take place after the GFWC Jr. Woman’s Club’s 35th 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 Recreation Department’s Scholastic Book Fair where you can shop for the best in children’s books and the Jefferson Township Middle School Student Council/Red Cross Clubs’ Bake Sale table in the school cafeteria.  Follow the signage to each activity’s location.  All proceeds will benefit the Operation Camp Jefferson 2016 Fund to help children in financial need attend the township’s summer day camp program.
               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 - 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.


It’s Winterfest 2016 at Camp Jefferson 
             It’s been several years since the Jefferson Township Recreation Department last
held a Winterfest event. However, as Mother Nature and Jack Frost have suddenly become energized this winter hurling such cold temperatures and a tremendous amount of snow, the Jefferson Township Recreation Department is partnering with the Jefferson Township Chamber of Commerce to host Winterfest 2016 at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ on Saturday, February 13 from 2 to 8 pm.   
            Plans are for a day filled with fun outside activities for all age groups including a roaring bonfire, sledding, snow tubing, and ice skating on the lake (activities will, however, depend on weather conditions, and refreshments in the Community Lodge. Be sure to visit the BD&W’s model train display in the Railroad Cabin, the Camp Jefferson Movie Theater will be open all day, and Jefferson Highlights Community TV will be on hand distributing information for its summer concert series to be held in the Amphitheater.  all activities are absolutely free although there will be a nominal fee for refreshments which will include hot cocoa, hot dogs, and snacks.
             Start thinking of some ideas as there will be a snow sculpture contest between 12 noon and 2 pm, but pre-registration is required with the $5 registration fee due upon arrival at the event.    The registration form is available at through the Forms Center link in the Recreation Department section (on the back of the flyer).
           So, gather up your family and friends along with your own ice skates, sleds, and snow tubes and celebrate winter fun at Camp Jefferson.  Please be advised that there will be absolutely no snowboarding or skiing permitted, and a parent/guardian must accompany children under 14 years of age.
In an attempt to assist in stocking the township’s food pantry for the needy, those attending Winterfest are asked to bring a non-perishable food item and/or paper products.  
            So, get rid of those winter blues on Saturday, February 13 in the great outdoors!  In the event of very inclement weather, the Winterfest will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 20.  For further information, please contact the Jefferson Township Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 for updates.


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