WINTERFEST -- Held during February, rustic Camp Jefferson becomes the place to sleigh-ride, toboggan, and snow tube down the hill towards the lake. If Mother Nature cooperates, participants can expect outdoor fun with refreshments in the Community Lodge next to a roaring fire. Ice skating also available, weather permitting.
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.
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 5 beginning at 7 PM at the Jefferson Township Gazebo, which is located in the Municipal Complex at 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
The DJ will be playing some holiday music until the Jefferson Township Middle School Chorus under the direction of Joan Lucas performs “Sweet Singing in the Choir” and leads a holiday sing-a-long. Soon after, Mayor Russ Felter’s 2014 Citizens of the Year Debi Merz and Eric Wilsusen 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 President Richard Yocum 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 refreshments 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 or visit www.jeffersontownship.net (“Residents” tab, Departments, 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 6 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 animal show presented by Wallaby Tales entitled “Mammal Mania” at 12:30pm, holiday music, children’s’ coloring pages, opportunities to write letters to Santa at the North Pole, a Scholastic Book Fair, and a model train display 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 or log on to www.jeffersontownship.net (Tab: Government, Departments, Recreation or Tab: Residents, 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 6 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 or by calling 973-697-3828.
Menorah Lighting scheduled for December 19
On Friday, December 19, a Menorah Lighting Ceremony will be held in Jefferson Township to celebrate the season of Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights. The ceremony to light the Menorah will begin at 7 PM on the grounds of the Municipal Complex at 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ. There will be holiday music, a special Hanukkah reading, guest speakers, and traditional holiday foods and refreshments to follow in the Municipal Building’s Lobby.
The eight-day festival of lights is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and is observed by the kindling of the lights of a special candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. An extra light called a shamash (guard or servant in Hebrew) is also lit each night for the purpose of lighting the others, and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.
Attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the Jefferson Township pantries of non-perishable food items, paper, and/or toiletries.
For further information on this event call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 or log on to www.jeffersontownship.net (Tab: Government, Departments, Recreation/Tab: Residents, Events).