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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Garage Sales, Art and Craft Shows, a Clothing Drive, Animals and Honey – Hope’s Green Fair Had It All!

Hope’s Green Fair attracted a large crowd to see a diverse array of informative displays. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.
The room was filled with the songs of Exit 12, the duo of Craig Evens and Brian Kathenes. They entertained shoppers with their soothing songs, invoking all to sing along. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.

Saturday, April 27, was Hope Township’s 11th-year Green Fair. The fair was mostly located in the Hope School at 320 Johnsonburg Road with over 50 exhibitors, raffles and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Forestry Service giving away tree seedlings. There was something for everyone and some visitors may have had a new addition to the family by adopting a puppy from Warren County (NJ) Puppy Power. 

There was a solo watercolor show at the Moravian Distillery showing 65 original paintings by Donald Hazen Brown, a lifetime collection. The show is a tribute to a man who has served the community as a pastor, a beloved family man and an artist beautifully rendering his mastery of light. This show ran for two days, Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from the show were donated to local food pantries. For more info on Brown, visit Brown Art Foundation at dhbrown.org.  

Solo art show at the Moravian Distillery featured Donald Hazen Brown’s lifetime watercolor collection of 65 paintings. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.
Donald Hazen Brown’s “Autumn Lake Scene” painted on rice paper. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.
“Stone Entryway” by Donald Hazen Brown. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.

An organization worth mentioning was “Haven of Hope.” President of the board Amy Hovell said, “HOH for Kids is celebrating its 20th season of helping families of children with life-threatening illnesses and debilitating diagnoses. We welcome volunteers to work directly with our families or assist behind the scenes to provide a relaxing country vacation for children and their families in urban New Jersey. Please check out our website at havenofhope.org.”

Several tables were filled with recycled ideas provided by The Green Team. They featured Christmas ornaments made from plastic soda bottles, greeting cards, magazines and newspapers. Monica Sobon said, “There will be some free workshops in September at the community center. For info on our upcoming events, call 908-459-5011, ext. 1.”

Upcycled inspiration of recycled materials. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.

Dove Environmental Center was on hand with captivating exhibits and grab-andogo crafts. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.

Local honey was sold at Bee to the Hive by Bert and Janice Haderer, beekeepers since 2013, 201-230-6499. Their dark honey won the New Jersey Beekeepers Association Best of Show awards in 2021 and 2022. Their creamy honey has also won awards and is one of their best sellers. Photo by MB Journe, 04/2024.

A town-wide yard sale also took place in Hope, drawing visitors to the craft fair events at the community center, another art show at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hope and the clothing drive at the firehouse.

The Explore Warren table was very informative where Erin Bernetti and Holly Luberto cheerfully greeted visitors and gave away information on the organization. There is so much to do in Warren County.

“The Explore Warren team is once again delighted to kick off 2024 promoting fun things to do in Warren County, with this Go Green in Hope, family-friendly event,” stated Holly Luberto, deputy director, and Erin Burnett, confidential aide. 

Indeed, it was a lovely day.

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.