Friday, July 12, 2024

Norwescap’s NorwesFest Shines Bright in Its Fourth Year

LONG VALLEY, N.J. – Norwescap, a leading nonprofit organization committed to empowering individuals and strengthening communities, hosted its highly anticipated fourth annual NorwesFest Family Fun Day on June 22, along with their signature Sunset Soirée.

The double event, held at Ort Farms in Long Valley, brought together community members of all ages for a day filled with excitement and entertainment, raising vital funds to support the programs and services at Norwescap.

The day began on a very warm note; however, despite the heat, there was a steady stream of families opting for some fun on the farm. Family Fun Day offered an abundance of activities, including classic summer favorites like volleyball and face-painting, alongside unique experiences such as the hand-crafted solar carousel, the “Egg-plosion” hunt, OMGBubbles, faux axe-throwing and plenty of arts and crafts as well as face painting and balloon animals. The apple cannon and the cow train, perennial favorites, did not disappoint. Welcome additions were a misting tent and a kiddie pool filled with cool water and big sponges to provide a break from the heat.

Live music with a country flair by the Honky Tonk Scoundrels filled the air, while attendees happily participated in a myriad of activities including a “Balloon Pop” fundraiser guaranteeing prizes such as tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild West City and Adventure Aquarium.

The success of Family Fun Day was made possible by the efforts of dozens of volunteers who graciously offered their time and support.

The setting for the adults-only Sunset Soirée, part two of NorwesFest, was Ort Farms’ big red barn. The barn was beautifully transformed with hundreds of little lights strung along the ceiling. Blue tablecloths with burlap runners, wildflower bouquets and votive candles graced the tables.

Music for the soirée was provided by the 18-piece Summer Swing Orchestra with lead vocalist Kevin Grey. Their masterful renditions of timeless classics and popular hits had folks clapping, toe-tapping, smiling and dancing.

Norwescap’s CEO Mark Valli welcomed the crowd and spoke about Norwescap and its mission of empowerment. Board of trustees President Jim Buehler discussed the long history of Norwescap.

While this unique, all-day festival provided great entertainment for guests of all ages, it also remained true to the mission of raising crucial funds to support Norwescap programs that positively impact tens of thousands of individuals and families each year.

Norwescap extended its gratitude to all NorwesFest’s sponsors. For more information about Norwescap and its initiatives, visit