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This article by Angelina Sciolla was prepared for the February 5, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Festival Celebrates Snow

This is just about the time that single digit temperatures

and mopey winter skies cast their spell of darkness and gloom upon

us, and we begin to envy our mammal friends — you know, the ones

that hibernate in caves?

But, really folks, it doesn’t have to be that way.

For example, can you think of a more picturesque winter scene than

the snow-kissed Lambertville Bridge or New Hope’s frostbitten shop

windows resplendent with "snowfolk" art? Now add to those

images the sounds of the Bucks County Youth orchestra plowing through

your favorite classical repertoire, or a spirited jaunt through the

Sondheim songbook as you curl up beside the fireplace at Odette’s

piano bar.

This weekend, the seventh annual Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival

offers plenty of ways to warm your mood as you enjoy the chills of

the season.

On Friday, February 7, at 8 p.m., the festival kicks off with a performance

by singer Annie Haslam, who defrosts her golden pipes at New Hope-Solebury

High School. The British-born Haslam boasts a five-octave range, has

performed with the world’s leading orchestras, and is the former lead

singer of the progressive rock group, Renaissance.

Saturday’s highlights include a morning puppet show at St. John’s

school in New Hope, followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Afterwards

you can catch the Winter Festival parade, which runs along Bridge

Street and features three string bands, complete with Mummers, members

of the Trenton Titans hockey team, and "Boomer," the larger-than-life

Trenton Thunder baseball mascot.

At Lambertville Station you can watch a 300-pound block of ice become

a wintry masterpiece at the hands of professional ice carvers. The

New Hope-Lambertville Historical Societies will be hosting free history

walking tours, beginning from the historic Parry Mansion, on both

Saturday and Sunday.

Also recommended is the Village Snowfolk Art Exhibition at the First

Baptist Church in Lambertville. Pieces from this collection of whimsical

works by area artists will also be displayed in the town’s store windows

until the end of February.

Musical options abound as well. At 3 p.m., the Youth

Orchestra of Bucks County performs at the First Baptist Church. Meanwhile

John & Peter’s in New Hope will offer an afternoon of blues.

Sunday, February 9, features a repeat or continuation of most of the

Saturday events, including the walking tours, mansion tours, and art

exhibits, but adds a few more options including a Scavenger Hunt for

children beginning at 10 a.m. at New Hope Solebury high school cafeteria.

You certainly won’t have to scavenge for a hot meal. The afternoon

features the festival’s most popular attraction, the Chili Cook-off

at the River Horse Brewery. Here you can sample some of the hottest

and most original chili recipes this side of the Rio Grande. Of course,

the Brewery promises plenty of River Horse Beer on hand to extinguish

the fire in your mouth. For a $15 tasting donation, you receive a

River Horse pint glass to take home.

You might opt to grab a bite at the newly expanded Havana in New Hope

and swing all day to big band music. If Broadway is your style, visit

Odette’s on River Road for an afternoon of French cuisine and show

tunes.

The Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival is sponsored by area businesses.

Proceeds benefit Lambertville and Solebury Township Parks and Recreation

departments, schools, police, and fire and rescue companies.

— Angelina Sciolla

Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival, 215-862-2974. Schedule

at www.winterfestival.net. Friday, February 7, to Sunday,

February 9.


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