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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
This weekend, the seventh annual Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival
offers plenty of ways to warm your mood as you enjoy the chills of
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
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
at www.winterfestival.net. Friday, February 7, to Sunday,
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