by June Portnoy
Friday Night Fireworks will kick off its third season on Friday, May 25th at 9:30pm, continuing every Friday night through Labor Day, Friday, August 31st. The fireworks will be ignited on the Delaware River immediately south of the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge, allowing spectators on both sides of the river to enjoy the dazzling display of lights.
“This is a 10-minute, non-stop display of multi-colored fireworks orchestrated by Garden State Fireworks,” says Bill Scandone, co-chair of the New Hope-Lambertville Fireworks. “This year’s show will be even more spectacular than ever.
“Watching these fireworks displayed over the river is like watching the fireworks from the boardwalk down the shore without paying the high gas prices to drive there.”
Every week, a special guest will lead the countdown of the fireworks while engaging the crowd of spectators as they all count down together to one.
“Everyone in town looks forward to Friday Night Fireworks and have come to expect it as part of their summer tradition,” adds Bill.
However, it’s not just local residents who come out to see the fireworks. In fact, in 2011, Friday Night Fireworks attracted over 6,500 additional visitors each weekend, and it’s anticipated that this number will increase this year.
These tourists have significantly influenced the financial success of the town’s restaurants and businesses. Once exposed to New Hope and Lambertville’s unique and charming character, many visitors remembered to visit this area during the fall and winter months, returning to stroll and enjoy all this community has to offer, which was precisely the purpose of these fireworks when they began three years ago.
This major event was developed to revitalize and reinforce New Hope and Lambertville’s reputations as premier towns offering diverse dining, eclectic entertainment and shopping and lodging.
“We recognize that with the restoration of the Bucks County Playhouse, refurbishing the Canal and our intrepid supporters, we are well positioned for economic growth,” says Bill.
The Bucks County Playhouse has agreed to hold their intermissions during the firework displays on Friday evenings, so their spectators will also take pleasure in the fabulous display from outside its building.
This year, there will be a special fireworks show on Friday, May 18th at 9:30pm to embrace New Hope Celebrates.
Friday Night Fireworks is sponsored by the Greater New Hope and Lambertville Chambers of Commerce. Bill chairs Friday Night Fireworks with co-chairs, Nick Gialias, Marc Currie and Wilson Weed. These four volunteers give up every Friday during the summer to make this fireworks show a success.
Friday Night Fireworks is a not for profit 501 (c)(3) Corporation. Donations are charitable contributions. Funding for these fireworks come directly from private donors, including local businesses and residents and the food and beverage vendors.
If you would like to contribute to Friday Night Fireworks, send a check to The Bank of Princeton, 10 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 or through PayPal at www.newhopelambervillefireworks.com; click on “Contribute to the Fund.”
For credit card payments, contact Wilson Weed at 609-397-0333, ext. 1817 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Donations should be made payable to New Hope on the Delaware-Fireworks.
See a video of Friday Night Fireworks below.
New Hope Film Festival is proud to present Earthwork by filmmaker Chris Ordal at the County Theater in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM.
Earthwork received rave reviews from the audience during the 2010 New Hope Film Festival, where Ordal walked away with a nomination for Best Picture. Earthwork went on to land a deal with Shadow Distribution.
The film is based on the inspiring, true-life story of Stan Herd, a crop artist from Kansas who in 1994 traveled to Manhattan to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. Herd is played by Oscar nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone). L.A.Times calls Earthwork “a flawless gem;” it is not to be missed.
The County Theater is located at 20 East State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 and their phone number is 215-345-6789.
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Dean Ween, guitarist and founding member of long running avant-pop duo Ween, hosted the first annual “Dean Ween’s October Classic,” charity baseball game (baseball! not softball) Sunday, October 2nd at New Hope High School in his native New Hope, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
The White Team (captained by Ben Charter) prevailed over the Black (captained by Dean) 6-3 in eight innings of play with some players flying in from Bend, OR and Denver, CO to participate.
The game started with a sucession of scoreless innings before the Black Team scored two runs mid-game from a series of singles and the White Team quickly tied the game almost immediately, then jumping ahead, filling the bases with walked players, who were then driven home by a line drive drilled out to left field. The Black Team’s Matt Coll came through with the one home run of the game, but the Black Team never caught up.
Ween lead singer Gene Ween had opened the proceedings performing the National Anthem, and Glenn McClelland (Ween, Blood Sweat & Tears) provided organ music throughout the afternoon as well as being in the batting rotation. Former WPRB DJ Tom Burka acted as announcer throughout the game, keeping up a continuous stream of tongue-in-cheek commentary. Mayor Larry Keller of New Hope was one of the umpires for the game.
Afterwards, both teams retired to venerable music venue and watering hole John & Peter’s for performances by various acts, culminating in Dean-led jamming. A brisk business was done in commemorative t-shirts and posters as well as autographed baseballs. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
This is all available at http://www.chocodogmerch.com/. Additional donations in the name of the event to the American Cancer Society can be made at http://action.acscan.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=1050&pxfid=12742.
PHOTO CAP: Dean Ween (left) and Ben Charter