Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce supports the community by advocating for and empowering businesses. Today, the Chamber includes over 150 member businesses in the Greater New Hope area. 

Historically, the Chamber’s primary activity has been to create events that attract tourists from throughout the Northeast to play, shop, eat, and stay in New Hope. Their largest event, the juried Outdoor New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival, features 200 gifted artists and artisans and brings an estimated 30,000 people to New Hope in late September. 

The Chamber helps sponsor Friday Night Fireworks on the Delaware from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The only regular fireworks show on the Delaware brings over 5,000 people to New Hope and Lambertville each summer weekend.

The Lambertville-New Hope WinterFest in late January begins with the Chamber’s own Fire & Ice Ball and includes a major musical concert, chili cook-off, and town-wide collection of ice carvings.

This year, they are initiating the New Hope Steampunk Fantasy Faire weekend in April with costumes, entertainment, contests, burlesque, film, train rides, tea, and absinthe.

Each Halloween, the Chamber sponsors a store-decorating contest and the madcap High Heel Race up (and down) Mechanic Street.

Each December, they kick off the holiday season the Sunday after Thanksgiving with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, led by dance and choral performances, Santa Claus, and a dazzling display of 30,000 lights on Ferry Street.

The Chamber hosts several Business Card Exchanges each year – a chance for members and interested businesses to mingle and network, and to learn about opportunities and benefits for businesses.  

Membership includes a presence on www.VisitNewHope.com, the Chamber’s online visitor guide, which receives well over a million unique visitors yearly. They will also work with your business to develop co-promotions and special packages that highlight your business in conjunction with the Chamber’s special events and activities.

For more information, call the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at 215-862-9990, visit www.VisitNewHope.com, send an e-mail to info@newhopechamber.com.

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Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce supports the community by advocating for and empowering businesses. Today, the Chamber includes over 150 member businesses in the Greater New Hope area. 

Historically, the Chamber’s primary activity has been to create events that attract tourists from throughout the Northeast to play, shop, eat, and stay in New Hope. Their largest event, the juried Outdoor New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival, features 200 gifted artists and artisans and brings an estimated 30,000 people to New Hope in late September. 

The Chamber helps sponsor Friday Night Fireworks on the Delaware from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The only regular fireworks show on the Delaware brings over 5,000 people to New Hope and Lambertville each summer weekend.

The Lambertville-New Hope WinterFest in late January begins with the Chamber’s own Fire & Ice Ball and includes a major musical concert, chili cook-off, and town-wide collection of ice carvings.

This year, they are initiating the New Hope Steampunk Fantasy Faire weekend in April with costumes, entertainment, contests, burlesque, film, train rides, tea, and absinthe.

Each Halloween, the Chamber sponsors a store-decorating contest and the madcap High Heel Race up (and down) Mechanic Street.

Each December, they kick off the holiday season the Sunday after Thanksgiving with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, led by dance and choral performances, Santa Claus, and a dazzling display of 30,000 lights on Ferry Street.

The Chamber hosts several Business Card Exchanges each year – a chance for members and interested businesses to mingle and network, and to learn about opportunities and benefits for businesses.  

Membership includes a presence on www.VisitNewHope.com, the Chamber’s online visitor guide, which receives well over a million unique visitors yearly. They will also work with your business to develop co-promotions and special packages that highlight your business in conjunction with the Chamber’s special events and activities.

For more information, call the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at 215-862-9990, visit www.VisitNewHope.com, send an e-mail to info@newhopechamber.com.

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Old stories inspire New Hope for the Arts & Crafts Festival

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s President, Connie Gering, has announced the 20th anniversary of New Hope’s outdoor juried Arts & Crafts Festival, while exploring its artistic history and start. The annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place outdoors at the local high school September 28th and 29th and is sponsored and run buy the Chamber.

This festival features over 200 artists drawing over 20,000 art patrons. This in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Connie Gering has something to celebrate – newfound, festival artistic history, leading to a deeper inspiration.

“You’ll always hear me say New Hope is the ‘Jewel of the East Coast,’ especially when referencing the Arts & Crafts Festival, and from talking to so many townspeople, I was most recently led to veteran business/restaurant owner, John Larsen of John and Peters. John was married to the late Robin Larsen, founder of the New Hope Arts Center. Interestingly, this dynamic business and artistic couple set out together 20 years ago to help develop what’s now known as one of the largest arts and crafts festivals of the East Coast – the New Hope Chamber’s annual, juried Arts & Crafts Festival. For decades, many visitors, business owners and residents have known this town as a true artist haven, but Robin was known for inspiring our artistic community and bringing it to new, creative heights. As soon as I discovered from John’s stories that Robin was the spirit behind this festival, I gained not only a deeper appreciation for the festival but inspiration for our artists as well.”

John Larsen says, “When I was first approached by the Chamber to start the Festival back in the 90’s, Robin and I made sure we were very selective in choosing artists, we had to screen over 450 submissions and narrow it down to only 30 artists. We knew the quality of art was key to attract the right audiences to this festival and to our town. From what I see, the Chamber still is selective, setting high-standards for submissions, but right away when I first met Connie, I suggested tapping further into the caliber of artists right here in our backyard for potential, additional judges, knowing Connie wants to take the festival to even higher heights; this is something I know Robin would have wanted to see.”

Artists are pre-screened and selected through formal submissions process by the handpicked Chamber Arts & Crafts Festival committee members. This year there will be over 220 local and out-of-state artists uniting to present and promote their oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood works and unique drawings.

A select panel of judges will select first, second and third prize winners for the categories fine art, photography, crafts and jewelry. A “Best in Show” will also be chosen. Over $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. 

Visitors to the festival can expect not only great visual art but performing art such as live music, as well as a food court with a variety of delectable treats and a convenient, complimentary shuttle service from festival grounds to New Hope’s Main Street, providing guests multiple experiences at various gift shops and restaurants throughout New Hope.

For more information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, go to www.NewHopeArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

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Old stories inspire New Hope for the Arts & Crafts Festival

 

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s President, Connie Gering, has announced the 20th anniversary of New Hope’s outdoor juried Arts & Crafts Festival, while exploring its artistic history and start.

The annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place outdoors at the local high school September 28th and 29th and is sponsored and run buy the Chamber. This festival features over 200 artists drawing over 20,000 art patrons. This in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Connie Gering has something to celebrate – newfound, festival artistic history, leading to a deeper inspiration.

“You’ll always hear me say New Hope is the ‘Jewel of the East Coast,’ especially when referencing the Arts & Crafts Festival, and from talking to so many townspeople, I was most recently led to veteran business/restaurant owner, John Larsen of John and Peters. John was married to the late Robin Larsen, founder of the New Hope Arts Center. Interestingly, this dynamic business and artistic couple set out together 20 years ago to help develop what’s now known as one of the largest arts and crafts festivals of the East Coast – the New Hope Chamber’s annual, juried Arts & Crafts Festival. For decades, many visitors, business owners and residents have known this town as a true artist haven, but Robin was known for inspiring our artistic community and bringing it to new, creative heights. As soon as I discovered from John’s stories that Robin was the spirit behind this festival, I gained not only a deeper appreciation for the festival but inspiration for our artists as well.”

John Larsen says, “When I was first approached by the Chamber to start the Festival back in the 90’s, Robin and I made sure we were very selective in choosing artists, we had to screen over 450 submissions and narrow it down to only 30 artists. We knew the quality of art was key to attract the right audiences to this festival and to our town. From what I see, the Chamber still is selective, setting high-standards for submissions, but right away when I first met Connie, I suggested tapping further into the caliber of artists right here in our backyard for potential, additional judges, knowing Connie wants to take the festival to even higher heights; this is something I know Robin would have wanted to see.”

Artists are pre-screened and selected through formal submissions process by the handpicked Chamber Arts & Crafts Festival committee members. This year there will be over 220 local and out-of-state artists uniting to present and promote their oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood works and unique drawings. A select panel of judges will select first, second and third prize winners for the categories fine art, photography, crafts and jewelry. A “Best in Show” will also be chosen. Over $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. 

Visitors to the festival can expect not only great visual art but performing art such as live music, as well as a food court with a variety of delectable treats and a convenient, complimentary shuttle service from festival grounds to New Hope’s Main Street, providing guests multiple experiences at various gift shops and restaurants throughout New Hope.

For more information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, go to www.NewHopeArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

PHOTO CAP: Connie Gering (left), New Hope Chamber President, and Arts & Crafts Festival founder John Larsen with original Arts & Crafts discovered memorabilia.

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Old stories inspire New Hope for the Arts & Crafts Festival

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s President, Connie Gering, has announced the 20th anniversary of New Hope’s outdoor juried Arts & Crafts Festival, while exploring its artistic history and start. The annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place outdoors at the local high school September 28th and 29th and is sponsored and run buy the Chamber. This festival features over 200 artists drawing over 20,000 art patrons.

This in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Connie Gering has something to celebrate – newfound, festival artistic history, leading to a deeper inspiration.

“You’ll always hear me say New Hope is the ‘Jewel of the East Coast,’ especially when referencing the Arts & Crafts Festival, and from talking to so many townspeople, I was most recently led to veteran business/restaurant owner, John Larsen of John and Peters. John was married to the late Robin Larsen, founder of the New Hope Arts Center. Interestingly, this dynamic business and artistic couple set out together 20 years ago to help develop what’s now known as one of the largest arts and crafts festivals of the East Coast – the New Hope Chamber’s annual, juried Arts & Crafts Festival. For decades, many visitors, business owners and residents have known this town as a true artist haven, but Robin was known for inspiring our artistic community and bringing it to new, creative heights. As soon as I discovered from John’s stories that Robin was the spirit behind this festival, I gained not only a deeper appreciation for the festival but inspiration for our artists as well.”

John Larsen says, “When I was first approached by the Chamber to start the Festival back in the 90’s, Robin and I made sure we were very selective in choosing artists, we had to screen over 450 submissions and narrow it down to only 30 artists. We knew the quality of art was key to attract the right audiences to this festival and to our town. From what I see, the Chamber still is selective, setting high-standards for submissions, but right away when I first met Connie, I suggested tapping further into the caliber of artists right here in our backyard for potential, additional judges, knowing Connie wants to take the festival to even higher heights; this is something I know Robin would have wanted to see.”

Artists are pre-screened and selected through formal submissions process by the handpicked Chamber Arts & Crafts Festival committee members. This year there will be over 220 local and out-of-state artists uniting to present and promote their oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood works and unique drawings. A select panel of judges will select first, second and third prize winners for the categories fine art, photography, crafts and jewelry.

A “Best in Show” will also be chosen. Over $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. 

Visitors to the festival can expect not only great visual art but performing art such as live music, as well as a food court with a variety of delectable treats and a convenient, complimentary shuttle service from festival grounds to New Hope’s Main Street, providing guests multiple experiences at various gift shops and restaurants throughout New Hope.

For more information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, go to www.NewHopeArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

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Vendors wanted for New Hope Health Fair

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce has moved the location and date of the Family Health, Wellness and Safety Fair to Saturday, April 20th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  The fair will take place at the New Hope Solebury High School, 180 West Bridge Street, New Hope.

Vendors are wanted in the areas of chiropractic, physical therapy, medical, dental, optometry, fire safety, Reiki, holistic healing, pediatrics and massage therapy. 

Representatives from Care Plus More, New Hope Fitness, New Hope Karate, Alzheimer’s Foundation, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association will be present. 

The cost to exhibit is only $100. Participants will hand out literature to the attendees and speak with them about the benefits of their services.

“This event is a great way to get information on local service providers and a fun family day,” according to Tony Robinson, event chairperson. “Our goal is to get the whole family involved.”

Admission to the Fair is free.  If you are interested in participating as a vendor, contact the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at info@VisitNewHope.com or 215.862.9990.

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Fourth Annual New Hope & Lambertville Restaurant Week coming soon

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce has announced the fourth annual New Hope & Lambertville Restaurant Week scheduled for Sunday, March 17th through Friday, March 22nd.

This year, 22 restaurants will participate in the week-long promotion of either a fine dining $29.95 prix-fixe dinner or $19.95 prix-fixe dinner. Visit www.VisitNewHope.com and www.Lambertville.org to view the prix-fixe menus and detailed information on all of the restaurants.

Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce president, Caleb Lentchner commented, “Everyone loves restaurant week. It’s an ideal time to check out a new place or return back to a favorite. Either way, it’s still the best dining out value around.”

Both New Hope and Lambertville Chambers of Commerce anticipate that diners taking advantage of the promotion will patronize additional businesses in the historic river towns.

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