D&R Greenway Events

D&R Greenway Land Trust Masquerade Parade 2021

St. Michaels Farm Preserve, Hopewell

COME JOIN US TODAY
PAY “AT THE DOOR” WHEN YOU ARRIVE
ANYTIME BETWEEN NOON-5PM

HOPE TO SEE YOU
Register/Pay at Hopewell Elementary School parking lot

 

 

Thank you, your ticket purchase supports Land Preservation!
Join us in costume, and “migrate” through the Preserve
in your decorated car to see Birds, Bats and Bugs…Oh My!

Kids of all ages are invited to experience a family-friendly drive-thru Halloween Parade
honoring Nature’s small but mighty ambassadors, the pollinators who are essential to life itself!
Each car will receive a nature-themed goody bag of Halloween surprises.

Vehicles will line up in the Hopewell Elementary School parking lot, then migrate to
St. Michaels Farm Preserve at the Princeton Avenue entrance closest to town (Hopewell).

Hikers, Dog Walkers and Bicyclists
Access St. Michaels Farm Preserve through the Aunt Molly Road entrance on October 31,
the Princeton Avenue entrance and related trails will be closed to the public for the Parade.

Click Here to Join Us As A Sponsor, OH MY!!

As a sponsor, you will help our mission to preserve and care for land and
inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever, keeping our trails and preserves open,
maintaining a healthy environment and positivity in mind, body and spirit!

Click images below to download the map and event program.

   

 


Support Local! Masquerade passengers remain in their cars while moving past exciting stationary nature floats designed by these organizations highlighting how their mission supports the event theme.

Logo design by Princeton Fellow Ayame Whitfield
Baha’is of Central New Jersey
D&R Greenway Land Trust featuring music by Bill Flemer and Friends
Hopewell Township Police Department
Innerspace Taijiquan
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF)
Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer
SPLASH/D&R Greenway’s Kayak Program
The Chubby’s Project
Washington Crossing Audubon Society


A Word about the Weather
This event will be held light rain or shine.
If severe weather cancels our Parade, we will host a Zoom party
on Friday evening, November 5th, where each group will present
their creations and the audience will vote for best “float!”

 

 


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

As a sponsor, you will receive VIP entrance passes.
Reply as an “early bird” by October 20th, and you will also be recognized
along the Parade Route and at drgreenway.org!

 

BIRD Sponsor ($1,500) – Includes VIP entrance to the parade for four (4) cars. Simply show your passes and skip the line! Your cars will be greeted by BIRDS, BATS and BUGS … oh, my! And photos of each car’s special arrival will be emailed to you. Each car will receive a special Halloween Goodie Bag with a BIRD theme.

BAT Sponsor ($750) – Includes VIP entrance to the parade for three (3) cars. Simply show your passes and skip the line! Each car will receive a special Halloween Goodie Bag with a BAT theme.

BUG Sponsor ($250) – Includes VIP entrance to the parade for one car. Simply show your pass and skip the line! You will receive a special Halloween Goodie Bag with a BUG theme.

Best-selling author/artist and D&R Greenway trustee, Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip, is creating an iconic artwork to delight Parade-goers. He’s shown here with his syndicated MUTTS cartoon characters as they joined the Masquerade Parade in 2020.

Renowned local artist James Fiorentino’s Little Brown Bat will also be on display.

Join us on October 31st!

The D&R Greenway Land Trust second Masquerade Parade, will be held at the land trust’s historic St. Michaels Farm Preserve on Sunday, October 31. This drive-through holiday festival is designed for daylight hours on Halloween afternoon from noon until 5:00 p.m.

As with last year’s Parade, visitors’ cars will move past exciting stationary ‘floats’ on both sides of the Preserve’s pastoral roadway. These nature ‘floats’ are being designed by local organizations to evoke their mission with the event theme: “Birds, Bats and Bugs… Oh, MY!” Visitors are also invited to decorate their cars to this theme. It was chosen to honor Nature’s small but mighty ambassadors, whose pollinators are essential to life itself. Costumes are welcome and attendees are encouraged to create eye-catching signs revealing their favorite bird, bat or bug, as well as a fun fact about their favorite creature.

Every parade has live music: ours will feature our very own musician, Bill Flemer of Bill Flemer & Friends, on D&R Greenway’s ‘float’.

At departure, each car will receive a nature-themed goody bag of Halloween surprises, including the recently released children’s book, Princesses wear Dresses. With its theme of, “Because what makes a princess a princess is not what she wears, nor how her hair looks, nor what’s on her head,” author Dana Kvalheim and illustrators Lauren Kvalheim and Keeley Nolan convey a significant message with merriment and vigor.

 

Here are a few costumes from last year’s Masquerade Parade. We can’t wait to see all of you returning for our 2021 theme: Birds, Bats, and Bugs…. Oh My!
Funds from this unique event will expand the land trust’s preservation and stewardship accomplishments in central New Jersey. Public enthusiasm for D&R Greenway’s 44 miles of trails has continuously mounted as COVID 19 requires people to re-imagine their lives and discover new trails, even interact newly with Nature itself. Thanks to the generosity of donors and partners, previous fundraisers and conservation-related events, the preservation of our 317th property has soared to over 21,200 New Jersey acres. This achievement secures countless sites for accessible healthy activity, enhancing fitness while protecting and expanding New Jersey’s natural beauty and crucial habitat for wild creatures, such as “Birds, Bars and Bugs… Oh, MY!”. The vigor of public response to our trails during the COVID challenge demonstrates that “Keeping Open Space Open” is more vital than ever before.

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BACKGROUND:

D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit, has saved over 21,200 acres of New Jersey land since its founding in 1989.  Preserving land for life and creating public trails grants everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for our neighbors—including those most in need. D&R Greenway’s strategic land conservation and stewardship combat climate change, protect wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is connecting land with people from all walks of life.

D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, home to its art galleries in Princeton, is currently closed to ensure health and safety due to COVID.  Our outdoor trails and labyrinth are open. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgreenway.org to learn about the organization’s latest news and virtual programs. D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.  The best way to reach D&R Greenway staff is by sending an e-mail to info@drgreenway.org or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-578-7470.

Masquerade Parade 2021!

Sunday, October 31, Halloween Day, noon – 5 pm

St. Michaels Farm Preserve, Hopewell

 

Birds, Bats and Bugs…Oh My!

Join us in costume, and “migrate” through the Preserve
in your decorated car to see Birds, Bats and Bugs…Oh My!
“Tweet” an invitation to your friends and “flock” to the party!

Click Here to Register Your Carload of Parade-Goers, OH MY!!

Thank you, your ticket purchase supports Land Preservation!

 

Click Here to Join Us As A Sponsor, OH MY!!

As a sponsor, you will help our mission to preserve and care for land and
inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever, keeping our trails and preserves open,
maintaining a healthy environment and positivity in mind, body and spirit!

 

Kids of all ages are invited to experience a family-friendly drive-thru Halloween Parade honoring Nature’s small but mighty ambassadors, the pollinators who are essential to life itself!  Each car will receive a nature-themed goody bag of Halloween surprises. Vehicles will line up in the Hopewell Elementary School parking lot, then migrate to St. Michaels Farm Preserve at the Princeton Avenue entrance closest to town (Hopewell).

Decorate your car and decorate yourself too, as your favorite…Birds, Bats and Bugs… Oh, MY!

Support Local! Masquerade passengers remain in their cars while moving past exciting stationary nature floats designed by these organizations highlighting how their mission supports the event theme.

Logo design by Princeton Fellow Ayame Whitfield
Baha’is of Central New Jersey
D&R Greenway Land Trust featuring music by Bill Flemer and Friends
Hopewell Township Police Department
Innerspace Taijiquan
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF)
Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer
SPLASH/D&R Greenway’s Kayak Program
The Chubby’s Project
Washington Crossing Audubon Society


A Word about the Weather
This event will be held light rain or shine.
If severe weather cancels our Parade, we will host a Zoom party
on Friday evening, November 5th, where each group will present
their creations and the audience will vote for best “float!”

Hikers, Dog Walkers and Bicyclists
Access St. Michaels Farm Preserve through the Aunt Molly Road entrance on October 31,
the Princeton Avenue entrance and related trails will be closed to the public for the Parade.


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

As a sponsor, you will receive VIP entrance passes.
Reply as an “early bird” by October 20th, and you will also be recognized
along the Parade Route and at drgreenway.org!

 

BIRD Sponsor ($1,500) – Includes VIP entrance to the parade for four (4) cars. Simply show your passes and skip the line! Your cars will be greeted by BIRDS, BATS and BUGS … oh, my! And photos of each car’s special arrival will be emailed to you. Each car will receive a special Halloween Goodie Bag with a BIRD theme.

BAT Sponsor ($750) – Includes VIP entrance to the parade for three (3) cars. Simply show your passes and skip the line! Each car will receive a special Halloween Goodie Bag with a BAT theme.

BUG Sponsor ($250) – Includes VIP entrance to the parade for one car. Simply show your pass and skip the line! You will receive a special Halloween Goodie Bag with a BUG theme.

Best-selling author/artist and D&R Greenway trustee, Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip, is creating an iconic artwork to delight Parade-goers. He’s shown here with his syndicated MUTTS cartoon characters as they joined the Masquerade Parade in 2020.

Join us on October 31st!

The D&R Greenway Land Trust second Masquerade Parade, will be held at the land trust’s historic St. Michaels Farm Preserve on Sunday, October 31. This drive-through holiday festival is designed for daylight hours on Halloween afternoon from noon until 5:00 p.m.

As with last year’s Parade, visitors’ cars will move past exciting stationary ‘floats’ on both sides of the Preserve’s pastoral roadway. These nature ‘floats’ are being designed by local organizations to evoke their mission with the event theme: “Birds, Bats and Bugs… Oh, MY!” Visitors are also invited to decorate their cars to this theme. It was chosen to honor Nature’s small but mighty ambassadors, whose pollinators are essential to life itself. Costumes are welcome and attendees are encouraged to create eye-catching signs revealing their favorite bird, bat or bug, as well as a fun fact about their favorite creature.

Every parade has live music: ours will feature our very own musician, Bill Flemer of Bill Flemer & Friends, on D&R Greenway’s ‘float’.

At departure, each car will receive a nature-themed goody bag of Halloween surprises, including the recently released children’s book, Princesses wear Dresses. With its theme of, “Because what makes a princess a princess is not what she wears, nor how her hair looks, nor what’s on her head,” author Dana Kvalheim and illustrators Lauren Kvalheim and Keeley Nolan convey a significant message with merriment and vigor.

 

Here are a few costumes from last year’s Masquerade Parade. We can’t wait to see all of you returning for our 2021 theme: Birds, Bats, and Bugs…. Oh My!
Funds from this unique event will expand the land trust’s preservation and stewardship accomplishments in central New Jersey. Public enthusiasm for D&R Greenway’s 44 miles of trails has continuously mounted as COVID 19 requires people to re-imagine their lives and discover new trails, even interact newly with Nature itself. Thanks to the generosity of donors and partners, previous fundraisers and conservation-related events, the preservation of our 317th property has soared to over 21,200 New Jersey acres. This achievement secures countless sites for accessible healthy activity, enhancing fitness while protecting and expanding New Jersey’s natural beauty and crucial habitat for wild creatures, such as “Birds, Bars and Bugs… Oh, MY!”. The vigor of public response to our trails during the COVID challenge demonstrates that “Keeping Open Space Open” is more vital than ever before.

***

BACKGROUND:

D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit, has saved over 21,200 acres of New Jersey land since its founding in 1989.  Preserving land for life and creating public trails grants everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for our neighbors—including those most in need. D&R Greenway’s strategic land conservation and stewardship combat climate change, protect wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is connecting land with people from all walks of life.

D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, home to its art galleries in Princeton, is currently closed to ensure health and safety due to COVID.  Our outdoor trails and labyrinth are open. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgreenway.org to learn about the organization’s latest news and virtual programs. D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.  The best way to reach D&R Greenway staff is by sending an e-mail to info@drgreenway.org or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-578-7470.

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