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Join D&R Greenway for a Virtual Happy Hour as we Celebrate New Acres Preserved near Lindbergh Property in East Amwell!

Join us for our Newest Virtual Happy Hour

Celebrating New Acres Preserved near
Lindbergh property in East Amwell

“Meet Two Remarkable Preservation Landowners”

 Featuring

Dr. Elizabeth Tuby Kloner, will talk about the saga that occurred
during the nearby Lindbergh kidnapping

Otto Zizak, Farm-to-Table Restauranteur will share his vision
of a sustainable lifestyle and his farm-to-table restaurant
‘ottoburger’, recently opened in Hopewell Borough

FREE via Zoom

Thursday November 12 from 5-6 pm

Sign-up at RSVP@drgreenway.org no later than 1:00 p.m. on November 12

Or call Deb Kilmer at 609-578-7470

to reserve your space and receive instructions for this FREE Zoom event!

 

Dr. Elizabeth Tuby Kloner will tell stories about the newly preserved 13 acres of land in East Amwell that was in her family for over 100 years. See family photos and learn about the local dance hall and community gathering place that attracted journalists during the Lindbergh investigation. Celebrate preservation with us as we recognize Dr. Kloner for donating this land to D&R Greenway for permanent preservation.

Otto Zizak, farm-to-table restauranteur who purchased D&R Greenway’s inaugural Revolving Land Fund property, will discuss The Zizak Preserve, a 52-acre farm, where Otto and his wife Maria grow vegetables for their just opened “ottoburger” restaurant in Hopewell Borough. Hear about Otto’s vision that includes preservation, community, sustainability and good food.

Linda Mead, D&R Greenway President and CEO, will lead a Q&A style discussion. 

 

The farmhouse with the attached garage – a painting by Paul McConeky
or one of his artists when he purchased the farmhouse after Dr. Kloner’s
grandfather’s death in 1963.  Mr. McConeky used the second floor former
dance hall as an artist’s studio.  His studio was focused on sketching rural
New Jersey and they marketed greeting cards predating Hallmark.

 

Princeton, NJ:  November 6, 2020 D&R Greenway is becoming legendary for its Virtual Happy Hours, enlivening this era of COVID-required isolation. Pour your favorite beverage and join us for this FREE event on ZOOM.  Pre-registration is required in order to receive ZOOM instructions.  Register at rsvp@drgreenway.org or call Deb Kilmer at 609-578-7470.

You’ll experience Dr. Elisabeth Kloner’s stories about the thirteen acres of East Amwell land, in her family for a century, which she recently donated to D&R Greenway for permanent preservation.

The property adds to hundreds of acres of farms preserved in the surrounding area and provides trail and picnicking opportunities along a popular bicycling route on Wertsville Road. Its preservation is a testament to the family’s love of the land. Over more than 100 years, it was part of a larger property with horses in the barn and a general store on the corner.

Dr. Kloner will talk about the saga that occurred during the nearby Lindbergh kidnapping, “In 1932, the property had a brush with a notorious historical event. After the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped from his nearby home, law enforcement officers were authorized to search all of the barns and garages in the immediate area after a report that the kidnapper’s automobile bore out-of-state license plates.”  Find out what happened next by joining us on November 12.

You’ll be treated to vintage photos that bring the property’s unique community history to life –along with stories of the local dance hall and general store, formerly the Peacock General Store that was lost in a fire. Journalists and community members gathered at this meeting place during the Lindbergh kidnapping. Hear the family saga of the storied site’s preservation and join in recognizing Dr. Kloner for choosing to preserve the land.

Dr. Elizabeth Tuby Kloner and her mother at the corner of
Wertsville and Lindbergh Roads in the late 1950s.



Also, Otto Zizak,
farm-to-table restaurateur, will share his vision of a sustainable lifestyle and his farm-to-table restaurant ‘ottoburger’, opened in October at 21 Broad Street in the town of Hopewell.

Otto and his wife Maria, and their three children, migrated to Hopewell from New York City to purchase the farm, formerly owned by the Muscente family.  The permanently preserved farm sits on 52 acres in Hopewell on the north side of Route 518 between Aunt Molly and Province Line Roads, that D&R Greenway preserved using its Revolving Land Fund.  This property, the inaugural preservation success with the new fund generated from D&R Greenway’s Land for Life campaign, is now transformed as The Zizak Preserve.

Otto and Maria proudly grow healthy local vegetables with origins from their Eastern European roots. Their three teen-aged children and Otto’s father share the couple’s profound commitment to preservation, community, sustainability and healthy, memorable foods. Otto declares, “To have any real control over bringing good ingredients into the restaurant, we knew we all had to be part of the entire process.  The restaurant has both meat and vegetarian options, including their famous beet burger! The vegetables that make up our vegan burgers, [for example], do not travel across the country.”  Otto will share the family’s commitment to caring for the preserved farm.

This Spring, we featured the compelling story of Otto and Maria in our Annual Report. They were also featured recently in Princeton Magazine. Hailing from central Europe, the couple owns several restaurants in New York City and have brought their talents and family to the “country.”

 

“Our preserved farm is not just a tranquil place to live but continues to improve the lives of our family by producing incredible gifts for our menus and keeping food lovers in the Princeton / Hopewell area smiling.” – Otto Zizak, Owner of ottoburger

 

 

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BACKGROUND:

D&R Greenway Land Trust has achieved a new preservation milestone, having now saved over 21,000 acres of land in New Jersey and the Delaware River watershed. Preserving open land for life and creating and sustaining public trails gives everyone increasing opportunities to enjoy Natures’ beauty and healing gifts. Our preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for our neighbors—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations, keeping the Delaware River and its tributaries healthy in all seasons. D&R Greenway’s mission is centered in connecting land with people from all walks of life, throughout the year.

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 although its outdoor trails and labyrinth are open. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgeenway.org to learn about the organization’s latest news and virtual programs.

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