What could be more fun than a Masquerade Ball under a Halloween Tree?
ANNOUNCING COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS
Our guests let their imagination travel and wore costumes representing cultural traditions of the holiday.
Thanks to our judges led by D&R Greenway trustee and former curator Diana Moore and trustee and artist James Fiorentino,
for taking on the hard task of choosing our winners of the 2022 Masquerade Ball Costume Contest!
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Best Nature-Inspired Costume
Lia Nielsen & Jason Kliwinski, Green Building Center
Prize: Growler refill, two free beers, and two glasses from Spellbound Brewery
as well as a swag bag from Riverhorse Brewery
Best Halloween Costume
Maid Marian & Robinhood
Mary Michaels & Phil Getty
Prize: Gift Certificate from Toscano, a founding Garden to Bistro restaurant sponsor
supporting D&R Greenway’s Historic Bonaparte Garden at Point Breeze
Best Wildlife Costume
Wolf & Red Riding Hood
Lynn & Tom Ebeling
Prize: Gift Basket from Orvis Princeton includes a plaid cooler, two drink cups,
and Orvis gift card
Best International Country Costume
Oktoberfest German Girl
Prize: The Halloween Tree, a beautiful light up Halloween Tree decoration
donated by James and Jess Fiorentino
Do you know about author Ray Bradbury’s novel, The Halloween Tree, published in 1972? It is the story of eight friends who go searching for a ninth friend, Pipken, on trick-or-treat night. As they traverse ancient civilizations through time and (open) space – from ancient Egypt to Rome and Greece, through Celtic traditions, medieval Paris and Mexico, they learn the cultural traditions of the holiday. The Halloween Tree – laden with jack-o-lanterns – serves as the metaphor for the confluence of all these cultures.
Guests enjoyed farm-to-table foods – including special treats from Otto and Maria Zizak of OttoBurger, landowners of D&R Greenway’s inaugural farm preserved with our Revolving Land Fund! Aunt Chubby’s stirred up something special using produce from our very own St. Michaels Farm! Our DJ spun a spooky playlist and, and many came dressed in costume!
This year’s theme, The Halloween Tree, is representative of the hundreds of thousands of trees we have protected on the 22,000 acres D&R Greenway has preserved since 1989.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS!
THANK YOU TO OUR IN-KIND DONORS
David Anderson – Photography Services
Taylor Blanchard – Astronomer
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse
Camden Bag & Paper
Tom & Lynn Ebeling
Flounder Brewing Co.
Friendly Rental Center
Philip S. Getty – Photography Services
Hopewell Township Police Department
Mary M. Michaels – Photography Services
Mercer County Park Commission
Sweet Valley Farms
Triumph Brewing Company
Hillside Farm will not open to the public until next year after a thoughtful process
is completed to ensure protection of conservation resources.
Masquerade Ball Sponsorships and Tickets support our work to open Hillside Farm as a public preserve in the future.
Honorary Co-Chairs, Masquerade Ball 2022
Robbie & Shawn Ellsworth
Patrick McDonnell & Karen O’Connell
Masquerade Ball 2022 Honorary Committee
Tom and Lynn Ebeling
Johan & Emily Firmenich
Wendy & Grant Kvalheim
Eve Coulson and Nelson Obus
“We’re the Garden State. Where’s the Garden going to be one day if we don’t take care of the land? Let’s try and save as much as we can.” — Betty Wold Johnson
There are no words to fully express our gratitude to The Johnson Family for this gift of wide, open space. It keeps Betty on the top of our minds, especially remembering the day she generously stepped forward to help us save what has become a treasured community place – our St. Michaels Farm Preserve. What she didn’t know then was there would come a day when her spirit would live on through D&R Greenway on the very farm she assembled over forty years – a property larger than Hopewell Borough itself!