NPS and Partners Host First Weekend Events on December 7 and 8
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and its partners will be hosting a series of annual holiday and seasonal events on the first weekend of December. “First Weekend offers a unique opportunity for people to take a drive through the park and visit several of our partner-operated sites, participate in holiday events, and shop for unique gifts while enjoying the scenic beauty and history of the park,” said Jennifer Kavanaugh, the park’s Volunteer and Partnership Program Coordinator. “It’s a great way to get in the spirit of the season and a chance for people to learn about past holiday traditions while making new ones.” Most programs are free.
Programs and events in NJ include:
Millbrook Village will host a Victorian Christmas Celebration from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 7. Historic homes will be decorated for Christmas in the Victorian style while costumed guides prepare holiday meals over woodstoves and open hearths, and craftsmen ply their trades. Hands-on activities, old fashioned toys, games, and crafts will be offered for children. There is no cost to attend.
A Christmas Carol Service will be offered in the Millbrook Village Church at 5 pm on Sunday, December 8. Come out and sing along to your favorite Christmas songs alongside costumed guides. There is no cost to attend.
Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (MARCH) is hosting several Old Fashioned Holiday Weekends at the historic Foster Armstrong House in Montague, NJ. The 1790’s house will be decorated for Christmas with several special exhibits, a collection of decorated trees, and costumed docents. The Foster-Armstrong House is open from 1 to 4 pm on the weekends of November 30 and December 1, December 7 and 8, and December 14 and 15. The Foster General Store gift shop is open during the weekend events. There is no cost to attend.
Enjoy a Walpack Christmas at the Rosenkrans Museum and the Walpack Church in the historic village of Walpack Center on December 7 and again on December 14 and 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Both buildings will be decorated for the holidays and staffed with costumed docents from the Walpack Historical Society. Come and experience Christmas traditions and exhibits from a late nineteenth-century rural farming community. There is no cost to attend.
Visit the Peters Valley Gallery Open House on December 7 and 8 from 10 am to 6 pm.This annual event at the Gallery features two floors of handmade crafts by over 200 American artists from across the country. Sip hot cider and have a snack as you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Personal attention, artist demonstrations and free gift wrapping make this a memorable shopping experience. The Peters Valley Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Visit the online store at www.PetersValleyGallery.org.
Programs and events in PA include:
Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering DIY Birdfeeders from 10 am to noon on December 7. Participants will create their own birdfeeder using recycled materials. On December 8, PEEC staff will lead a Winter Ecology hike from 10 am to noon. The cost to participate in both programs is $5 and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call (570) 828-2319 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org. The EcoZone Discovery Room at PEEC is open to the public on December 7 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is $2 per person.
For directions and information about Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and all of its partners, programs, services and facilities, call Bushkill Meeting Center at 570-588-7237, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 11 am to 4:00 pm; visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/dewa; or follow the park on www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS.