NEW HOPE >> The Lambertville New Hope Winter Festival, bought to you by Twin Rivertown Projects Inc., kicked off its nine-day event packed festival with a sold out revolutionary pub crawl. The event, created by and sponsored by Stephan Design, had approximately 80 crawlers.

Groups of crawlers, many of them in elaborate period costumes were seen on the sidewalks of New Hope on Jan. 20. The event included four stops and an after party at Havana. The pub stops included Marsha Brown’s, The Salt House, Great Barn Tap Room, and the Logan Inn. Upon entering each establishment, crawlers gathered as the crawl leaders shared the interesting history of each building as well as the history and highlights that make each restaurant unique. Once inside, crawlers enjoyed a featured drink, an array of appetizers and a historical reenactment. At Marsha Browns, General George Washington (Sam Davis) captivated the crawlers as he shared the details of his men and the events that unfolded during what is now known as the 10 crucial days.

It was then onto the historic Logan Inn, where crawlers we’re thoroughly entertained and educated by non-other than Ben Franklin (Rob Devitis) himself. At the salt House Abigail Adams (Alysa Dupuy) for sure the crawlers that she fought for women in many conversations with her husband John. She told the story of several women whose contribution to our nation’s history are not in our history books even though without them history will be written very different. At the Great Barn Brewery Taproom, the feisty Sam Adams (Gary Cohen) rallied to crowd to understand & protest the importance of no taxation without representation.

The after party at Havana featured an emotionally riveting interpretive dance performance by Roxey Ballet dancers left many viewer wiping tears from their eyes. The story written by written by Richard Jarboe, told of our areas significance in the forming of our nation’s history. Richard chose multi Emmy award winning composer Robert Sands to create the music. It was such an outstanding performance, event creator Marianne Romano of Mountaintop Marketing who has created several historical reenactment events such as The Women Of The Revolutions reenactment/dinner series, vowed to include it in all revolutionary events she does going forward.

Crawlers continued to party and dance with live music by The Blue Wave Ramblers & James Popik & the Tenfoot Tall Band.

The weekend events also included a new event sponsored by the Solebury Historical Society which was also sold out … Impression-Sips Paint night. Attendees recreated “Moonlight in Bucks County” inspired by the work of George Sotter.

The festival continues all week long with the a two town soup-a-thon, ice sculptures, Jamican Jam, Snow Art Contest, Gallery Crawl, 60’s pubcrawl and after party, Puppet Show, the Taste of Winterfest, the concert with John Hall Band, chili cook-off, Karaoke night and much more.

For all events with Google map directions, download the Lambertville New Hope App or visit www.WinterFestival.Net

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