DEP Parks and Historic
Sites Offer Weekend Activities
(04/71) TRENTON -- The Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) offers various events at state parks, historic
sites, and recreation areas. Some of the events planned
for this weekend include:
- Whitesbog Blueberry Festival, Brendan T. Byrne
The 21st Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival offers an
array of Bluegrass and Pineland's folk music, an abundance
of great food, tours, Pineland's art and photography,
unique country crafts, an operating antique engine display,
a tractor parade, and of course BLUEBERRIES! There will
be plenty of activities for kids as well: a blueberry
pie eating contest, games, face paintings, contests and
The BLUEBERRY was named the State Fruit of New Jersey
on January 12, 2004.
The Festival will be held on June 26, with the rain date
as June 27. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There
is a $7.00 parking fee.
- Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth,
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
On June 26 and 27 witness a reenactment of the largest
land artillery battle of the American Revolution, as period
reenactors recreate the 1778 Battle of Monmouth. They'll
set the scenes that led to the court-martial of Major
General Charles Lee, the bravery of Mary "Molly Pitcher"
Hays and General George Washington's actions confirming
his role as an inspirational leader.
See enlisted men clean their weapons or idle away their
time gambling, and watch the women of the army cook, mend,
and wash. At the parade ground, watch soldiers drill or
artillerists fire their cannons.
The reenactment runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission
is a requested $8 per car donation.
- Canoe and Kayak Demo Day, Spruce Run Recreation
Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports, Canoe and Kayak
Demo Day will offer visitors a chance to test-run a number
of canoes and kayaks. The event will run from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on June 26, ($10 per car parking fee). There
will be a licensed instructor on hand to go over the basics
of canoeing and kayaking, and a discussion on kayak safety.
Car-top carriers, life flotation devices, and paddles
will also be available at the event.
- Ice Cream Social and Free Concert, Hancock
House State Historic Site
Cool off and relax with ice cream and a concert at the
Hancock House State Historical Site on Sunday, June 27th
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no fee for this event;
donations are welcome.
- Sign the Declaration of Independence, Allaire
Follow in the footsteps of our forefathers and join in
the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What better
way to get ready for the 4th of July?
Go to the Visitor Center and Museum of Allaire State Park
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 27th and relive a part
There is a $5 parking fee.
For directions to the events, go to www.njparksandforests.org.
and click on park directory.
These events are included in the DEP's Spring & Summer
Calendar of Events. Free copies of the calendar are available
at all state parks, forests and historic sites. For a copy
by mail, call 1-800-843-6420. Text telephone users can call
NJ Relay Services at 1-800-852-7899. The calendar can also
be accessed through the web at http://www.njparksandforests.org.