The Lowdown on Hopatcong's GardenFest
The Hopatcong Community Garden's big event is coming up. Here's what organizers told Patch participants should expect.
Months of hard work and planning will come to a head Sunday when the Hopatcong Community Garden hosts GardenFest at Modick Park.
From noon to 4 p.m., organizers and participants will celebrate the Hopatcong Community Garden, an idea friends wouldn't let fade away even after its founder, Alice King, died in a motorcycle accident in late 2011.
Here are some things to expect:
- Facepainting and tattoos for children
- A photo booth, courtesy of Hopatcong's Ultimate Images Studio.
- Paint custom paver stones to decorate the community garden for $6—a Boy Scouts Pack 88-run activity
- For sale: herbs, garden starter kids and organic seeds. Also: square foot gardening frames made by Hopatcong residents Marc Frato and Robert Bond
- Tour the garden
- A book signing for Hopatcong children's author James Gentile
- Family games
- Receive "Ask the Expert" advice from master gardeners. The cost? A donation to the garden.
- Learn about healthy eating from nutritionist Yvonne Syto, of Hopatcong
- Plenty of food from 3 in 1 Deli, Frank's Pizzeria, Quick Chek, Castaways and Sabretti's. Juice Bowl will donate juice while the Liquor Factory will donate ice.
- Live music from the Joe Tree Group from noon to 2 p.m.
- Two Karma Yoga 45-minute classes, taught by Kula Yoga & Wellness in Stanhope. Donations will be accepted.
- Other vendors: Kim O'Hara Clay Designs; Lola's Natural Alternatives - Personal Care Products; Naturally Sussex; knitted goods from XxVioletRosexX of Etsy.com; Princess & the Peony handcrafted wind chimes, garden items and more; FWBluxuries Jewelry Design; Hickory Ridge Alpaca Farm; Sparta Mountain Farm; Advapoint -Solar Energy & Solar Evaluations; Pampered Chef; Tupperware; Avon; Scentsy; and Thirty One Totes.