FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ 05/25/11
DELAWARE TWP.– If name tags were to be believed, Diana Ross and the Supremes made the scene, along with recording industry icon Ahmet Ertigun and other music luminaries of the 1960s and 70s.
About 150 people – many of whom were creatively and flamboyantly costumed – rocked the night away on Saturday, May 14, at the Motown-themed Barn Dance to support New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s land preservation efforts in the Wickecheoke Creek Greenway of Hunterdon County.
The 7thannual Barn Dance, dubbed “Mo-Barn,” was held at Brook Hollow Farm, a preserved farm off Route 604.
“Everybody had a great time for a great cause. The dance floor was filled the whole night,” said Alix Bacon, regional manager for New Jersey Conservation Foundation. “Everybody really got into the Motown groove.”
Members of the Wickecheoke Advisory Committee, led by artistic designer Jacqueline Evans of Rosemont and operations manager Jenny Hartshorne of Lambertville, put their creative talents to work designing a soul food menu, gathering auction items and creating elaborate murals celebrating the stars of Motown.
Other key members of “the crew” of volunteers were Fran Perlman, Derek Bernstein, Chris Antar, Sandra Cristofori, Hugh Loomis, Paul Steinbeiser, Charlie Fisher and Brian Green, all local residents.
Corporate sponsors were Williams Gas Pipeline, Applegate Farms, Finkle’s Hardware Store, Herold Law, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, Paul W. Steinbeise Landscape Design & Construction, TD Bank, Norman J. Goldberg Inc., Magnesium Electron Inc., Tom Rodriguez Associates, ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Swan Creek Energy LLC, Cornerstone Financial, Doggett Foundation and Amy S. Green Environmental Consultants.
Since its founding in 1960, New Jersey Conservation Foundation has preserved more than 120,000 acres throughout the state, protecting precious natural resources, farmland and natural areas. The foundation’s preservation efforts in the Wickecheoke Creek region began more than 20 years ago, and have helped maintain water quality, protect wildlife habitat, and preserve natural and historic areas and farmland.
The Wickecheoke Creek Greenway follows the course of the Delaware River tributary from its headwaters on the Croton Plateau, through its dramatic descent to the Delaware River at Stockton. The area is home to beaver, mink, herons, hawks, turtles, long-tailed salamander and nearly 400 species of native plants. In addition, the Wickecheoke Creek’s waters flow directly into the D&R Canal, which serves as a source of clean drinking water for 1 million people in central New Jersey.
For more information New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s preservation work in the Wickecheoke Creek Greenway and beyond, visit our website at www.njconservation.orgor call 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728).