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Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival

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Take a breather from the big city and head to the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival 2010. Join these historic towns, set along the Delaware River on the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border January 27 through 31 for music, food, and fun that will warm your soul with small-town charm.

Dozens of free events and five ticketed events are spread over the five day fest. Wednesday night's Winter Fest Cheer dinner features a special brew from local Triumph Brewing Company while Thursday evening's Taste of Winter Fest features dishes from local restaurants, along with drinks from local wineries and breweries. On Friday evening, catch Hopewell's rising rock and jazz singer, Danielia Cotton, at the Winter Festival Concert, along with local blues act, the J.B. Kline Band.

Saturday features the main event—a town-to-town parade. Start the morning with puppet theater, a photo tour, and live children's music leading to the grand parade at noon. Line up on Bridge Street to watch string and marching bands process across the bridge. Floats are created by local families, community organizations, and businesses who compete for modest cash prizes. Spend the afternoon hiking, touring historic houses, or watching young local talent perform on various stages. In the evening, take in cabaret or meet the mascot of the New Jersey Devils hockey team.

Wake up Sunday to a hearty Pancake Breakfast at New Hope-Solebury High School whose cafeteria will be lined with life-sized paper snowmen, part of the Snow Folk Art competition. Take the kids to the outdoor obstacle course, maze, and moon-bounce then line up for another gastronomic adventure—the Chili Cook-off! Sample eleven recipes and wash them down with local brews.

Throughout the weekend, food booths offer quick bites and artists can be seen creating masterpieces from blocks of ice. Music livens local bars and eateries. Proceeds from the festival go to local charities.
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Why? For a taste of small-town life.
When: January 27 through 31.
Where: Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA
Cost: Free. Some events ticketed, prices vary.
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