New Hope’s 11th Annual High Heel Race

The 2014 High Heel Drag Race Benefits Animal Alliance and Kick’s Off The Halloween Week In New Hope

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC) presents the 11th Annual High Heel Drag Race on Sunday, October 26th 2014 to benefit Animal Alliance. New Hope’s own Miss Pumpkin will be hosting the race at 6:30p.m. held on W. Mechanic Street between Main Street and New Street. Road will be closed from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. for this event.

Calling all high heel fashionistas to be part of this fantastic event. Racer registration is free of charge and begins at 4:30p.m. in front of the New Hope Visitor Center; racers must be dressed in Halloween attire with heels to match.

The most exciting part of this year’s activities is that the GNHCC has added even more fun activities to the day including a pet costume contest co-sponsored with Animal Alliance and a Red Carpet Photo Shoot with costumed animals and drag queens! Local businesses have also joined the excitement as sponsors of the event.

Registration for the pet costume contest is from 4:00p.m. to 4:30p.m. in front of the New Hope Visitors Center. There is a $10 entry fee with proceeds benefiting Animal Alliance & GNHCC. The pet costume contest will promptly begin at 5pm.

Pictures can be taken on the Red Carpet Photo Shoot with costumed dogs & New Hope’s finest drag queens for a $10 photo fee includes 4 snapshots on the red carpet. Proceeds benefit Animal Alliance & The GNHCC. Red carpet photos begin at 4pm.

The High Heel Drag Race will be the official kick-off to the Halloween Week, which consist in five participating bars and nightclubs hosting costume contests on specific days assigned; starting on Monday at Triumph Brewing Co., Tuesday at John & Peters, Wednesday at Fran’s Pub, Thursday at The Raven and Friday at Havanas. The top two winners of each location will be eligible to win a grand final prize of $1,200.00 sponsored by Ketel One Vodka and held on October, 31st at Havanas after their contest.

Don’t forget to visit the unique shops & restaurants on W. Mechanic St!

To learn more visit or call the GNHCC office at 215.862.9990.

High Heel Drag Race Event Timeline

3:00pm Set up registration/information table

4:00pm Drag Queen Photo Booth $10 Donation
Receive 1 strip of 4 photos with the ladies

4:30pm Registration for Runners No entry fee
Registration for Pet Costume Contest $10 entr
Animal Alliance Pet Adoption & Information

5:00pm – 6:00pm Dog Costume Contest – Animal Alliance Pet Adoption & Information

6:00pm Race Set Up

6:30pm High Heel Race Starts

7:15 – 8:00pm Breakdown & Clean Up

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Community Meeting Parking

The Directors of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who attended Tuesday night’s Community Meeting. We appreciate the open exchanges with business people in town, and are delighted that five attendees signed on to serve as Block Captains in our Membership Program and another 18 volunteered to serve on various Chamber committees. Thank you volunteers, attendees and members.

Yesterday morning, we became aware of one dark spot in an otherwise successful evening. Upon leaving the meeting, participants who had assumed that parking would be free found tickets on their cars. This issue was discussed widely on Facebook and elsewhere in town.

Many of the Facebook comments complained about the Borough issuing tickets. This is not fair to the Borough, who informed us that our rental of the Community Room did not include free parking. Frankly, we did not understand that others might assume parking would be free. We all pay for our own parking whenever we attend Borough meetings despite the fact that one of our officers is a former Borough Council member and another is married to a HARB member.

Had we known that attendees would expect parking to be free, we would have posted notes on the front door of the Building and the entrance to the Community Room alerting you otherwise. We accept full responsibility for not having posted notices. That said, we were not willfully negligent. We simply did not know. We are exploring ways to be sure that this problem does not arise during future Community Meetings.

If you consider the Chamber responsible for your having received a ticket, please bring it to the Chamber office at 10 Stockton Street during office hours 10am-4pm Monday-Friday or leave it in the Chamber office mail box. Please note the office will be closed for Labor Day. We must receive your parking ticket by 4pm on Wednesday September 3rd in order for us to pay it on time.

Again, thanks for attending, sharing opinions and offering support. We live in a very special place, and look forward to working with the business community to make it even more special.

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First Fridays New Hope 2014


First Fridays New Hope runs from August 1st through December 5th 2014

5:00PM – 9:00PM

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  • Enjoy an evening in New Hope browsing art galleries and discovering new talent.
  • Expect to meet some local artists.
  • Participating establishments will provide refresments.
  • 15 plus art & craft galleries
  • Dine & Shop local!

Refreshments, music and even a few surprises. Walk our historic town along the Delaware. Shop our galleries, sip a glass of wine on the river or enjoy a lovely meal at one of our many restaurants.


  • The Studio
  • Gallery Piquel
  • Sidetracks Art Gallery
  • Teardrop Memories Antiques Gallery
  • Fred Eisen Leather Design
  • Amano Gallery
  • Heart of the Home
  • Blank Canvas Gallery
  • Red Tulip Gallery
  • Creeper Gallery
  • The “A” Space Gallery
  • 43 Canal Studio
  • Topeo
  • Netherfield Gallery
  • Lilo Stained Glass Studio
  • Mechanic Street Mugs

Sponsored by the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau and Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce

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Fifth Annual New Hope Film Festival

The 2014 Fifth Annual New Hope Film Festival Announces Official Selections & New Sponsor

New Hope, PA – New Hope Film Festival, touted as “this emerging ‘Sundance East’ festival” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, is excited to announce our Official Selections and a new Sponsor for the 2014 Fifth Annual New Hope Film Festival that will take place from July 25th through August 3rd.

Judges selected 160 Official Selections from 16 countries. Countries represented are USA, Israel, United Kingdom, Canada, Honduras, India, Venezuela, France, Italy, Russian Federation, Australia, Belgium, China, Swaziland, Mexico and Uganda.

The Festival welcomes a new, national-level Sponsor, LaCroix Sparkling Water. We thank our other sponsors New Hope News, Comcast, and Calkins Media.

New Hope Film Festival was founded by D. F. Whipple, an author, screenwriter, and long-time resident of the New Hope area.


We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

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2014 New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival

2014 New Hope Annual Outdoor
Juried Arts & Crafts Festival

September 27 – 28, 2014
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

New Hope-Solebury High School
New Hope PA

Rain or Shine Free Admission Festival Food
Free Shuttle to/from Downtown

Over 200 fine Artists and Craftsmen will exhibit using media such as oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, works in wood, wearable art, glass art, photography, and more.

New Hope’s 21st Annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival is organized by the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce advertises the Festival year round, and you are invited to find more information about your visit to New Hope PA.

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2013 Arts and Crafts Festival Sponsors are listed Below
2014 Sponsor Info

We are excited to invite you to join us for this year’s New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival to be held on September 27-28, 2014 from 10-6pm on Saturday and from 10-5pm on Sunday. The Festival will take place at the New Hope-Solebury High School on West Bridge Street, just a few minutes walk from the center of the business district, and there will also be a free bus to from the Festival to the Playhouse on South Main St.

This year is going to be our biggest and best!
Please Join Us!

Exhibitor Application Here 2014 Application

Click to Volunteer to help set up, booth watch, clean up, or help in other ways.
It takes a lot of volunteers to make this event happen.

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Reasons for Not Participating in Fireworks for 2014

Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Discusses Reasons for Choosing Not to Participate in Fireworks for 2014

At a Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, January 8, the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce voted not to participate in New Hope-Lambertville Fireworks for the Summer of 2014. Based on dialogue in social media and on the streets of New Hope, the Board would like to explain its rationale more fully.
The Fireworks started in the Summer of 2010 as an effort to bring area residents to New Hope and Lambertville on Friday nights, and to present New Hope and Lambertville in a positive light. This effort has largely succeeded. Crowds averaged approximately 5,000 viewers per event. Visitors from surrounding communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey flocked to New Hope and Lambertville to view the spectacular shows. Most residents, including many Chamber Directors, have enjoyed them tremendously.
However, the Fireworks did not succeed in improving the business climate for many New Hope merchants. Families from surrounding communities came to town, saw Fireworks, and left. Young adults came to Fireworks and stayed to patronize local bars and restaurants. As a result, many shop owners experienced fewer parking spots for customers, increased shoplifting, declining store traffic, and a greater need for Saturday morning cleanup. All this led to a decrease in Friday night revenues during peak tourist season.
In the early years of Fireworks, some merchants kept stores open late and even created incentives for people attending Fireworks to frequent their stores. Virtually all of them reported that these did not succeed. By 2013, many merchants simply closed for the evening.
Merchants’ experience with Fireworks was not the only reason for our decision. We also learned that many of the core volunteers planned not to participate in 2014. Each summer weekend, these volunteers dedicated their Thursday afternoons and Fridays to Fireworks. After four years, they sought replacements.
As many in social media have noted, reducing the frequency of Fireworks from weekly to monthly or only for special holidays seemed a reasonable compromise between residents’ love of the Fireworks and the challenges we faced. However, less frequent Fireworks might swell the crowds to as much as 3-4 times the current level, and New Hope-Lambertville’s infrastructure and public safety systems are not sized to handle crowds of that size.
Faced with the need to consider ways to make Fireworks work better for our members, the challenge of encouraging a new cast of volunteers to step forward, and the reality that less frequent Fireworks were not an option, the Board voted to suspend participation for a year. During this time, we will explore strategies to make the Fireworks more profitable for our members and possibly less onerous to produce. We intend to revisit the entire Fireworks issue in the Fall of 2014.
This summer, the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce will promote other events and approaches that bring visitors to New Hope with greater intention to frequent our stores, restaurants, and bars. We intend to participate fully in the Landmark Towns Canal Festival from June 20-22, with displays of colonial crafts and a possible reenactment of Washington’s crossing at Coryell’s Ferry. We are exploring other summer programs as well.
We welcome and solicit feedback from the Greater New Hope merchants and residents on ways to make Fireworks work in 2015 and beyond, as well as other programs that can make our community even more vibrant and attractive to local residents and tourists alike.

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Rev It Down When You Ride Through Town

Spring is here, and it’s that time of year!
Is New Hope Motorcycle-Friendly?
Absolutely, although we do ask you to Rev it Down as you Roll into Town!

After years of complaints from residents, merchants, and visitors, the Chamber has taken on this campaign to try to combat the motorcycle noise in a way that respects both residents and the many motorcyclists who do obey our noise ordinance.
Loud pipes can save lives, but sitting at traffic light waiting for it to turn green and revving so loud that it hurts peoples’ ears indoors with the doors and windows closed is not necessary for any reason, and even the bikers complain to the merchants about the few who ruin it for everyone.
New Hope has loudness ordinances, and we don’t want you to be a casualty.
New Hope’s police are on the lookout for bikers who ride in low gear at high revolutions.

“We have signs posted at the entrances of town reminding our motorcycle guests to please Rev It Down when visiting our one square mile town, so we can all enjoy the charm of New Hope,” says New Hope Chamber Past-President and Borough Councilman, Connie Gering.

“Our motorcycle visitors are an important asset to the business community of this town and we welcome them and enjoy them.
We just want them to Rev it Down while visiting our town so everyone can enjoy New Hope.”


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