6th Annual New Hope Film Festival

The 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 24th through August 2nd. Mark your calendars now!

New Hope Film Festival is excited to announce that tickets are available on our website on June 15th at www.newhopefilmfestival.com. The 2015 Program Guide has the schedule, venues, a description of each film and more. Watch trailers for some of the films in the News section on our website

Judges selected 97 Official Selections with 80 films from 16 countries with many U.S. and world premieres. Countries represented are USA, Sweden, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Canada, France, Bahrain, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, and the Russian Federation.

The Festival is proud to be honoring Susan Seidelman with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, August 2nd for her outstanding contributions to film. Ms. Seidelman is a writer, producer, director and actor. You may be familiar with Ms. Seidelman’s name, as she directed the film DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, starring Madonna.

There will be a special screening of Ms. Seidelman’s 2011 directorial work, MUSICAL CHAIRS on August 2nd from 12:00 – 2:00 at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope. Further information about the event is in the 2015 Program Guide.

New Hope Film Festival, touted as “this emerging ‘Sundance East’” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, was founded by D. F. Whipple, an author, screenwriter, and long-time resident of the New Hope area.

Visit www.newhopefilmfestival.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and news!

The Festival thanks our sponsors Comcast, Times Publishing, and Calkins Media, Inc.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!
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July 3rd Concert Under the Stars

Riverside Symphonia’s Concert Under the Stars in Tinicum Park Moves to Friday July 3

One of Bucks County’s most popular summer events, the “Concert Under the Stars” will take place in Tinicum Park on Friday, July 3rd this year. Everything else remains the same for this very popular 4th of July holiday event. Gates will open for picnic suppers at 6 pm and the Symphonia will take the stage at 8 pm for an evening of pops, fine classical, and patriotic music. As in years past, the evening will end with a magnificent fireworks finale set to music.

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“The concert has been held on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July for many years but this year, in order to hold the fireworks finale, we had to move the event to Friday, July 3rd,” said Executive Director Cheryl Luginbuhl. “Everything else people enjoy about this evening is the same, and we hope that with Friday being a Federal holiday, people will turn out to celebrate America’s Birthday with us as they always do. We’ve seen a trend as an increasing number of people return year after year with more friends and family.” Indeed, picnics of all shapes and sizes are planned well in advance each summer. From small baskets on blankets to tables set with red, white, and blue table linens and delicious picnic fare, the picnics on display have become as much fun to watch as the concert, itself, as hundreds turn out to enjoy a relaxing evening of music and community in the park.

The Riverside Symphonia is a professional orchestra that presents 5 main stage performances yearly across the greater Delaware River Valley. For 25 years, the orchestra has been a part of the area’s rich cultural heritage. The “Concert Under the Stars” helps to provide funds for the orchestra’s season, its senior outreach program and its education efforts. The Thompson Organization in Doylestown has been a long time supporter and presenter of the event. Other sponsors include Pine Run Retirement Community, First National Bank and Trust Company of Newtown, and Kurfiss-Sotheby’s International Realty. Media sponsors include the Bucks County Herald, the Intelligencer, Icon Magazine, and Cantor Design.

Tickets to the “Concert Under the Stars” are available at
www.riversidesymphonia.org or by calling the box office 609-397-7300, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $25 at the gate; $10 for students ages 7 to 18; children 6 and under are free. VIP parking passes are available for a $60 additional donation if purchased at least 10 days in advance. General parking is free and handicapped parking (with a sticker) is available. The Park requests no dogs, barbecues or tiki torches, please. Tickets are nonrefundable.

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Chamber Thanks Members for Voting

To our GNHCC family….the Board of Directors of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce wish to thank each member for using their right to vote in the elections tonight, for the new executive directors of the GNHCC. Tonight was a historical moment where the members said “we want a change” from the past. You said “we want transparency, we want to work with others, and we want you, the GNHCC board of directors, to deliver a message of progress and of moving forward…not backwards.

We want to thank all of those that ran for office tonight. Each and every person, that ran for office, had the respect and talent to make this chamber one of the best in the state of Pennsylvania. Now we simply ask that our members give us the time to prove that we can do this for you, to become one of the best. It begins with respect, which has to be earned. So, we, at the GNHCC, have our work cut out for us. And we believe that as we gain respect, success for our businesses and community will soon follow.

Our door is now open to all groups and people that wish to help promote the Greater New Hope area. There are no barriers standing between any of us. So please do not hesitate to get involved in “your” chamber, and support our mission. We will welcome that.

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,
President, Jim Jolly, Vice President, Gregg Zollo, Treasurer, Josh Oravis, Secretary, Kelly Albertini, Members…John Danaher, Peter Edwardson, Anthony Favoroso, Jen Latta, Mike Lawson, Paul Lucitra, Joel Roberts, Linda Rowe, Kristin Schultz, Brandon Wind

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New Hope Chamber for You

GNHCC Member Benefits Package and Application
To our members and friends of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce,
First, we wish to say “thank you” for choosing the Greater New Hope area as your choice to reside, raise a family, begin a new business, continue to operate your existing business, and call “home”. We, the new Board of Directors of the GNHCC, want to help make that decision, to be a part of the Greater New Hope area, an enjoyable experience. But, to do this, we need your help. We would like for you to get involved with us and to become a part of us. Together, we can all make a difference in our community and keep the Greater New Hope area one of the most desirable places, to live, work and visit, in the country.
To begin this process of becoming a part of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, we have attached an application for membership. When you look over the application, you will notice that we have expanded our benefits at a more affordable rate than in the past. At a time when your business, and family, is working hard to meet its financial obligations, we want to offer you more exposure for less.
Right now, our annual fee, to be a member and to enjoy all of our member benefits, is only $97.50. That is a 35% discount in our past annual fee of $150.00. And, your membership will not expire until March 31st, 2016. Below, you will see what your membership fee includes:
Visibility:

A listing for your business on New Hope visitors’ website, www.visitnewhope.com , with your logo, description and link to your website and GNHCC Facebook page
Bi-Monthly Greater New Hope Chamber Newsletter
Monthly sales and promotions for all members in our “GNHCC monthly members sales and promotional” newsletter
Invitations to all regular business card exchanges and networking mixers
One set of mailing labels, to fellow chamber members, to put promotions out for your business
New business ribbon cutting ceremony and free email and Constant Contact blast to over 2400 contacts
New member and new business Facebook blast
Periodical promotion of members sales and promotions on GNHCC Facebook page
Free GNHCC Facebook ad and membership email blast for home base business members

Discounts:

Cooperative Advertising
Posting of your special events on the Chamber website calendar
One complimentary email blast a year

Also, your paid membership allows you to vote in the upcoming GNHCC elections on June 15th, and also run for an executive officers position on our Board of Directors. And, there is included a free Junior Chamber of Commerce membership to all youth ages 15-18. Please see our application below for that exceptional benefit for the future business owner.
To get started, you simply have to click the attached document below, complete the short application, and mail your application and check to the address given. From there, we will begin to advertise your business, including your home business, on our various sites, and you will also begin to enjoy all of the other benefits listed above. As a resident, you can help support meaningful events that will bring wonderful lasting memories to your friends and family that visit New Hope and the surrounding area.
Thank you again for your time and support, and please email us if you have questions.
The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
GNHCC Member Benefits Package and Application

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Chamber Membership Benefits

To our members and friends of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce,
First, we wish to say “thank you” for choosing the Greater New Hope area as your choice to reside, raise a family, begin a new business, continue to operate your existing business, and call “home”. We, the new Board of Directors of the GNHCC, want to help make that decision, to be a part of the Greater New Hope area, an enjoyable experience. But, to do this, we need your help. We would like for you to get involved with us and to become a part of us. Together, we can all make a difference in our community and keep the Greater New Hope area one of the most desirable places, to live, work and visit, in the country.
To begin this process of becoming a part of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, we have attached an application for membership. When you look over the application, you will notice that we have expanded our benefits at a more affordable rate than in the past. At a time when your business, and family, is working hard to meet its financial obligations, we want to offer you more exposure for less.
Right now, our annual fee, to be a member and to enjoy all of our member benefits, is only $97.50. That is a 35% discount in our past annual fee of $150.00. And, your membership will not expire until March 31st, 2016. Below, you will see what your membership fee includes:
Visibility:

A listing for your business on New Hope visitors’ website, www.visitnewhope.com , with your logo, description and link to your website and GNHCC Facebook page
Bi-Monthly Greater New Hope Chamber Newsletter
Monthly sales and promotions for all members in our “GNHCC monthly members sales and promotional” newsletter
Invitations to all regular business card exchanges and networking mixers
One set of mailing labels, to fellow chamber members, to put promotions out for your business
New business ribbon cutting ceremony and free email and Constant Contact blast to over 2400 contacts
New member and new business Facebook blast
Periodical promotion of members sales and promotions on GNHCC Facebook page
Free GNHCC Facebook ad and membership email blast for home base business members

Discounts:

Cooperative Advertising
Posting of your special events on the Chamber website calendar
One complimentary email blast a year

Also, your paid membership allows you to vote in the upcoming GNHCC elections on June 15th, and also run for an executive officers position on our Board of Directors. And, there is included a free Junior Chamber of Commerce membership to all youth ages 15-18. Please see our application below for that exceptional benefit for the future business owner.
To get started, you simply have to click the attached document below, complete the short application, and mail your application and check to the address given. From there, we will begin to advertise your business, including your home business, on our various sites, and you will also begin to enjoy all of the other benefits listed above. As a resident, you can help support meaningful events that will bring wonderful lasting memories to your friends and family that visit New Hope and the surrounding area.
Thank you again for your time and support, and please email us if you have questions.
The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce

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2015 Arts & Crafts Festival Applications

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Applications are now available for the 2015 New Hope Annual Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival on Sept 26-27, 2015. After the June 1st deadline, rolling admissions will kick in with applicants being juried until all categories are filled, or by August 28th.
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For more information go to
New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival/

If you know any one who would be good for this prestigious, juried outdoor annual show, please share the link.
And meanwhile, mark the dates on your calendar, and be sure to come.

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2015 New Hope Celebrates

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Well Strung Concert
Join us May, 15th Friday night live at the Bucks County Playhouse.

Pride Parade
Join us May, 16th Join us as we celebrate our 12th Annual Pride & Parade.
Marching from Lambertville, NJ crossing the Bridge to New Hope, PA. Featuring special guest hostess Victory Lace and the honorable Mayor Keller as MCs,
Free event and all are welcome!
Join us May, 16th for this festive tradition of unfurling the Pride Flag as we begin the celebration of our annual Pride week. At Starbucks – Downtown New Hope on Bridge & Main Streets.

Vendor Fair
Join us May, 16th for this festive tradition of unfurling the Pride Flag as we begin the celebration of our annual Pride week. At Starbucks – Downtown New Hope on Bridge & Main Streets.

Rock The Block Party!
Join us May, 16th Featured Performers:
Antigone Rising, Eryan Woods, Jason Walker, Josh Zuckerman Band,
Christine Martucci and many more!
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Plus more events and entertainment
Visit New Hope Celebrates for the complete schedule and more information.

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Letter to the Membership April 2015

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce

To the members of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce:

On March 31st, 2015, the GNHCC was reformed with ten new board of directors and one remaining past board member, attorney Brandon Wind. Many of the businesses in New Hope spoke up and wanted to see the GNHCC continue to serve the businesses of New Hope. We also heard you say that you wanted transparency. We, the newly formed GNHCC, heard your voice and that transparency begins today.

There are many reasons why the GNHCC needed to reform and stay in New Hope. First, the GNHCC had never left New Hope. New Hope has had its own chamber of commerce for many years. It took a break to reform its board of directors and mission statement. Also, there are two very valuable websites, and a Facebook page, that are resources for locals and visitors to New Hope that needed to remain in place. There is a bank account, with “your” money in it, that needed to stay with the members of the GNHCC and not be donated to any other group. There is also physical property that GNHCC members paid for that needed to be saved so that the GNHCC members could decide how it would be managed. Also, there are Pennsylvania and Bucks County grant monies, that can only be granted to Pennsylvania and Bucks Co. organizations, that the GNHCC can/will apply for. But more importantly, there is a voice, of the New Hope businesses, that still needed to be heard, and will be heard.

We know that one area of concern is the finances of the GNHCC. To answer the call, we have brought on First Federal of Bucks Co. branch manager Josh Oravis as the new Treasurer of the GNHCC. Many you know Josh and have your business account at First Federal of Bucks Co. where you have found trust. Josh is well known and respected in the New Hope business community and promises transparency. Joining Josh as interim Executive Officers are John Danaher – President, Joel Roberts – Vice President and Victoria Gia – Secretary. Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions or input! Each member of the GNHCC will have a copy of our treasurer’s report on a monthly basis. You will be able to ask the board to explain areas of the report that you may not understand. Your money will be protected, and stay in New Hope and with the GNHCC, with you having access to the treasurers report. It is “your” money.

There have been questions asked as to if the GNHCC will work with the other organizations that represent the New Hope businesses, e.g. the New Hope Business Alliance. The answer is clear and an easy one. Absolutely we will! We invite all groups, that wish to promote and support New Hope businesses, to join with us. In fact, two of our board members also sit on the board of the New Hope Business Alliance for that purpose only….to partner both the GNHCC and the NHBA together so as to work together for a stronger New Hope. Some may ask if it is a “conflict of interest” to have members of both groups serve on both boards. We say that is an “asset of interest” that makes both groups stronger. Each group, the GNHCC and the NHBA, have separate purposes, but both have very important purposes to help support and promote New Hope businesses. The NHBA just added eleven new advisors to the board, and with both groups working together, you now have 26 New Hope business owners working for you from both groups. Soon, both the NHBA and the GNHCC will share how we will partner together for a better New Hope, even though we are two separate groups with different roles.

Another area of concern is obviously membership fees and how that will work. The GNHCC will need to collect membership dues to be able to promote your business and operate various events. The new board of directors have changed the bylaws to reflect a prorated membership fee that will run from April 1st of the current year to March 31stof the following year. The yearly membership dues will remain at $150.00, but depending on what month you join the GNHCC, your membership dues will be 1/12th of that year. If you join in September, your membership dues will be 87.50 and so forth. And, for all current members, we have extended your membership by 3 months for free. This means that on July 1st, your membership fee would be $112.50. And, if you are receiving this message, then you are most likely a “current member”. Our membership at this time is around 120 members.

We do understand that this may not answer all of your questions, but in time, all of your questions will be answered. To do so, we plan to send out updates, on at least a monthly basis, concerning what we are doing at the GNHCC, to all members. You may also be provided with information on a less than monthly basis if we believe that the information is important to share with you. And, we are open to receiving, and answering, any and all questions as they come to us via email: newhopechamber@gmail.com.

Within the next 60 days, we will be holding elections for Executive Officers. At this time, the people serving in these positions are on an interim basis. Any current paid up member of the GNHCC may run for these offices. More information concerning the date and process of the elections will be coming soon.

Thank you for your time and support, and the Board of Directors of the GNHCC look forward to working with you.

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New Hope Chamber of Commerce 2015

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce announces its new interim Officers:
President John Danaher, Vice President Joel Roberts, Treasurer Josh Oravis and Secretary Victoria Gia. Eleven chamber members were present and voted/approved.

A general election to be held in 30-60 days will complete the process of Officer placement and agenda development.

We look forward to working in a cooperatve manner with The New Hope Business Alliance, & The Greater Lambertville New Hope Chamber of Commerce.

Next meeting : Thurs. April 9 7:00pm First Federal of Bucks County
275 W Bridge St.
New Hope, PA 18938
Information: 267-987-7855

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2015 Restaurant Week

New Hope Lambertville Restaurant Week
Participating restaurants in New Hope and Lambertville will offer a $30 Prix Fixe fine dining menu or a $20 Prix Fixe casual dining menu from Sunday to Thursday, March 22nd-26th.
Link to more info

New Hope area participating restaurants include: Bitter Bob’s (110 South Main Street), Black Bass (3774 River Road, Lumberville), Cafe Blue Moose (9 West Mechanic Street), Golden Pheasant Inn (763 River Road, Erwinna), Inn At Phillips Mill (2590 River Road), Italian Cucina (95 South Main Street), Karla’s (5 West Mechanic Street), Logan Inn (10 West Ferry Street), Marsha Brown (15 South Main Street), Martine’s Riverhouse (14 East Ferry Street & the River), Mojito Cuba Caribe (90 South Main), Sprig & Vine (450 Union Square), The Raven Resort (385 West Bridge Street), Triumph Brewing Company (400 Union Square), and Zoubi (7 West Mechanic Street).

Participating Lambertville area restaurants include: Annie’s Gourmet to Go (5 North Union Street), Bell’s Tavern (183 North Union Street), Brian’s Restaurant (9 Klines Court), Caffe Galleria (23 North Union Street), D’Floret (18 South Main Street),DeAnna’s (54 North Franklin Street), DiNapoli’s (15 Klines Court), DISH at Lambertville House (32 Bridge Street), El Tule(49 North Main Street), Lambertville Station (11 Bridge Street), Liberty Hall Pizza (243 North Union Street), Maharba (77 S Union St.), Rick’s Italian(19 South Main Street), and Via Ponte (13 Bridge Street, Stockton).

Please go to these restaurant’s websites to see menus and to call for reservations.

New Hope & Lambertville Restaurant Week is sponsored in part by Capital Wine & Spirits, which is working with participating restaurants on specific wine pairings, and The UPS Store of New Hope.

Restaurant Week 2015

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