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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Click to be a 2014 Sponsor – 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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The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Announces Elections Results

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the results of last night’s election. Congratulations!

Executive Positions:

ROGER GREEN, Roger Green & Associates, PRESIDENT



GROVER STULTS, Center for Financial Strategies, TREASURER

New Directors on the Board: 

SKYLAR BIRD, Café Blue Moose

DONNA DEELY, Helping Hands

PAUL FOGLIA, Triumph Brewing Co.

ELISA FUSCO, Pudge Cakes*

ANA LEYLAND, A Mano Gallery


JEN WOHL, Party Gurlz

We would like to thank all of the nominees for their interest in serving on the Board of Directors. We hope those who were not elected this year will stay engaged in Chamber activities.

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New Hope Steampunk Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire 2014

Fantasy Faire: Days of Future Past

April 5th 11am-Midnight & April 6th 11am-4pm


Marvels and your heart’s desire will be available at the Eagle Fire Hall on Saturday from 11am-7pm, and just when it couldn’t get any better, on Sunday afternoon from Noon-4pm, too, with a multitude of motley performers and presenters both days, and featuring the Macabre Faire Film Festival, the Delaware Valley Fire Museum, and the Johnsville Centrifuge, and a Vendor Faire of wonderful wares.
And entertainment will be happening throughout New Hope.
Please bring your friends and family and join us in celebrating a different time in the past and future…

Costumes are Optional, but make it more fun for Everyone!

“A Secret Act and a few surprises…”
The Green Fairy Cabaret is at Havana New Hope on Saturday evening, South Main Street from 7:30-Midnight on April 5th.

Saturday night will feature the notable gypsy-punk band “This Way to the Egress” with “Karnevil” sideshow and Holly Ween, Viktor DeVonne, and Quorra Vahn Tassels of
White Elephant Burlesque Society. 21+


A fabulous Sunday Steampunk Brunch will be available from 11am-3pm at
The Raven across from New Hope Lodge

Parking is free at the Fire Hall. There will be a shuttle from the Fire Hall to South Main St, with a Union Square stop near the Railroad and at High School Parking from 2:30pm to 7pm, and stopping at the New Hope Lodge and Ramada from 7pm to 2am. Visible intoxication or abusiveness can get you banned from the bus, so be forewarned…

Festival Entertainment Info Here

Sat-Sun Daytime Entertainment Schedule Download

Ticket Information – Buy Advance Tickets Here until Midnight on Friday

More information Extra! Extra! Read All About It!



New Hope Lodge from $99 215-862-2737

Ramada New Hope 215-862-5221 (Reference: $99 “Fantasy Faire” special rate when booking)

Or click on Lodging for more choices

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2014 Restaurant Week


New Hope – Lambertville Restaurant Week
March 16 – 21, 2014

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce and the Lambertville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 5th annual New Hope-Lambertville Restaurant Week. Beginning Sunday March 16th and running through Friday March 21st, 29 participating restaurants will be offering either a $19.95 casual dining prix fixe menu or $29.95 fine dining prix fixe menu. This event is an exciting way for local restaurants to showcase their menus and kick start the spring season in our river towns.
Gretz Beer Company and Treasury Wine Estates, our sponsors this year, will be providing distinctive beer and wine pairings for the week. The UPS Store has generously provided all printing for advertising to help promote this event.

The GNHCC and the LACC are looking forward to a successful turnout this year, with the hopes it will bring business to all merchants on both sides of our river. Please visit or for participating restaurants, menus and more information.

Please direct all media inquires to Chrissy Mertz

The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad is offering a complimentary glass of wine if you park in their lot during Restaurant Week on Sunday 16th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st.

March 16 – 21, 2014
Restaurant Week Participants

Click on Restaurant for menus where available

Martine’s RiverHouse
Black Bass
Golden Pheasant
Italian Cucina
Marsha Brown
Logan Inn Nikolas
Inn at Phillips Mill
Bitter Bobs
Triumph Brewery
Carversville Inn
Lambertville Station
Lambertville House
Sprig & Vine
The Raven
Anton’s at the Swan
Tortuga’s Cucina
Café Blue Moose
Deanna’s Facebook Page
El Tule
Brian’s Restaurant
Bell’s Tavern
Hamilton’s Grill

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New Hope Liberty Festival

JUNE 20-22, 2014

Download the Schedule of Events!
NOTE: The 5k Race is cancelled.

Come join the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, and the Coryell’s Ferry Militia, as we sponsor a three-day Revolutionary War era reenactment of General George Washington’s June 20-22, 1778 encampment and Delaware River crossing, from New Hope, PA. This celebration of our freedom and liberty will include live artillery cannon firing and rifle demonstrations, a Veterans and military parade, Colonial period crafts, 18th Century music, Revolutionary War lifestyle exhibitions, a Colonial treasure hunt for the children, Colonial dress, Liberty Pole, The Regimental Ball and more.
Please join us in celebrating our incredible history in New Hope, PA. You, your children and friends can meet these historical characters, enjoy the exhibitions, take part in the historical events, and experience all the historical and modern-day comfort and hospitality that New Hope has to offer, and generally enjoy a weekend unlike any you will find this summer.
For more information:
New Hope Liberty Canal Festival

The Regimental Ball
Barleyjuice Concert

New Hope’s Delaware Canal Festival

Colonial Vendors Wanted for the Liberty Festival.
Colonial artist, barber/wig maker, basket maker, beer-wine maker, blacksmith, candle maker, candy maker…, wood carver, chair maker, cobbler, cook, coppersmith, cutler, dye maker-fabric dyer, engraver, founder, gardener, glassblower, iron maker, joiner, leather dresser, papermaker, pewterer, potter, printer, quilter, rope maker, saddler, shipbuilder, silversmith, soap maker, spinner, tanner, tavern keeper, tobacco roller, watchmaker, and weaver.
Call 215-862-9990 or go to Click here to Download the Colonial-Festival-2014-Application

Sponsors needed too.
Interested in helping Sponsor the event? Great - Download the New Hope Liberty Festival Sponsorship Levels. Your support is appreciated!

The Festival will include The Regimental Ball and a Barleyjuice Concert, along with many other activities.
For more information, registration, and advance admission:
The Regimental Ball
Barleyjuice Concert
New Hope’s Delaware Canal Festival

Canal Festival

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New Hope’s Delaware Canal Festival

Duck Crowd Bristol
New Hope’s Delaware Canal Festival
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
8am – 4pm
In New Hope in conjunction with the
New Hope Liberty Festival

New Hope, PA, will hold its annual Delaware Canal Festival this summer on Sunday, June 22nd, with various fun events and activities for the entire family.
5K Run/Walk
Town and Towpath Guided Tour
Decorated Boat Float
Decorated Duck Making
String Band Concert to Benefit the NH-S Library

There will be a 5k Delaware Canal run/walk, a historical 1778-1878 New Hope and Delaware Canal towpath guided tour, a reading for children by The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury, and the celebrated “duck decorating contest” . Also, you will be able to enjoy the Long Hill String Band playing old time and canal related songs and giving a brief narration on the history of the canal.
Canal Festival
The Town and Towpath Historic Walking Tour will be conducted by the New Hope Historical Society and The Friends of the Delaware Canal. The tour will be presented at 1 pm on June 22nd beginning at the Parry Mansion, 45 South Main Street. Explore New Hope’s, then Coryell’s Ferry, importance in the Revolutionary War. and find out how the Delaware Canal changed the town. Admission Free.

There will be duck decorating opportunities for the Duck Race. You may buy your official yellow rubber ducks at various locations beforehand and take them home to transform them or you can come to the duck booth at the festival and decorate your quackling right on the spot. Cash prizes will be awarded for Overall-Best of Show, Day of Festival-Best of Show, and Day of Festival-Most Creative. Prizes for both Adult and Kids Up to 10 entries will be given in these categories: most humorous, beautiful, imaginative, and “most ugly duckling.” Get your ducks in New Hope at:
A Mano Galleries (128 S. Main St), The Angel’s Light (17 W.Mechanic St), Pudgecakes (45 N. Main St), The Soap Opera (44 S. Main St), The Studio (19 W. Mechanic St).

Delaware Canal Festival Concert June 22 at 4:00 pm
New Hope Arts Center – Corner of Bridge and Stockton Streets

Old-Time Country Music with the Long Hill String Band
Featuring Songs of the Canals
Bring the family for toe-tapping, clapping, and singing fun.
Watch Woody the Limberjack dance up a storm.
$15 in advance, $20 cash at the door Benefits the Free Library of New Hope & Solebury
Your printed or smartphone Paypal receipt is your ticket.

Buy Tickets Here

If you want to spend an enjoyable weekend this summer with your family on the Delaware Canal in Bucks Co, PA, then save the entire weekend of June 20th-22nd. That is when the Landmark Towns of Bucks Co. will be hosting its annual Delaware Canal Festival in the four boroughs of Bristol, Morrisville, Yardley and New Hope, PA. Each borough will hold its annual Delaware Canal Festival events on separate evenings and days throughout the weekend.
The Delaware Canal Festival is sponsored by The Friends of the Delaware Canal, Landmark Towns of Bucks County, and theDelaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Grant funding has been received from the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
delaware canal

The New Hope scheduled Delaware Canal Festival events will be in conjunction with New Hope’s “Liberty” Festival weekend, conducted by the Coryell’s Ferry Militia and the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce. The New Hope “Liberty” Festival will begin on Friday, June 20th, and run the entire weekend of June 20-22nd. The Liberty Festival will commemorate the June 20-22, 1778 encampment of General George Washington’s troops in New Hope, PA [then Coryell’s Ferry] on their way to the Battle of Monmouth, NJ. The New Hope Liberty Festival will include various New Hope merchants and restaurants demonstrating their skills, and transforming their menus, in Colonial era style. That weekend will also include a Revolutionary War regiments and VFW parade, rifle and cannon firing, and Colonial games and theatre for the children. A Regimental dance will start the weekend off on Friday in Colonial period attire and the weekend will conclude with a Barleyjuice concert. This is a weekend for the entire family to get involved in Colonial New Hope history.
More Info
Tickets for The Regimental Ball and/or Barleyjuice

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