The local community is invited to light up the night on Sunday, Nov. 5, at Raritan Headwaters’ annual Lantern Walk at the Fairview Farm wildlife preserve.
Raritan Headwaters will continue its tradition of celebrating “Lanternenlaufen,” a historic European festival marking the end of the agricultural year and the beginning of the harvest, with two walks through the meadows of Fairview Farm.
“Nothing’s more fun than a parade of colorful lanterns on the first autumn night after the end of Daylight Savings Time,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, RHA’s executive director. “Festive music will play as we carry our lanterns through the meadows, and afterwards we’ll enjoy snacks around a bonfire.”
The event begins at 4 p.m., with the first walk – recommended for families with young children – leaving at 5 p.m. The second walk begins at 7 p.m. and is best for adults.
Admission price per person is $20 for Raritan Headwaters members, $25 for non-members, and $15 for children 12 and younger. The fee includes an illuminated paper lantern for each person, music, bonfire and refreshments. For those who do not wish to purchase a lantern, but would like to join in the festivities, a donation of $10 per person over the age of 12 is requested. Advance registration is required due to limited capacity. To register online, go to www.raritanheadwaters.org.
Fairview Farm, a 170-acre wildlife preserve, is located at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. In the event of rain, the Lantern Walk will be held on Sunday, Nov. 12.
About Raritan Headwaters
The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters has been working since 1959 to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. RHA’s 470-square-mile region provides clean drinking water to 400,000 residents of 38 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties and beyond to some 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey’s densely populated urban areas.
RHA has achieved statewide impact and is a proud recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. To learn more about Raritan Headwaters, please visitwww.raritanheadwaters.org or call (908) 234-1852.