Historic Blairstown Day

Historic Blairstown Day

Third Annual Historic Blairstown Day

Dust off your bonnets and bow ties ladies and gentlemen — and get ready to party like it’s 1899!

Hosted by the Blairstown Museum, Historic Blairstown Day is a celebration of Blairstown’s heritage. Spend the day enjoying the ambiance of a bygone era with nostalgic music; antique, craft and food vendors; classic car show; a birthday celebration for town founder John Insley Blair and much more.

Proceeds from Historic Blairstown Day benefit the Blairstown Museum and its mission to collect, research, document, protect, preserve, exhibit and promote the unique history and heritage of the Township of Blairstown, New Jersey for the benefit of residents and visitors.

The 2019 HBD Committee consists of: Peter Bransky, Celeste Dieffenbach, Pamela Gumbman, Eric Harvey, Anthony Iurato, Jeanette Iurato, Kris Kelleher, Mandie Kolenut, Allison Lacken, and Ashley Miller. The Committee meets regularly to discuss this year’s celebration. Please contact the HBD Committee with any questions, blairstownmuseum@gmail.com.


DATE & TIME
Sunday, August 11, 2019
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

LOCATION
Main Street Blairstown, NJ 07825
The event encompasses the majority of Main Street - from the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Bridge Street to the Post Office near Park Street. Click here to view the Event Map.

First settled in the 1700s, Blairstown is a charming small town in Warren County, NJ with a downtown commercial center that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s encompass the entire Historic District. Iconic buildings on Main Street include the 1825 Stone Mill, 1872 First Presbyterian Church and 1889 Water Works.
PUBLIC PARKING AREAS
For your convenience, public parking is available for a $5 donation to the NWR Marching Band. Parking is available next to the Blairstown Fire Department 5 Stillwater Road Blairstown, NJ 07825; with overflow parking spaces available across the street at Blairstown Elementary School 1 Sunset Hill Road Blairstown, NJ 07825.

Blairstown's Historic District is relatively small, so the burden of walking from these parking locations to Main Street and your favorite village eateries and shops is minimal. If you choose to park on a side street, please be mindful to not block driveways and please do not park in private lots.

SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR
Visit the NWR Marching Band Parking Booth to receive your FREE brochure that will explain Blairstown's early days and provide you with the event's schedule. You are encouraged to enjoy the informational plaques on several Main Street historic properties via a self-guided walking tour.
ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Beginning in 1769 with the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation to the mass production of the Ford Model-T in 1913 and even with many of the post WWII models, people have marveled over the science of the automobile. Owners of vintage and classic cars and motorcycles are welcome to register and showcase their vehicles at the Third Annual Historic Blairstown Day Car Show. You can register early by downloading the registration form and submitting it with your registration fee. We request that registered vehicles be in a condition of preservation or restoration that would reflect favorably on the show and hobby. Special prizes and dash plaques will be awarded.

PARTICIPANTS
» 1800's Horse and Carriage by Jan Zukoski
» 1937 Plymouth 2-Door Sedan by Robert Tierney
» 1958 Studebaker by Connie & Larry Fey
» 1964 Chevrolet Corvette by Kathleen Galop
» 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 CJ 428 by Mike Parent
» 2017 Mustang Roush Stage 2 by Scott Dobbs
» Rat Rod, Hot Rod by Nick Buccelli
» And much, much more!

SIGN UP TODAY
» Participant fee $17 per vehicle
» Participants receive one free Dash Medallion
» Participants receive one free HBD T-Shirt
» Car Show Best Overall Contest (Trophy 1st Place, Trophy 2nd Place, Trophy 3rd Place)
» Car Show Best In Show (Voted by Public. Wall Plaque Prize.)

Apply: Car Show Application
ARTISTS, ARTISANS, CRAFTERS, AND DIRECT SALES REPS
Dressed in mid-1800 to early 1900s inspired clothing, the street vendors at Historic Blairstown Day help transform our historic Main Street to the days of yesteryear, when street vendors and sidewalks peddlers would sell their wares to residents and visitors. Artists, Artisans, Crafters, and even Direct Sales Representatives are an integral part of Historic Blairstown Day - and each year, their attendance grows. Our 2019 event will proudly host 50 vendors! We encourage you to spend the day enjoying the ambiance of a bygone era, while browsing through our Main Street Marketplace and purchasing delightful handmade, homegrown, and name brand products.

MAIN STREET MARKETPLACE VENDORS
» A&J Messina Greenhouses
» A Pathway to Wellness (17 Main Street)
» ACRE Windows & Doors
» AlphaZelle - Toxin-Free Products
» Bear Education and Resource Group
» BDazzle Jewelry
» Burgdorff ERA Realtors
» Christine Oleszek Photography
» Classy + Fabulous (18 Main Street)
» Color Street by Samantha Cichon
» Creative Alchemy (23 Main Street)
» Ellie Within Pillows & Crafts
» Fun Flea Market Finds (Double Booth)
» Gallery 23 (23 Main Street)
» Goldie's Airbrush Entertainment
» Hempworx
» Juls Jewels
» Kelley's Kreations
» KGN Organics Soaps and Skincare
» Let's Get Stoned Painted Rocks
» LuLaRoe by Kristine Stanton-Smith
» Mary Kay Beauty, Skin Care & Makeup‎ with Robin Pierson Bronstein
» MaurRocks Jewelry Designs
» Milk and Honey Handmade Market
» Mission Chiropractic
» Nancy's Collection
» One Womans Junk
» Origami Owl
» Paulinskill River Photography (Double Booth)
» R. Poust Heating & Cooling, Inc. (Double Booth)
» Scentsy by Nicole Niebuhr
» Simply Amy Upcycled Home Decor
» Songbird Jewels
» Sons of Liberty Survival Outfitters LLC.
» Spitfire Farms
» Stylin with Sabrina
» Tahullah's Treasure Paparazzi
» Touchstone Crystal by Michelle McCrohan
» U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer
» ValkenPens
» Walpack Historical Society

FOOD VENDORS
» Blairstown Diner
» Blairstown Inn
» Cosmic Kettle Corn
» Gourmet Gallery
» Post Time Pub
» Rogue Tacos & Catering

SIGN UP TODAY
Requirements for vendors at Historic Blairstown Day include:
» One representative per direct sales company
» Vendor fee $40 per 10x10 space
» Vendor fee $30 per Walking Vendor
» Vendor fee is waived for non-profits that do not sell a product
» Vendors supply their own tents, tables and chairs
» Vendors dress in appropriate mid-1800 to early 1900s inspired clothing
» Vendor Best Dressed Contest ($75 1st Place, $50 2nd Place, $25 3rd Place)

Apply: Vendor Application
ENTERTAINMENT
The 3rd Annual Historic Blairstown will feature an amazing entertainment line up, that includes live music, fashion show, contests, live auction, silent auction, family & children's area, and John Insley Blair celebration!

WELCOME ENTRANCE
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Andie Baldwin

MAIN STAGE
11:00 A.M. Opening Ceremony
11:15 A.M. Carol Diorio and Friends
12:30 P.M. Fashion Show by Johanna van der Heyden
1:30   P.M. Best Dressed Vendor Contest
1:45   P.M. Deb D'Anne and Friends
3:00   P.M. John Insley Blair Celebration of Life
3:30   P.M. Craig & Brian
4:30   P.M. Car Show Contest
4:45   P.M. Closing Remarks

The Main Stage will be operated by the talented Carol Diorio!

CHILDREN'S BLAIRSTOWN BARNYARD
Thanks to the Moms Club of the Blairstown Area, kids and families will have an amazing experience at Historic Blairstown Day. Children will enjoy fun games, crafts, juggling, story-time, dress-up, and prizes! Families will appreciate the air-conditioned family cool-off, feeding, and changing zone.

WARREN COUNTY BOOKMOBILE
Thanks to the Moms Club of the Blairstown Area, the Warren County Bookmobile will be on site at this year's Historic Blairstown Day. Since 1931, bookmobiles have been a popular way to promote literacy throughout the area.

BILL THE JUGGLER
Bill the Juggler is adding a bit of nostalgic family-fun with two FREE juggling performances at 12:30 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. during this year's Historic Blairstown Day. From 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Bill will be taking his act "on the road" with roaming performances throughout the street fair!

SILENT AUCTION
The Silent Auction will be held 11am - 4pm without an auctioneer. Attendees place their bids on sheets of paper. The highest bidder at 4pm will win the item! Bidders must pay for their item the same day. Cash and credit card payments will be accepted.

HISTORIC CHURCH TOUR
Founded in 1840, the First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown, located at 1 Main Street, will be holding historic tours throughout the day. In addition, the Church will be holding a donation-based bakery sale to support their ministry; as well as bottled water for attendees to enjoy.

WEAVING & PAPER CUTTING PRESENTATION
Jodi Kitchen will be weaving rugs using scraps of assorted cotton material, as was the custom in the 1800s. Debra Snyder will be doing paper cutting designs which were popular in the era.

PRINCESS DOE PRESENTATION
Due to growing public interest, on Sunday August 11, 2019, the Blairstown Museum will once again present "The Unsolved Case of Princess Doe" with Guest Speakers Lt. Stephen Speirs ( Ret. ) Warren County Prosecutor's Office and Lt. Eric Kranz ( Ret. ) Blairstown Police Department. Plus hear from Christie Leigh Napurano, Author of The Untold Story of Princess Doe.

» 1:00 P.M. Princess Doe Presentation
» 3:00 P.M. Princess Doe Presentation

SPONSORS
Nothing quite exudes small town America more than a community event to honor its history and heritage. It takes a large community of donors to support Historic Blairstown Day. Below is a list of our sponsors for the 3rd Annual Historic Blairstown Day. We thank every single sponsor and contributor on this list for their support and strongly encourage the public to support them in return.

DIAMOND SPONSORS

» Iurato Family

GOLD SPONSORS

» Author Jason Piccolo
» Moms Club of the Blairstown Area
» Paulinskill River Photography

BRONZE SPONSORS

» Amylinn Nemeth- NJ Real Estate Agent
» Blairstown Enhancement Committee
» Fitness Empire
» Frank's Pizza of Blairstown
» Little Big Farm
» Sing A Song NJ

CONTRIBUTORS

» Cliff's Homemade Ice Cream
» First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown
» Fourth Wall Events
» Gourmet Gallery
» NWR HS Marching Band Parent Association

SUPPORT THIS COMMUNITY EVENT TODAY
Nothing quite exudes small town America more than a community event to honor its history and heritage – and we would be honored if your company or organization is a part of this celebration. Download our Sponsor Packet today to learn about the many ways you can contribute to the third annual Historic Blairstown Day!

Apply: Sponsor Packet
CAR SHOW PARTICIPANTS
» Participant fee $17 per vehicle
» Participants receive one free Dash Medallion
» Participants receive one free HBD T-Shirt
» Car Show Best Overall Contest (Trophy 1st Place, Trophy 2nd Place, Trophy 3rd Place)
» Car Show Best In Show (Voted by Public. Wall Plaque Prize.)

Apply: Car Show Application
STREET VENDORS
Requirements for vendors at Historic Blairstown Day include:
» One representative per direct sales company
» Vendor fee $40 per 10x10 space
» Vendor fee $30 per Walking Vendor
» Vendor fee is waived for non-profits that do not sell a product
» Vendors supply their own tents, tables and chairs
» Vendors dress in appropriate mid-1800 to early 1900s inspired clothing
» Vendor Best Dressed Contest ($75 1st Place, $50 2nd Place, $25 3rd Place)

Apply: Vendor Application
EVENT SPONSORS
Nothing quite exudes small town America more than a community event to honor its history and heritage – and we would be honored if your company or organization would be a part of this celebration.

Apply: Sponsor Packet
FOOD VENDORS
Anyone who prepares or serves food in Warren County requires a Health Permit. Please contact the Warren County Health Department, 908-475-7960.

Apply: Health Permit Application
FIRE PERMIT
Any open flame, including gas grills, require a Fire Permit and approved extinguisher. Propane tanks must be anchored. Please contact the NJ DCA Bureau of Fire Safety, 609-633-6103.

Apply: Fire Permit Application