Sunset at Haleakala Crater—January 2005 © David Brotsky
JULY Park Day!!
Hiking & Nature Walk + Kosher Dinner + Beach With Swimming*
Sunday July 25, 2021 In Morris Township, NJ
PRICING AND RSVP FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE Midnight WEDNESDAY, July 21
EVENT RSVP DEADLINE SATURDAY NIGHT, JULY 24
We are going to Lewis Morris County Park in Morris Township, NJ, about 70 minutes/60 miles from Manhattan and Brooklyn. We will have a few groups, some who will hike , some who will go on a nature walk and some who may go swimming at nearby Sunrise Lake in the park. Everyone will join for an excellent catered kosher meal for all at 430/5pm! We will also have the ability for people to play volleyball, Frisbee and soccer.
Hiking – excellent moderate hike within the 2196 acre park. We haven't determined the exact routing, but it will be 5 to 7 miles. All are welcome as long as they can easily walk 7 miles. Here is a likely version of the hike we will be doing.
Nature Walk –We will also have a short 1 to 2 mile nature walk, which can be combined with optional swimming at the nearby beach at Lake Sunrise ( additional cost).
Swimming at Sunrise Lake Beach - There is a nice lake about a 15 minute walk from where we are meeting, but swimming is at an extra fee.
The cost is $13 for adults (16-64) , $11 per child (5—15) and under 5 is free, but you can save $1 a person if you order and pay online 24 hours in advance.
Fruit Picking—this will be nearby, at the Alstede Farm, a 15 minute drive away. You need your own transportation to get there and you must pay in advance to get the best picking times and cheapest rates. Right now, peaches should be at their peak and blueberries should still be available and you might be able to pick some vegetables as well. All of the costs of ALSTEDE Fruit Picking is extra - This is located a 15 minute drive away and you must pay for admission directly at Alsted Farms AND THIS YEAR ITS $5 EXTRA IF ITS NOT IN ADVANCE ONLINE and in addition to paying admission, you will also have to pay for the fruit that you pick at Allstede. PLEASE CHECK WITH ME FIRST BEFORE BUYING YOUR ADMISSION FROM ALSTEDE
Limited rides – minivan solution
Because of the large numbers I expect for this event, rides will be limited and may not satisfy the demand. If there is enough interest, we might organize people into 15 passenger vans, hopefully from a few areas. The ride will cost about $25 to $35 per person, for gas and the rental. If you are willing to be a driver of one of the rental vehicles, you will also get a reduced rate to the event. We might send a list of drivers with phone numbers out in advance, but if you need a ride, assume you will have to go in one of the vans or take the train option.
For those who do manage to get a ride, pay the driver $20 when you enter the car. They are doing you a favor, so please have the money available in cash.
Organized activities vs optional activities
There are some activities we will organize, others that you can do on your own with your own rentals or equipment, and then join us at Dinner
We will help organize folks into the following activities—please indicate your choices on the RSVP form
ORGANIZED EVENT DETAILS
Helping Out -
As at all of my events, we ask everyone to assist with things at the event. We are all in this together, so help when asked, volunteer to do things, clean up after yourself since we are not your maids, and things will go much quicker and smoother for everyone. Thanks in advance!
DINNER will begin at 4:30 PMish. We will have plenty of food, for vegetarians, fruitarians (and omnivores. Let us know on the RSVP Form if you have a special diet.
All of the food at the event is from reputable hechshers. Dinner is from Tokyo Hibatchi, under the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest, located in Springfield NJ.
The following are optional activities which you can do on your own
Volleyball , Frisbee and Soccer—we have gear for all of this.
What do I need to bring?
Everyone - hat, suntan lotion, comfortable shoes, lunch + 1 liter of water, and a light jacket in case of brief showers/rain.
Hikers – same as All plus 3 liters water, bug spray, backpack or bag for your lunch and stuff
ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIREMENT TO RSVP:
In order to complete your reservation, you must pay for the event in advance either via check (postmarked by the deadline) or via paypal by the deadline at the top of this page. Failure to pay may result in your being unable to attend the event.
PAYMENT METHODS - CHECK OR PAYPAL
You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.
please send the full payment, made out to “Davetrek LLC”, and mail it to the address in the rsvp form.
In order to complete your registration, you need to have your payment postmarked no later than Tuesday 7/20/21. Failure to do so may mean you will not be able to attend the event.
When you complete the RSVP form selecting your activities, you will be directed to a paypal page and will be asked to log in and pay at PayPal’s site. Once you complete the RSVP form and pay via paypal, you will be considered fully registered.
We require payment in advance, either via check or via paypal. Any balance of any monies you owe is due at the event. Please bring cash or checks (preferable) made out to “David Davetrek LLC”. When you arrive you will need to go through registration and complete any payments for the event.
Time of registration – calculated from when we receive your reservation on the RSVP Form.
Here are some answers to common questions.
ARE FAMILIES WELCOME?
Yes—especially for the fruit picking .
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL YOU HAVE?
I supply stuff for vegetarians and meat eaters. We will have a hot kosher dinner from a Chinese restaurant in Springfield NJ, Tokyo Hibatchi, which is under the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest . There will be plenty of food for vegetarians. We will also have some ‘simpler items’ for those who like more basic food, like steamed vegetables and brown rice.
We will have snacks throughout. The food for these parts of the event are all items with the standard recognized hechsers such as OU, OK, etc. All . All of the equipment used is items that we use only for these types of events.
LET ME KNOW ON THE RSVP QUESTIONAIRE IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY RESTRICTIONS/ISSUES.
I AM A VEGETARIAN - WILL YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR ME ?
Yes, we always have plenty for the vegetarians/vegans - some of the main dishes will be vegan.
WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF KASHRUT?
We buy all of the items with the standard recognized hechsers such as OU, OK, etc. All of the meat/chicken is purchased from local kosher markets such as Brachs in Queens, Glatt Mart, Costco, which now carries OU certified meats in many locations and other similar establishments. The restaurant we are using is Tokyo Hibatchi, under the Vaad Harabonim of Metro West. All other equipment used are my personal items or equipment that we use only for these types of events.
Is any of the produce you pick organic?
Some of the produce at this farm is certified organic – when you go to the farm they label certain areas as organic. Here is some info from Alstede and ask at the farm for more details…
You may cancel until Sunday July 18. Afterwards, you may either substitute a friend for your spot, upon our approval.
NO refunds or credits after Sunday, July 18, 2021.