Jan Social Dinner & Movie in Hunterdon County 1/9 at 7pm

  • January 9, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • The Ship Inn

January 9, 2013, Thursday 7:00 pm
The Ship Inn, 61 Bridge Street, Milford, NJ 08848
(10 mi. south of Easton, on the Delaware)
Event Leader: Susan Schirmer at [masked]
MOVIE: Sourlands: Stories from the fight for sustainability
Description: Between New York City and Philadelphia, there is a forest that has survived the bulldozers of development. The locals call this place the “The Sourlands”. It is from this stronghold of green that local award-winning journalist Jared Flesher weaves a tale of ecology, energy and agriculture. A rampaging deer herd, invasive plants and wholesale habitat destruction threaten the local ecosystem. Farmers in the surrounding valley battle against high land prices, high property taxes, and increasingly erratic weather patterns. A group of local engineers searches for new ways to save energy and stop global warming. Pay close attention, and the challenges facing this community look a lot like the challenges facing ecosystems, farmers and energy visionaries everywhere. To help support the continued work of environmental director Jared Flesher, a $5 donation is requested but not mandatory. www.sourlands.com 2012 - 78 min
DINNER: The Ship Inn is New Jersey’s First Brew Pub. It has a friendly atmosphere 2 blocks from the Delaware River. Seating overlooks the beautiful Harehokake Creek. Enjoy craft-brewed ales and British-inspired foods with locally sourced and ecologically responsible ingredients. The menu includes pasta, beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian entrees, as well as sandwiches, burgers, salads and British inspired appetizers. The Ship is pleased to offer separate billing. http://www.britishbrewpub.com/
FREE Parking: On the street or across the road in the church parking lot.
RSVP: by Wed, Jan 8th to Susan Schirmer at [masked]
Please include subject heading The Ship Inn.
Seating limited to 20 reservations. If you must cancel please notify me ASAP so the restaurant can accommodate our group.
We will be joined by members from the NJ Sierra South Highlands Club.
You do not need to be a Sierra Club member to attend.

Stunningly beautiful film about the struggles of the 4,000 acre Sourland Mountain Preserve which stretches southwest across Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships through southern Hunterdon and northern Mercer counties to the Delaware River. I plan to lead a hike there later this year.... probably June. Learn more: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksfacilities/sourland/sourlandmtpreserve.html

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  • Susan

    19 attendees! Thanks everyone for coming out!!!

    January 13, 2014

  • Inigo

    A moment away from the forest, but back to the earth:

    Corby has managed to quell alot of negative fracking press, but hasn't quite put his fingers in all the dikes:

    http://news.yahoo.com/states-confirm-water-pollution-drilling-183114311.html


    Good to see the press hasn't completely dropped the ball.

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Inigo

      (today's news)

      January 6, 2014

    • Inigo

      Ahhh... how could I forget? :D

      January 10, 2014

  • Inigo

    Great gathering! As always, great documentary.

    Thanks again, Susan!

    January 10, 2014

  • Laura

    Thank you! Will have to be heading out at 8:40, though.

    January 9, 2014

  • Susan

    Current total dinner count from all RSVPs is 15!.

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Inigo

    Meanwhile, I'd love to see this flick, but may have a conflict on Thursday. I had a friend who used to work with the Conservation District in NJ and got access to alot of locations within this area long ago. He relayed how incredibly beautiful it is (and, interestingly, is not far from where the celebrities from NJ have chosen to live/buy: aka, Alan Alda, Eddie Murphy, etc.) Don't know if that's still the case, but certainly doesn't help the farmers, aka: taxes and land prices.

    If I get clear, I'd love to come. I'll see what happens.

    January 6, 2014

    • Susan

      Always thrilled at the possibility of your attendance! Fingers crossed! Are you referring to Dr. Emile DeVitto? He works for NJ Conservation Foundation and has set up several deer proof areas.

      January 6, 2014

    • Inigo

      No, that name doesn't ring a bell. But, this was a buddy that worked as a graduate student years ago... and worked PT w/ the Conservation District. He's no longer there, but was relaying this story on a drive through the area over Christmas. I had NO idea at the time that's what he'd done. But, I think it's fascinating that NJ has managed to even keep this little secret for years. I loved when I was out west, and told people I was from NJ...and they'd pull the Joe Piscapo "what exit?". I'd just smile and let them think it's all one big paved thruway. Best to keep the secrets to ourselves. :D lol.

      1 · January 6, 2014

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