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Party like it's 1899! Why migrate south with the masses when you can stay & play at North Jersey's original summer resort this Labor Day Saturday? Barn-B-Q is the best and most unique way to bid summer an early farewell without the traffic, crowds, and fuss. Join us at the beautifully restored Masker's Barn within the Deserted Village at Watchung Reservation.
Celebrate the great outdoors with a trail run or hike and then party it up at the all-inclusive 5-hour Barn party featuring BBQ, Beer, Wine, and Seltzers! Souvenir and good vibes included!
Barn Party runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Trail tours are self-guided (with suggested maps and routes available) and you can start anytime. See suggested times below. Activity schedule subject to change!
9:30 a.m. – Yoga Nidra Chill-out in the Grove
10:00 a.m. – Barn Doors Officially Open
10:30 a.m. – Egg Sandwiches to fill your belly
10:30 a.m. – Trail Treasure Chase Briefing
10:45 a.m. – Self-guided Trail Tours suggested start for 6M+
11:15 a.m. – Self-guided Trail Tours suggested start for 2-5 Miles
High Noon – Grill Opens for Lunch! Spice up your life and try Happy Tears Hot Sauce!
12:00 p.m. - Trail Running Short Film Festival – Short Films in the Barn
12:30 p.m. – Lawn Games Pentathlon
1:15 p.m. – Puzzle Challenge
1:30 p.m. – Claim Your Poker Cards
2:00 p.m. – Trail Treasure Chase Poker Hands & Winners Revealed!
2:30 p.m. – Trail Running Short Film Festival Replay
3:00 p.m. – Time to mozy on home, pardner!
All NEW Trail Treasure Chase! Run or Hike the trails of our urban oasis, Watchung Reservation. By visiting various checkpoints, you'll earn cards towards your poker hand. Best hands at 2 p.m. win awesome prizes from our partners!
Trail tours are self-guided but we will provide printed maps and routes on MapMyRun. Possible routes include a 6 Mile loop, 3 Mile Route, and 2 Mile Loop...mix and match or create your own!
All trail tours are self-guided (per new county regulations) but we will have both printed maps and routes on MapMyRun.
Barn-tivities include digging into our game and toy chest, playing lawn and table games, competing in the the Great Puzzle Race, earning points in the Lawn Games Pentathlon, enjoying the morning Yoga Nidra chill-out sesh, channeling your creativity with crafts, and rocking out to our amazing playlist.
Our all-inclusive Barn Party is hosted at and around the beautifully restored Masker's Barn which is a landmark of the Deserted Village of Feltville in the Berkeley Heights section of Watchung Reservation. The park is centrally located in North Jersey and the Village was once the coolest spot for summer vacay back when horses were the go-to mode of transport. Come and party like it's 1899!
The Barn Party runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and includes all food plus adult beverages and soft drinks (gotta hydrate!).
Our playlist is top-notch and reaches all ages and genres. Check it out here:
If a trail run or hike isn't for you, there is also opportunity to stroll past the historic buildings and cemetery in the Deserted Village. http://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/deserted-village/self-guided-walking-tour/
Please bring cleaning supplies! We will have a collection bin in support of The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless!
Additional race information can be found at http://www.BarnBQTrailFestival.com.