7th Annual Bastille Day Festival July 16, 17, 2005 in Frenchtown New Jersey

Bastille Day 2005 Postcard

On July 16th and 17th Frenchtown New Jersey celebrates it’s 7th Annual Bastille Day Fete along the Delaware River in Hunterdon County. Activities planned include craft demonstrations, puppet and magic shows, clowns, mimes, live music, heritage tours, and merchant sponsored events all over our charming village. Frenchtown is 90 minutes from NYC and Philadelphia, and near New Hope, Bucks County, and Easton PA.

Scheduled Festival Events Include:

Free Product and Reiki Demonstrations: Alchemy
Pamper yourself! Stop by and experience a variety of indulgences including Selah parfum and body products, Reiki treatments and much more.
Time: Sat. & Sun. 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Harry Potter face painting: Book Garden
Free for all children on Sat. and Sun. 11:00am – 3:00pm

Prize Drawing: Cathy Smith Designs
Drawing for a handmade softsculpture figurative art doll throughout the weekend.

Free Massage Demonstrations: Conscious Hands Integration
Bob Lingo chair massage on the sidewalk on Sat and Sun. 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Free Gift with purchase: Garbo and Sasha
Token gift will be given with a purchase of $75.00 throughout the weekend.

Free Gift with purchase: Pardon My French
Token gift will be given with a purchase of $75.00 throughout the weekend.

Free French Lessons and Prize Drawing: European Country Designs
French Lessons for children for 10 minutes on Sat. 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm and a drawing for a French gift bag on Sat. 4:30pm

Artist Demonstrations: Mendham Gallery
Sue Sachs jewelry artist demonstration. Sue has been involved in metalworking and jewelry working for the past 35 years on Sat. and Sun. 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Aromatherapy and Shiatsu Demonstrations: Moonlight Botanicals
1:00pm Aromatherapy
2:30pm Scent your Lotion (limit to 18 people)
3:30pm Shiatsu
4:30pm Taking care of your face
Time: Sat. & Sun.

Prize Drawing: Sassafras Card Gift and Home
A drawing for a store product with entries taken all weekend.

Antique Appraisals: Stone and Co. Antiques
Carolyn Stevens and Lori Stone of Stone and Co will give verbal appraisals for insurance purposes. Antiques Frenchtown, and Debra Hughes of Allan’s Antiques of Milford. A $5.00 per item donation will benefit Frenchtown flood victims. On Sat. and Sun. 1:00pm – 4:00pm

French Spinning Demonstration, Prize Drawing and Sale: The Spinnery
1) Spinning demonstration in colors of French flag, red, white and blue
2) Drawing for knitting set
3) 10% off anything blue, white, or red in the store

Free Movie: The Studio
This event is co-sponsored by The Widow McCrea House Bed and Breakfast. The movie is and this year features Love me Tonight, a 1932 French themed classic with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and music by Rodgers & Hart. This will take place on Friday, July 15th at 8:45pm Rain date Sun. July 17th on the Studio’s lawn. Bring a blanket and a picnic!

Jazz Quartet: The Studio
The Jazz quartet of “Metro Retro” on the lawn at The Studio on Sat. 12:30pm – 4:30pm
The Jazz trio “Les Boulevardiers” on the lawn at The Studio on Sun. 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Thistle: Cane Seat Weaving Demonstration
On Sat. & Sun. 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Free Class and Dance Performance: Yoga Loka
4:00pm free introductory yoga class
6:00pm dance performance, drum circle and Kirtan all at Yoga Loka, 34 Bridge Street second floor, enter through Laundromat

Puppet Show: River Union Stage
Puppet Show “Wizard’s Convention”, sponsored by Book Garden on Sat. and Sun. 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm

This event is sponsored by the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association and the Skylands Tourism Council. Visit their website by clicking here or on the logo below.

Skylands Tourism Logo

Funding for this project was provided in part through the Cooperative Marketing Sponsorship Program of the New Jersey Commerce, Economic Development and Tourism Commission, Office of Travel and Tourism. Visit their website by clicking here or on the logo below.

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photocollage from 2004 Bastille Day Festival in Frenchtown NJ


The weekend of July 16th and 17th has been announced as the date for the Seventh Annual Bastille Day Festival sponsored by the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association. The event will be held in the business district between Bridge and Race Streets.

Activities planned are craft demonstrations, puppet and magic shows, clowns, mimes, live music, heritage tours, and merchant sponsored events within the various participating member’s stores.

John Hindman has announced the following Committee Chairs: Kathy Greco of Sassafras heading up Merchant Special Events, Beverly Schweder of The Indian Rock Inn for Street Entertainment, Cathy Smith of Cathy Smith Designs for Signs and Decorations, Esther Tews of the Book Garden for Publicity, and Jack Weeks of Thistle for Vendor
s and Heritage Tours. Anyone wishing to assist the Bastille Day Committee should contact John Hindman, President at 996-7080.

To learn more about Frenchtown’s French history see Frenchtowner.com’s page on Paul Henri Mallet-Prevost, the man who our town is named after. Mallet’s family was an old French Huguenot family that had escaped to Switzerland to escape persecution in 1530. Paul Henri escaped France just in the midst of the French revolution to escape the guillotine, coming to settle in what is now Frenchtown and Alexandria New Jersey in Western Hunterdon County on the Delaware River.

To see photos and read about the 2004 Bastille Day in Frenchtown NJ go Here.

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