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Patterned after a private estate club, The Lake Mohawk Country Club was incorporated on April 13, 1927. The community, or Reservation as it is commonly known, would offer all conveniences and improvements to families and a strong emphasis was stated that the Lake Mohawk community would be "an ideal place to develop healthy growth for the children amid the beauties of nature and congenial surroundings."
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Sunday, December 4th - PRESS RELEASE
Vendors bring holiday cheer to Lake Mohawk Christmas Market
Photo by Jake West/New Jersey Herald - Jonathan Groff makes Stroopies, a traditional Dutch dessert, on Saturday during the Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market, on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk in Sparta.
By Joe Carlson New Jersey Herald
Posted: Dec. 4, 2016 12:01 am
SPARTA -- The boardwalk was full of Christmas cheer and holiday vendors on Saturday during the first day of the 15th annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market.
"This is my first time. It's very exciting," said Jan Rearick, of Green. "It's amazing. Everyone is so nice and putting all the nastiness of the world aside. It's an escape from the world for the day."
The market -- which began in 2001 -- features about 120 vendors selling everything from Christmas trees to crafts and accessories for the home.
The annual event will continue today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rearick and her daughter, Kelly Klos, of Stanhope, said the variety of vendors made for a special day. The pair highlighted the woodworking done by local wood carver Brett McClain and German carver Florian Linder, which were on display at the East Shore entrance of the market.
McClain and Linder perform live wood carvings as part of the market's entertainment, which also includes live performances by local bands and singing groups and a disc jockey playing Christmas songs.
Saturday's entertainment included the High Point Harmonizers, the Vernon High School Meistersingers, and the German classes from Sparta High School and Sparta Middle School.
Today's entertainment will include the Hopatcong schools Holiday Ensemble and the Lenape Valley Regional High School German Folk Club.
"It's very nice, the weather is beautiful and the food is outstanding," said Sparta resident Christine K., who asked her last name not be used. "It's a nice mix of traditional German and European products."
Tyler Lucas, the owner of Trees to Dreams, which makes custom wooden bowls, cutting boards and other items, said he attends many events like the this weekend's market and it ranks up there with many he's been to.
"It has a nice ambiance, especially when the sun goes down," he said. "The lights come on and it's beautiful."
While smaller than some markets, Lucas said the Lake Mohawk market has a lot of rustic products that seem to suit the county's audience.
The proceeds of the market -- which is sponsored by Bayer HealthCare, Newton Medical Center, Eastern Propane and the Lake Mohawk Country Club -- will be distributed to organizations around the county in February. Last year the market donated about $40,000 and since 2001 has donated just under $200,000.
Parking for the market is available at the Sparta Middle School and the park and ride on Blue Heron Road with shuttle buses running to the market all day.
For more information, visit lakemohawkgermanchristmasmarket.com.
Joe Carlson also can be contacted on Twitter: @JoeCarlsonNJH or by phone: 973-383-1292.