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Kip’s Castle Conservancy Holds Tasting Gala To Benefit County Park

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Community and Essex County leaders, along with guests from across northern New Jersey, enjoyed cool jazz and great conversation to benefit the restoration and programming at Essex County Kip’s Castle Park, one of Verona and Montclair’s historic gems.

At the event, which was sponsored by the Kip’s Castle Park Conservancy and generously underwritten by the Highlawn Pavilion, more than 140 guests guests tasted fine wines, cordials and champagne and learned more about Essex County’s commitment to preserve the 11-acre property, castle and carriage house. The Conservancy supports the efforts of the County to preserve the estate and to offer programs for the community that all people can enjoy.

County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and Kip’s Castle Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Fred Goode greet the more than 140 guests who gathered to raise money and a toast to the Essex County Kip’s Castle Park at a recent event. (Credit: Howard Heyman)
County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and Kip’s Castle Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Fred Goode greet the more than 140 guests who gathered to raise money and a toast to the Essex County Kip’s Castle Park at a recent event. (Credit: Howard Heyman)

County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. told the enthusiastic supporters that repair work on the property will begin this spring, including replacing the roof and repointing stonework, necessary to preserve the property for future generations. The investments continue the County’s commitment to its beautiful and historic park system.

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“The number of people who came out for this event underscores the community’s love for this property,” said Fred Goode, vice chairman of the Conservancy and chairman of the event. “We are grateful for the County’s continued support and leadership, and for the generosity of the management of the Highlawn Pavilion.”

The Conservancy is currently raising funds for the restoration of the stained-glass windows found throughout the Castle, which are thought to have been made in New York’s famed Tiffany Studios. Photos of some of the windows and additional information can be found on the Conservancy’s website.

The public will have the opportunity to view the windows up close this summer when the County and Conservancy partner to offer “Tiffany Tours” at 7 p.m. each Thursday in July and August. Members of the tour will have the opportunity to see the Castle, view the stained-glass windows and learn more Kip’s history.

Kip’s Castle Park Conservancy Board Member Anthony Ambrosio, Jim Lukas and  Vice Chairman Fred Goode enjoyed the Conservancy’s recent event to raise money for the Essex County Kip’s Castle Park at a recent event. (Credit: Howard Heyman)
Kip’s Castle Park Conservancy Board Member Anthony Ambrosio, Jim Lukas and Vice Chairman Fred Goode enjoyed the Conservancy’s recent event to raise money for the Essex County Kip’s Castle Park at a recent event. (Credit: Howard Heyman)

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