The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) invites donors and the broader lake community to learn about the organization’s recent accomplishments and 2019 plans at its annual meeting on Friday, May 3. The event takes place at the Lake Hopatcong Environmental and Cultural Center (125 Landing Road, Landing).

“Thanks to the incredible Lake Hopatcong community, we have a lot of success stories to share this year, including the first season of the Floating Classroom and the opening of our historical and beautiful new home,” said foundation president Jessica Murphy. “We last held our annual meeting at this building in 2015, and it’s amazing to see how far we have come in so many ways since then. After years of gathering at a variety of places around the lake to meet with our supporters, it’s so gratifying to finally be able to invite the community to our home for this annual gathering.”

The event will mark the official opening of the rehabilitated Lake Hopatcong Train Station, giving visitors a chance to tour the newly rehabilitated building. The station was first opened in 1911 as a showcase for the Lackawanna Railroad, an impressive gateway to Lake Hopatcong, and a hub for water, rail, and trolley transportation. More than a century after its construction, the station has a new mission and renewed life as the home of the LHF and the Lake Hopatcong Environmental and Cultural Center. The building is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

A vintage photo of the Lake Hopatcong Train Station in Landing. (Photo originally from the Lake Hopatcong Breeze)

An open house with light refreshments will be held from 5-7 p.m., followed by the annual meeting.  “We hope you can attend to explore our new home, and to hear more about the LHF story and how to be a part of the great things that are planned in the year ahead,” said Murphy. Because seated attendance is limited by the building code, guests who intend to stay for the meeting are encouraged to register by emailing jess@lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that dedicates itself to protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience, bringing together public and private resources to encourage a culture of sustainability and stewardship on and around New Jersey’s largest lake for current and future generations. To learn more, visit www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

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