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Annual Hogmanay Bonfire to be Held Tonight

Attendees of the Lawrence Historical Society’s 15th annual Hogmanay bonfire tonight, Dec. 31, will park at the Princeton Pike Corporate Center and walk along the Lawrence Hopewell Trail to the bonfire site at the 1761 Brearley House.

Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by the Lawrence Historical Society.

The Lawrence Historical Society has announced a new parking plan for its 15th annual Hogmanay bonfire to be held on New Year’s Eve (Monday, Dec. 31).

For the first time this year, guests will park in the Princeton Pike Corporate Center parking lot, which they will enter at the traffic light at Lenox Drive, 100 yards south of Meadow Road.

From the parking lot, they may walk a lighted portion of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail a quarter-mile to the bonfire site or ride in a free shuttle-bus.

Firemasters Joe Logan and Tom Ledwith will light the fire at 6 p.m. in the Great Meadow  next to the 1761 Brearley House. 

This hugely popular free event features free hot cocoa, cider, donut holes and bagpipe music.  The historical society gratefully thanks the Stark & Stark law firm, Princeton Pike Corporate Center, Terhune Orchards and individual donors for their generous support.

Hogmanay is an old Scottish traditional way of greeting the new year.  Celebrants are encouraged to write down any bad things that happened in the old year and throw them on the fire pile before it is ignited.  The festive blaze generally lasts about an hour, leaving time for people to attend other events later in the evening.

Further details and directions will be available on the historical society’s website:  www.thelhs.org.


See Also:

  • Jan. 9, 2011: “Video/Photo Gallery: Hogmanay Bonfire”
  • Jan. 6, 2012: “Hogmanay Bonfire: Saying Goodbye to 2011”


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