Hope Township named 'Super' Community
Inn at Millrace Pond to host events including
'Tailgate Kickoff Party with Ned Bolcar'
HOPE TWP. (Jan. 15, 2014) - The excitement of Super Bowl Week is coming to Hope Township!
The Warren County town has been named a Super Host Community. Hope is the only town in Northwest New Jersey with such a designation.
"We are thrilled that Hope is on the 'Super' map," said Hope Mayor Tim McDonough, a member of the NJ/NY Host Committee. "Certainly there will be plenty of activities in and around the metro NY/NJ area but there's no reason why we can't bring the excitement of the game to Hope."
The designation is a cooperative effort made possible by the Super Bowl Host Committee, Hope Township, and the Inn at Millrace Pond. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday Feb. 2. The Inn at Millrace Pond will host three events in conjunction with the game that weekend.
On Saturday night, the Inn is having a fun-filled Super Kickoff Party from 6-10 p.m. "Tailgate in the Tavern" will feature former Phillipsburg and Notre Dame great, Ned Bolcar, and Bo Anderson. Both played in the NFL. In addition to the former NFL'ers, Andy Loigu of the Warren Reporter will be on hand with trivia, and DJ Mitch Hess will be spinning a host of "football-related" songs. There will be lots of prizes for trivia winners, as well as a Super Bowl style buffet. The all-inclusive cost is just $19.95 per person, $14.95 for Hope residents and Hope business owners or employees of Hope businesses, and only $9.95 for kids under 10. Attendees are invited to bring cameras and talk football with Bolcar, Anderson and Loigu.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Tavern again will host a game-like party for those looking for a comfortable place to watch the game, have something to eat and enjoy beverages. Meanwhile, upstairs the Inn will host the "Other Super Dinner" for those who want to go out and have a nice night out but who have no interest in viewing the game! As part of the Other Super Dinner there will be easy-listening (and request) music provided by DJ Mitch Hess. On Sunday patrons, in the Tavern, and upstairs, can order off the Inn's fabulous new menu. For anyone wishing to stay overnight that weekend in one of the historically unique bed and breakfast rooms, the Inn is offering a special "Super Rate" which would include breakfast.
Meanwhile, on Thursday and Friday several Hope businesses are getting into the excitement of the Super Bowl by giving away Super Bowl related memorabilia. Among those businesses are The Nest Antiques, Hope Market, American Country Realty, First Hope Bank, and the Mediterranean Diner. The Inn at Millrace Pond will have the giveaways for attendees both Saturday and Sunday, while supplies last.
Born and raised in Phillipsburg, Bolcar became a household name in New Jersey in the mid-1980s when he led the Stateliners football team to glory. Bolcar was twice named a First Team selection at linebacker by the Star-Ledger, and received scores of other honors during his high school career. The Star-Ledger also named him to its All-Century team and Parade Magazine recognized him as its Defensive Player of the Year in his senior year.
After graduating in 1985, Bolcar went to the University of Notre Dame where he was a 3-year starter and captained the team in 1988 and 1989 under coach Lou Holtz. In his last two years at Notre Dame, the school set a school record by reeling off 23 consecutive wins, including the national championship in 1988 when the team went 12-0. That was the last Notre Dame team to win a national championship. In 1989 the school finished No. 2 in the rankings with a 12-1 record as Bolcar was named an All American for the second straight year.
In 1990, Bolcar was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. After four injury-plagued years, however, he was forced to retire. He currently resides in Warren, but remains one of - if not the greatest - athletes in Warren County history.
Anderson had a solid collegiate career and then spent nine years in the NFL, playing for a few different teams including Houston, San Diego, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. Anderson, who was the captain at the University of West Virginia, and Bolcar, faced off against each other in the 1988 championship game. They have remained good friends ever since.
For more information about these and other Millrace Pond events, or to make a reservation, call 908-459-4884.