Raritan Headwaters Association, the region’s watershed watchdog, celebrated 60 years on Saturday, Sept. 21. About 250 members and friends gathered at the Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Bedminster to support RHA’s mission of protecting clean water in our rivers, our streams and our homes. Guests enjoyed live music, delicious food, a live auction led by Nick Dawes and a silent auction. The event also included a toast to RHA Executive Director Cindy Ehrenclou for her 25 years with the organization.
The theme of the 60th anniversary celebration was “Year of the Brook Trout,” because these native New Jersey fish thrive in the clean, cool waters that RHA works to protect. Artist Wende Dasteel of Oldwick created the brook trout artwork that graced the 60th anniversary commemorative book and ad journal, and artist Julie Goetz of Bedminster created a school of fancifully painted wooden trout for the silent auction. RHA trustee Gretchen Jaeckle, brother Edward Jaeckle, sister Catherine Norbury and brother-in-law Paul Norbury decorated the tent, barn and grounds in festive style, making for a memorable, magical evening.