If you have sat in traffic in the New York City metropolitan area the past few days, you have likely noticed something out of the ordinary. Over thirty tiny houses are slowly but steadily rolling into Sussex County, New Jersey.
The New Jersey Tiny House Festival kicks off today. It is the first festival of its kind ever to come the state and the closest event of its kind to come the greater NYC area. Thousands of attendees have already purchased tickets. Festival-organizers, United Tiny House Association (UTHA), have called in extra reinforcements, from additional volunteers to more food vendors. The huge anticipated crowd is welcome news for non-profits set to benefit from this weekend's event. The primary beneficiary will be The Exodus Project, a non-profit raising awareness to fight human trafficking. This hits close to home for UTHA co-founders and married couple, John and Fin Kernohan. One of the areas of focus for The Exodus Project's boots-on-the-ground work is Thailand, where Fin was born and raised.
Supporting good causes and the local community is the backbone of this event. Though festival-goers will likely be too dazzled by the aerial view of tiny houses while flying by on the zip line, to notice. And that's just fine. Festival grandmaster, John Kernohan's goal is the throw the biggest tiny party possible and to show as many tiny-lovers and the tiny-curious, a great time. Festival goers should anticipate leaving inspired by impressive line-up of talks and presentations. This includes a vigorous program called 9-9-9...Keep It Mind. Nine speakers (tiny house dwellers and builders) present nine topics, nine minutes per talk, followed by Q&A.
- Screenings of NJ produced documentary, Destiny's Bridge. The film is about "a homeless minister stands up to a New Jersey town that is evicting him, along with 80 other people living in the woods. Police raids and arrests bring uncertainty to the off-the-grid residents that are staking claim to the unused public land that they have been living on for eight years. With the town closing in and eviction on their doorstep, the innovative homesteaders set out to create their own self-sustained tiny house community called Destiny's Bridge."
- Readings of The Big Adventures of Tiny House by author, Susan Bernardo.
- Fire dancers and musical performances, including pop singer/songwriter and dancer, Olivia King.
- FREE tonight from 4-8pm
- Kids and active or retired military, law enforcement, and first-responders, including firefighters and EMTs, get in FREE all weekend with valid photo ID.
- Donate dog or cat food and be entered to win a dog house on wheels.
Have event questions?
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-Alexis Stephens, Tiny House Expedition