Our largest snow fall of the year held off just long enough for us to host our 7th Annual Cabin Fever Festival at the Elks Club. Like last year we used this event as a means to boost membership, we were successful and enrolled 50 new families into the Alliance.

The event was filled with entertainment from several local vendors, games from Big Fun Toys, Photo Booth from, HUMC Infant CPR Demonstrations, Lead Safety through Hudson Perinatal Consortium, Fancy Balloons from Totally Zany Dan, Face Painting with Rachel Evans, Computer Demonstrations from Little Detectives, Gymnastics by the Little Gym of Jersey City, Musical Demonstrations by Garden Street Music, Brownie Troop 2402 of Hoboken and Arts & Crafts from Smocks and Giggles. Thank you to all of the people and merchants that offered time and resources to make our event extra special.

We are especially grateful to the Symposia Bookstore for lending us a sound system, Dana Lockett-Harrison for the mats and baby tunnels for the Baby Lounge, Councilperson Beth Mason for supporting the Face Painter, Councilperson Peter Cammarano for the supplies in our Arts & Crafts Section and Hoboken Pediatrics for the Free Photo Booth!

The Baby Lounge got a large showing for Puppetonia, Romparoo, Traveling Tumblers, Monroe Street Movement Space and Bebe Ole (Creative Groove Studio). This safe padded area created a great place for parents of little ones to let them crawl wild while experiencing some demo classes just in time to sign up for the spring semesters.

Our downstairs “big kid” stage was really rocking for the day. We started out with the talented singers/musicians at Garden Street Music, Louie Miranda Latin Songs, Monroe Street Movement space had a wonderful children show, and ending with the ever popular Fuzzy Lemons.

Unfortunately our Director of Philanthropy Michele Hulfsman has been on bedrest with her second child and was not able to attend or reward the recipients with the grants. Theresa Howard and I stood in for her and were excited to award $10,000 this year to five different venues. Hudson CASA, Hudson Milestones, Connors Elementary School, Hudson Cradle and In Jesus Name Ministry. Please visit our philanthropy section of the website to obtain more information on these programs and how you can get involved.

We were able to raise $6500 this year; the funds that are raised during the 2009 Cabin Fever will be used to help support our awarded grants next year. These generous donations come from our local sponsors and the wonderful raffle prizes that were collected. We were able to offer about 100 prizes this year (all of which were very enticing). Hopefully some of you were winners!

A special note of thanks to the local supporters that made donations for the event; without your assistance we would not be a position to host such a large event. Please check out our sponsor page for all of our supporters; we ask that you consider supporting them by using the stores, restaurants, programs and services that have been so kind to Hoboken families.

All in all the event was a great triumph and if your kids were anything like mine they feel asleep on the floor an hour before regular bedtime making a great day an even better evening for us parents!

Cabin Fever Festival 2009
Cabin Fever Festival 2009

Kenneth Chen of, was at Cabin Fever again this year taking pictures of our event. he has put together a slideshow of his images. If you would like to contact him with inquiries about these photos, or his services, he can be reached at

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