NEWTON, NJ - Project Self-Sufficiency will sponsor the ninth annual local celebration of the internationally-acclaimed “Open That Bottle Night,” an event created for wine-lovers which traditionally takes place on the last Saturday evening in February.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 27 at 6 p.m. at the Hudson Farm Club, a 3,800 acre private hunting preserve located in Hopatcong. 

The occasion will include rare wines, sumptuous food from Chef Kirk Avondoglio of Perona Farms, and the opportunity to purchase artwork created by local painter Wendy Stamer.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the “Meant to be Jazz” trio.  

Participants are invited to bring their own bottle of wine along, so that they can share their story about its origin with the other guests.  Additional rare and unique wines will be available to supplement those brought along by participants.

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“Open That Bottle Night” was created in 2000 by Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, former authors of the Wall Street Journal’s “Tastings” column.  The worldwide celebration of friends, families and memories encourages those who have been saving a special bottle of wine to gather together with other wine-enthusiasts and create a memorable wine-tasting experience.  The bottles of wine brought along to the occasion need not be particularly expensive.  The popular event is now celebrated around the world, in places as far flung as Antarctica and Hawaii.

“‘Open That Bottle Night’ is an important component of our annual campaign, and one whose message reminds us that we need not wait for a special occasion to celebrate with family and friends,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency

The affair will be held at the Hudson Farm Club in Hopatcong, a 3,800 acre private hunting preserve originally owned by railroad magnate John P. McRoy who operated a dairy farm on the property.  The farm features a twenty-room estate house designed by New York architect Clarence Curter.  In 1920 the property was donated to The Hudson Guild, a charitable organization located in New York City.  The property was purchased by a private owner in 1997 and the home has been carefully restored to reflect the original design.


The evening will be catered by Kirk Avondoglio, Executive Chef at Perona Farms. The menu for the evening will feature a sumptuous multi-course meal suitable for the festive occasion, including hors d’oeuvres, salad, fish, pasta, a meat course and dessert.  Avondoglio commented on his desire to be involved with Open that Bottle Night, “Perona Farms is heavily invested in helping out people in our community who need assistance, and Project Self-Sufficiency does a great job of helping out people in need.”


Beverly Gordon, President of Project Self-Sufficiency’s Board of Directors, notes, “At Open That Bottle Night, the experience of trying so many different and rare wines is amazing.  And listening to the stories of how, where and why these wines mean so much to the owners is just great.  Of course, the best part of the evening is the opportunity to raise funds for Project Self-Sufficiency.”


To raise additional funds for the agency, work by Sparta artist Wendy Stamer will be available for sale at Open that Bottle Night.  Stamer specializes in oils, watercolors and pastels of local historic buildings, landscapes and wildlife.  Her award-winning work has been exhibited at the Skylands Art Show, the Sussex County Arts & Heritage gallery, the New Jersey State Fair, and other venues.


Project Self-Sufficiency is the only organization in Sussex County whose mission is to provide the services necessary for single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers and two-parent families to improve the quality of their lives and those of their children by attaining economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  The agency offers a supportive family-centered environment where life issues are addressed through a combination of individual counseling, peer support groups, case management services, parenting skills training, life skills management training, home visits, childcare and early childhood education, family activities and health education.  Since 1986, over 20,500 low-income adults and more than 30,000 children have participated in one or more of the programs offered by the organization. 


Sponsorship packages are available at a variety of levels, ranging from “Reserve” at $1,500 to “Oenophile” at $10,000.  Tickets for Open That Bottle Night are $300 per person or $500 per couple.  The Hudson Farm Club is located at 270 Stanhope Sparta Road in Hopatcong.  To purchase tickets, visit, or call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.