NEWTON, NJ – If you think of a run-down tarp covered building when you hear Moose Lodge, you could not be more wrong.  The Moose Lodge has a bright clean updated home just up the road from the Sussex County Community College, formerly the Stadium Bar and Grill. 

They are holding an open house for the community before and after Newton’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.  Breakfast in the morning and traditional Irish dinner with bag pipers after the march.

Funds raised in this and other events go to support MooseHeart residential childcare facility, Moosehaven retirement home in Florida and other local community projects.  They are raising funds to support the Newton Rollerhockey program, Special Olympics and local scholarships.

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“It’s a great place to come and have fun and have your money go to support something good,” Administrator Jason Baumann said.

Part of the national organization, they open to the public four times a year; St. Patrick’s Day, annual Clam Bake in the summer, a Beefsteak and Kids Helping Kids chalk event for families. 

About 300 men and women are members of this social club and volunteer organization.  Membership is free for first responders and active military until the end of March.  Membership is $55 for men and $45 for women. 

Just about every night of the week members can participate in a variety of social events including wing night on Thursday, Taco Tuesday and dinners on Friday night.  There is a men’s pool league and other special events such as 80’s night Karaoke and a Paint ‘n Sip.  They are anticipating a new dart league as well. The facility is available for rentals to host events such as birthday parties.

“It is a safe place for families to go and have a good time,” a member said.  His daughter agreed, reminding him about some of the details of the Kids Helping Kids chalk event. The unique fundraising activity invites the community to come and “chalk up the parking lot” while enjoying pizza, popcorn soda and juice.  The money they raise is matched with a donation to Camp Moose Heart.