Sunset at Haleakala Crater—January 2005 © David Brotsky

Here is the plan:


A) Go to a nice area in Morris County NJ, about 70 minutes from NYC, which is full of activities in the area and we usually get a balanced mix of singles, couples, families and kids,

B) Choose one of two options


   (i) Either Go Blueberry & Peach picking, take a self guided tour of historic chester, and go on a guided tour of a 200 year old grist mill ,

   (ii) Or Go on a 5 to 7 mile hike that partially follows a beautiful stream visiting an exotic natural gorge and go on a tour of a 200 year old Grist Mill 


C) End the day with both groups at a 5:30 PM kosher catered BBQ for all (carnivores, omnivores and vegetarians), with volleyball and other activities


What more do you need? See below for the highlights and visit our FAQ Page for more details.






We are meeting and will be based at the historic Cooper Grist Mill, in Chester, NJ.  We will be having the mill tour and BBQ here. and the hike will leave from here. The Farm we are going to for fruit picking is 4/10 of a mile away at Allstede Farm, and the 4 H County Fair is 5/10 of a mile away, across the street from Allstede Farms.


Cooper Grist Mill - Meet at 11:00 am if hiking, 12 pm if Fruit Picking


GPS Address:
66 Washington Tpke, Chester, NJ 07930 or 50 CR-513, Chester NJ 07930

GPS Coordinates
40°46'43", -74°43'13"


Here is a link to a google map to generate your own directions




For those coming hiking, you need to meet by 11:00 AM, for those going to the Fruit picking and 4 H County Fair, you need to meet by 12:00 PM. Since we will very likely have a large group, we need to go on the tours at separate times, hence the need for a staggered start.


Driving Times

Manhattan, Riverdale , Monsey, Queens &  Brooklyn—1 Hr and 15 minutes

Teaneck & Passaic - 1 hr

Central NJ – 45 minutes

Long Island –  1hr, 30 minutes


Rides, Van & Train Option




We will try and arrange rides, likely via a google docs spreadsheet we will start to post as of Tuesday for those who register, so the earlier you register the easier it will be to get a ride— from our experience, we usually manage to get most people rides of some sort. The ride fee will be $20 round trip. For drivers who take at least 2 passengers, you will more than cover your driving expenses. Passengers, please pay the driver $20 when you enter the car. They are doing you a favor, so please have the money available in cash.



Van/Bus Potential


If we have enough people who need transportation but cant get a ride, we will see about a van or bus option, likely adding $25—$35 per person for transport to and from the event. We may also then send people on the train - see below. Let us know your preferences on the RSVP questionnaire.





Hiking & Mill Tour - Meet at Cooper Mill by 11:00.


Fruit Picking, Mill Tour - Meet at Cooper Mill by 12 pm


BBQ—Meet at Cooper Mill no earlier than 4:30 pm, BBQ at 5:00 PM.


The event will likely end by 7:00 pm. We will also daven mincha, likely around 6:30pm.


Weather and Rain Policy


The weather looks to be in the 80s  and partly cloudy, with a 30% chance of some showers.  We should be fine weather wise. We intend the hold the event unless steady rain will occur over the course of the entire day. No refunds unless the event is canceled due to rain.





In order to complete your reservation, you must pay for the event in advance either  via check (postmarked by the deadline) or via paypal by the deadline at the top of this page. Failure to pay may result in your being unable to attend the event.




You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.


Via Check:

please send the payment/deposit , made out to “Davetrek LLC”


And mail it to:


c/o David Brotsky

206 West 99th St, Apt 1D

New York, NY 10025


In order to complete your registration, you need to have your payment postmarked no later than  Tuesday, July 3, 2018.  Failure to do so may mean you will not be able to attend the event.


Via Paypal


When you complete the  RSVP form selecting your activities, you will be directed to a paypal page and will be asked to log in and pay at PayPal’s site. Once  you complete the RSVP form and pay via paypal, you will be considered fully registered.


JULY Field Day!!


Blueberries & Peaches, Hiking, Mill Tour & BBQ


 Sunday JULY 8, 2018  In Chester, NJ


EARLY BIRD DEADLINE                 Midnight WEDNESDAY, June 27



Main Event & RSVP Page



FAQ and More Event Details  

· Fruit Picking is extra - You will get a 20% off voucher, which entitles you to get 20% of the admission prices for Allstede and in addition to paying admission, you will also have to pay  for the fruit that you pick.



You may cancel until Wednesday 6/27. Afterwards, you may either substitute a friend for your spot, upon our approval.


NO refunds or credits after WEDNESDAY 6/27/18.




Wednesday, JULY 4 2018