MercerMe and the Hopewell Valley Arts Council are excited to announce our holiday art-local / shop-local initiative, “Winter Windows!” We’re celebrating the nearly 70 life-sized oxen that captivated the community this fall while supporting our local Hopewell Valley businesses that helped make this fall’s oxen “Stampede” such a success.

Each participating business is artistically decorating its shop window in an oxen theme and will be featured on MercerMe’s Winter Window page at

Vote for your favorite decorated art installations celebrating this year’s oxen stampede on a scale from 1 to 10.  Please consider overall creativity, use of the theme and holiday spirit when voting!  After each vote, you have a chance to share your vote on Facebook or Twitter.

Shop Local Hopewell Valley
Shop Local Hopewell Valley

The three top rated windows, after the stoke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, will be rewarded with free MercerMe advertising to help get the word out about those local businesses, so make sure you support your favorites.

Be sure to tag everything, including your own photos of the shopping, with the events hashtag #HVWinterWindows. And make sure you come back often to see which additional businesses have joined us!

Don’t forget to shop local where you see the oxen in the window!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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