Get Ready! CraftMarket is this Weekend

Nationally Acclaimed and Charitable Show Will Feature 160 Highly Gifted Artists from over 25 States

All Profits to Go to Local Charities

ARTWORK BY ALAN BENNETT

ARTWORK BY ALAN BENNETT

The Morristown CraftMarket, now in its 39th consecutive year as a nationally acclaimed and charitable fine art and craft show featuring 160 gifted artists from over 25 states throughout the country, will be held Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18 at the Morristown Armory, 430 Western Avenue in Morristown, NJ.

The show hours are:

Friday, October 16, 5pm to 9pm;
Saturday, October 17, 10am to 6pm; and
Sunday October 18, 10am to 5pm.

“For nearly four decades, the Morristown CraftMarket has received acclaim as a major cultural and charitable event not only in New Jersey but throughout our nation,” said Show Director Geoffrey Price, a member of the not-for-profit and all-volunteer Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township, NJ which sponsors and runs the Morristown CraftMarket.

“The thousands of patrons who come each year to our show at the Morristown Armory know that we showcase extraordinary, one-of-a-kind and limited edition fine arts and crafts – all made in America by American hands – and that all our profits go to charities.”

The exhibiting artists will display and sell their original and magnificent creations in jewelry, leather, ceramics, metal, glass, wood, furniture, mixed media, wearable fiber and more.

Opening Night Reception

The Morristown CraftMarket will host an Opening Night Reception on Friday, October 16 from 5pm – 9pm. Souvenir glasses will be sold for $10 with two drink tickets redeemable for wine or beer in the Courtyard of the show. The Reception will be open to adults who are at least 21 years old.

50/50 Raffle to Benefit Jersey Battered Women’s Service

Among the many charities that the Morristown CraftMarket will support this year will be Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS). All proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle sold by Randolph Kiwanis in its Booth #604 will benefit the many services of JBWS to help those hurt by domestic abuse. Those services include an emergency safe house, a 24-hour helpline, crisis counseling, legal assistance, transitional living, vocational counseling, and more.

Clothing Drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters will be collecting gently used clothing items throughout the show. Receipts will be issued for tax-deductible donations of clothing items accepted at the collection truck located near the parking lot.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Morristown CraftMarket is seeking volunteers to help staff the show. Anyone who would like to be a volunteer should contact the show at 973-442-2840 or at morristowncraft@optonline.net

Tickets to Show

A coupon for $2 off the $10 admission price is available online at www.morristowncraftmarket.org/schedule. A weekend pass may be purchased for $12. Children under 12 with an adult are free. The show is barrier free for disabled persons and pet-friendly so well-behaved animals on a leash are welcome.

There is plenty of free parking.

Local Chefs Embrace Sustainability in Many Forms

Interviews with 5 chefs who will be preparing farm-fork tastings at Sustainable Morristown’s Locally Grown Gala on Sunday 9/20

2015-09-03_14-01-23Sustainability is a hot topic with the chefs who will be preparing farm-to-fork tastings at Sustainable Morristown’s 5th annual Locally Grown Gala. Five participating chefs recently shared their thoughts on sustainability as it relates to their cooking and businesses. While all place an emphasis on sourcing local ingredients, sustainability is incorporated in many other ways and includes practices such as the use of reclaimed materials for seating, implementation of a “no waste” policy for food, cooking over an open fire, and the exclusion of endangered species on menus. All will be showcasing their talents at the Gala to be held on Sunday, September 20th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Morristown. Early bird discounts are available until September 9th.

Each chef discussed the importance of using local ingredients whenever possible and cites New Jersey as one of the top places in the country to source from. Mike Carrino, Chef and Partner of Trois Cochons, operators of Pig & Prince Restaurant and Gastro-Lounge, has worked in many other states but says “They don’t call New Jersey the ‘garden state’ for nothing. I love New Jersey. It has everything to offer from a chef’s point of view. We have the best produce, some of the best breeders, and we really have some of the best products in the country.” Similarly, Jeff Powell, Executive Chef at the Hyatt Morristown has worked in California, Hawaii, and Texas. And although “There are certain areas such as Hawaii where the land is fruitful,” in New Jersey “We have a giant network of farms within a 100 mile radius that we can pick and pluck from. We have access to the Atlantic Ocean. I have all these farms, and have local purveyors for chicken and for cheese.” Ben Walmer, Founder of Highlands Dinner Club ties the increasing availability of locally sourced products to the recent trend of New York City chefs launching restaurants in New Jersey, stating “This is very exciting and bodes well for New Jersey.” And Bill Hedge, Executive Chef for Kings Food Markets highlights the demand for freshly picked produce when talking about the company’s exclusive “24 Hour Just Picked Promise.” The program gives shoppers the benefits of a local farm stand by offering locally grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs within 24 hours of being picked. Continue reading

See You at Garden State Comic Fest!

2015-07-23_15-34-37The Garden State Comedy Festival will be held this weekend at Mennen Arena located at 161 E. Hanover Ave. in Morristown.

This will not be your average comic con, this is a comic FESTIVAL featuring over 200 tables of Amazing Area Vendors! Art! Toys! Gaming Tables! Collectibles! and of course, Comic Books!  Costume clad Cosplayers will be on hand to greet and take photos with anyone who attends. Contests, auctions, dazzling prizes, games and panels will also be part of what is becoming the premier comic event in New Jersey.

Things to Do at GSCF: Buy AND Sell New and Rare Comics, toys and collectibles, Win Tickets to New York Comic Con, Get an autograph or sketch of your favorite superhero from one of our famous artists or writers, Take a photo with a cosplayer and Much, much more!

Tickets & Info HERE

Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown Hosts A Beautiful Blooming Fundraiser

20150655759cfc43432Evening in the Loyola Prayer Gardens fundraiser includes live music, concert performance, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a Super 50/50 Raffle

Loyola Jesuit Center located at 161 James Street on thirty acres of beautiful lawns, gardens and woodlands in Morristown, NJ will host its 3rd annual “Evening in the Loyola Prayer Gardens” on Thursday, June 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Live music, a concert performance, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a Super 50/50 Raffle are included in this philanthropic event.

Since 1927 Loyola Jesuit Center (formerly Loyola House of Retreats) has offered silent retreats for men and women of all faiths in a quiet, contemplative atmosphere. “The gardens are an extension of the retreat experience at Loyola. They are a sacred place of beauty, meditation and reflection. Most of our retreatants spend a lot of their time outside strolling through the meandering pathways, gazing at the fish in the reflecting pool, listening to the trickling of the fountains and taking in the beauty of the flowers,” said Renee Owens, Director for the Loyola Jesuit Center.

In addition to the gardens, the historic mansion built in 1904, two chapels, the bookstore and library will be open for guests to visit throughout the evening. “We want everyone to come and experience the splendor and tranquility of Loyola, whether it’s for a special event like this, a day or weekend retreat, First Friday mass or one of our spiritually-enriching programs. Loyola provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of today’s fast-paced, technological world,” said Owens.

A garden concert will be provided by Joaquín Maria, classical guitarist and Isidro Chavez, saxophonist. Their program will include a variety of jazz, Latino, spiritual and contemporary musical selections. Both performers are graduates of the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mr. María is currently the director of the Hispanic Choir of St. Patrick’s Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York. Continue reading