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.

Register for the 4th Annual Phillips 5k/10k Trail Run/Walk

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Register for the 4th annual Phillips 5k/10k on May 31, 2015 at the Lewis Morris Park in Morristown, NJ. 100% of the race proceeds will benefit the Christopher and Susan Phillips Foundation, which helps support scholarships for graduating Jonathan Dayton High School students.

May 31 is Susan Phillips’ Brithday, so this is an extra special date for the race!  heart

This USA Track and Field Sanctioned event will begin at the Sunrise Lake Picnic Pavillion.  Both the 5k and 10k courses are on the park trails.  The 5K course is mostly on wide trail with moderate hills.  The 10K course is mainly on narrower trails and is quite hilly.

This event will feature:

  • Real-time Facebook, Twitter, and text message race results
  • Free raffle prizes for all participants
  • Wicking t-shirts
  • Indoor bathrooms
  • Playground area
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Disposable chip timing by Fast Finishes
  • Paddle boating on Sunrise Lake (for an extra fee)

Sneaker Factory Prizes: 1st overall male/female $50 gift certificate 2nd overall male/female $25 gift certificate 3rd overall male/female $15 gift certificate

Advanced Therapeutic Massage Prizes:  Top 3 finishers in each age category for the 5k and the 10k receive a gift certificate:  1st place $30 certificate,  2nd place $25 certificate,  3rd place $20 certificate.

About the Christopher and Susan Phillips Foundation

This race is dedicated to raising funds for the Christopher and Susan Phillips Foundation, which was started to honor the lives of Chris and his mother Sue Phillips both of whom this world lost too soon.

The Foundation will be supporting two scholarships each year to two graduating seniors fromJonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, NJ where the entire Phillips family went. The Christopher James Phillips Scholarship will go to a male student looking to go into nursing or who has served on the First Aid Squad since Chris was a nursing technician, EMT and Springfield First Aid Squad volunteer. The second scholarship, the Susan V. Phillips Scholarship will awarded to a female active in volunteer activities, which reflects Sue’s kind and generous nature.

A Room of One’s Own – $100,000 Donated to Good Grief Center in Morristown in a Daughter’s Memory

A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN --Pictured (from left) in front of the Memory Tree at the new Good Grief Center in Morristown are Marilyn Stiglitz, Good Grief Founder Mary Robinson of Madison, and Board Member Irene Weinberg of Wayne. (Photo courtesy of NJ.com)

Thirty years ago Marilyn Stiglitz of Springfield lost her 14-year-old daughter Susan to leukemia after an 11-year battle. Today, thanks to Marilyn’s generosity a room has been named in Susan’s memory at the new Good Grief Center in Morristown. The Teen Lounge with its bright orange couches, ping pong table, cityscape mural and other fun items will be named “In Loving Memory of Susan Lang.”

“I know all too well the importance of the service Good Grief provides. I wish it existed for me and my son John when Susan died. I want to ensure Good Grief remains available to all families in need.”

“We are so grateful to Marilyn and Lou Stiglitz for this extraordinary gift and for helping us create a safe haven for grieving children and families in New Jersey,” said Marisa Bolognese, Executive Director.

“We are currently serving 246 children and adults every two weeks on four nights of support. With our goal of having a center of our own met, we look forward to our next phase of growth and program expansion including our Conversations on Loss educational workshops launching in May.”

Good Grief provides educational programs and peer support groups for children age 3-18 who have had a parent or sibling die. Support groups are also available for parents, and young adults age 18-30.

For more information about Good Grief, call 908-522-1999 or e-mail info@good-grief.org

See the article on NJ.com