A Celebration of American Food and Wine
September 24, 2016
Our 2016 event successfully raised funds for scholarships to provide museum education programming for schools, children and adults with special needs, and adult care facilities in the state. This special evening of fine American cuisine was catered by Chef Rob Ubhaus of Redux, and delicious American wines curated by David Mendez from The Grapeful Palate. An enlightening lecture, by sought-after speaker Professor Elliot Engel, completed the evening. Thank you to our guests and sponsors for their support of this fundraiser and the Museum.
Past Galas and Fundraisers at METC
Taverns Pubs and Revelry - October 2015
On October 17, The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts hosted its annual fundraising gala Taverns Pubs & Revelry at the Community House. The event was a celebration of the Museum’s ongoing contribution to education, local history, conservation and cultural activities. And what a celebration it was!!! The party was our own version of a 91th century “tavern” including great food, music, dancing and lots of “merrymaking”. The festivities included a local New Jersey craft brewery River Horse Brewing Company as well as enjoyable music by The Ballycastle Band!
We wish to thank everyone who was a part of this enjoyable evening, and appreciate all those who continue to support METC’s ongoing mission of education, conservation, and interpretation of New Jersey history. For over 45 years, the Museum has stood as an anchor to the local arts and cultural community, never losing sight of the mission of telling the stories of the early New Jersey settlers. We are grateful to all our donors, participants, vendors and advertisers in our local community who were a part of this event and help us continue to be a constant resource for learning, research, history… and yes merrymaking!!!
Spring Hat Show - March 2016
On Sunday, March 6, 2016 METC, in collaboration with the Milliners Guild presented their Spring Hat Show, a fashion showcase of over 50 handcrafted modern hats created by milliners from The Milliners Guild. Over 60 guests enjoyed the hat fashion show along with light refreshments, and the opportunity to purchase these one-of-a-kind hats. METC curator, Kristin Lapos also led a guided tour through the museum’s latest exhibit for guests during the early part of the afternoon. This event was a fundraiser for the museum that aligned with the exhibit, “The Milliner’s Tale: The Craft of Hat Making” which runs through June 29, 2016.
The show was directed by Monika Stebbins, milliner, co-curator, and owner of the soon-to-open Hat Shop Madison. Eric Hafen, Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre, was Master of Ceremonies for the show. Modeling the gorgeous hats were former Olympian JoJo Starbuck, historian Janet Foster, acrtress/singer/musician, Deborah Fennelly, freelance marketer, Chris Anderson and former Madison resident, and pharmaceutical advertising exec, Leah Starker. Hair and makeup for the models was provided by Salvatore Minardi Salon.
The milliners showing hats were Kathy Anderson, Ellen Christine Couture; Conney Borda of EggCup Designs; Sally Caswell, Wanda Chambers of Once Upon a Hat; Cigmond; Anne DePasquale; Karen Hawes; Sarah Sokol, Monika Stebbins; and Barbara Volker. The Milliners Guild is an organization of milliners dedicated to the design, production, and promotion of handmade headwear.
“Hosting this Spring Hat Show, was a delight,” said Museum’s director, Deborah Farrar Starker. “It brought to the museum a new and enthusiastic audience whose love of fashion also included an interest in the craft of hat making and the history of this particular trade. We also want to thank our event sponsors, Irene Maroney, Rodger Herrigel, Andrew B. Boles and Codfish Park Design for their support.”
Explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of 18th- and 19th- century craftsmen and artisans. Drawing on its rich collection, METC is connecting the lives of people and their stories, while providing a bridge from the past to the future. Housed in a stunning Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building donated by D. Willis James to the people of Madison, NJ in 1900, METC offers something for visitors of all ages. METC is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at www.metc.org.