Benefit Dinner & Fundraisers

Celebrate 50 Years ofCelebrate 50 Years of History

Our annual benefit dinner at the Park Avenue Club on Friday, September 27, 2019 was a great success. The evening celebrated 50 years of METC sharing the past and imagining the future with special guests including members of the Land Family, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, and educators from ECLC. The proceeds from the evening will support METC’s educational programming offered to schools, senior adult communities, and organizations such as ECLC, that support individuals living with disabilities.

Event Committee

Maggie Land Blanck, Andrew Boles, Liz & Gary Fisch, Edgar Law Land Jr., Diane Mann & Dennis McKee, Deborah & Isaac Starker

Event Sponsors to Date

Edward Jones

The MCJ Amelior Foundation         Isaac & Deborah Starker

Irene Maroney & Claudio Bergamasco          Maureen & Tom Byrne

Herrigel, Bolan & Poy LLP         Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson W. Kirby




Past Galas and Fundraisers at METC

Celebrating the Stories of New Jersey
September 21, 2018 
at the Park Avenue Club

New Jersey has millions of stories to tell. Stories of history, folklore, the arts, science, and technology.

Our annual fundraiser to benefit the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts was a great success at the Park Avenue Club.  The evening highlighted special guests, including pianist and jazz legend Rio Clemente and author and historian Frank Esposito, Ph.D.  The proceeds from the evening will support educational programming offered to schools, senior adult communities and organizations supporting individuals living with disabilities.

Thank you to our sponsors for this event:

Edward Jones
The MCJ Amelior Foundation
Jim & Janet W. Foster
Dr. Isaac Starker and Deborah Farrar Starker
Atlantic Health System Morristown Medical Center
Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
Investors Bank
Nisivoccia LLP
Madison YMCA
Codfish Park Design
Dennis & Denise Bone
Darron & Denise Braslow
Herrigel, Bolan & Poy LLP
Historic Building Architects
Stacy Russo, CPA

New Jersey History: Lighting the Way
September 25, 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual dinner and benefit with special guest speaker Bart Oates, three-time Super Bowl champion, former NY Giant, and current Chairman of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

Purely Patricia, Sally Caswell, Ellen Christine Couture (1024x576)

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

Taverns Pubs and Revelry - October 2015

#4On 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!!!

The Honorable Leanna Brown and METC Trustee Ginny Wilson at Taverns, Pubs, & Revelry
METC Trustee, Andrew B. Boles, Dr. Mark Krell,  Patti Krell,  Leah Starker
METC Trustee, Andrew B. Boles, Dr. Mark Krell, Patti Krell, Leah Starker
METC Trustee, Andrew B Boles intoducing the Ballycastle Band who entertained the crowd with their foot-stomping Irish music
METC Trustee, Andrew B Boles intoducing the Ballycastle Band who entertained the crowd with their foot-stomping Irish music