FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
40th ANNUAL MORRISTOWN CRAFTMARKET
SET FOR FRIDAY - SUNDAY,
AT THE MORRISTOWN ARMORY
Nationally Acclaimed and Charitable Show Has Raised Nearly 2 Million Dollars for Local Charities and Will Feature 150 Gifted Artists from Over 25 States
Show Dedicated in Loving Memory of Robert James “RJ” Nelson, III, A Brave Baby Boy Who Was Born 13 1/2 Weeks Premature and Fought Hard for the Right to Live for 82 Days (April 6, 2016 - June 27, 2016)
Tricky Tray to Be Held in RJ’s Honor Will Put Spotlight on Premature Birth Which March of Dimes Calls “the #1 killer of babies” and “the most urgent health issue facing our children today” (Annual Report, www.marchofdimes.org)
The Morristown CraftMarket, now celebrating its 40th 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 14 through Sunday, October 16.
The show hours are:
Friday, October 14, 5pm to 9pm;
Saturday, October 15, 10am to 6pm; and
Sunday October 16, 10am to 5pm.
“For 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,” said Price. “The show has raised nearly 2 million dollars for local charities since it first opened to the public in 1977.”
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.
Tricky Tray in Honor of RJ
The 40th Annual Morristown CraftMarket is dedicated in loving memory of Robert James “RJ” Nelson, III, a brave baby boy who was born 13 1/2 weeks premature and fought hard for the right to live for 82 days (April 6, 2016 - June 27, 2016).
In honor of RJ, the show will host a Tricky Tray to put the spotlight on premature birth. Proceeds from the Tricky Tray will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Morristown Medical Center (“Sam’s NICU”), which helps premature babies and their families. Tickets for the Tricky Tray will be sold throughout the show. The drawing will be held on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00pm at the show. Winners need not be present.
RJ’s mother, Claudia Nelson, is spearheading the Tricky Tray and will help to run the large booth in the show where it will be held along with other supporters of Sam’s NICU community, including family members who had to deal with health problems - many of them tragic - with their babies.
Claudia Nelson and her husband Bob Nelson will bring RJ’s twin sister Annalise Jane to the show. Annalise Jane will be just over 6 months old when the 40th Annual Morristown CraftMarket, dedicated in loving memory of her twin brother RJ, opens on Friday, October 14.
"No parent or family ever imagines that their baby/babies will come early,” said Claudia Nelson. “You get thrown into a world that becomes a whirlwind of emotions, similar to a roller coaster. This roller coaster becomes your life, your heart, your home. It is truly an honor and privilege to be part of the 40th Annual CraftMarket, and the awareness we can spotlight onto Sam's NICU at Morristown Medical Center and premature birth."
Premature Birth is a National Health Crisis
According to the March of Dimes, premature birth is “the #1 killer of babies” and “the most urgent health issue facing our children today.” Premature birth is a leading cause of disabilities in babies that can affect their whole lives. (Annual Report, www.marchofdimes.org).
1 in 10 babies - about 380,000 babies - are born prematurely each year in the United States, according to the March of Dimes. (www.marchofdimes.org)
“The numbers are staggering, as is the emotional and often financial toll on the families struggling through premature births,” said Price. “Premature birth is a health crisis in America. These babies are crying out for us and we need to listen to and help them.”
Opening Night Reception
The Morristown CraftMarket will host an Opening Night Reception on Friday, October 14 from 5pm - 8pm. Adults who are at least 21 years old may purchase souvenir glasses for $10 with two tickets inside redeemable for two drinks (beer or wine).
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.
Tickets to Show
A coupon for $2 off the $10 admission price is available online at www.MorristownCraftMarket.org/theCoupon. 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.