Giving Back

Summit Historical Society Holds Annual Holiday Boutique

Heather Duetsch, hancrafted gifts  and jewelry in Mondo Credits: Jason Cohen
Nancy  O'Brien, owner of Magpie Designs Credits: Jason Cohen
One of the Historical Society members making cider Credits: Jason Cohen
A vendor selling jam Credits: Jason Cohen
Lynne Taylor, the owner of Nola Rose Jewelry Credits: Jason Cohen
A Dalmatian for the Helping Hero charity Credits: Jason Cohen

SUMMIT, NJ - On Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6, Summit residents were able to do some Christmas shopping and give back to the community at the same time when the Summit Historical Society held their annual Holiday Boutique.

The event was held at the Carter House and 14 local vendors were in attendance selling jewelry, clothes, antiques and food. Some of the businesses included Kathy Ruck Antiques, Heather Duetsch handcrafted gifts and jewelry, and Nola Rose Jewelry.  Attendees enjoyed cookies, pastries and cider made by members of the Summit Historical Society and Magpie Designs.

Residents had the opportunity to make a $20 donation.  A $20.00 donation will purchase one stuffed “Helping Hero” Dalmatian or Fire Bear which will be given to the Summit Fire Department whose firefighters will give to children during emergency calls or will be donated by the Summit Fire Department to a local Children’s Burn Unit.  In addition, funds will be donated to the Summit Historical Society’s  “Friends of the Firetruck” to build a structure on the grounds of the Carter House to preserve and display the City of Summit’s 1927 Seagrave Chemical Engine #1.

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Angela Schneller, who is a trustee and the treasurer of the Society, chaired the event and said the Holiday Boutique is always fun. Seeing all of the vendors and people supporting the organization is great, she said.

“It’s also an opportunity as trustees to open this house so people can see how beautiful it is,” Schneller said.

She said each year they look for new vendors, but often the same ones return because they like the event.  Schneller added because there are no grants from the state or city, fundraising is a vital part of the organization.

One of the new stores in Summit is Magpie Designs founded by Nancy O’Brien, which sells scarves, women’s belts and other items. O’Brien said business has been good and the fundraiser was a lot of fun.

In her second year at the Holiday Boutique, Lynne Taylor, the founder of Nola Rose Jewelry in Madison, said it’s great to interact with other vendors and help the Historical Society.

“I had a wonderful time last year,” Taylor said. “I’m so happy that they asked me back.”

Tracy Robinson, who grew up in Summit, but now resides in Chatham, has come to this event for several years and loves it.

“The Historical Society does a great job, “she said. “It’s beautiful always.”

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