Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Names Jerry Vezza 2010 Craftsman of the Year

Museum of Early Trades Crafts Names Jerry Vezza 2010 Craftsman of the Year

On Sunday, June 6th at 1 PM the Board of Trustees of Museum of Early Trades & Crafts will honor local jazz musician and craftsman, Jerry Vezza as the 2010 Craftsman of the Year with a luncheon and concert at The Madison Hotel. Jerry Vezza is the ninth New Jersey resident to be recognized by the Museum Board. He has been selected because of his dedication to the promotion and enhancement of Madison's local art scene and its many cultural institutions-including the Museum- which has often benefited from his efforts.

An accomplished band leader, jazz pianist and craftsman, Jerry Vezza is a favorite among Madison residents. His background encompasses over 30 years of professional experience and he has performed in numerous marquee venues throughout New Jersey, New York, Los Angeles, as well as, in Europe. As a craftsman, Jerry is a skilled piano technician, who restores, fixes and maintains a variety of pianos.

The Museum has been privileged to have Jerry perform his classic style of jazz numerous times in the past, including last year's Outdoor Summer Concert Series. He has also participated in the Museum's Trading Music exhibit lecture series, where he presented a program on the restoration and care pianos. Jerry has also performed at the Museum's annual fundraiser, Wine & Song, where he was the featured artist of the evening.

The Craftsman of the Year Award will be presented to Jerry during an elegant luncheon at The Madison Hotel in Morristown. Guests will be treated to an afternoon concert with performances by several musicians including Rio Clemente and Jerry himself.

The Craftsman of the Year award was established in 2002 as a means to honor New Jerseyans who have, in their own unique ways, significantly advanced the Museum's mission.

Last year, the Museum recognized Gary Fisch owner of Gary's Wine & Marketplace. Other past honorees were historian and author John Cunningham; Richard Bagger, then a state senator and long-time Museum supporter; past METC trustee and Collections Manager, Malcolm Dick; former Madison High School Music Director, John Bunnell; restorationist Carmine Toto, tool expert Herbert Kean and founder of The Astragal Press, Martyl Pollak.

Event proceeds benefit the Museum's Education Programs which serve more than 7,000 participants a year.

Single Tickets are $75 and $100 for Premium Single Ticket (Premium tickets & tables offer seating around concert area). Please RSVP by May 30th . Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone at 973-377-2982 x14 or online at

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children, and free for Members. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays. (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday - Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Sunday & Monday)

Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country. The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at 

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