MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morristown CraftMarket returns for its 41st anniversary this weekend, Oct. 20-22, at the National Guard Armory, 430 Western Ave. in Morristown. A nationally acclaimed charitable fine art and show, the event features at least 150 artists from more than 25 states nationwide.

Exhibiting artists will display and sell original creations, including jewelry, leather, ceramics, metal, glass, wood, furniture, mixed media, wearable fiber and more.

“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 nonprofit, all-volunteer Kiwanis Club of Randolph, which sponsors and runs the Morristown CraftMarket.

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“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,” Price said.

An opening night reception on Oct. 20 will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. for patrons who are at least 21 years old. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will collect gently used clothing items throughout the show.

A silent auction will be held all weekend in memory of Robert James “RJ” Nelson III, a baby boy who was born about 13 weeks premature and fought for the right to live for 82 days. The auction will put a spotlight on premature birth, according to event organizers, which March of Dimes calls “the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S.”

Premature birth affects babies of all races and ethnicities and can have lifelong effects. About 10 percent of babies in the U.S. are born prematurely each year, according to the March of Dimes.

“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.”

Silent auction proceeds will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Morristown Medical Center, also known as Sam’s NICU, which cares for premature babies and their families. The silent auction will conclude Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. Winners need not be present.

Nelson’s mother, Claudia, will run the silent auction booth with help from other supporters of the Sam’s NICU community, including family members who had to deal with health problems—many of them tragic—with their babies.

Claudia and her husband, Bob, will bring RJ’s twin sister, Annalise, to the show.

"No parent or family ever imagines that their baby/babies will come early,” Claudia said. “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 41st annual CraftMarket, and (raise) awareness we can spotlight onto Sam's NICU at Morristown Medical Center and premature birth."

Show hours

Friday, Oct. 20, 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10, and a $2 discount coupon is available online at Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult.

The Morristown CraftMarket is barrier-free for disabled persons. Well-behaved dogs and cats on leash are welcome. Free parking is available.