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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Ticket Giveaway — Win 2 Tickets to This Weekend’s Event at Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ

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Here at Roxy’s Best Of…, we’re running a contest and ticket giveaway to celebrate the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ this weekend — Friday, October 31st (Halloween) through Sunday, November 2nd. Since Roxy can’t make it to the event, the first Roxy’s Best Of… visitor to contact me using the contact form or leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address will win two tickets to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, with only one requirement: we’d like you to write a brief post for Roxy’s Best Of… letting our readers know all about your experience at the event. If you’re not from New Jersey but would like to attend and write about an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at a venue near you, please contact Roxy and we’ll see what we can do for you.

More than 300 of the nation’s finest artisans will present their unique crafts in a lively marketplace filled with entertaining demonstrations, food, music and family performances during the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Celebrating its 14th year in Somerset, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival offers collectors and craft enthusiasts one-of-a-kind creations in functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography. The artisans at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival are jury-selected based on the superior quality and craftsmanship of their work.

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals offer people – from serious collectors to the regular homeowner – the opportunity to purchase unique and personal fine art at an affordable price, and a chance to get to know the artist who made it,” said Sugarloaf President Deann Verdier. Lovers of fine crafts and art can do more than purchase items from the artists and learn more about the unique qualities of their works. The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset also features entertaining and informative live demonstrations from master craftspeople working in metal, stone, glass, wood and ceramics presented each day during the Festival. Specialty gourmet food will also be available for sampling and purchase along with a variety of concessions.

The Festival experience is enhanced by piano standards and renditions of pop favorites from Bob Geresti. In a special children’s area, kids will enjoy enchanting puppet shows from Middle Earth Studios.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, October 31 and Saturday, September November 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Garden State Exhibit Center. The Garden State Exhibit Center is located at 50 Atrium Drive in Somerset, NJ. Adult admission to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is $7 when purchased online, $8 for adults at the door, free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days, and free parking is available. For more information about the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, directions, or to purchase discount admission tickets visit or call (800) 210-9900.


Sugarloaf Crafts Festival This Weekend at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey

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This just in from Roxy’s e-mailbag…the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset this weekend. Starting Friday, October 31 (Halloween) from 10am to 6pm and running through Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 at 5pm, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival promises to be a great place to spend a day with the family and get a head start on holiday shopping. In addition to more than 300 artisans, there will be live music, kid’s entertainment, and great food. Popular artists featured at the show include Danny Kong and Justin Wilner (designer tapestry handbags), Gerry and Donna Keener (fine quality art glass hand cut and fused), Peggy Wilson and Ignacio Bernal (handcrafted fine gold jewelry), Rona Fisher (primal elegance in precious metals), and Robin Barr (wearable sculpture). Middle Earth Studios will provide children’s entertainment with several performances each day from their repertoire of enchanting fairytales and puppet shows.

Way back in the time before Rex (and until Rex and I consolidated our New York City and Somerset locations into one lovely home in the Roxiticus Valley), I lived over in Somerset, New Jersey…it’s near Rutgers and New Brunswick. If I weren’t so busy this weekend, I’d take Rex and the kids over to the Garden State Exhibit Center for “old times sake.” If you get a chance to attend the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, please do stop back and let us know all about it.

Adult admission is $8 at the door or $7 if you buy your ticket online or click here for a coupon for $1.00 off admission. Kids under 12 and parking are free.

If you’re not from around here, check out the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival web site for an upcoming event near you…in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania or Virginia.