Take Your Holiday Photos At 210-Year-Old Tavern

RAHWAY — Families, groups and individuals who are looking for a unique setting for holiday cards, will get their chance next month.

The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will present their first annual “Historic Holiday Portraits at the Tavern” on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. Professional photographer Steve Cuttler of Rahway will shoot holiday portraits inside the circa 1795 Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum.


Reservations are required and those interested can call the museum at 732-381-0441 to learn more and sign up.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the continued restoration and interpretation of the 210-year-old tavern building, an integral part of Rahway’s history.

The event begins each day with the first time slot at 11 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. The association will offer participants one of two settings within the tavern museum, either the colonial-era hearth in the kitchen, or the bar area inside the tap room.  Both settings will be decked out in early-American period holiday décor. Participants are encouraged to come already dressed in either their holiday outfits or whatever favorite fashion suits their taste for a portrait or holiday card (dressing rooms will not be available).

A $15 non-refundable sitting fee includes a free 4 x 6 photo to take home that day, and allows up to 5 people in the photo ($2 for each additional person).  Known for his photo portraits, Cuttler will also have available for purchase photo packages, portraits and holiday cards in various sizes and quantities.

Patricia Paszek, museum association trustee and chairperson of the event said, “We are excited to offer this novel opportunity to just about anyone who loves the atmosphere of this wonderful early-American tavern and inn.  It’s a great way to have a beautiful family portrait captured in this authentic, historic setting to share with family, friends or business associates.”

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