RAHWAY — The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will hold their second annual “Historic Holiday Portraits at the Tavern” on Sunday, Sept. 26, beginning at 11 a.m. Families, groups and individuals who are looking for a unique setting for holiday cards can pose inside the circa 1795 Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum and have their photos taken by professional photographer Steve Cuttler of Rahway.
Reservations are required and those interested can call the museum at 1-732-381-0441 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 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). Cuttler will also have photo packages, portraits and holiday cards in various sizes and quantities that can be ordered.
Patricia Paszek, museum association trustee and chairperson of the event, said, “We offered this novel opportunity for the first time last year and got a wonderful response from families, individuals and even someone who included their pet dog. It’s a great way to have a beautiful keepsake portrait captured in this authentic, historic setting to share with family, friends or business associates.”
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