Thursday, November 2, 2017

30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique - November 4, 2017 - November 26, 2017

30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique
November 4, 2017 - November 26, 2017

From November 4th through November 26th, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, will present the 30th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

As the largest craft fair in Northern New Jersey, the Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique is a ritual to many a shopper. The show has become part of many families’ holiday tradition. And well it should! Since the first Holiday Boutique hosted by the Passaic County Historical Society in 1987 it has grown to occupy all three floors of this historic building.

Each room offers shoppers a new genre of merchandise to browse. The Boutique has it all: ornaments, jewelry, scarves and hats, sports memorabilia, stocking stuffers, candles, candy, dips, antiques, and much more! The Castle Cafe on the third floor (run by the Hot Dog Caboose of Midland Park) allows patrons a chance to consider purchases over lunch or a piece of pie. To say that each year the show is different is an understatement. Each week the show is different as vendors deliver new items for the shelves. For just this reason many visitors take advantage of the two return visits that accompany their ticket.

While this year’s show includes over 160 vendors and the Historical Society expects upwards of 10,000 visitors in November, the show had modest beginnings. Originally known as the Holiday House Boutique, the show was founded by Nancy Davis of Glen Ridge, NJ. For many years she hosted the craft show in her own home, hence the name. But soon the show grew too large for her house, so in 1987 she brought it to Lambert Castle and a partnership with Passaic County Historical Society was born.

The partnership between Ms. Davis and the Historical Society proved strong. Over the next twenty-five years the Holiday Boutique grew into the Historical Society’s largest fundraiser. With Ms. Davis’s untimely passing in 2013, the Historical Society decided to carry on with the show and preserve her legacy. Thus, in 2013 the Holiday House Boutique became the Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique.

Over the years there have been many changes. Added rooms and new themes, new vendors and different merchandise. However, the focus on quality and a positive shopping experience remains the same. Some of our vendors and staff, including the show manager Lorie Behr-Kotora, have been with the show though the Davis years. This continuity has helped the Boutique to retain its essence, spirit and uniqueness through the transitions.

Admission to the Boutique is $7 for opening weekend, November 4th - 5th and $6 for the duration of the show. All admission fees include two return visits. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. The café will return to the third floor serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.

Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County’s cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County’s natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.

Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information regarding museum hours and admission, visit the Passaic County Historical Society’s website at www.lambertcastle.org or call 973-247-0085.


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