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Merwinsville Hotel offers 34th Annual Arts and Fine Crafts Show and Gala

Celebrating its 50th anniversary of restoration, the Merwinsville Hotel’s 34th Annual Arts and Fine Crafts Show returns in October.

The two-weekend show will launch with a gala preview party Friday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. The Red Hots will return to perform live music with classic jazz standards, old blues tunes and feisty originals with their blend of unique vocals and ukulele/guitar mix with driving organic percussion. The band includes vocalists, Cynthia Preston and Petra Herceg, backed by Russell Preston on guitar and blues harp and Jay Margolin on percussion.

Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be served. Gala attendees will be able to browse and purchase artwork before the general public, in the historic structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

All gala attendees are being asked to provide proof of full covid vaccination. Tickets for the gala party are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; hotel members are $20 each. Purchase online at www.merwinsvillehotel.org.

The Arts and Fine Crafts Show has been a long tradition during the Columbus Day Weekend (Oct. 9-11) and the show continues the following weekend, Oct. 15-17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days.

Many local artists take advantage of the shows offered at the Hotel to sell their work and support the ongoing restoration of the building. A portion of all sales benefit the Hotel.

Those looking for gifts of original artwork by local artists will find a great variety of framed oil paintings, watercolors and photography. The fall show also features the work of artisans in glass, jewelry, woodwork, pottery and more.

A $2 donation per person is suggested. Children under 10 are free. Members are admitted free.

The Merwinsville Hotel is located at 1 Brown’s Forge Road in Gaylordsville, CT, only 15 minutes from Kent, Sherman, New Milford and the Harlem Valley/Wingdale Railroad Station. For further information, call 860-350-4443 or visit www.merwinsvillehotel.org

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Calendar entry: 34th Annual Arts and Fine Crafts Show, Merwinsville Hotel  Oct. 8 gala preview party, 6:30 p.m. featuring live music from the Red Hots; Show continues Oct. 9-11 and 15-17 10 a.m.-5 p.m., offering works for sale by many local artists and artisans, $2 donation, members and children under 10 free, 1 Brown’s Forge Rd., Gaylordsville, CT. Info: 860-350-4443 or www.merwinsvillehotel.org