CRAFTS Annual Fall Picnic

See you on September 10, 2023 at Camp Tecumseh, rain or shine! 
(Back-up date in case of hurricane/extreme weather or unforeseen circumstance is September 17)



Tailgate sales begin at 8:00 AM; earlier for those who wish to come before. Note: Non-members may visit the morning tailgating session, but selling is restricted to members. NEW LOCATION for 2023: tailgating this year will be outside the Tabernacle (inside if raining) located up the hill past the Dining Hall/cafeteria. Bagels and coffee will be provided here, too.

Displays & Contests: set up in the Dining Hall before 11:00 AM.

  • Organize a general display of your favorite tools or make a "One-Tool Exhibit." Displays are judged on their presentation, educational value, creativity, etc. Display tables are provided.
  • Enter contests for Most Beautiful Tool, Ugliest Tool, Most Unusual Tool, and Best Make-Do Tool or Repair.
  • Prizes for displays and contests will be awarded! NEW: Rather than by a few judges, winners will be determined by popular vote in each category.
  • NEW: cash prize for 1st Place general display is $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $50. Other contest winners will each be awarded a selected tool.
  • NEW: Winners will be invited to briefly describe to the assembled members and guests: purpose of the tool(s); its importance; its maker and manufacture; how it was acquired.

Lunch is at 12:00 noon. $16 for current members, family and guests; free for children ages 12 and under. Pre-register before August 31 by filling out and mailing this form (click here).
Club announcements, contest awards, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes to take place after lunch. Note: the traditional "What's it" session has been discontinued.

Other craft and tool organizations: We are pleased this year to invite members of other craft and tool organizations. Members of these organizations may join us in several ways:

  • You may simply attend the tool tailgating to browse and buy only; NOT participate in the rest of the day's events and NOT purchase lunch.
  • You may purchase lunch and attend all the events of the day. To buy lunch you must mail your check to Stew May by August 31st.
  • If you wish to set up a tailgate table(s), we ask you to pay $15 which will cover your selling for the day AND give you one year's membership in CRAFTS, which includes 4 issues of The Tool Shed.
  • Payment can be made to Stew or our picnic manager John Czekaj on the day of the picnic.


445 Mechlin Corner Rd.
Pittstown, NJ 08867
(908) 735-4136

Google map: Click here (opens new window)

When the campground is reached drive past the lake on the right and straight into the field for tailgating. Someone will be there to assist and guide. If the weather is inclement we will be able to locate elsewhere.
Camp Tecumseh website: camptecumseh.com

From the North, West and East:

Drive to US Route 78;
Take Exit 12 to County Route 635 Perryville Road:

  • Head South on Perryville Road toward Mechlin Corner Rd. (0.3 mile)
  • Continue straight onto Mechlin Rd. (1.7 miles)
  • Turn right onto Bloomsbury Rd. (95 feet)
  • Turn left onto Mechlin Corner Rd. (1.0 mile)
  • Turn right (0.4 mile)
  • Turn right, destination will be on the right (0.1 mile)

From the South (Pittstown, NJ):

  • Head Northeast on Pittstown Road toward Bloomsbury Rd. (289 feet)
  • Turn left onto Bloomsbury Rd. (2.5 miles)
  • Turn left onto Mechlin Corner Rd. (1.0 mile)
  • Turn right (0.4 mile)
  • Turn right, destination will be on the right (0.1 mile)