Sugar, for a Good Cause

By Denise Oliveira

Where in New York City can you see an art exhibit about Jewish gangsters, rub shoulders with a food writer from The New York Times, and eat all the baked goods you could possibly desire? At this Saturday’s (Oct. 25) bake sale to benefit the City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Click here for a detailed schedule of The 5th Annual Sugar Sweets Festival.

The bake sale will feature treats from at least 20 professional bakeries, and also from amateur bakers from throughout the City who want to contribute their goods. Anyone who wants to can enter their treats in a competition that will be judged by local culinary celebrities including the as-of-yet-unnamed New York Times food writer and Harry Rosenblum (co-founder of The Brooklyn Kitchen). Also, at 2:30 pm there will be an apron fashion show that anyone can enter.

Didn’t know the City had a reliquary? In existence since 2002, the museum houses New York City artifacts including Statue of Liberty Postcards, terracotta fragments of landmark buildings, and subway tokens. Admission to the museum will be free during Saturday’s bake sale, which will also include musical entertainment, face painting and other family-friendly activities.

“We’re wanting to ensure our future. We’re very passionate about what we do,” said Jeff Tancil, one of the fundraiser’s organizers. The museum has always been run by volunteers, and, according to Tancil, is one of the last remaining arts organizations in the neighborhood, whose landscape has been changing quickly. “A lot of the arts organizations in Williamsburg have vanished,” Tancil said. “This event is a way of supporting arts and culture in our neighborhood.”

To contribute to the bake sale, email Tancil at or simply bring your baked contributions about 15 minutes before doors open on Saturday.

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