Greater Morristown weekend preview: Tea, harps, Bards and Bowls
There is plenty of fun stuff to do around Greater Morristown this weekend, as you can see below. And there is plenty more on our handy calendar.
But we really have just one thing to say.
To put you in the proper mood, here is a fight song from our buddy, Bill Griese:
THURSDAY, Feb. 2:
It may feel like spring, but they’re going ahead with the Winter 2012 exhibit at the Atrium Gallery. The opening is from 6 pm to 8:30 pm on floors 2-5 at the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court St., Morristown. Eight artists will be display 181 artworks including photos, mobiles, multimedia abstracts, oils and “naive” style Romanian creations by Alex Chereches. Admission: Free. For the opening, parking also is free in the garage below the building, accessible via Schuyler Place.
Everyone is raving about the LEGO® exhibition at the Morris Museum. Discover why by seeing more than 25 large LEGO sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya, at 6 pm, at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. Admission: $7-10. Call 973-971-3700 for more.
What is Karma? What is Dharma? Chew on these concepts at Food for Thought: An evening with Buddhist teacher Peter Kuczynski, from 7 – 9 pm at Zebu Forno, 9 South St.,
Morristown. Cost: $15 per person; $25 per couple, includes Soup, salad and sandwich. Call 973-538-0890 for more.
Tony Bennett’s 8 pm concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center is sold out. But if you’re determined to duet with the legendary crooner, try calling the box office at 973-539-8008. Tickets are $85 to $150.
FRIDAY, Feb. 3:
Al Parrish made a name for himself as the “burly red-haired wildman bass player” of Tanglefoot. At 8 pm he dusts off his guitar, and his yarns, at the Minstrel in Morris Township. Michael Prysock gets the show going at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. Admission: Adults $7, children 12 and under are free. Call 973-335-9489 for more.
Only one artist has won Grammys for Classical and Jazz recordings: Paquito D’Rivera. The Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist brings his diverse act to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $37-$67. Call 973-539-8008 for more.
It’s Open Mic Night at Zebu Forno, 8 pm at 9 South St. in Morristown. If there’s a song in your heart, send it to your vocal cords!
Morristown’s ambassadors of friendly hip hop, Universal Rebel, light up Morristown’s Dublin Pub at 10 pm. Admission to the establishment at 4 Pine St. is free.
SATURDAY, Feb. 4:
A photo scavenger hunt promises family fun from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, at 353 East Hanover Ave. in Whippany. The cost is $10 per family; photograph every item and win prizes. Meet at the Haggerty Education Center; call 973-326-7600 for more details. Also offered on Sunday, same times.
And while you’re scavenging, take a break–a tea break–at the Arboretum from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. It’s the annual Matilda’s Tea, named for Matilda Frelinghuysen, who once lived at Whippany Farm, as the Arboretum formerly was known. “What is a high tea and what other kinds of beverages might [Matilda] have imbibed? What kind of spices warm up a cold February table? Learn to pour, fold fancy napkins, and enjoy delicious tea sandwiches and treats both savory and sweet. All young tea-takers will make several different kinds of party favors to use in their own tea parties at home,” says the Morris County Parks Commission. Recommended for age 6 and up. The event at 353 E. Hanover Ave. in Morris Township is $25 for adults, $30 for children. Call 973-326-7601
John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame joins Italian guitar virtuoso Beppe Gambetta at 8 pm at the Sanctuary concert series in Chatham. Tickets are $25. The Sanctuary is at the Presbyterian Church on Green Village Road. Call 973-376-4946 for more.
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH? Super Diamond brings its Neil Diamond tribute show to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $32 to $52. Call 973-539-8008 for information.
SUNDAY, Feb. 5:
Have a whale of a good time with Oh, Jonah!, an Allan Pote musical performed by the children’s choirs of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Showtime is 10 am, admission is free. At 57 Park Place (on the Green). Call 973-538-1776 for more.
Feeling guilty about all the bad stuff you’re going to eat and drink during the Super Bowl? Make some Giant strides in Morristown’s first Super Sunday 4 Miler, at 11:30 am on Maple Avenue. Registration is $30 in advance, and $35 on race day.
Enjoy a Winter’s Day on the Farm from noon to 4 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township. Wagon rides, maple-tapping, wood stove cooking, and more. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 – 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a valid membership I.D. Call 973-326-7644 for more.
Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon with a real (almost) dragon, crafts, stories and more, at 2 pm at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison. Cost: $3 for all participants and regular admission for all others. Call 973-377-2982 x 12 for more.
Bard’s language + modern staging = Romeo and Juliet by the Classical Theatre Project of Toronto, 3 pm at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center on 100 South St. All seats: $20. Call 973-539-8008 for details.
Speaking of Shakespeare…you can enjoy the soothing sounds of multiple harps without shuffling off your mortal coil. Duo Scorpio gives a free concert at 4 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, 57 Park Place. Nothing quite says “Super Bowl” to us like two attractive young ladies with harps of gold.
At 6 pm it’s time for your weekly Open Drawing Session at Zebu Forno, 9 South St., Morristown. Three hours of live models, friendly instruction and pizza cost just $10. Bring your own art supplies; Chris and Danielle Merzatta provide the rest. Call 770-853-9727 for more information. Zebu has TVs, so you can cheer for the Giants while you sketch.