Greater Morristown weekend preview: We love a parade!

Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

There are many big events in Greater Morristown this weekend. But the BIGGEST event, without question, is the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade at noon on Saturday.

Four divisions of pipers, firemen, civic groups and yes, bloggers–MorristownGreen.com proudly marches once again–will paint Morristown green. Tens of thousands are expected to line South Street and we hope you are among them. Give us a wave and a smile, Lads and Lassies!

Scroll below for some more fun options. And check our handy calendar for even more great activities.

STRIKE UP THE BAND!  More than 20 of them actually. The 2013 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade will have an abundance of music. These pipers warmed up at the Grand Marshal reception in Florham Park. Photo by Robyn Quinn

STRIKE UP THE BAND! More than 20 of them actually. The 2013 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade will have an abundance of music. These pipers warmed up at the Grand Marshal reception in Florham Park. Photo by Robyn Quinn

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013:

The award-winning documentary film Bag It comes to the Delbarton School at 6:30 pm for a free screening in the Fine Arts Center Theater:  “The concept for Bag It started with one bag and one person who wondered where all those disposable plastic bags and bottles were going. What began as a movie about bags grew into a deeper look at plastics and their effect on our oceans, the land and even our bodies. The use of single-use disposables has led to the formation of an actual floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Admission and parking are free, and students and local recycling experts will speak after the movie. Delbarton is at 230 Mendham Road in Morris Township, three miles west of the Morristown Green.

At 7 pm, the Morristown & Township Library revisits The Trial of the Century: Examining the Lindbergh Kidnapping and the Growth of a New Kind of American Journalism, featuring authors Mark Di Ionno and James Davidson. The sensation caused by the death of the Lindbergh baby gave birth to tabloid journalism. Di Ionno is a Star-Ledger columnist and author of The Last Newspaperman. Davidson co-wrote a book about the Lindbergh kidnapping and trial, and is a major collector of Charles Lindbergh memorabilia.  The presentation is free; light refreshments will be served and the authors’ books will be for sale.

Bruno Hauptman, center, is led into the courtroom to face charges of murdering the Lindbergh baby.

Bruno Hauptman, center, is led into the courtroom to face charges of murdering the Lindbergh baby.

Feeling trivial?  The Junior League of Morristown is hosting a Trivia Night to raise money for its community projects. The fun starts at 7 pm at the Knoll Country Club-West, at 990 Greenbank Road in Boonton. The $50 admission includes appetizers, desserts, beer and wine in addition to pop trivia team competitions. A tricky tray and 50/50 raffle also are scheduled.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8:

To chase the winter blues, the Youth Ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown is holding a Chili Cook-Off with a variety of entertainment at 6:30 p.m.,  at the Parish House on 65 South St.  It’s a fundraiser for the church’s middle school and high school summer mission trips.  Festivities include taste-testing of the chili entered in the cook-off competition and music, a trivia contest and testimonials about mission trips. Other items on the menu include cornbread, hot dogs, beverages and desserts.  Families are welcome and childcare is available.

Pat Donohue, from A Prairie Home Companion, returns to The Minstrel in Morris Township at 8 pm, after a six-year absence. Pat’s “regular” job is guitarist for the Guy’s Shoe Band, the house band for A Prairie Home Companion.  He specializes in finger-style blues and ragtime. He is write parodies worthy of Weird Al Yankovich or Allan Sherman. Openers Jef Fiorini & Michele Merrihew are Folk Project members who have are favorites at monthly music parties, playing acoustic Americana music from Bonnie Raitt to Dixie Chicks.  At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship,  21 Normandy Heights Road. Adults $8, children 12 and under are free.


SATURDAY, MARCH 9:

At 9:30 am, the co-founder of the Newtown Promise will speak at a free breakfast at the Parish House of the Presbyterian Church, at 65 South St. in Morristown.  Rob Cox is asking people of good will to press for common-sense measures to reduce gun violence in the wake of December’s massacre of children and staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day with the annual Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade in Morristown. Starting at noon, more than 20 bands and legions of organizations–including MorristownGreen.com (look for us in Division 2)–will march from town hall to the high school. Alcohol-free fun for all ages is promised by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Irish American Association of North Jersey, and just to make sure, they have named Morris County Sheriff Ed Rochford as this year’s Grand Marshal.

Morris County Sheriff Ed Rochford practices his wave for the 2013 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Robyn Quinn

Morris County Sheriff Ed Rochford practices his wave for the 2013 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Ed's wife Diane will be with him every step of the way. Photo by Robyn Quinn

The Folk Project presents legendary songwriters Michael Smith and Anne Hills for a special concert at 4 pm in a Rockaway home. The address will be supplied when $15 tickets are reserved. For further information, call 201-207-8696, or visit the website.

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform classical favorites at the Morristown United Methodist Church on March 9, 2013.

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform classical favorites at the Morristown United Methodist Church on March 9, 2013.

Abendmusik, the concert series sponsored by Music At Morristown United Methodist Church, continues its 2012-2013 season with a concert at 7:30 pm featuring pianist Thomas Pandolfi. His program will include music by Scarlatti, Schubert, Respighi, Chopin and Wild, and will feature “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin. Suggested donation: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors.  Advance tickets are available ($17 adults/$12 seniors) by calling the church office at 973-538-2132.  Students with ID are admitted free.

The church is at 50 Park Place, on the Green.  Our facilities are handicapped accessible.  A reception will follow the concert.

Beatlemania Again, a tribute show celebrating an obscure British band, returns to the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township at 8 pm.  Timeless songs, spiffy costumes, long hair–a splendid time is guaranteed for all!  At 6 Normandy Heights Road. Admission: $25; $20 for Morris Museum members, seniors, students. Call (973) 971-3706 for more.

Beatlemania Again is about to invade the Bickford Theatre.

Beatlemania Again is about to invade the Bickford Theatre.

Marcia Ball , the five-time Grammy-nominatedBayou Queen of the Piano, comes to The Sanctuary series in Chatham at 8 pm with her volcanic band. They mix New Orleans piano boogie with Texas roadhouse, R&B, honky-tonk, swamp music, and ballads.  Trina Hamlin opens. Admission: $30. The Sanctuary is in the Presbyterian Church at 240 Southern Boulevard. Call 973-376-4946 for more information.
Marcia Ball comes to The Sanctuary on March 9, 2013.

Marcia Ball comes to The Sanctuary on March 9, 2013.


SUNDAY, MARCH 10:

The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum celebrates From Bach to Rock  at 2 pm in Morris Township. The prize-winning husband-and-wife team of Vladimir and Nadia Zaitsev will perform original arrangements of popular classic, Broadway and pop tunes. Tickets: $30 general admission, $28 seniors, $20 students. Call (973) 971-3706 for details. The Bickford is at 6 Normandy Heights Road.

 The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, conducted by Robert W. Butts, presents NAXOS recording artists Beatrice and Christina Long for a concert of keyboard concerti by Johann Sebastian Bach, at 3 pm at Dolan Performance Hall, in the Annunciation Center at the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morris Township. The program will include music of Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Georg Phillip Telemann. Admission: Adult: $35, Senior: $25, Student: $5.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown continues its Lenten program, Removing Our Veils, with a 4 p.m. screening of Margaret, followed by a talk by Kenneth Lonergan. In the film, a young woman witnesses a bus accident and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not the accident really was intentional affects many people’s lives. A playwright, screenwriter and director, Lonergan wrote and directed the film You Can Count on Me, nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay. A light soup-and-bread supper will be available for those attending the program. Suggested donation is $10.  The church is at the intersection of South Street and Miller Road.

Morristown’s Sunday Night Portrait Drawing Sessions have returned to ArtSpace at 14 Elm St. Sessions run from 6 pm to 9 pm and feature live models and camaraderie for $10.



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