Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin
This weekend’s big event?
That’s simple: The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday. Six big acts on the Green, from noon to 10 pm, at an unbeatable price: Free! The first two jazz fests have been hits; this one is shaping up as another memorable day of music. Bring a lawn chair or beach towel, and some comfortable dancing flip flops. More details below.
Of course, Greater Morristown offers plenty more to keep you amused.
Scroll below for some examples…or check our handy calendar for lots of fun activities!
THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013:
The Morristown & Township Library concludes a week of Lord of the Rings movies with a free screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 5 pm. Refreshments will be served. The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its run of Tovarich at 6 pm. It’s the story of an eccentric romance between a Russian Grand Duchess and a Prince as they hide out in Paris, in a humorous take on provocative issues. Adapted from the French by Robert E. Sherwood and directed by Bonnie J. Monte. Tickets: $35-$70. Drew University is at 36 Madison Ave. Call 973-408-5600 for more information.
FRIDAY, AUG. 16:
The Minstrel presents Dave Rimelis with Pat Guadagno at 8 pm. A multi-talented instrumentalist, Rimelis returns after his Minstrel success at the Birthday Show in 2012 to headline for the first time. Guadagno puts his own stamp on music by Shel Silverstein and Tom Waits. Admission is $8 for adults, children 12 and under are free. The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship is at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.
After 10 long years, The Mavericks bring their progressive country and traditional rockabilly back to the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Showtime is 8 pm; you can expect to hear such fan favorites as Dance the Night Away and All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down. Admission is $39-59. At 100 South St. in Morristown.
SATURDAY, AUG. 17:
If you love music, you will want to stake out a spot on the Morristown Green from noon to 10 pm, for the third annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. It’s free, and it features a fabulous lineup that looks like this:
Noon: Jazz Lobsters Big Band
2 pm: Bucky Pizzarelli, with Frank Vignola
4 pm: Rob Paparozzi & The Hudson River Rats,
6 pm: Quinn Sullivan, teen prodigy
8 pm: Johnny A.
SUNDAY, AUG. 18:
The Morristown Farmers Market runs every Sunday through Nov. 24 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. It’s in municipal parking lot 10, behind the post office, and is operated by the Morristown Partnership.
The Presbyterian Church in Morristown and the Morristown United Methodist Church partner with the First Baptist Church of Morristown and the Bethel AME Church for community worship on the Green at 10 am. It’s the last time this summer that these groups will come together. Some seating will be available, but all are invited to bring a blanket or chair for comfort.