Compiled by Kevin Coughlin and Katrina Langer
Get artsy around the parksy. Run for fun. Try indie. Go on Bug Patrol. Discover your inner caveman (or -woman).
Another typically eclectic weekend awaits you in Greater Morristown!
If you can’t find fun here, it’s time to get your funny bone re-calibrated. There probably are six or seven board-certified Funny Bone Adjusters on South Street; schedule an appointment before it’s too late!
And then make sure to peruse our handy calendar for additional entertainment options.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013:
The Mental Health Association of Morris County is hosting its Second Annual Golf Outing, along with a Ladies of Leisure Afternoon of Luxury and dinner at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morris Township, from 10:30 am to 6 pm. Tickets are $450-$2100. Contact Barb Flynn at 973-334-3496 ext. 104 or email@example.com with questions or to inquire about volunteering.
It’s perfect weather for a pajama party. Grow It Green Morristown is hosting one at 6 pm, at the Urban Farm at Lafayette. Read the fine print, and you’ll discover it’s actually a book-signing party featuring local mom and author Denise Dowling Mortensen, who will read from her new book, Bug Patrol. Enjoy a bug sing-along, ask questions–bug her all you want! A portion of proceed from sales of Bug Patrol and Denise’s other books, Good Night Engines and Wake Up Engines will benefit Grow it Green Morristown and The Urban Farm, at 31 Hazel St. in Morristown.
Running is good for you–and for Morris Habitat for Humanity. The Sixth Annual Share the Care 5K Run/Walk starts at 6:30 pm at Central Park (the former Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital grounds) in Morris Plains. Hosted by the borough and RPI Design Build LLC, the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity. This year’s route starts and ends in the park, and winds through Morris Plains in between. Kids aged 2-14 can participate in a special Fun Run. With refreshments, entertainment, t-shirts and prizes, it promises to be a fun night. Fees are $30 for the 5K and $20 for the Kids Fun Run. Call Denise Wendorff at 973-451-0143 or see the Habitat website for registration details.
What does it mean to “Go Paleo”? Find out at 6:30 pm at a free workshop at the Smith Chiropractic and Wellness Center, at One Lackawanna Place in Morristown (behind the train station). How does diet affect health? Tap your inner hunter-gatherer during this hour-long session.
So you want to create the next American Beauty. Where do you start? Mark Ehrenkranz knows independent movies inside-out— he screens them at his weekly New York Film Critics Series, and he produces them, too. At 7 pm, he’ll share tips on how to develop, produce and market indie movies, at the Morristown & Township Library. The free program includes refreshments. The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown.
You may know something about the hard winter of 1779-80, when Continental Army troops endured brutal conditions in Morristown. But sailors played a role in the American Revolution, too. Learn all about it from James L. Nelson, author of George Washington’s Secret Navy. He will address the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table at 7:14 pm, in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum Auditorium at (where else?) 30 Washington Place in Morristown. Admission: Free.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 13:
Art Around the Park returns to Morristown from 5 pm to 8 pm, with exhibitions at six venues within easy walking distance. Featured artists: Reese Inman ( J&K Steakhouse), David Moore (Sweet Lucy’s Bakery), Caro Gove (Hyatt Morristown), Thomas Paul Raggio (Citibank), Laura McClanahan (Simon Gallery) and Wayne Charles Roth, Willie Cole and Kiyomi Baird (Gallery at 14 Maple). The evening is free, and so is shuttle service, which concludes the tour at the Hyatt, for a $25 prix fixe three-course dinner at the Eclectic Grill. Call Javier Labrada at 973-647-1234 for reservations. You can meet Laura McClanahan at her show opening at the Simon Gallery, at 48 Bank St. Call 973 538-5456 for more details.
If you enjoy indie films with a mystical twist, you’re going to love this one: Unmistaken Child will be screened at the Center for Spiritual Living Morristown. This Israeli documentary traces the search for the reincarnation of a famed Tibetan master who died in 2001 at age 84. A disciple of the monk spends years looking for the special child…then must convince the boy’s parents to give him up. The program starts at 7 pm with Silly Robin, a short British film about an amusing relationship between man and bird. Admission is free, with “love offerings” welcomed. The center is at 331 Mount Kemble Ave. (Route 202 South) in Harding, two miles south of the Morristown Green.
- What better time to make your musical debut than Friday the 13th? The Minstrel’s monthly Open Stage starts at 8 pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. Admission: $8; children 12 and under are free. Information on how to register is here; or just come and cheer for the performers.
Don Felder, lead guitarist of the Eagles and co-writer of their hit Hotel California, performs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $39-$69. Call 973-539-8008 for more details. The theater is at 100 South St. in Morristown.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 14:
When the coldest winter in history blew through the encampments of the Revolution in 1780, the Continental Army shivered in their Log Hut City at Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. Learn how they survived the hard winter. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead; 973-539-2016.
Kenny Loggins brings his string of power-pop hits of the ’70s and ’80s– including This Is It, Footloose, Celebrate Me Home, Heart to Heart, I’m Alright and Danger Zone –to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $59 to $79. Call 973-539-8008 for more info. The theater is at 100 South St. in Morristown.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 15:
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.
It’s fall garden time! Have you thought of what you’re going to do with all those beets? Learn how to bake them into cakes and more at Beets Me, hosted by the Frelinghuysen Arboretum at 53 E. Hanover Ave. in Morris Township from 1 pm to 3 pm. Pre-register at arboretumfriends.org. Cost is $25 a person.
The Morristown High School football varsity kicks off its 2013 season at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange at 2 pm. Check out our preview of a Colonials team that mixes brawn and brains.