Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin
Time to let go of summer and embrace the fall.
The Morristown Festival on the Green is one way to accomplish that, on Sunday. While you’re there, get your pet blessed. And watch a football rise from a mound of Jersey Shore sand.
Check out a new art exhibit, or a horrifically bad movie.
Music? How about Tower of Power, War, Rory Block, Kathy Mattea, Waterboys or the Trefoil Trio.
And don’t forget to check our handy calendar for even more great entertainment options!
THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013:
Designed specifically for older adults, and taught by certified instructors, Senior Stretch and Flex may be the perfect workout routine. Two instructors–one for regular- and one for low impact–will lead the group through muscular-, movement-, and cardiovascular exercises to the beat of popular music. Grab your sneakers and head to the Morristown & Township Library at 2 pm. This class is free, thanks to the Friends of the Library. The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown.
War and medicine have certainly changed a lot since the 19th century, fortunately. Learn about how the two worked together during the Civil War at the American Civil War Medicine class at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, at 2 pm. Discussion will touch on how doctors were educated, practices that were considered sound at the time, transportation of the wounded, and the grim statistics of the war. The class is free, at 353 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township.
Seeing Space opens at the Gallery at 14 Maple in Morristown, with a reception from 6 pm to 8 pm. It’s the 10th exhibit and first invitational show organized by Morris Arts. A special committee from Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation selected Kiyomi Baird , Willie Cole and Wayne Charles Roth for the high caliber of their work “and for their imaginative treatment and interpretation of space.” This exhibition is curated by Dick Eger.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents A Most Dangerous Woman. Directed by Richard Maltby Jr., this play explores the life of Mary Ann Evans — the woman behind the pen name George Eliot. The curtain goes up at 6 pm at Drew University at 36 Madison Ave., Madison. Tickets are $35-$70.
It’s raining sharks! Sharknado lands at the Morristown & Township Library at 7 pm. It’s another installment of Midnight Movies at 7, the library’s loving salute to movies so bad they should be legally restricted to moldy late-night theaters. Admission is free. If the the refreshments are not better than the film, demand your money back. The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown.
Abraham Lincoln appointed five Supreme Court justices just months before his death. How has history treated them? The North Jersey Civil War Round Table seeks to answer this question at 7:14 pm at the Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. This evening’s program includes Professor Jonathan Lurie, making his third appearance at the Round Table. Educators and students alike are encouraged to attend. Admission is $5; first- time guests and students are free.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27:
Rory Block has committed herself to breathing new life into the Delta blues tradition. And that’s what she will do at The Minstrel, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship at 8 pm. Admission is $8 for adults; children 12 and under are free. At 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.
Tower of Power, now in its fifth decade, brings its funky soul to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm, sharing the stage with War (The Cisco Kid, Why Can’t We Be Friends, Spill The Wine). In an interview with Morristown Green, TOP founder Emilio Castillo promises an exciting evening with beaucoup “horns… a smoking rhythm section…unique soul tunes [and] a lot of audience participation.” Tickets: $49-$89. The Mayo is at 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008 for more.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28:
Butts Up! We don’t know what that means, except that you can win a $50 gift certificate in this contest if you help clean up Morristown’s Speedwell Avenue at 9 am. Meet at the Speedwell Firehouse parking lot. Bring work gloves, a rake or a broom if you have them. Supplies and light refreshments will be provided. The show will go on unless there is heavy rain. For more details, contact Kathleen Margiotta of the Morristown Clean Communities Committee at 973-644-4363.
The Morristown High School football varsity will try to get into the win column, at Chatham at 1 pm. The Colonials defense has played well so far, but the offense has to crank things up a notch after two close, low-scoring losses.
Critically acclaimed vocal/instrumental group The Trefoil Trio will perform at the concert hall at Drew University at 8 pm. Tickets are $20. At 36 Madison Ave., Madison. Call 973-408-3917 for ticket information.
SUNDAY: SEPT. 29:
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.
Get to know Morristown in a single afternoon! With more than 100 booths, the Morristown Festival On the Green lets you meet businesses and organizations, and sample lots of restaurants, simply by strolling around Park Place between noon and 5 pm. Enjoy live music… and watch 12 tons of Jersey Shore sand rise into a humongous football, as a precursor to Super Bowl 48. Organized by the Morristown Partnership, the festival is free and family friendly. Bring your pets, too– the Presbyterian Church will bless them!