Compiled by Kevin Coughlin
Illuminate a pumpkin. Impersonate a local legend. Enjoy a Revolutionary impersonator.
Support a gala. Study surf music. Play Genetic Roulette. Parade for candy.
The possibilities are virtually endless this weekend in Greater Morristown, as Halloween 2013 creeps into view.
There is music aplenty, an arts opening…and some serious business about human trafficking.
Scroll down for details. And don’t forget to see our handy calendar for even more activities.
THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013:
What sunnier way to start your day than with the Beach Boys? Dr. Steven Marcone gives a 90-minute talk, starting at 10 am, titled Oldies But Goodies: Music of the Early 1960s. A decade of cultural upheaval started before the “British Invasion” with America’s emphasis on youth through music of The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes and others. Presented by the Morris School District Community School, at the Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Drive. Cost: $29. Call 973-292-2063.
How safe is the food you’re eating? See a free screening of Genetic Roulette at 6:30 pm, at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave. in Whippany. The documentary is presented by Stewards for Food and Feed Safety.
Germans in the Civil War is the topic for the North Jersey Civil War Round Table at 7:14 pm, in the Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave. in Morris Township, opposite the Morris County Library. Temple University Prof. Anthony Waskie is guest speaker. More than 200,000 native Germans–many from New York and Ohio– served in the Union Army, while thousands more served in the Confederacy. Gen. George Armstrong Custer was German-American. Admission: $5. First-time guests and students, free.
Preschool Advantage, which helps disadvantaged families send children to preschool, honors patrons Finn and Kim Wentworth at the nonprofit’s annual gala, Turning Leaves. The dinner runs from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morris Township. Tickets are $100. Call 973-532-2501 for more details. Read all about Preschool Advantage on Morristown Green.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25:
Music on the Green resumes at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown with a noon concert featuring Amy Visscher on cello and Matthew Webb on piano. They will perform the Suite Italienne by Stravinsky and Suite Populaire Espagnole by de Falla. Admission is free. At the church Sanctuary, on 57 E. Park Place. After the concert, lunch is available for $7, supplied by Morristown restaurants. Call 973-538-1776 for more details.
The Atrium Gallery reopens, after months of renovations, with the Fall/Winter exhibition by Morris Arts. A free reception runs from 6-8 pm on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, at 10 Court St. in Morristown. More than 150 works from painters Karen Lundquist and Marsha Solomon, photographer Rebecca Zagoory and sculptress Suprina are featured. Free parking is available below the building, in a garage accessible via Schuyler Place.
The end-of-the-month Critical Mass ride hosted by Bike and Walk Morristown has a novel Halloween theme this year: Try to ape Marty Epstein, owner of Marty’s Reliable Cycle and president of Sustainable Morristown. The ride starts at 6:30 pm behind town hall at 200 South St. Prizes for best Marty costume: Young Marty, Hippie Marty, Current Marty, Marty Marty Marty.
This guy was a royal Paine. Ask King George! Revolutionary firebrand Thomas Paine (“These are the times that try men’s souls”) speaks at 7 pm at the Morristown & Township Library, borrowing the body of Bob Gleason. An impassioned champion for the little guy, who made very little money for his efforts, Paine should be the patron saint of bloggers everywhere! The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown. Call 973-538-6161 for more.
The acoustic blues duo Mulebone – guitarist Hugh Pool and flutist John Ragusa–takes The Minstrel stage at 8 pm. They blend original compositions with old school Southern blues. Opener Rick Ilowite is a fingerstyle blues guitarist who is a past president of the Folk Project of Northern New Jersey. Admission: $8, children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.
DJ Earl is back for another season of Friday night skating parties at Mennen Arena. He’ll spin a mix of old and new hits, under psychedelic lights, while you skate from 8 pm to 10 pm. Admission is $7, ice skate rentals are $3.50. The arena is at 161 E. Hanover Ave. in Morris Township. Call 973-326-7651 for more information.
Gregg Allman of the legendary Allman Brothers Band brings his unique brand of Southern rock and blues to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, at 8 pm. With opener Eryn Shewell. Tickets: $49-$89. At 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008 for more.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26:
It’s Homecoming Game for Morristown High School’s football varsity. The Colonials (2-4) host crosstown rival Delbarton (5-1) at 2 pm at Memorial Field.
The New Jersey Young Professionals are hosting their ninth annual Halloween Costume Party, at Morristown’s Iron Bar from 7-9 pm. Prizes, drink specials, and more. Tickets are $10-$20, depending how early you buy them. See the NJYP site for details.
John Gorka, the Pride of Colonia, returns to the Garden State for a concert at the Sanctuary series in Chatham at 8 pm. You have to love a guy who sings: “I’m from New Jersey. I don’t expect too much. If the world ended today I would adjust.” Honor Finnegan (Internet Junkie), a Jersey transplant, opens the show. Tickets are $25. At the Presbyterian Church, 240 Southern Blvd.
Madeleine Peyroux , a fresh interpreter of classic blues and jazz, performs songs of Ray Charles from her new album The Blue Room, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. The show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $39-$59. At 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008 for more.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27:
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 New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking will host at a daylong rally on the Morristown Green from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Activists are concerned that the upcoming Super Bowl will be accompanied by a spike in human trafficking. Learn how you can combat this widespread form of modern slavery.
Experience “Historic Halloween Happenings” from 1 pm to 3:30 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township. See how Halloween was celebrated in the 1920s, go on a scavenger hunt around the farm, decorate cookies, and more. An admission fee is charged.
Morristown’s annual Halloween Parade runs from 3-5 pm at Morristown High School. Sponsored by the town department of parks and recreation.
Spooky graveyard tours are scheduled in Morristown for 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. All reservations are booked; contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau to get onto the waiting list.
It’s pumpkin illumination time once more! Bring your pre-carved pumpkin to Morristown’s Vail Mansion, at 110 South St., at 5:15 pm. And enjoy international mask artist Robert Faust, who will present The Mask Messenger, a solo performance about masks that “explores the artistic, cultural and psychological use of masks throughout history. Vignettes range from comic to poignant to surreal. Great for audiences of all ages!” Morris Arts declares.