Greater Morristown weekend preview: Royal rockers, Paleo nuggets, and Morristown muck-rakers

Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

See four facsimiles of rock royals for the price of one. Digest nuggets of Paleo knowledge. Celebrate Morristown’s greatest muck-raker. Share your hidden talent.

Greater Morristown offers plenty of amusing diversions this weekend. Scroll down for examples.

And don’t forget to check our handy calendar for even more entertainment options!

THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014:

Express Male, an eclectic  choral group, sings at Music at Noon at the Morristown United Methodist Church, at 50 South Park Place. There is a suggested donation of $6 adults/$5 seniors.  Students are admitted free to all concerts.  Free childcare is available during the concert.  Lunch also is available for purchase between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible.

paleoNew Year, New Diet? An Introduction to the Paleo Diet and Its Benefits, a free presentation, starts at 1 pm at the Morristown & Township Library,  at One Miller Road in Morristown. Dr. Nancy Smith of Smith Family Chiropractic will describe Paleolithic Eating and answer questions about lifestyle changes reminiscent of our ancestors. Light refreshments will be served.


Thomas Nast vs. Boss Tweed: On display at Macculloch Hall in Morristown.

Thomas Nast vs. Boss Tweed: On display at Macculloch Hall in Morristown. Nast’s Civil War work also will be featured by the North Jersey Civil War Round Table.

Boss Tweed still gets no mercy from Thomas Nast. The famed Morristown illustrator’s crusading works against 19th century political corruption are displayed on the second floor of the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum.  The exhibit is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm through August. The museum is at 45 Macculloch Ave in Morristown. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Seniors and Students, and $4 for children 6-12.

Waltz over to the Morris Museum and discover the music of Strauss via all manner of mechanical instruments in the Guinness Collection. Tickets are $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Call 973-971-3706 for more information. The museum is at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.

OOPS!!  The bad news is, we screwed up the date of the Civil War Round Table. The good news: You didn’t miss it… the meeting is NEXT Thursday!  Get there early for a good seat!

The 113th meeting of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table begins at 7:14 pm sharp, at the Haggerty Education Center in the Frelinghuysen Aboretum at 353 Hanover Ave. in Morris Township. Featured topic: Thomas Nast, the Civil War, and how his probing art drove public debate of his time. From the Civil War to political corruption to urban poverty, Nast expert Ryan Hyman will lead the discussion. Admission is $5, first time guests and students get in for free.


Christmas continues all January at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, where the Not a Creature Was Stirring — Christmas Animals, Toys and Thomas Nast exhibit remains on display through Jan. 30.The exhibit features several holiday-themed Nast images, as well as century-old toys and ornaments. Tours run from 1 pm-4 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $4 for children ages 6-12. Please call 873-538-2404 for more information.

million dollar quartet, mayo, mpac, jan 2014The monthly Open Stage returns to The Minstrel at 8 pm.  Acoustic musicians can perform a 15-minute set;  the audience can see discover new acoustic talent. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489 or visit $8, children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.

If you missed the originals, here is the next best thing. The Million Dollar Quartet, a tribute to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center  at 8 pm. The Tony-winning musical inspired by the lone recording session that united these rock giants features such hits as Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,Hound Dog and more.  Tickets are $39-$69. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008


The Million Dollar Quartet returns to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm and 8 pm. See Friday entry for details.


Maple sugaring season is upon us, and you need not travel to Vermont for fresh syrup. For $3 a person, enjoy Maple Sugaring Demos at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center from 2 pm-3 pm. Check back for more sugaring dates through February. The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center is at 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham.

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