Greater Morristown weekend preview: Healthy choices abound

Compiled by Kevin Coughlin

Health is this weekend’s theme in Greater Morristown.

Learn about chiropractic care or cardiovascular health. Buy nutritious food from a Winter Farmers Market. Feed your soul with great music and laughter. Tap the wisdom of Nelson Mandela; support a benefit for Central America.

The choices are yours, and they all are good ones.

If you crave even more options, check our handy calendar –or add your own events there.


THURSDAY, FEB. 6, 2014:

Have some nagging aches and pains? Want to learn more about chiropractic care?  Hobble over to the Parish Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church  at 1:30 pm for a talk by Eileen Bevan, RN, DC. She received her BSN in Nursing, High Honors, from Rutgers University and her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in December 1981, and has practiced in Morristown since 1991. Eileen will demonstrate drug-free, hands-on chiropractic techniques to treat musculoskeletal pain during her hour-long presentation.  Admission: Free. The church is at South Street and Miller Road in Morristown.

'Pianos in Paris' at Drew University has been rescheduled to Feb. 6, 2014.

‘Pianos in Paris’ at Drew University has been rescheduled to Feb. 6, 2014.

Winter weather prompted Drew University to move Monday’s performance,  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Pianos in Paris, to 8 o’clock tonight at the university concert hall, at 36 Madison Ave. in Madison. Tickets are $55. From the Chamber Music Society:

Experience the sonic possibilities of eight hands meeting 176 keys. French and French-inspired works provide the canvas upon which the charismatic Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins Anne-Marie McDermott, Soyeon Kate Lee, and Co-Artistic Director Wu Han in creating shimmering landscapes of sound.

DEBUSSY Nocturnes for two pianos (arr. Ravel) (1897-99)

DEBUSSY Petite Suite for piano, four Hands (1886-89)

DEBUSSY Jeux for two pianos (arr. Bavouzet) (1913)

BIZET Jeux d’enfants for piano, four hands (1871)

GERSHWIN An American in Paris for two pianos (1928)



Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette

Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette

Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette bring their folksy professionalism back to The Minstrel in Morris Township, where they will perform a broad mix of original songs and cover tunes, from the Beatles to the Berrymans. Folk Project member Jean Scully will open, with help from some talented fellow members. Showtime is 8 pm; admission is $8 for adults, children 12 and under are free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.

Comedian Bobby Collins brings his heartfelt humor and hilarious characterizations to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm.  Tickets: $39-$59. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more.


morristown medical center heart day poster feb 2014With Valentine’s Day approaching, what better time to celebrate cardiovascular surgery? Morristown Medical Center has been mending broken hearts for a quarter-century. The milestone will be marked with a series of free talks and health screenings from 8:30 am to 1 pm. You even can walk through some gigantic ventricles. Lectures will cover hospital history, blood sugar control, healthy eating and more.  Free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screening–plus carotid artery screening for visitors over 50–but you must pre-register. Call 1-800-247-9580. Start at the Malcolm Forbes Amphitheater. Standard parking rates apply.


nelson mandela movie poster neighborhood house cornerstoneA special screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will celebrate Black History Month in Morristown. The movie, based on the autobiography of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, starts at 10 am at the Morristown AMC Theatre at Headquarters Plaza. Admission is $5 in advance, $6 at the door. The screening is sponsored by the Morristown Neighborhood House and Cornerstone Family Programs.   For more details, contact the Nabe at 973-539-1229. Ask for Linda Murphy (ext. 14), Mable Stapleton (x. 20) or Marjorie Herbert (x. 29).


The Kennedys poster feb 2014Catch the Olympic spirit by meeting U.S. Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler (four-man bobsled) at a free Team USA-themed family festival at BMW of Morristown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s hosted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and will include autograph sessions, virtual bobsled races, live performances, video games competitions, food, giveaways and a chance to see a  U.S. two-man bobsled prototype, designed by BMW for Team USA.  At 111 Ridgedale Ave.

The enthralling KennedysPete and Maura–will perform a benefit concert for Central America at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. Liza and A.J. will open for the folk-rock couple. The evening starts with wine and cheese at 7:15 pm, followed by the show at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Reserve them by emailing

The Uptown Flutes come to Morristown on Feb. 8.

The Uptown Flutes come to Morristown on Feb. 8, 2014.


The “evocative, enchanting, always appealing” UpTown Flutes take the stage at the Morristown United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm. It’s part of the church’s Abendmusik concert series.  Suggested donation:of $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens.  Advance tickets ($17 adults/$12 seniors) are available by calling 973-538-2132.  Students with ID are admitted free. The church is at 50 Park Place (on the Green), and it’s handicapped accessible.  A reception follows the concert.


Shoppers check out the debut of the Winter Farmers' Market at Fosterfields in Morris Township. Photo by Katharine Boyle.

Shoppers check out January’s debut of the Winter Farmers’ Market at Fosterfields in Morris Township. Photo by Katharine Boyle.

It’s time once again for the monthly Winter’s Farmers’ Market, at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm  in Morris Township.  It runs from 10 am to 2 pm, and features choice produce, meats, baked goods, cheese, and crafts from local providers.  The event is organized by Sustainable Morristown and the Foodshed Alliance, and the location is 73 Kahdena Road. Vendors include: Apple Ridge Farm, Glenmalure Farm, LL Pittenger Farm, Tassot Apiaries, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Coffee Coop’s, Griggstown Farm, Lakeside Maple, Lazy Susan’s Granola, Michisk Farms, Paolo’s Kitchen, The Everlasting Garden, The Pear Tree Pantry and Villa Milagro Vineyards.

Bishop John Shelby Spong introduces Karen Armstrong at St. Peter's. Sharon Sheridan photo

Bishop John Shelby Spong will conclude a lecture series at St. Peter’s on Feb. 9, 2014. Sharon Sheridan photo

Best-selling author and retired Bishop John Shelby Spong concludes his Sunday lecture series on the biblical story of Jesus’ birth at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. In addition to broadening the understanding of a progressive Christianity via many books, the former Bishop of Newark lectures around the world and has appeared on Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, FOX News Live, Politically Incorrect, and Extra. His upcoming lectures will draw from his book Born of a Woman: A Bishop Rethinks the Birth Narratives and the Place of Women in a Male-Dominated Church. All are invited at 10 am to the church, at 121 South St. For more information call (973) 538-0555.

Pinkalicious, the Musical, comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center for shows at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm. “A girl finds herself in a colorful predicament after her indulgence in too many pink cupcakes causes a severe case of Pinkititis!” For ages 4-12. Tickets $12-$15.  At 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008 for more.

 The Dolce Trio: L-R: Kris Lamb (flute); Liz Cabrera (cello); Lynn Siebert (violin)

The Dolce Trio: L-R: Kris Lamb (flute); Liz Cabrera (cello); Lynn Siebert (violin)

A friend to performers, she recruits the impressive lineup at First Night Morris County every year. But Dr. Lynn Siebert of Mayo Arts also is a talented musician in her own right, as she will demonstrate with the Dolce Trio at 2 pm in Basking Ridge. The violinist will be joined by cellist Liz Cabrera and flutist/recorder player Kris Lamb, at  The Brick Academy at 15 West Oak St. for a Salut D’Amour/A Salute to Love. Tickets cost $15; $12 for members of the Farmstead Arts Center, and are  available online. If the weather is bad, the performance will be moved to March 30. Check with the arts center, 347-927-8748.

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra performs a free concert, Rituals and Dances, at 3 pm in Dolan Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. The show features precocious violinist Albert Cao, and selections from Gliere, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Hayden and Saint-Saëns, among others. At 2 Convent Road.


The NJ Intergenerational Orchestra poster




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