Looks like the snow finally is taking a winter vacation…which means Greater Morristown can emerge from its igloos for entertainment that does not include shovels or snow blowers.
Catch up with fellow Downtown Abbey aficionados. Try some yoga. Bounce to some bluegrass, savor some rarefied classical performances, and celebrate the golden anniversary of rock’s classic quartet, the Beatles.
Scroll down for a plethora of snow-free options. And check our handy calendar for even more entertainment choices!
THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014:
It’s time for the Downton Abbey Season Four SmackDown! The Downton Abbey Support Group of the Morristown & Township Library will ponder how it likes DA without Matthew and Sybil, and what the future holds for the star-crossed Mr. & Mrs. Bates. Has this beloved British series “jumped the shark”? Come round at 7 pm and put in your two shillings. Actually, it’s free–and so are tea and scones, courtesy of the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library. Period costumes are welcome, though not required. The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown.
FRIDAY, FEB. 21:
Experience Kripalu yoga for a suggested donation of $10, at 6 pm at Be Well in Morristown, with members of Bike Walk Town, beneficiaries of the studio’s first donation classes of 2014. Jennifer Kalawur will lead the session. Afterward, Bike Walk Town will stroll around Morristown and stop at Pita Grill for a bite. Be Well is at 7 Washington St., Suite 3.
Charismatic Italian bluegrass master Beppe Gambetta teams with Celtic guitar wizard Tony McManus for what should be a lively evening at The Minstrel in Morris Township. Beppe was a favorite at last fall’s Folk Project Festival, and once you hear him in action you will understand why. The show starts at 8 pm with Bill Hall, a founder of the Folk Project and former member of Frostwater. Admission is $8; children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.
Before he did big-budget car commercials, Michael Bolton was churning out smoky hits like How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, When a Man Loves a Woman, How Can We Be Lovers, That’s What Love is All About and Soul Provider. Get a refresher course at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $59-$99. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.
SATURDAY, FEB. 22:
She’s been called “Groucho Marx in a housecoat,” blending sharp, witty songs with comical stories. Of course, we’re talking about Cheryl Wheeler, who visits The Sanctuary concert series in Chatham at 8 pm with special guest Pesky J. Nixon. Tickets are $25. The concert is at the Presbyterian Church at 240 Southern Boulevard.
Highly acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Over two decades she has performed with the biggest names in classical music, causing the N.Y. Times to gush: “Her gifts are at a level so removed from the rest of us that all we can do is feel the appropriate awe…” Tickets: $29-69. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.
The Quodlibet Ensemble performs works by by Arcangelo Corelli at 8 pm, at the Concert Hall at Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. Tickets: $20.
SUNDAY, FEB. 23:
The founder of the Brooklyn church NotSoChurchy pays a visit to Morristown at 9:15 am to discuss the road to full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. The Rev. Mieke Vandersall will speak at the Presbyterian Church Parish House, at 65 South St. She also will talk about the Presbyterian Church (USA) ruling that opened doors for ordained LGBTQ leaders, and the Welcoming Church movement. Mieke is Executive Director of Presbyterian Welcome.
The Morris County Historical Society’s annual President’s Membership Tea runs from 1 pm to 4 p.m. at Acorn Hall in Morristown. The event’s admission fee includes a tour of the 19th century house museum, the main exhibit Bottoms Up: How Taverns Revolutionized Morris County and mini-exhibit Crazy Quilts, and a tea buffet with light tea sandwiches and desserts. The event is free for MCHS members, and the admission fee can be applied towards an annual membership in the society. No advance reservation is required. Acorn Hall admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students; free for members. At 68 Morris Ave..á
Renowned cellist Allison Eldredge will perform Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 with The New Jersey Festival Orchestra at 3 pm, at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. The Julliard graduate has been featured on radio and television and has performed with the world’s top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. The concert will include performances of Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galánta and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, an ode to pastoral life in Bohemia. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members and $50 for premium seating. Call (973) 971-3706 or visit the box office, at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road.
Grab a bite after the classical show, and then return to the Bickford for classic rock from…
BEATLEMANIA AGAIN! The National Touring Beatles Stage Show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, at 8 pm at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. The concert traces the Beatles’ career from the Sullivan show to Let It Be. Tickets: $20 members / $25 general public. Call 973-971-3706. At 6 Normandy Heights Road.