Greater Morristown weekend preview: We love a parade!

Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

Greater Morristown abounds with all manner of stimulating events this weekend.

Expect marchers of all ages to participate when the Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at noon on Saturday. Sharon Sheridan photo

TOOTING HIS OWN HORN: Expect marchers of all ages  when the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon on Saturday. Sharon Sheridan photo

With no disrespect to any of them, however, one towers above the rest.

The 36th annual Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade saunters up South Street at noon on Saturday, and you don’t want to miss this colorful cornucopia of corned beef on the hoof. You know what color we’re talking about, and we hope to see you a-wearin’ it!

We’re especially proud to welcome some deserving lads into our MG contingent this year. They wield fearsome shillelaghs, but we have received assurances that they will march unarmed. Of course, we’re referring to the state champion Morristown High School hockey team!  More on this later.

Other things are happening around Morristown, too. Scroll down or check our handy calendar for the scoop.


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How did black Loyalists fare during the American Revolution? The North Jersey American Revolution Round Table  explores this intriguing topic with John McLaughlin, a retired attorney and World War II expert,  at 7:14 pm in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum Auditorium, at 30 Washington Place in Morristown. Admission is free, and teachers and students are encouraged to attend.

Grow It Green Morristown presents Our Daily Bread, the third film in its Food for Thought series, at 6:45 pm at 14 Maple Ave. in Morristown. This documentary looks at food production in Europe, and allows viewers to draw their own conclusions. There are some disturbing scenes; viewers under 16 are advised sit this one out. Tickets are $5; seating is limited, but tickets can be purchased online in advance; snacks are courtesy of The Artist Baker.

Get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day with The Irish Rovers at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 8 pm at 100 South St., Morristown. Tickets are $29-$59. Call (973) 539-8008 for more details.


It’s a Spring Fling at the 24th annual Spring CraftMorristown show. More than 150 artists will be selling jewelry, fashion accessories, furniture and home decor, sculptural ceramics, glass and metal, paintings, photos, woodworks and mixed media. Interactive demonstrations–new this year–include a make-your-own hand-painted shibumi silk scarf. The show runs from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and $8 for seniors; children under 16 are free. At the Morristown Armory at 430 Western Ave. in Morris Township. There is lots of free parking, and handicapped access.

The Duke University Chorale comes to Madison on March 14, 2014. Photo by Linda C. Moore

The Duke University Chorale comes to Madison on March 14, 2014. Photo by Linda C. Moore

Grace Community Music presents the Duke University Chorale at 7:30 pm for a free program ranging from Rachmaninoff to rock by Billy Joel, with spirituals and folk songs sprinkled in for good measure. The 55-voice ensemble is wrapping up its annual spring tour. Grace Church is at the intersection of Kings Road and Main Street in Madison. Ample parking is available and donations to defray costs of the tour are welcome.  Call 973-377-0106 x 17  for more information.

The Center for Spiritual Living Morristown presents its Second Friday Spiritual Cinema feature, One Drum,  at 7 pm. Admission: Free, at 331 Mount Kemble Ave. (Rt. 202), Harding.

Learn the secrets of building a happier, healthier relationship with your canine companion from Cesar Milan, “The Dog Whisperer,” at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown at 8 pm.  Tickets are $49-$120, call (973) 539-8008 for more information.


Get your Irish on with the Woman’s Club of Morristown at 8 am,  before the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off. The ladies will be selling trinkets, warm drinks, and other green refreshments in front of the historic Dr. Lewis Condict House at 51 South St. in Morristown. All proceeds will go to Project Gratitude to support our veterans.

The Young Wolfe Tones:

Speaking of the parade, the line of march begins at noon from Morristown Town Hall and proceeds up South Street to the Green, concluding at Morristown High School. Pre-parade entertainment starts at 10:30 am on the Green with Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones.   And if you enjoy star-gazing, our merry band of marchers at will include 20 celebrities: The newly crowned state hockey champions from Morristown High School!  We’re marching together in Division Two (the parade committee surely would have vaulted us into Division One had it known the Colonials were bringing a trophy), and here is the entire parade lineupAs always, this event will be family friendly and alcohol-free, with proceeds going to area charities. 

Morristown’s new state champs are marching with!


End your day with a Purim Celebration featuring the David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble, at 7 pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. Featuring piccolo trumpet, accordion, violin, bass, and percussion, this group of Juilliard graduates has performed around the world to critical acclaim. It’s part of the Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism event, and all are welcome. Admission is free. At 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.


The  Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will participate in the annual National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath by offering special prayers for an end to gun violence. The 10:30 am service is part of weekend events coordinated by the Washington National Cathedral and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition. Redeemer is at 36 South St. in Morristown.

janet wallach hetty book fduWrap up a weekend of Irish festivities at 2 pm with a Celtic Afternoon of Song, featuring acclaimed harpist and singer Aileen O’Donnell at the Bickford Theatre, at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. Tickets are $35 for Museum and Theatre Guild members, $40 for the general public, $28 for groups of 10 or more, and $20 for students. Call (973) 971-3706 for more information.

Janet Wallach, author of The Richest Woman in Americawill speak at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison at 3 pm. Admission is $20 and signed copies of the book, a biography of the feisty Hetty Green, will be on sale. Lenfell Hall is at 285 Madison Ave.

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