Greater Morristown weekend preview: Caped crusaders, Derby yarns, and ice cream, too!

Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

Don a cape and run like the wind. Spin yarns with Derby divas. Eat ice cream with an impresario. Savor some art. Ride a choo-choo.

Greater Morristown offers a plethora of amusements this weekend. Scroll down for some ideas.

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

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014:

The Morristown & Morris Township Library continues its month-long  film series of Hollywood writer and director Preston Sturges with a free screening of Sullivan’s Travels (1941). Veronica Lake and Joel McCrea star in this 90-minute film about a man who goes homeless to learn about life, and gets a rude awakening. Doors open at 6:15 pm, the film starts at 6:45. Refreshments will be served. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Neil Sedaka at 8 pm. Enjoy hits like Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, and Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen. Tickets are $59-$99. Call 973-539-8008 for more information. At 100 South St., Morristown.


'Flight Paths II,' by Liza Smith Simpson, on display at the Atrium Gallery.

‘Flight Paths II,’ by Liza Smith Simpson, on display at the Atrium Gallery.

Join Morris Arts from 6:30-9 pm, at the free 0pening reception for the Spring/Summer Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery in Morristown. Filling four floors, the show showcases 242 artworks by 93 artists. The gallery spans floors 2-5 of the Morris Country Administration and Records Building at 10 Court St. Free parking is available in the garage below the building during the reception. The exhibit runs through Sept. 2, 2014, from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday.

The Harry Ensemble, a British-Celtic Choral music fusion, performs at Madison’s Grace Episcopal Church at 7:30 pm. Edward-Rhys Harry directs the choir, which will be joined by Harmonium Choral Society members. Admission is by freewill donation at the door. A reception will follow. Grace Church is  at 4 Madison Ave. at the corner of Main Street and Kings Road.

Singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford returns  to  The Minstrel  stage at 8 pm. As a bonus, the audience will hear the poetic and humorous musings of Brad Yoder. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.  Admission: $8 on your way in, plus what you think the show was really worth on your way out. Children 12 and under, free. Call 973-335-9489 for more.


Lace up your running shoes, kids. The Junior League of Morristown is sponsoring Run it, a fun run and fitness event for children age 2-15, at the Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morris Township. This event will also feature health-focused activities, to help children and their families learn the essentials of healthy living. In addition to the fun run, there will be Run it sprints, athletic sessions, fitness trainers, bike awareness and much more. The festivities go from 9 am to 11 am. Registration is $2 to $15 per child, depending on age; details are here.

run it , junior league, poster

Keith Bodden, former president of the Morris chapter of the NAACP, invites the public to Answering the Call: Veterans in the NAACP Standing on the Front Line for Civil Rightsa discussion hosted by the state NAACP to address issues of African American Veterans. From 9 am to 11:30 am in Montclair, at 11 Pine St. at Bloomfield Avenue, across from the Glenfield School. All veterans, spouses, civilians and young adults are welcome. Admission is free.

Homeless Solutions Inc. hosts its 2nd Annual Kickin’ It for a Cause kickball tournament, from noon to 4 pm at Loantaka Park in Morris Township. The tournament is sponsored by Young Leaders for HSI, and all proceeds benefit HSI shelter programs and services. Twelve teams of 10 players will participate.

The Jerzey Derby Brigade invites fans to bring needles to its bout against the Strong Island Derby Revolution–but they’re not talking about self-defense. They mean knitting needles, with yarn. Trillium Yarns will be on hand, and limited reserved seating will be provided for knitters while the local Corporal Punishers do their thing at In-Line Morristown, at 38 Dumont Place. Doors open at 6:15 pm and the action starts at 7 pm.  Admission is $12 at the door, and $10.00 in advance at (Search “Corporal Punishers.”) Children 12 and under are free, military discounts are available. Bring a lawn chair.

jerzey derby may 2014

The Sanctuary concert series season-ending “Ice Cream Social” and One Dollar CD sale, featuring a concert by Modern Man, also is the last show for presenter Scott Sheldon. Thank him for 14 years of great music! The socializing starts at 8 pm in the Presbyterian Church at 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham. Bring your own CDs to trade, and bring your sweet tooth for all the ice cream you can eat. Admission is $15.

The New Jersey Ballet presents some of broadway’s most memorable dance sequences to the soundtracks of Sondheim, Gershwin and others, at 8 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Admission is $29-$59. Call 973-539-8008 for more information. At 100 South St., Morristown.


SUPER-DUPER HEROES! The Superhero Half Marathon aims to break a record for most superheroes in one place, on May 20 in Morris Township.

SUPER-DUPER HEROES! From the Superhero Half Marathon in 2012.

More than 2,000 runners are anticipated at the Superhero Half Marathon and Relay, a 13.1 mile race with a two-person relay option. Costumes are encouraged! Pick up your race packet at the Morristown Running Company before the 8:30 am kickoff. The race starts at 435 South St. and loops back around to end at Loantaka Park in Morris Township. Registration is $75 to $95, depending when you sign up and which event you choose.

The New Jersey Ballet wraps up its weekend at the Mayo Performing Arts Center with Cinderella. The “storyteller” narrator brings the show to life and makes for a magical afternoon for the whole family. Ages 4 and up. Curtain goes up at 1:30 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $15-$25. At 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008 for more.

Aviation buffs will want to land at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum between 1 pm and 4 pm. Henry M. Holden, author of books about the Morristown, Teterboro and Newark airports, will be selling and signing copies. It’s part of the yearlong celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary. Museum admission: Adults $8; seniors and students $6; children 6 – 12, $4. Members and children under 5 are free. At 45 Macculloch Ave. in Morristown.

Take a leisurely choo-choo ride into the past on the Whippany Railway Museum’s excursion trains. It’s a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip from 1 Railroad Plaza. Rides at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm, rain or shine. For full details and ONLINE tickets, see the museum’s website or call 973-887-8177. Cost: Adult: $14; child (under 12) $9; infants(1 year and under): Free. (Fare includes Museum Admission.)


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