Hitting its stride: ‘Meet Me in Morristown’ kicks off Labor Day weekend with music and art, Aug. 28

The Atlanta Cafe Band will perform on the Green for Meet Me in Morristown.

The Atlanta Cafe Band will perform on the Green for Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 28, 2014.

Who needs to sit in Labor Day traffic, when you can start the party right in your backyard?

Meet Me in Morristown, the monthly sidewalk fair, will offer a potpourri of sensory sensations when it returns for its third installment on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

The Atlanta Café Band will play on the historic Morristown Green.

Combat Paper, a veterans group, will display artworks made from military uniforms.

And Fuzzy Wuzzy Design will show off creations by a resourceful Morristown artist who has overcome deafness and blindness.

Kadie Dempsey and Melissa Chernow of Morris Arts are ready for Morristown's new summer street fairs. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Kadie Dempsey and Melissa Chernow of Morris Arts are gung-ho about Morristown’s summer sidewalk fairs. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“So far, the June and July Last Thursday’s in Morristown have shown that not only is there an unlimited amount of talent in this state, but Morristown has the audience to appreciate new, innovative and exciting programs in the downtown,” said Kadie Dempsey of Morris Arts, which co-hosts Meet Me in Morristown with the Morristown Partnership.

Shops along South Street will sell their wares outside during the day, and artists and entertainers will start popping up around 6 pm.

The formula was borrowed from popular First Friday events in Boonton, Madison and Philadelphia. Morristown opted for the final Thursday of the warm months; the experiment’s last chapter unfolds on Sept. 25.

After a gentle start, Meet Me in Morristown picked up steam in July with Shakespeare on the Green, a band in a truck and dazzling hula hoopers, among other attractions. Artist Dan Fenelon piloted an art mobile (which returns this week) and MorristownGreen.com got into the act, too, presenting performers from Morristown High School.

“It’s a group effort and everyone has their part to play,” Kadie said. “Something like this takes on a life of its own if you let it, the art of letting creativity unfold is a subtle mixture of planning, letting go and trusting other people.”

“If Meet Me in Morristown accomplishes one thing, I would hope that it will help us all appreciate the wonderful people that make this town what it is.”

Kadie anticipates more collaborations with the Partnership, the nonprofit agency that promotes downtown businesses.

“Creating events is easy if you learn how to set up the structure, invite the right people to partner and participate and above all trust that magic happens when you bring together creative people and let them do what they do best: Create.”


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