Compiled by Kevin Coughlin
You could battle your way Down the Shore.
But that could make for a laborious Labor Day. Why not frolic instead in the municipal pools of Morristown, Morris Township or Morris Plains?
You can think tropical thoughts as you strum a ukulele at a weekend uke fest. Bop to the beat of the backpack crowd at a back-to-school bash. Picnic with bikers. Sample some sidewalk art.
In other words, take it easy this holiday weekend. You’ve earned it!
Take a casual scroll down this page for details. And for more leisurely options, amble over to our handy calendar.
THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014:
Why sit in Labor Day traffic when you can start the party right in your backyard? Meet Me in Morristown, the monthly sidewalk fair, promises a potpourri of sensory sensations. Check out shop sales along South Street during the day, then kick back for an evening of sidewalk art and music. Starting around 6 pm, the Atlanta Café Band will rock the historic Morristown Green, an Art Mobile will roll into town, and numerous other amusements will vie for your attention. This is the third of four “Last Thursday” events co-hosted by Morris Arts and the Morristown Partnership, to promote art and commerce. Read about it here.
Let’s see… you’ve got a potentially controversial development plan that will affect your residents for years to come. When is the best time to hold a meeting? How about the end of August, when half of New Jersey is on vacation and the other half is heading down the Shore for Labor Day. Apparently, the Morris Township planning board has no holiday plans. A hearing for the proposed Honeywell project starts at 7:30 pm at the municipal building on Woodland Road. Nothing like hard labor for Labor Day!
FRIDAY, AUG. 29:
The end-of-month Critical Mass bike ride ends at the Vail Mansion lawn for Bike & Walk Morristown’s annual Music.Picnic.Art party. Bring your family and friends and wrap up the summer season with great music from the Allamuchy Sheiks, art from local artists, and maybe some hula hooping. The ride meets at Town Hall Parking lot at 6:30 (a fun, easy ride for everyone), and the party at the Vail Mansion is on from 7-9.
It’s the sunniest instrument of them all: The ukulele. And you can appreciate it in all its glory this weekend at Uke New Jersey Too! The Folk Project’s weekend festival in Morris Township starts at 7:30 pm with a charming documentary, Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog, and continues with performances by Uncle Zac, Jim & Liz Beloff and The Stringbusters, better known as Pete and Maura Kennedy. Admission: $15; children 12 and under are free, if accompanied by a paying parent or guardian. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. And check out Saturday’s entry for details about workshops and more concerts. A $75 ticket buys access to the whole shooting match. Call 908-229-1214 or email here for more info.
SATURDAY, AUG. 30:
The Morris Plains Rotary Club is holding a blood drive to help cover an expected blood shortage for this holiday weekend. It runs from 8 am to 2 pm at at the Morris Plains Presbyterian Church, 400 Speedwell Ave.
Uke New Jersey Too! continues its weekend homage to the ukulele with a day of workshops and sing-alongs, starting at 8:30 am at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morris Township. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm, showcasing Honor Finnegan, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Jim & Liz Beloff (whose line of virtually indestructible ukes will be on sale throughout the festival) and virtuoso Stuart Fuchs. A food vendor will be on site throughout the day, to fuel your musical explorations. Admission to Saturday’s workshops is $50. The evening concerts cost $20. For $65, you can enjoy the workshops and concerts. Read all about it on MorristownGreen.com. For more details, call 908-229-1214 or email here.
Liquid Church is hosting its Water Warrior 5K in Morristown, to raise money for clean water in Central America and West Africa. Registration starts at 9 am at Pioneer Park, at Headquarters Plaza, and the race kicks off at 11 am. Food, music and games for kids are planned afterward. Registration: $50.
SUNDAY, AUG. 31:
The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 24th season, courtesy of the Morristown Partnership and its sponsors. From 8:30 am to 2 pm, you can find produce from North Jersey farms, baked goods, and more, in municipal parking lot 10, behind the post office. Lots of entertainment and wellness events will be sprinkled throughout the year. The Farmers Market is open on Sundays through the end of November.
Bethel AME Church in Morristown is hosting a Back to School Bash at 12:30 pm. Fun, food and games are promised, along with a stage for kids to show off their vocal, musical, dancing and poetical talents. A fashion show is planned, too. The church is at 59 Spring St. Call 973-917-9095 or email here for more details.
MONDAY, SEPT. 1, LABOR DAY:
Sleep in–you’ve labored long and hard for the privilege!