Morristown weekend preview: ‘Blondes,’ football, Rev. Billy and more

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Kevin Gaskins had another huge day on Saturday, rushing for more than 170 yards and two touchdowns in Morristown High School's 31-7 playoff victory against Plainfield. Photo by Jake Byk

There is so much to do this weekend, it’s a shame that cloning is illegal. Here is a sampling of fun events… for more, see our great calendar. And don’t be bashful about entering your own events!

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Kevin Gaskins leads the Morristown Colonials against West Morris Central in playoff football action Friday night. Photo by Jake Byk


Yes, it’s in Chester. But these are the playoffs, for crying out loud. The Morristown High School football team battles arch-rival West Morris Central in a do-or-die contest at 7 pm. Go, Colonials!

Back at MHS, meanwhile, a pair of young beauties will seek adventure in Paris, avec plusieurs des hijinx. The Morristown High School musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opens at 7:30 pm, with encore performances at 7:30 on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10.

Over at The Minstrel in Morris Township, self-styled “Eclecto-Maniacs” Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning take the stage as Small Potatoes, singing everything from Celtic to cowboy. Award-winning songwriter Caleb Hawley is the opener. The show starts at 8 pm. Admission: $7.

Paul Anka, whose hits include Diana and Put Your Head on My Shoulder is the headliner at Morristown’s Community Theatre, also at 8 pm. Tickets are $62 to $125.


A free jewelry show runs from 10 am to 5 pm at the Masonic Temple on Maple Avenue in Morristown.

Never seen Gone With the Wind on a big screen?  Now’s your chance–2 pm at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township, in HD, no less. Admission: $8.  The movie complements the current stage production at the theater, Moonlight and Magnolias, a comedy about the making of the film. It runs through Dec. 5;  darned if I can find show times anywhere on the theater’s website. Best to call 973.971.3706.

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The Rev. Billy spoofs consumerism in a free-wheeling show at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, Saturday at 4 pm.

At 4 pm, Rev. Billy & The Life After Shopping Gospel Choir spoofs consumerism with a blend of performance art and music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. Suggested donation is $15 for adults and $10 for students, with a reception afterward in the parish hall.

Not to be outdone, the Morristown United Methodist Church serves up the Brass Roots Trio and a program called American Impressions at 7:30 pm. Suggested donation: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students.

Alice IS Alice in Wonderland: Alice Palmer, 9, stars in musical 'Return to Wonderland' at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday. Photo by Nan Perigo.

And Morristown’s Temple B’Nai Or counters with the Bishop of Jazz, pianist Rio Clemente, who will perform with assorted musical friends at 7:30. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors and students.

But wait, there’s more!  The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship is staging a musical Return to Wonderland, featuring a Mock Turtle, Queen of Hearts and a young girl named Alice. Showtime is 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $5 for youths 18 and under.

And over in Chatham, our friends at the Sanctuary are presenting Jonathan Edwards (remember the 1971 hit, Sunshine?) with opener Nora Jane Struthers at 8 pm. Tickets are $25.


The Morristown Farmers Market ends its extended season, so stock up your larder between 8:30 am and 2 pm. The market is in the municipal lot between Morris Street and Dumont Place.

A gallery tour at 11:30 am at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown will describe how treasured objects can teach us about George Washington. Admission: $4.

At noon, a cancer walk-a-thon is being staged at Morristown’s Yo & Papa Restaurant to benefit local poet and musician Annie Virrill, whose insurance won’t cover her non-traditional cancer treatments.

At 1 pm, University of Delaware ecologist Douglas Tallamy will talk about healthy ecosystems and human well being at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. Admission: $25.

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Miles Rogers, center, sets Jordan and Darren Rabinowitz straight in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' st Morristown High School. Showtimes at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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